No, not that kind of viking hat… The Vikings did not, in fact, wear horns on their helmets. I met a nice Viking re-enactor at ConCarolinas earlier this month who was looking for a more historical cool weather hat to complete his garb. I did not explore the traditional and historical folk craft of binding/weaving which was how his example hats were made, but attempted a similar look through linked double crochet – which was likely much faster.
My first attempt used a brown/gold/purple yarn that I liked and knew would make a good prototype (the client wanted more earthy colors). Scandinavian-descended husband models the prototype below for authenticity 😀
So, after feedback, Viking Hat 2.0 has a smaller braid and I used a light and dark gray for the main colors with a thread of a remnant ball I had that faded from mossy green to rusty brown to wine burgundy – I only used it in the final pull through of the dark gray stitches to accent the line and keep the hat to mostly grays.
I really love the way this turned out and I will likely make some more in other colors before my events this Fall. If you would like one of your very own, you can commission one or find me at my upcoming events and see what I’ve made!