The Museum of Cornish Life in Helston is calling upon local knitters of all skill levels to try their hand at a range of vintage patterns to help raise vital funds for the museum over the winter.

Brainchild of museum volunteer, Vicky Wiltshire, throughout November knitters and crocheters are being invited to recreate and donate hats from the 1960s, 70s and 80s using a selection of the museum’s vintage patterns which can be downloaded at

Once completed, crafters are asked to safely drop in their designs to the museum or post their creations. The range of designs will be sold in the museum’s shop in December and all proceeds will go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the museum.

Museum of Cornish Life director, Annette MacTavish, said: “We are always looking for new and interactive ways in which our visitors and supporters can aid us in raising funds in a way which is fun, interactive and educational.

“Making use of our wide selection of knitting and crochet patterns from across the decades, this is a great way to beat the lockdown blues and create something fun whilst raising money for a good cause.

“Thank you in advance to all of those who send in their creations – we can’t wait to see them!”

The Museum of Cornish Life houses one of the largest social history collections in the south west, and ranges from archaeological evidence of the earliest settlers to the Lizard Peninsula, to a fully stocked 1950’s kitchen.