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Sutton Hoo Helm

Knitting
November 2012
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in St st
US 3 - 3.25 mm
200 - 350 yards (183 - 320 m)
To fit head 19 1/4 (20 1/4, 21 3/4, 23)”/ 49 (51.5, 55.5, 58.5) cm
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This pattern is part of the collection History on Two Needles, by Annie Modesitt

The Sutton Hoo Helmet was unearthed in Suffolk, UK in 1938.

A first reconstruction of the mask in the 1940’s, based on pre concieved notions of the Saxon period, was discarded in 1968 and a new reconstruction in the early 21st century was based more firmly on the evidence of the fragments themselves.

My own knitted fabric take on The Sutton Hoo Helm is a simplified version of the original. It is a challenging knit, not to be taken on lightly!

Neck Length 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2)”/ 18 (19, 20.5, 21.5) cm
Head Length 9 3/4 (10 1/4, 11, 11 1/2)”/ 25 (26, 28, 29.5) cm
Fin Head Circ 20 1/4 (21 1/4, 22 3/4, 24)”/ 51.5 (54, 58, 61) cm
Skill Level K 4 Advanced
Fiber Hazel Knits, Artisan Sock (400yds/365m 4.2oz/120gr)
Color A (Neck Color) Woodland, 1 ball all sizes
Color B (Face & Head) Hoppy Blonde, 1 ball all sizes
Notions Darning needle, cable needle, stitch markers

Stitches Used
St st – Stockinette Stitch
Rev St st — Reverse St st
GR Inc – Grandma Right Increase
GL Inc – Grandma Left Increase
W&T – Wrap & Turn
K2tog-R – Knit 2 tog with a right slant
K2tog-L – Knit 2 tog with a left slant
VDD – Vertical Double Decrease
Sl st wyws – Slip st with yarn to the wrong side
Cable Cast On
C4R – Cable 4 Right
C4L – Cable 4 Left
Braid Right
Braid Left