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Peter the Great Hat
Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:10 am
I'm having a go at working out the pattern for the knitted 'Peter the Great' hat. Its going reasonably well, but I wanted some feedback from anyone who has one in this style. I can't go to Russia to see the original so I'm working on the description in Kirsty Bucklands article and memory of a couple of reproductions I've seen over the years.
What I'm not sure about is whether it looks quite right yet, its certainly a functional hat, but what do I need to tweak in the next one do you think?
Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:25 am
Looks very close to the repro ones I've seen a couple of ECWS people wearing....may get tempted myself if you go into production.
Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:30 pm
Ha ha! I was reading that, wonder who Peter, the Great hat was!
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:18 am
steve stanley wrote:Looks very close to the repro ones I've seen a couple of ECWS people wearing....may get tempted myself if you go into production.
Sure thing, just let me know when you want one
Always happy to make hats to order
Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:08 pm
Being Sally's first (I believe) PtG hat customer, let me say it arrived today and I'm very pleased indeed. It will be available to view at various events throughout the following seasons, marred only by the ugly mug beneath it.
Interesting question (and a bit of background): The PtG hat's history begins with a visit by the said Csar to England in the 1690s. Peter had a great fascination with ships and the sea, and so spent quite a bit of his visit looking over naval ships and dockyards and the like. He became enamoured of the hats he kept seeing the English sailors wearing, and on his way home he bought one - the one in the Hermitage Museum which is now being copied. The question is, do any other owners of PtG hats actually use them to portray English seamen of the late 17th/early 18th century?
Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:47 pm
PtG stayed in a local pub (King's Arms in Godalming)on the way to/from Portsmouth. They still have the bill that his entourage ran up while staying - they consumed rather a lot.