This lovely tam is a quick and happy knit. Two versions of the same tam are offered:  the first one with an allover stranded motif is a good project to practice colorwork whereas the second version uses all sorts of decreases and increases to create decorative embossed leaves. You probably guessed already that Sólblóm means sunflower in Icelandic! A pattern by Hélène Magnusson  

Wool used: Álafoss lopi and Heirloom from Fancy Tigers Crafts or yarn substitutes.

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Sólblóm Pattern

3 €

The pattern story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

"As much as I love Icelandic wool and wear it directly on the skin, I can't stand it on my forehead! Fortunately there are many lovely yarns out there and I must say that Heirloom from Fancy Tigers Crafts stole my heart... Isn't that yellow Mullein absolutely gorgeous? It's an American Romney yarn, naturally grey, that dyes beautifully, and the same weight as Álafoss lopi. So here is my new tam that mixes the two together and calls for spring and sun! I loved to knit the two together and rediscovered how knitting with lopi compared to a plied yarn is a bit like knitting with a cloud!

Heirloom + Lopi = Love

The stranded motif is very common in the mittens known in Iceland as Nordic mittens: it's a little pattern often use inside the hand to fill up the space and carry the yarn all around.

You will have already guessed that Sólblóm means sunflower in Icelandic! It surely brought sun to Reykjavík!"

The designer

Hélène Magnússon is a leading knit designer in Iceland, the author of many books about traditional Icelandic knitting and the editor of The Icelandic Knitter. She likes to put a new spin on Icelandic traditions. She began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm and a mountain guide. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in collaboration with tour operator Icelandic Mountain Guides. 


Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Size: one size fits all. You can achieve more sizes by changing needle size or yarn.

Finished measurements: 25 cm/ 10” diameter across, to fit head circumference 48-53.5 cm /19-21”.

Gauge: 4”x 4” / 10x10 cm = 16 sts and 11 rows in stocking st

Needles: sizes 4.5 and 5.5 mm/US 7 and 9 circular needle (using Magic loop) or DPN’s


MC: Heirloom from Fancytigers Crafts, 100% American Romney Worsted Yarn, 113g/4 oz per skein ca. 183m/200 yds: shade Mullein,1 skein

CC: Alafosslopi from Ístex, 100% new wool, light spun, 100g per skein ca. 200m/218 yds: shade 0051, 1 skein

Total yardage for one tam: ca. 100m/109 yds

Notions: markers, blocking plate


Pattern notes


Techniques: The tam is worked in the round in stranded knitting using a circular needle from the bottom up. It’s knitted at a rather tight gauge for sturdiness, suitable for a tam.

Stranded knitting, Magic loop (but you can use DPN's), increases and decreases.

Pattern: once you've made your paiement, you will receive an email with a link to dowload the pattern PDF. We don't send patterns by snailmail.

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern