Monday, October 29, 2018

The Latrine Hat

 In the Autumn 2018 issue of SpinOff magazine, there is a very interesting article
 about a hat that was 'discovered' during the reconstruction in the hospital
 of Fort Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Canada.
When they uncovered the early 1700's hospital latrine they also uncovered this hat~
the conditions of the latrine were perfect for preserving this handspun and hand knit hat
 due to the use of lime .  One can only speculate on how the hat got there 
but they did solve the mystery of the pattern for this hat and it was included in the article!  
 Since I had recently dyed and spun wool very similar to the one used in the article, 
I thought it would be an interesting knit to try.
 The construction was unlike any hat I had made;  
the brim was purled in the round and then turned up to the right side of the hat to form the brim
--quite the opposite to how we knit them today!
 I was tempted to chuck all that purling and do it 'right'!  
 Then I remembered why I was knitting it and relaxed 
and allowed myself to be taught something new instead of doing it my usual old way.
Always a good frame of mind!
The hat has a very different shape from our beanies of today but once on, 
it takes the shape of the head very nicely (my DH was a willing guinea pig).
I have enough yarn left to make a hat using today's patterns which will make a good comparison!
Who knows where my creation will end up in 300 years!!!!


  1. What a story! I may have picked a different name than "latrine hat!"

  2. How interesting - the construction is unique, and I'm glad you persevered.

  3. Wow. That's amazing. It's rare to find preserved fabrics!
    Your hat looks fantastic, but I sincerely hope it doesn't end up in a latrine!

  4. Very interesting looking hat. It does look warm though. Hope your hat has a better life story. LOL

  5. I miss Spin Off. I really should subscribe again. I loved all the back stories. I think the hat is just perfect and looks great in handspun. It must have been a fun knit.

  6. I don't think I would share the name of the hat with people considering the color of the yarn. LOL! Love the look of the yarn though, so cozy.

  7. When I first saw the title of this post, I thought it was a typo! Lol. That yarn is beautiful.


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