Knitted Ladies Cap, c.1918


Knitted Cap, c.1918


"Instead of being fashioned lengthways from ear to ear, this ladies cap is long from front to back, with the crown worked in stocking web knitting and the brim in raised stripes.

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The Materials

Four ounces of J & J Baldwin's Double Knitting Wool and a pair of bone knitting needles No.9.

The Crown

Begin the crown by casting on 18 stitches.

Work in stocking web one row plain and one row purl alternately. Increase 1 stitch at the beginning and 1 stitch at the end of every row for 22 rows, when there should be 62 stitches on the needle, then increase 1 stitch at the beginning of every row for 14 rows, which should give 76 stitches on the needle.

Work 22 rows upon 76 stitches.

Then decrease as you increased before, knit 2 tog. at the beginning of every row for 14 rows and then knit 2 tog at the end as well as at the beginning of every row for 22 rows; and the stitches will be reduced to 18 stitches. Cast off. This finishes the crown.

The Brim

Cast on 156 stitches.

Knit 16 plain rows.

1st Pattern Row: Slip 1, * k2, p1, k1, p1 and repeat from * to the end.

2nd Pattern Row: * K1, p1, k1, m1, k2, draw the "made" stitch over the two knitted stitches. Repeat from * and knit 1 last stitch.

Repeat these two rows till 16 rows or 20 rows are done.

Then knit 10 plain rows and cast off.

Join the brim round in a circlet.

Then hold the wrong side of the brim against the right side of the crown, the margin of the crown against the cast-on stitches of the brim and sew neatly together, easing in the crown as required, more especially the 18 cast-on and 18 cast-off stitches, which respectively form the from and back of the cap. This done, fold the brim up to show the striped pattern. Turn the 10 plain knitted rows down underneath the brim and tack flat in place upon the crown, as shown in the illustration."

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