Orkney Fair Isle Tam Kit
Embrace color in a stunning pattern from the Northern Isles. You may be familiar with Fair Isle stranded colorwork, but this variation from Orkney has key differences. No more than two colors appear in any round, yet the pattern starts right at the hat’s brim. Elizabeth Lovick chose classic colors from the early twentieth century.
Included in this kit:
Orkney Fair Isle Tam by Elizabeth Lovick
featured on the cover of Knitting Traditions, Fall 2015
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 colors used were selected carefully to reflect the time period.
- Finished Size: band 15 inches to fit head size 19-21 inches; top 11 inches in diameter
- Gauge: 26 sts and 30 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles after washing and blocking
- Needles: Set of double pointed, size 2 1/2 and 4 or size needed to obtain gauge
- Other Materials Needed: Stitch markers and a tapestry needle
Knitting Traditions Fall 2015
Magazine Single Issue
Knitting Traditions, Fall 2015 features stores and projects that reflect how an original design or technique transitioned into something else. Sometimes it happened slowly over the years through multiple makers, other times, we see necessity cause dramatic shifts in knitting: in wartime, craft can take on a new meaning in urgency. This issue credits the knitters who appreciate the value of quality craftsmanship and low history – people who enjoy knitting traditions. The beautifully recreated pieces using techniques and patterns that have traveled across time and space.
Economic shifts, new materials, or fashion fads cause social and crafting innovations. As Elizabeth Lovick demonstrates, Fair Isle knitting traversed the Northern Isles and adapted constantly due to market demand, with each island developing its own variations. Susan Strawn shows how department stores capitalized on market trends or world events to sell yarn. Then, as Deborah Robson documents, primitive sheep breeds nearly died out from governmental policies, creation of synthetic fibers, or war. Pinpointing the exact moment of change can be difficult.
from Simply Shetland
Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift is a 2-ply, jumper weight wool traditionally used for Fair Isle knitting.
- Natural White #104
- Mooskit (light brown) #106
- Purple Heather #239
- Dark Navy #730
Note: Colors may vary slightly from what is pictured here.
Limited quantities available! Claim your Orkney Fair Isle Tam Kit today!
- Beautiful Color
- The colors are beautiful! I haven't knit it yet, but I can't wait to complete it an wear it. (Posted on 10/9/2015)
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