“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!”
Design: Hélène Magnússon
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” / 10×10 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
Yarn: 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
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