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Shadow Tam/ Rainbow Hue

Knitting
August 2004
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in shadow pattern
394 yards (360 m)
Rainbow Hue (tam)
Errata available: knittingdaily.com

Pattern description from Interweave Knits: “An intriguing knitting technique worked in a combination of warm teal and soft olive green make an unusual tam. Garter stitch rows alternating with stockinette stitch form a subtle interplay of color, shadow, and texture. The hat is worked in a series of pie-shaped wedges shaped by short rows. You can make a smaller hat by eliminating a wedge, a larger hat by adding one or more. To learn more about the possibilities of this simple technique, look for Vivian’s latest book, Shadow Knitting, available from Interweave Press in November.”

Finished Size: About 10.5” (26.5 cm) in diameter across the top; brim measures 20” (51 cm) around, unstretched. To fit an adult.

Yarn: Harrisville New England Knitter’s Shetland (100% wool; 197 yd 180 m/50 g): #15 loden blue (dark teal), #7 tundra (olive), 1 skein each.

Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16” (40-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle

Notes from Interweave Knits:

  • “Tam is constructed from 8 short-rowed wedge shapes.”
  • “Make the tam larger or smaller by adding or subtracting a wedge section. Each section added or removed will change the brim circumference by 2.5” (6.5 cm).”
  • “When changing colors at the top of the crown (beg of RS rows), carry the yarns loosely and evenly along the back of the work to avoid puckering.”

Two different colors of yarn needed.