Caroline Steinford

for KnitDesign by Caroline   2012

045 Nonotuck Silk Cloche

MAWATA (mah-WAH-tah) n. silkworm cocoons spread out into a large square over a frame; aka silk roving, silk hankies. The term comes from a Japanese word meaning “to expand, to spread.”

The Nonotuck silk cloche was designed specifically to be knit with unspun mawata hankies, but any fingering-weight yarn could be substituted. The seamless hat is knit in one piece from the top down and edged with a vintage lace pattern adapted from a Florence Knitting Silk pattern booklet published in 1882 by the Nonotuck Silk Company in Florence, Massachussetts.

The PDF includes color photos step-by-step instructions for working with mawata.

(We can always count on the admirable Steinford to include historical context and set new challenges for herself.--ed.)

Pattern Detail

  • Lace pattern charted
  • schematics included
  • sewing required
  • all season
  • circular
  • women’s s (m, l). hat body circumference: 21 (22, 23)” / 53 (56, 58.5) cm
  • digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)
  • intermediate
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 2.75 mm
    • US 2
    • 26.0 st st
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
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