Cha-Ching Tam by Laura Nelkin

Cha-Ching Tam

September 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked on larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
160 yards (146 m)
Approximately 21" (53.5cm) around, stretched, x 8" (20.5cm) deep
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This bottom‑up tam plays with a modified beaded Coin Stitch ribbing. The Crown shaping incorporates the pattern so that it flows seamlessly to the bind-off. I did design matching mitts (page 107), but start with the tam since it’s knit on larger needles and has minimal shaping, making it a great starter project to learn this stitch.

One of my knitting group buddies made a lovely cream-colored scarf using the Coin Stitch (a simple faux cable pattern) alternated with ribbing. Of course, my first thought was this: “Where are the beads?” So I ran home and fiddled with beads until I found out how to place the bead right at the base of the slipped stitch. Fun times!