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Hand Knit Scotch Bonnet, Sheep's Grey


Hand knit Scotch bonnet by Sara Dickfoss. Hat size 21".

These caps are hand knit and fulled of 100% wool into a dense warm cap. The fulling tightens the knitting into a hand made cap that is very warm with little stretch. This cap is made of undyed natural dark sheep's grey which is actually a mottled natural brown color. Although called a "tam" today, in the 18th century it was known as a "Scotch Bonnet". It was such a common garment that it became a symbol of Scots, particularly Scottish Highlanders. Although usually blue, sometimes Scots bonnets were knit of natural shades of sheep's wool.

This cap is based on one on p.4 and 6 of the Shire Booklet Scottish Knitting by Helen Bennett. The bonnet pictured in this book dates to about 1718. Rarely are bonnets described being worn by men in America.

Raised, processed, spun, died, knit and fulled in the USA.

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