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Denmark Cap

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Design your own textured cap.

From as early as 1550 until around 1860, Danish men wore knitted nightcaps. This simple style is as popular today as it was in the sixteenth century. If you use the same yarn you plan to use for a sweater, your cap can also serve as a large gauge swatch.

The brim begins with a simple knit-and-purl pattern. Then the body of the hat incorporates more elaborate texture designs. When you reach the crown, you change to plain stockinette stitch to make it easy to work the decreases.

How it works:

Choose from three different styles of worksheets-quick notes, a visual plan, or detailed guidelines:

1) For adventurous and advanced knitters, I have a schematic where you can fill in your measurements and stitch counts as you go.

2) For those who want more details, I have a spreadsheet to help you do all of the calculations you’ll need for your project.

3) For those who have never designed a sweater, or who want a little more hand-holding, I have step-by-step instructions for working up each project (with your numbers).