Yule Toque and Tam by Elizabeth McCarten
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Yule Toque and Tam

Knitting
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
110 - 220 yards (101 - 201 m)
Ladies' average
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The tam version of this hat was designed as a first project for students in my stranded knitting classes. The stitch pattern is adapted from the “Snowstar” mitten in Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson’s delightful little gem, “The Mitten Book”, translated from the Swedish and first published by Lark Books in 1984. I later adapted the pattern to an even simpler toque design.
The tam has a few rounds of corrugated ribbing, only one round with carries long enough to require weaving in, and no colourwork at all in the crown shaping. You can choose to let the yarn take care of the colour changes if you use a colour-changing yarn such as Noro’s Silk Garden, or if you want to make both hats in just two colours, you can get away with purchasing one 100g skein of each colour and you will have enough total yardage. Whichever option you choose, be sure to use a wool that is not superwash treated to allow the tam to be blocked into the classic shape. You can probably complete a hat in just a weekend, making this pattern perfect for holiday gifting.
Note: the gauge for the toque is 18 sts/ 10 cm while the gauge for the tam is 20 sts/ 10cm (both measured in unstranded stocking stitch).