Sally Pointer

for Historic Hats   2009

Broad Brimmed Monmouth Cap

In widespread use from the late sixteenth century through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this sturdy, broad brimmed knit then fulled cap was particularly favoured by sailors and is the wide brim counterpart of the famous Monmouth Labourer’s Cap. Often referred to as a ‘Peter the Great’ hat, it may also be known by a number of other names.

Recent research suggests that it is possible that this form is the Monmouth Cap referred to in historic sources, and that the flat brimmed version commonly known as the Monmouth Cap today is, whilst of the right date and from Monmouth, a somewhat lighter variation on the theme.

As with all my Historic Hat series of patterns, this begins with a brief discussion of the style, references extant hats and written sources, and provides documentation where appropriate.

Another must have hat for the serious re-enactor, it also makes a very fine fishing hat for more modern wearers!

(No specific gauge is given, but Pointer suggests using doubled Aran-weight [12 ply] yarn and 8mm/US11 needles to start-- Ed.)

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • no schematics
  • no sewing
  • all season
  • circular, no sewing
  • for average adult, or knit to fit; options provided
  • digital PDF has 8 pages (a4 size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 8.0 mm
    • US 11
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
Broadmonmouth Ptg Broad_brim.pdf-5data1

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