Monthly Archives: January 2012

Resampling the Linen

After mostly winding my linen warp, I’m rethinking my plans to do a 2/2 twill.  I’m thinking this yarn might look better as plain weave.  Also, with the twill overdress, another twill might be a bit much.

I wound a smaller sample warp, and have been weaving up new samples to test the look of the tabby.

This sample uses the same #10 Belgian linen yarn at 25 epi.  I also did a sample at 30 epi, but it was too heavy – more like canvas

I really do prefer it, so my plans have changed again.

Linen (Finished)

Linen (Finished)

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Monmouth Cap Planning

Your majesty says very true: if your
majesties is remembered of it, the Welshmen
did good service in a garden where leeks did
grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps;
~ William Shakespeare, Henry V, Scene VII

One (believed) extant example of a Monmouth cap was described in detail by Kirstie Buckland in Costume.  It is described as being knit with a 2-ply wool with approx. 2 stitches per inch, dyed a dark brown after or during felting.  Knit in the round, all in stocking stitch, it has a double brim knit together at the edge, a loop, and a small ‘button’ at the top.  It is helmet-shaped, and knit using ‘multiples of ten and twenty’.

Image from http://education.gtj.org.uk of a Monmouth Cap - I'm not sure if this is the one Buckland is talking about but it is certainly similar to what she describes. It doesn't look all that felted, though.

I tried to find a modern yarn that best matched the description above, and settled on Cascade Lana Grande – a two-ply, 100% wool yarn, with a gauge of 2 stitches per inch.  I chose a natural/off-white colour.  I will use black walnut dye to get it a dark brown (I hope).  I’m knitting it large and hoping it will felt up.

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