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Pottmütz: Re-creating a Forgotten Cap Knitting Pattern

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The costume traditions of Pomerania provide the inspiration of this stranded-colorwork cap. Bands of fingering-weight wool, worked seven colors, add visual interest, and a knitted lining boosts warmth.

The colors of the Baltic coastal region provide the palette for Cornelie Müller-Gödecke’s re-creation of a colorful knitted cap called a pottmütz. Cornelie based her cap on the ones found in museum collections and historical illustrations. Part of the classic Mönchgut fisherman’s costume, the knitted, woolen hat features an interior lining, which provides added warmth and protection from the elements.


  • Limbažu Ti‐ne 100% Latvian wool, heavy fingering weight, 382 yards (350 m)/3.7 oz (105 gram) skein, 1 skein each of gray, brown, red, white, green, black, and blue. Note: The cap shown used about 1.4 oz (40 grams) each of gray and brown; 0.4 oz (12 grams) each of red, white, green, and black; and a very small amount of blue.
  • Needles, size 0–1½ (2–2.5 mm) set of 5 double pointed (dpn), or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Smooth, contrasting waste yarn for provisional CO
  • Circular (cir) needle 16" (40 cm) one size larger than main needles for provisional CO
  • Tapestry needle

Finished size: 22" (55.6 cm) head circumference and 13" (33 cm) tall, not including the pom-pom.

Gauge: 33½ sts and 35 rounds = 4" (10.2 cm) in St st.

Originally published: PieceWork Fall 2020


About the Creator

Cornelie Müller-Gödecke lives in Vorpommern, Germany, close to the Baltic Sea. Her research into the textile traditions of northeast Germany is inspired by the rich Baltic knitting traditions.

Author/Designer: Cornelie Müller-Gödecke