Textured Silk Cap and Hats to Knit by Anne DesMoines
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Textured Silk Cap and Hats to Knit

October 2014
Lace ?
42 stitches and 62 rows = 4 inches
in charted patt
US 0 - 2.0 mm
2115 yards (1934 m)
19 inches (48.3 cm) circumference with 1 strand of yarn; 21½ inches (54.6 cm) circumference with 2 strands of yarn held tog
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $5.50.

This is one instance where medieval and modern can meet in the middle. While this style of cap was originally worn underneath a more substantial hat or in the privacy of one’s home, today, it will make a nice statement as a modern accessory in the streets or on the slopes. Add cords and tassels on either side of the lappets if you like, and you’ll have the option to snug it up for warmth—the originals often were found with pieces of cord or string still attached. Leave off the lappets and back extension and you have a handsome beanie-style cap that will go anywhere, indoors or out.

Three examples are shown here. The Black (Earflap Hat) and Red (Beanie-Style Cap) versions are in silk laceweight yarn; the Camel version is in silk fingering-weight yarn. The instructions for the Earflap Hat are the same for both the Black and Camel versions.