Sunday, 10 February 2008

Monmouth Hats

There are a lot of patterns for Monmouth Caps on the net, none of them really work to my mind. I base my interpretation partly on the excellent description of the type in the article in Costume by Kirsty Buckland, but mostly on first hand personal examination of the surviving cap at the Nelson History Museum in Monmouth. Every time I knit one I try a slight variation, and after a dozen or more hats I’m starting to feel that I’m getting very close to replicating the key features of the original. I’m sure I can improve further though, I’m hoping to go back with my best efforts to compare them directly to the original again and see if I can refine further. Funny little hat, its amazing how constantly fascinated with this one I am.

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