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I promised Cherylyn that I'd upload these as soon as I got back to the US, but ended up have a few moments with a good connection to upload them before that.  They've been uploaded at high-def, so you can zoom in and see the details.

For those not in the know about this crazy hat, its made from undyed linen yarn in a macrame technque and the stag is painted in a shiney red paint. It dates to the 16th c and was probably worn by a German nobleman. 

Have fun folks!

GNM 16th c Stag Hat Inv Nr. W 3248



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Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
You are my hero.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, it's even more bootiful in color!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Is it full macrame, or a variation with some knit? It looked like a knit seed stitch. I don't know much about macrame really. Are the loop structures similar?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Macrame is what the GNM has described it as. Macrame is the name given to items made of knot work. Looking at the pictures now, I'm starting to seriously wonder if someone who wasn't that familiar with knit structures took one look at the natural linen yarn and thought "Looks like stuff my mother used to make!" and labeled it macrame. Because it DOES look like its knitted using various patterns, and I'm not really sure how you'd get some of those textures using knots. The stag body looks like the purl side of stockinette stitch to me.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
The bildindex reference says it also is knotted, not knitted. I do not know very much about either technique so I have no opinion, but at least that may be the long standing opinion of the museum, and may have need of updating :)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Its been a while, but I've done some macrame work ages and ages ago. This may be a case of trying to recreate the same textures and look with various techniques and seeing what works the best.
Sep. 3rd, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
It is worked in the round, and it's definitely macrame square knots.

When I attempted it a couple of years ago, my cats terminated the project with extreme prejudice...
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's hideous! Can't wait to see someone make one! :)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
And you feel that you have to re-create it, right?

Sep. 2nd, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
7 years ago yes, I've got other projects on my plate now, but I might play around with it later. :) I think there's another crazy knitter already lined up to tackle it.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Well I know at least one (because I've commissioned her and apparently now a BUNCH of the German boys here want them). I have unintentionally created a 16th C Moose Lodge.

Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Actually, its a Stag deer on the hat, so its going to be a 16th c Stag Lodge. Yee gads, the parties they are going to have!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hee! That's awesome!!!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Stag Lodge + Lodge Parties = Stag Parties.

So they are going to sit around and look at dirty woodcuts, backlit by horn lanterns?

Sep. 6th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Now THAT is awesome.
Sep. 6th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
And people say that the German's don't have a sense of humor... ;D
Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Marion, I <3 you so much!

*spins you!*
Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Crazytown: that hat has it.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of the "horrible hunting hat" that some friends found in a Nuremberg museum. It was knit and had a moose on it. (But from the pictures, the technique looks different.)
Sep. 6th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
OK, this is the second report of "Another Moose Hat" from Nuremberg that we've had. Marion was pretty damn sure it wasn't in the GNM there (since she went through Every Single Case while she was there).

Any chance you could track down pictures from your friends?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Wow... that's just..:* Wow. I wonder how many toilet paper rolls will fit under that thing?
Sep. 6th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Sep. 6th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
I may have a potter friend I know make a custom ‘beer jug’ to fit under the finished hat (since the damn thing is boned anyway, it should hold its shape regardless = Hat AND Beer Cosy!). It may be the surprise gift my husband gets for being willing to wear this damn thing… *chuckle*
Sep. 2nd, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
The crown of the hat was worked side to side, not top down (or bottom up). The base of the crown and the brim were worked from top down (or bottom up). It looks rather like a seed stitch, or possible nalbinding (examples:http://webpages.mcgill.ca/staff/Group2/jhobbi/web/nalbinding/).

Chock full of weird:)
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I completely with agree with your directional ideas. :) I'm going to play with some seed stitch variations and see if I can make something that looks similar. I think the years have made the actual stitches a little harder to distinguish clearly without looking really closely.

I have no interest in having the hat myself, but can't resist a good knit engineering challenge!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
It's like a 16th C Jayne hat! :-)
Sep. 6th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing*
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I wonder how large I can blow those photos up? It really looks like seed stitch and either garter stitch or reverse stockinette stitch for the majority of the hat.

Wonder if I could get my husband to wear it?...
Sep. 6th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Too awesome. :)
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