This pattern, 18th C (sic) Striped Cap by Colleen Humphreys, is based on caps in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands and the one on the man in the lower corner of the painting by Johann Zoffany, part of which may be viewed below. The pattern suggests worsted wool but I chose Harrisville Designs Shetland in Scarlet, Sand and Evergreen in double stands of each. I wanted to match the colours to the cap in the painting, and knit with wool that I have successfully used for reproductions. I also adore this brand of wool.
The cap was knit in the round, in a single layer, on 3.75mm/US 5 needles, and measures 9 ½” in length.
David Garrick in The Provok’d Wife (1763-1765) (partial view)
Oil on canvas
Object Number: OP607
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
A view of the entire painting may be found at http://www.vads.ac.uk/x-large.php?uid=83102&sos=1.
Caps at the Rijksmuseum can be seen here:
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/search?q=gebreid&js=1&p=1&ps=12 (scroll down for the caps.)