Weldon’s Mystery Project: Bicycle Cap

Crochet caps are chic no matter what the era. The pages of Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Second Series in Weldon’s Practical Needlework provides the latest mystery project in our series of patterns without illustrations. The Bicycle Cap pattern from Volume 1 is a mystery to us. Help shed some light on what this crocheted cap sans illustration looks like.

Bicycle Cap

Victorian women’s fashion was revolutionalized with the arrival of the safety cycle in 1884. Miss Alice Hughes in “A Professor’s Love Story”. 1898. The Weldon’s Bicycle Cap is sure to make a style statement for today’s fashionista! Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images.

Here is the pattern as it was published in 1886 with neither corrections nor alterations.

Bicycle Cap.

Materials required are Berlin wool and a fine bone crochet hook. Make a chain of 5 stitches, join in a circle. 1st round—2 treble crochets in every foundation stitch. 2nd round—Like first. 3rd round—2 treble crochets in every alternate stitch. 4th round—2 treble crochets between every increase. 5th round—3 treble crochets between every increase. 6th round—4 treble crochets between every increase. 7th round—5 treble crochets between every increase. 8th round—6 treble crochets between every increase. 9th round—7 treble crochets between every increase. 10th round—8 treble crochets between every increase. This finishes the crown of the cap. For the Band around the head—1st round—10 treble crochet, miss one all around. 11 rounds of treble crochet, without increase or decrease. Line it with silk, and work in the centre of band the initials of the club.

Indeed this cap would be a stylish addition to any cyclist’s ensemble. But unlike our Victorian counterparts, today’s cycling enthusiasts would be well advised to strap on a helmet and save the crochet cap for activities not involving a set of wheels.

Before you chain on, remember British crochet terms differ from those used in the United States. Here’s a handy translation of the different crochet terms:

English-American stitch

If you whip up a Bicycle Cap, we’d love to see a photo. Send us your project images to piecework@interweave.com.

Happy stitching!
Elizabeth


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