Twageos by Susan Crawford


February 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Fair Isle pattern knitted in the round
US 1 - 2.25 mm
625 - 870 yards (572 - 796 m)
Small (47cm/18.5in); Medium (52cm/20.5in); Large (58.5/23in) head circumference
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This pattern is one of 27 patterns from The Vintage Shetland Project and is not available as a single pattern. I do not intend to release the patterns individually.

Heavyweight version
Susan Crawford Excelana 4 ply, 100% British wool (159m/174yds per 50g skein)
1 (2, 2) skeins Alabaster - yarn A
1 (1, 1) skein Ruby Red - yarn B
1 (1, 1) skein Cornflower Blue - yarn C
1 (1, 1) skein Powdered Egg - yarn D


Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight, 100% Shetland wool (115m/1125yds per 25g ball)
2 (3, 3) balls shade 1A - yarn A
1 (1, 1) ball shade 9113 - yarn B
1 (1, 1) ball shade 142 - yarn C
1 (1, 1) ball shade 121 - yarn D

Lightweight version
Susan Crawford Fenella 2 ply, 100% British wool (124m/135yds per 25g skein)
2 (3, 3) skeins Chalk - yarn A
1 (1, 1) skein Baked Cherry - yarn B
1 (1, 1) skein Dolly Blue - yarn C
1 (1, 1) skein Jonquil - yarn D

35 sts & 36 rounds to 10cm (4in) over Fair Isle pattern worked in the round and after blocking. We obtained this gauge using 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Suggested Needles & Notions
2.25mm (US1) circular needle - 40cm in length
2.25mm (US 1) circular needle - 80cm in length
Set of 2.25mm (US 1) DPNs
Stitch markers

Pattern Notes
This tam is worked in the round from the bottom up. The brim is worked, then turned with WS facing, and then a stocking stitch facing is worked. The brim is then turned back and sewn to the facing. The crown is oversized, as tams often are, so a lightweight yarn option is provided for anyone wanting a slightly less extravagent item of headwear. 120 tassels are cut and threaded through the very top of the tam to create a flamboyant flourish. Charts plus written instructions are provided for each size. The sample shown in the photographs is the heavyweight version, knitted in the largest size. The circumference of the brim of the tam should be approximately 5-8cm (2-3in) less than the widest point on the head of the intended wearer.

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