Pirate Treasure

March 10, 2014

Our children seem to loose sunhats like I loose pins, frequently and to my great irritation. So we visited our local charity shop to find a quick replacement. We didn’t find a sunhat but I did find a very warm beanie. Not really useful right now but surely will be soon. I call it the Treasure hat.

IMG_1909Does it look familiar to any knitters out there? It did to me and I got super excited to find this particular US hand knit design in our neck of the woods.  You know I love a mystery and I decided to use Ravelry to see if I could find its origins.

wecallthempiratesthumbnailTreasure hat is a modified version of We Call Them Pirates, a hat pattern by Adrian Bizilia from Hello Yarn available as a free Ravelry download. As you can see from the image of the original design (courtesy of Adrian Bizilia), the orginal is a sectioned hat, the motifs making vertical and horizontal colourwork patterns.

The modification is dated 2006.  Pamela Northrup from Katydid Knits, took elements from They Call Them Pirates to make a chart for socks, Jack Sparrow’s Favourite Socks.  This came to be used as a modified chart for a hat by other knitters, appearing fairly often amongst the They Call Them Pirates projects.

IMG_1913The Treasure hat has the lining of the original pattern but spiralling crown decreases and is very similar to projects posted by bioengiknitter in December 2007.  Her projects seem to be the first time the Jack Sparrow mods appear in hat form in the They Call Them Pirates project list.  Ravelry was only launched in May of that year, so these are early entries.

In a filtered search of both designs I tried to see if I could find the actual hat on Ravelry.

But alas, I could not.

So the only things we really can know about the Treasure hat is its design origin.

Things that are likely are that:

  • it was made later than 2006, probably later than December 2007.
  • the knitter is likely to be Australian
  • the knitter used Ravelry to marry those particular mods to the original pattern but didn’t post their project.

One of the most interesting things that has come out of this little mystery for me, is how Ravelry, ostensibly a pattern database and social network of knitters, crocheters and spinners can be used as an historical textile archive to trace the origins and development of particular designs through the documented material culture of actual knitters.

This adventure cost me $1.00.



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