Christ Church Tam

Christ Church Tam

Christ Church Tam by Laura Ricketts, from Knitting Traditions Spring 2016

The Christ Church Tam was my personal challenge to meld the beauty and light of stained glass with the warmth and texture of yarn. I used the delightfully springy, tightly plied Socks That Rock yarn because of its beautiful color and hand. As a result, the finished project has a pleasant hand and weight. However,because the yarn is a bit slippery, please be careful to twist your yarns if stranding more than four stitches, or try using Susan Rainey’s stranding technique taught in her project It’s Not About the Hat on Ravelry. This will be an entirely different hat if done in a traditional wool.

I incorporated a lot of Christian and architectural symbolism in this tam. First of all, the brim design is not only a cable, but a wheel within a wheel. This is in reference to the first chapter of Ezekiel, as noted in several Negro spirituals. The small/medium hat size has four repeats to mirror the four wheels. On the crown, I have reproduced the rose window of Christ Church Cathedral with the ten “petals” in the rose, a half leaf on the perimeter, a set of wings for each angel, and a cross or chi rho for the center of the tam. The chi rho is an ancient Greek symbol for Christ comprised of the first two letters of Khristos; in English, those Greek initials look like XP.

Finished Size 18 (19½, 21¼)” brim circumference and 10¼ (10½, 11¾)” tall. Tam shown measures 19½”.

Yarn Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight (100% superwash merino; 405 yd [370 m]/5.15 oz [146 g]): help us, Rhonda (red; MC) and blue for ewe (CC), 1 skein each.

Needles Size 0 (2 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Size 1½ (2.5 mm): 16″ cir and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.

Gauge 33 sts and 40 rnds = 4″ in Corrugated Rib patt on smaller needles; 35 sts and 40 rnds = 4″ in Border patt on larger needles; 32 sts and 40 rnds = 4″ in Angel’s Wing patt on larger needles.

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