Pierowall Tam by Carla Cuadros

Pierowall Tam

November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
31 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
415 yards (379 m)
One Size (22"/56 cm headband circumference)
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Named for a village on the island of Westray, Orkney Islands, the Pierowall Tam is worked in the Fair Isle technique. With a 13.5-inch (34 cm) diameter, this is an oversized tam that provides a large canvas for the colored stitch patterns.

It begins with the Old Norwegian Cast-on (aka German Twisted Cast-on), which provides a firm yet elastic, non-curling base for the corrugated ribbing, then expands into alternating bands of peeries and large patterns, before decreasing into an 8-sided wheel.

The charts for this pattern use Mary Rowe’s notation for designating the colors. This system allows for easy color substitution if the knitter chooses a different palette. A color printer is not required to produce the easy-to-read charts.

To finish, 3 buttons are sewn to the ribbing for a dash of style.

Techniques Used:
• Decreases: k2tog, s2kp
• Increase: M1L (make one left)
• Knit, purl
• Old Norwegian Cast-on
• Stranded knitting

Fingering/sock/4 ply/14 wpi yarn.
Shown in Knit Picks Palette (100% Peruvian Highland Wool,
231 yd 211 m/50 g):
1 skein #23729 Black (A)
1 skein #24574 Majestic (B)
1 skein #26041 Haze Heather (C)
1 skein #24576 Aster (D)
1 skein # 25090 Pennyroyal (E)
1 skein #24565 Fairy Tale (F)
1 skein # 24573 Lady Slipper (G)

Size 4 (3.5mm) 16-inch (40 cm) and 20-inch (65 cm) circular
needles and double pointed needles (dpns) or size needed to
obtain gauge

Tapestry needle
Stitch marker
14” 35.5 cm diameter plate or plastic or cardboard circle (a cake board works well)
Optional: three ½” shank buttons, sewing needle and thread

Finished measurements:
22” headband circumference x 11” high (56 x 28 cm);
13.5” (34.5 cm) diameter

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit.