mediaeval nightcap/indoor cap

Kilthoser's picture

I knit this cap as part of my halloween costume this year, but boy does it feel good of a night in this draughty old house! I'd wondered for years how those things were made; you see them sometimes in 15/16th century portraits. I think I got my inspiration on here for it, but now I can't trace the pic/ post that gave me the pattern. It's an ingenious scandinavian design (called djeveluer--devil's peak) worthy of Elizabeth Zimmerman! Basically, its a zig-zag piece of garter stitch knitting (the number of stitches in each row remain constant, but they are constantly slanted to create an exaggerated "VVV" shape of flat knitting. Then you join the four points at the back of the head where you 'turned the corner' of the VVV, graft the edges together, and voilà, an instantly shaped hat that fits snugly to your head and 'gives' in exactly the right places without riding up on your head and falling off (my main annoyance with watchcaps/tube caps).

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Yep, Mmario is correct. I

Yep, Mmario is correct. I posted a pattern for this on March 8, 2010 under an entry entitled "Racing cap". I found several photos of it on Ravelry today using "djevellue", "hjallislue" and "muts" in three different searches. There is also a pattern on the net (in English) by MayaB (May Linn Bang) who has a Twitter name @Mayaknits, but since I don't know how to use Twitter, I can't provide a link to the pdf file pattern she posted; send me an email address if you want me to send her pdf (in English) to you. If someone has the pattern in Dutch, I'm happy to translate it for you if you send it to me. It's sometimes called a "Papingmuts" in Dutch.

Bill's picture

The basic pattern is in an

The basic pattern is in an .xis file...whatever that is...but my Mac doesn't know what to do with it...

PhilNmtl's picture

I would LOVE to have the

I would LOVE to have the pattern for this as well. It is actually a little scary looking, but a friend of mine would certainly wear it in his house - far from draughty and old ....more like an uber modern and chic condo. I can imagine him going down to get the mail wearing it. :-) I want to be a fly on the wall. Pattern, please...anyone! -Phil

Kilthoser's picture

I shall work it up for

I shall work it up for you! the échassier landais pic! on your profile! I have a bunch of friends who were stilt dancers from Mimizon in France...and by the way, if you happen to have a pattern for those garématches (the long thick oversocks that they wear on their calves over their shoes and next to the stilts) that they wear, I would love that. I had a pair that I knitted--and now can't find them since I moved.

"Body by God; shetland socks courtesy of Fred"

PhilNmtl's picture

You have made my day!

You have made my day! thanks

I love the pic as well. I found it entirely by accident. Sadly, I do not have a pattern for the oversocks. I also have vivid memories of walking on stilts that my grandfather made. Dancing .....? That I don't recall :-)
Thanks again for the pattern -Phil

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I remember something about

I remember something about these once before, as well. They would make a nice alternative to watch caps and could easily add another layer under a hoodie to keep your ears and neck warm. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

WillyG's picture

Huzzah for knitted Halloween

Huzzah for knitted Halloween costumage! It looks great.

mwkbloom's picture

Fabulous! Would love the

Fabulous! Would love the pattern if ever that were possible. (I found it on Ravelry, but only in Dutch!)

Stan Stansbury's picture

What's it called on Ravelry?

What's it called on Ravelry? I didn't find it under either Djeveluer or devil's peak. It's relateively easy to deal with Dutch.

Kilthoser's picture

Oh, ja, je hebt recht, als

Oh, ja, je hebt recht, als het in het nederlands zit, kan'et niet zóo moelijk zijn!

"Body by God; shetland socks courtesy of Fred"

michaelpthompson's picture

Easy for you to say. :-)

Easy for you to say. :-)

Bill's picture

That's a beautiful shape!

That's a beautiful shape! I'd love to find the pattern and try to knit it...

teejtc's picture

me too!

me too!

MMario's picture

I do believe you are correct

I do believe you are correct that there was a discussion here about them - but I think under another name......