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Friday, March 24, 2006

The Tam to End All Tams

It was the best of tams, it was the worst of tams.

Finally!! I discovered where the photo of my last and best tam had disappeared to. It was still at the photo developer shop where I had dropped it off originally. There is nothing like not losing an item to think you have certainly lost it irrecoverably.

Anyhoo. Here is my last tam for the Knitting Olympics gold medal which I earned by dealing with this rough blue English rug yarn (yes, it really is) contrasted with a microspun slippery banana-peely cream which looks good together, but is a bear to handle with its opposite yarn number in a pattern you are making up as you go along. It is a testimony to how quick one can learn to knit a tam, going from a plain one (pink one, see previous post) where you never let go of the directions, to a patterned one (green and pastel rainbow one) where you follow the directions when you have a question, to an intricate, off-gauge, mis-wooled, by guess and by golly, interpreting the changes as you go tam that actually turned out wearable. Whew.

Next stop, Moebius. I have a great deal of laceweight yarn that would be tedious to straight stitch into anything that would be remotely useful, so I decided to make moebius scarves as Christmas gifts for next year. To that end, I discovered a nice reversible pattern free on the internet for this use. I offer it here to interested parties:

The Feather and Fan Stitch.
This stitch pattern is divisible by 18. That means any yarn and any size needle can be used.. Determine the size you want by YOUR stitch gauge. Follow the needle recommendations on the yarn packaging. Cast on any amount (divisible by 18) plus any amount for border. Keep these border stitches in Knit Only (BOTH SIDES)
Work 8 rows of knit only at the beginning and ending of your piece.
Row 1: K
Row 2: P
Row 3: *K 2 tog 3 times, YO, K1 6 times, K 2 tog 3 times* repeat to border.
Row 4: K
Work until desired length. End by working 8 rows Knit


  • At 8:26 AM, Blogger Christine said…

    Are you going to block your tam?

  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Titine24 said…

    Yes, eventually, if I can find the tam. The process consists of wetting the tam and putting a proper sized plate inside it until it dries. Some folks even mount them on cross-stitch hoops for a permanent wall decoration. Seems too simple a procedure to skip. Now if I can only locate the tam...

  • At 3:24 AM, Blogger beads-n-books said…

    It's nothing short of exquisite!! What a lovely underside decoration - I never would have thought of putting one there! Your Tam is probably in the Tower of London, next to the British Crown Jewels...


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