Sunday, 20 January 2013

18th C Striped Cap

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)
Johann Zoffany,
Oil on canvas
Object Number: OP607
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

A view of the entire painting may be found at

Caps at the Rijksmuseum can be seen here:


=Tamar said...

Do you intend to full the cap at all?
Also, um, lower right corner.

One More Stitch said...

No, I don't think I will full the cap as it did not turn out to be very large and I don't want it to shrink down to a young child's size. I also have very bad luck with fulling - did a class on it and failed miserably, going home with lots of clumps of wet wool!

What about the lower right corner? Do explain.

=Tamar said...

The man in the red cap is in the lower right corner of the painting as I look at it, not in the lower left corner.

I understand about not wanting to shrink the cap. Were you hand fulling? When I full a cap, I put it in a zipped pillowcase liner (zipper held with a safety pin) and limit the processing time to 5 minutes or less in the washer in hot water, then remove and let dry on a wire form for full air circulation. I use US size 13 dpns for a Monmouth-type cap. The size of the needles has more to do with it than the size of the yarn; my next try will use size 15 or 17. NB I have a small head; for a larger hat, I'd stop at 4 minutes.

One More Stitch said...

Oh, I see what you mean - thanks! I mixed up the position of the image on the blog with the position of the man in the striped cap!

As I just wrote a week or so ago, "hasten slowly" - I must follow my own advice!