Bumble by Elizabeth Doherty


January 2012
28 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
270 yards (247 m)
One size, to fit an average woman's head, 21– 23" (53–58 cm)
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A wee bumblebee meanders lazily between the rows of flowers on the crown of this whimsical colorwork tam.

Bumble features a rolled edge, corrugated ribbing, and stranded colorwork. On the top of the hat, a bee motif is worked over one segment of the crown, if desired. After blocking, the body and head of the bee are recolored using duplicate stitch.

The tam uses approximately 90 yds [83 m] of each of three colors, and is sized to fit an average woman’s head.

To fit head circumference: 21­–23” 53–58 cm

28 sts x 33 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette stitch.

US 2 [2.75 mm] needles, dpns or circs, according to your preference for working small circumferences in the round.

Quince and Co Chickadee, 100% American wool,
181 yds 166 m per 50g skein; 90 yds [83 m] each in:

Color 1: Storm
Color 2: Carrie’s Yellow
Color 3: Egret

Alternate colors in beeless version
Color 1: Bark
Color 2: Bird’s Egg
Color 3: Petal

For more information and tips on blocking, see:

And for a few additional technical tips, see Bumble pattern notes.