1840 Nightcap


1840 Nightcap


Bring to life a piece of a forgotten history with this charming 1840 Nightcap pattern. Knit from the bottom up, the hat features an attractive scalloped border that creates an elastic, curl-proof edge. Even unblocked this fabulous free knitting pattern will remain flat and ready for throwing on during a cold, drafty winter evening. To complete this vintage pattern, you will need one set of 5 2.25 mm double pointed needles and one 2.25 mm circular needle.


Knitting Needle Size1 or 2.25 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

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This is a very interesting looking pattern. Looking at the original web page, the designer states "Size 0/2.25 mm" needles but as far as I know Size 1 is the same as 2.25 m, as stated above on this page. I guess you could use whichever size needle gave you the correct gauge.

This is brilliant - going to knit this pattern as gifts for the guys in the family - not that I expect them to wear them and what a wonderful edge for as sleeve or tank top

Franklin Habit is one of my favorite designers. Always love his painstaking vintage recreations like this one. Not sure that I will ever make this as a night cap, however Franklin notes that the edge on this cap lays wonderfully flat and would make a good border on a tank top, sleeve, or skirt. Anyone tried this edge on something other than the cap?

I do SO want to make this nightcap. Please help me, a beginner. The first section of instructions include SKP. What is an SKP? The link to standard abbreviations do not include SKP. Thanks in advance for the assist!

SKP= Slip 1, Knit 1, Slip the passed stitch over I hope that helps! Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I love the hat, BUT! check your guage really carefull, and the stretch of the yarn. I made it ladt year, and still use it during the winter months. Right now it is a little stretch out, and bigger then when I first made it. But I still love it, tassle and all.

Cute! Love it!

No, I wouldn't!

I will be knitting this one as a christmas present to go with my grandson's slippers. I will probably be knitting one for myself as well, and my daughter in law, and my son's girlfriend, and...

I would knit this cap for someone with hair loss from chemo.It's so darling but I would leave the tassel off. Janet

I will definitely be knitting this one, but for myself. We keep it a little cooler at night during the winter and sometimes I need something on my head and this would be perfect. My husband wouldn't wear it, but I will.

I am knitting this for my Granddad right now! He is bald (mostly) and loves wearing nightcaps to bed :) It is looking wonderful so far!

I think this would be cute. I can see a future Christmas card with a recreation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. My husband would be game--not sure about my 19 y/o ;-)

This is already on my list of knitting to do!

Though I think it is very cute, I probably would not knit this hat. I would not wear and I can't think of someone that would. If someone mentions that they would like one, I may cast on. I think it is cute, but it is not at the top of my list.

Hello I just love this cap and will knit it for my husband,living in Quebec winter can be cold on his''no hair head!!!'' Thanks for this nice pattern. Amy

I'm actually knitting that right now. I think when it's all done it will be beautiful.

I would knit this as a chemo cap for men. Well, it could be for women, too - bright colors & cotton. It would really make a good chemo nightcap!

Oooooooow, I've been looking for one of these. I'm putting on my to do list and sharing the site with others! The designer sounds very talented and he lives in the same city as my son! Thanks.

I may offer to knit this for the historic house at which I volunteer. I think it would be a useful interpretive tool.

I would knit this 1840's sleeping cap in holiday colors. Red for Christmas, orange for Halloween, pastels for Easter. By doing this it makes it more of a novelty item that others will enjoy receiving.

Would there be a way to do this on a loom? Very new to knitting and would love to be able to make this without using regular needles.


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