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Denmark Cap


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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. GAUGE Adult medium Circumference: 18 inches (31cm) Brim: 2 1/2 inches (6.5) Body(Pattern): 6 inches (15cm) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Baby to Adult Large

Recommended with this pattern

  • Smooth yarn will show off texture patterns best. Choose a tightly spun yarn to make a warm, weatherproof cap, or a loosely spun yarn to make a softer cap.
  • Any weight of yarn will work, but for practice I suggest a medium-weight yarn and U.S. size 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) knitting needles. Approximately 200 yards (182 m) of medium-weight yarn will make a medium-sized adult cap.
  • In a size appropriate for the yarn you've chosen: G Circular needle: 16 inches (40 cm) long G Double-pointed needles: set of 4 or 5

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Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research and writing. She is the author of <i>Arctic Lace</i>, <i>Successful Lace Knitting</i>, <i>Kitty Knits</i> and <i>Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland</i>. She teaches workshops around the world on topics such as rug knitting, spinning and dyeing, Lithuanian socks, Japanese sweaters and Norwegian pullovers. Donna lives in a 150 year old New England farm house in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her husband, mother and three cats, who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items. Visit Donna's website and online store at <a href="" target=new"></a>.