I have finished my bonnet cap based on Miss Lambert’s pattern for A Bonnet Cap from her knitting manual My Knitting Book published in 1843 (First Series). For some reason, I was procrastinating heavily about finishing this cap but today, I made some time to sit down and sew the pieces of my bonnet cap together and add ribbons and ties. Because of my larger-than-average head circumference, I choose to put the back piece at the bottom of each side of the front piece. However, it still does not sit nicely on my head and I think it really is too small.
First, a close up of a the stitch pattern, which is simple and pretty:
A side view, it really is just a fancy headband/ear warmer:
And a view from the back:
I have to say that this has been my least favourite of the patterns from Miss Lambert’s book so far. I think this is partially due to the needle size error (which was frustrating) and partially because I am a weak hand sewer and did not enjoy attaching the ribbons! Hence, the procrastination! Although I have to say, I greatly enjoyed my research into the origins of the inch and into bonnet caps in general so all was not in vain. Besides, if I ever get involved in Victorian era re-enactments, I think this object (customised to fit) would be an excellent and authentic article of clothing to wear, especially on a cold day.