Orkney Fair Isle Tam Pattern
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This is a stitch-by-stitch reconstruction of a tam worn in a photo from the Orkney island of Papa Westray. It is typical of others seen in the country just before World War I. The photo is, of course, black and white, but these colors were chosen to match the tones of the photo and the colors of the time.
Finished Size: Band 15 (17 1/4) inches (38.1 [43.8] cm) to fit head size 19–21 (21 1/2–24) inches (48.3–53.3 [54.6–61] cm); top 11 (12 1/2) inches (27.9 [31.8] cm) diameter.
Yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight, 100% Shetland wool yarn, fingering weight, 125 yards (115 m)/25 gram (.88 oz) ball, 1 (2) balls of #01A Off White (MC) and 1 ball each of #202 Fawn (A), #87 Heather (B), #36 Navy (C); www.shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk
Needles: set of double pointed, sizes 2 1/2 (3 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Stitch markers, Tapestry needle
Gauge: 26 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in St st on larger needles after washing and blocking
Originally Published: Knitting Traditions, Fall 2015
Note:Tam shown measures 11 inches (27.9 cm) in diameter.
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