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Feel like Esther Williams as you dive back into the '30s with this vintage bathing cap.

The tight-fitting cap covers your ears and holds back your hair. The strap goes under the chin to hold the cap on.

For fun flare, embroider one or more flowers, depending on your personal style.

model: Elizabeth McVey photo: Jordana McVey

One size fits all [average adult]
Circumference: 18 inches [cap will stretch when worn]
Length: 9 inches


Sugar'n Cream [100% Cotton; 120yd/109m per 70.9g skein]; color: #00042 - Tea Rose; 1 skein

1 set of 5 US #6/4.25mm double-point needles
1 set US #6/4.25mm straight needles
Stitch marker
darning needle
Embroidery floss or yarn scraps as desired
1 button



19 sts/23 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch



Note: Pattern begins at the bottom edge of the back of the swimcap.

Using US 6 single point needles CO 3 sts.
Work in St st until piece is 11 inches long.
End on a k row.


With RS facing, evenly pick up and knit 48 sts along the length of the piece.
Pick up and knit 3 sts along width of piece [the cast on edge]. 54 sts on needle.
Note: For increases, use a simple inset increase: With the left needle lift the horizontal yarn lying between two sts. To prevent a hole, twist this yarn. Knit this st on a k row and purl it on a p row.

Row 1: P.
Row 2: K3, inc1, k until 3 sts remain, inc1, k3 [56 sts].
Row 3: P.
Row 4: K.
Row 5: P3, inc1, p until 3 sts remain, inc1, p3 [58 sts].
Row 6: K.
Rows 7-8: Repeat rows 5 and 6 [60 sts].
Rows 9-10: Repeat rows 1 and 2 [62 sts].
Rows 11-13: Repeat rows 1-3 [64 sts].
Rows 14-16: Repeat rows 4-6 [66 sts].
Row 17: P.
Rows 18-19: Repeat rows 4 and 5 [68 sts].
Rows 20-25: Work in St st.

Front Border

Using dpns, k3, turn, p3, turn, continue working these 3 sts in St st until strip measures 4 inches. End on a k row.


With RS facing, evenly pick up and k 18 sts along the left side of the strip, using a dpn. Place marker.
K to end of row, placing sts on dpns. [86 sts]
Connect row ends, k86. K15 rnds.


Rnd 1: * K12, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k13, k2tog, repeat from * to end [80 sts].
Next rnd and all even rnds: K.
Rnd 3: * K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end [70 sts].
Rnd 5: * K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end [60 sts].
Rnd 7: * K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end [50 sts].
Rnd 9: * K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end [40 sts].
Rnd 11: * K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end [30 sts].
Rnd 13: * K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end [20 sts].
Rnd 15: K2tog across row [10 sts].
Leaving a long tail, cut yarn. Run yarn through remaining sts. Pull tightly.


Pick up and knit 3 sts on bottom edge of cap.
K all rows until strap measures 7 inches.
Next row: k3, pass second st over last st.
Next row: k1, m1, k1.
Next 2 rows: k.
Bind off.

Weave yarn tails into cap.
Attach button to cap opposite the strap.
Using yarn scraps or embroidery floss, embroider a flower on the side of the cap, or cover the cap with flowers.

Jordana is a junior in college and will be attending San Jose State University in the fall.

Motivated by the rise in the number of young knitters, she saw a need for a purse that could carry all the supplies for knitting on the go. As a result, she designed "The Knitter's Purse" and recently started her own business, Jordana Paige.