Caller Herrin by Kate Davies Designs

Caller Herrin

Fingering (14 wpi) ?
7 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stranded stockinette in the round
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
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Tam measures 10 inches in diameter and 8 inches in depth.

You will need 6 shades of Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 ply (or other yarn that knits to gauge) and a small amount of soft, finer 4ply or laceweight yarn for lining.

Shades used:
Selkie, Pebble Beach, Solan Goose, Shearwater, Kittiwake, Summer Tide.

Inspired by the Scottish fishing industry and the colours and patterns of herring scales, the name of this design (meaning “fresh herring”) comes from a song written in the early 19th century by Carolina Oliphant to a tune by fiddler, Nathaniel Gow. Gow’s music echoes the traditional street cries of the Newhaven fishwives and the sound of Edinburgh bells, while Oliphant’s words play on the familiar notion that the true cost of fish could only be measured in the lost lives of the men who caught them.

I’ve included the text of the song (for those who are interested) with the pattern.

Photos are taken at Newhaven harbour.