Birds on a Wire Hat or Tam by Joan Sheridan

Birds on a Wire Hat or Tam

February 2019
Jamieson's of Shetland Shetland Spindrift
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches = 4 inches
in pattern using larger needles after blocking. Gauge varies from 30-32 stitches depending upon needles and style chosen.
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
205 yards (187 m)
Women's average
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This little bird is actually based on birds motifs found on early American coverlets. It can be a blue bird or a red bird or any color of bird you’d like! Putting them together like this reminds me of seeing the migrating birds in the spring and fall of each year sitting on the utility wires in the back yard.

Kits are available from Heritage Spinning and Weaving.

Skill: Experienced.

Size: Women’s average.

Gauge over pattern after blocking:
Cap - using US #2.5 (3.0mm) needles: 30 sts = 4”/10cm in pattern; Tam - using US #3 (3.25mm) needles: 32 sts = 4”/10cm in pattern.

Yarn: Fingering weight.
Approximately 142 yards/130 m of background color and 63 yards/58 m for birds.

Samples shown used Ruana Tumi.

Needles and notions:
Cap used US Size #1 (2.50 mm) and US Size #2.5 (3.0 mm) and Tam used US Size #1 (2.50 mm) and US Size #3 (3.25 mm) for circular knitting or size to achieve gauge. Stitch marker, tapestry needle.