He's crocheted and not knitted, but this guy popped up on ebay today. For only $500 he can be yours. Well, you'd get him, his "diary" (which actually seems to be some letters), and some stamps.
He's a great opportunity to study nineteenth-century material culture, and I've never seen a hat like this one before. Never say never. It looks like it's worked in some kind of crochet stitch, and my vocabulary is pretty limited there.
I also have some questions about the pompom. If I squint really hard, it actually looks like it's also crocheted around some kind of light-weight form, but I can't imagine such a thing.
Regardless, this hat would be fun to reproduce.
Which brings me to ...
Tomorrow, I'll be presenting a talk on Civil War knitted and crocheted purses, miser's purses, reticules, and more. There will be plenty of slides of originals items, original photographs, original patterns, and more. I'll also have several reproductions available for fondling.
When: Saturday, October 27; 11 am