Our Cobertor Cap knitting pattern is perfect for blustery days in the depths of winter. The brushed-wool hat is inspired by the weather-proof warmth of Portuguese Cobertor de Papa blankets. These traditional, utilitarian blankets have been used for centuries by transhumance shepherds in the Serra da Estrela mountains.
Rosa Pomar of Retrosaria shares, ''Spun from the fleece of native long-wool sheep breeds, papa blankets have a distinctive faux-fur look, obtained through fulling and teaseling. The dense nap creates an exceptionally warm blanket. This same look and feel is achieved on knitted garments made with Cobertor yarn by gently teaseling them with a flick carder or a dog slicker.''