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Binge Bjärbo Cap from Sweden

March 2014
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
7 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in 2-color stranded St st
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
552 yards (505 m)
Medium, 21 inches (53.3 cm) in circumference, to t a head 22 to 23 inches (55.9 to 58.4 cm) in circumference; 8½ inches (21.6 cm) high from purl fold line to top of cap

What I like about Scandinavian knitting books is that they often include the history of a knitting tradition. Binge, en halländsk sticktradition Binge, a Halland Knitting Traditionweden: Halländska Hemslöjden, 2007) was one of the first books I bought. The Bjärbo pattern for the cap is the most easily recognizable Binge motif. The name refers to a person living on the Bjäre peninsula in southwest Sweden. Because the motif is rather long when repeated as a staggered pattern motif, it isn’t seen on caps very often, but when I was almost finished with my cap brim, I was leafing through the Binge book and spotted a cap similar to mine. (See photograph on page 65.) The 1914 photograph shows a mother and daughter wearing Bjärbo sweaters and caps, described in the caption as “elegant sports clothes.”