Stocking Cap

I’ve been thinking about old-time stocking caps for a couple of years, the kind that people are shown as wearing to bed in old illustrations, such as for A Christmas Carol, and finally decided to develop one myself. I started with an i-cord, then began increasing once every second row. I had four balls of Dale of Norway yarn that I picked up when a LYS closed down. The yarn turned out to be perfect for this project,  as it gave a very smooth finish.

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For the stripes, I had a vague idea of using the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical progression where you add the previous number to the current item in the series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 …) but as the result of several incidents of severe distraction, I end up with something closer to random stripe widths. I did better on the ribbing section for the brim. I still need to add some golden jinglebells to the end of the cap, for the full silly experience. Hoping to give this as a present for Yule this year.

Author: Jorah Lavin

I grew up in New England, moved to the Carolinas in '98 to start working at what was then a large regional bank and is now a really big nationwide bank. I work doing intranet content management and intranet site management. After work, I practice Aikido, knit, ride my motorcycle, read, watch movies & eat. I've been studying Aikido since 2014, and I ride a Yamaha V-Star 1300. I am pretty sure that I want to hike the Appalachian Trail someday.

6 thoughts on “Stocking Cap”

  1. How did you know that I was just thinking/researching this today?! I’m making a similar cap for a 1 year old, but I started from the brim & was trying to plan the decreases! 😉

    1. Becca, thanks for visiting! I am looking forward to seeing the hat you come up with. I published this post on “time delay” after writing it on Sunday afternoon… so not only am I telepathic, I can see three days into the future! Too bad I can’t do that with the lottery… 😀

  2. Great hat!!! I had a long striped hat like this when I was a kid. LOVED it! It was long enough that I could wrap it around my neck for a scarf.

    The i-cord start is a nice idea, too.

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