Knitting pattern. You will also require 5mm double pointed needles and approximately 150g of aran weight yarn. These are not supplied with the pattern, but if you would like a complete kit, please contact me and we can arrange to put one together for you.
This pattern is based on my ongoing study of sixteenth century portraits and also first hand inspection of a number of extant hats in museum collections. Whilst there can be a great deal of variation in caps from the Tudor period, this pattern results in a good basic flat cap suitable for most of the sixteenth century.
It is a relatively quick knit, worked at the heavier end of the range of yarn weights for this type of hat, and is a good introduction to knitting historic caps. The cap is fulled after knitting to give a dense smooth finish which can have a nap raised and shorn on it if required.
The pattern also includes a short commentary on Tudor caps and is annotated with further reading suggestions and references to source material, making it of particular relevance to those re-enacting sixteenth century life.
This pattern is a hardcopy booklet but it is also available as a digital download through Ravelry. If you are a Ravelry user and prefer to access it this way, my user name there is sallyinwales and the download is filed in my patterns for sale section.