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Gregor’s Red Wool Schlappe “Starfish” Hat — With Feathers Like the Landsknecht!

Red Landschknecht Hat

Since last night’s experiments making a Landsknecht hat went went, I started working on it again as soon as I got up! I used some lightweight red wool, with red linen for the lining. I made the hat bigger in all ways — bigger brim, bigger slashings (the loops that stick out, bigger cap on top. I thought last night’s seem a bit too modest for a Landsknecht. I machine stitched the loops to the brim, then handstitched everything else. It didn’t take too long, especially once I finally tried using the beeswax I’d received in “AnneMarie’s Favor” Award from Duchess AnneMarie’s Half Century Holiday — what a difference the beeswax made in avoiding snags and tangles in my thread!

"Landsknecht with Helmbart" by Erhard Schon (1491-1542)

Landsknecht were German mercenaries in the 15th and 16th centuries, with a reputation for being very good fighters. Gregor has a particular interest in them, and one day would like to don the entire garb of a Landsknecht! To the right you can see an illustration of a Landsknecht with a similar hat — this illustration is a woodcut by Erhard Schön (1491-1542) from Nuremberg, Germany.

I am very pleased with the results! I cannot wait to see it on Gregor — and he arrives from the faraway lands of Draca Mor in just three days! I can’t wait to see him.

Landsknecht "Starfish" Hat

Top of Landsknecht Hat

Lining of Landsknecht Hat

If anyone is interested in how I made this hat, leave me a message here. I’d put the pattern up now, but I need to get back to sewing … Pennsic is so close and I have so much to do! Just know that you will probably need to wait until after Pennsic for a detailed response.

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2 Comments to “Gregor’s Red Wool Schlappe “Starfish” Hat — With Feathers Like the Landsknecht!”

  1. Hey there! I’ve been looking everywhere for a pattern for these hats! I work at Renaissance faires and i love the german hats, where did you find a pattern for this?

    Thank you so much,
    Chelsea

    • Genoveva von Lübeck

      I didn’t find a pattern — I just winged it. I basically made a bunch of wool strips, a few inches wide. Then I attached them to the outside of circle of wool, then sewed in a band beneath them. If you need a pattern, you’ll find one in pattern 505 (German accessories) at reconstructinghistory.com. They make theirs differently than I do, but it seems like it would work!

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