I am very proud to finally show you the tam I made !!! It goes in a set with my Really Red Cardigan.
I had knit the tam before the holiday gift-knitting crunch set in, then put it aside to be photographed after the new year. New year … check. Photographed…. check. I am over the moon about having this particular cardigan & tam ensemble finished because only a couple of months ago ~ after having hibernated well over a year~ the cardigan was doomed to die a tragic death of getting unraveled out of existence ! After much persuasion from a friend, I committed & cut the steek, finished the cardigan, then surprisingly soon after, decided to knit up this tam to go with! Maybe it was meant to have waited until now, as the rains of the season has made the moss so verdant ~~~ and just look at how well the moss sings praise to the red wool !
I improvised the cardigan yoke motifs into a simple 8-point tam, and being that it’s sport weight yarn and not fingering, it’s a slight bit larger and floppier in contrast to the ones I’ve knit up with finer gauge yarn. I think it’s ‘ Tam O’ Shanter-esque ‘ personality, with wider brim, is actually a look I really am drawn towards. Very old-world Scottish in my thinking.
I also am intrigued at how in different angles of light, the tone and hues of the red changes, and just about explodes next to the bright green moss fronds.
If you look closely , you can see the same moss stitch rib with vikkel braid edging on the tam that the cardigan has got . . .
. . . as well as an applied cord edging (to snug up the band), raised double decreases , and a beret loop flourish. I am pleased with its wider-brimmed shape and I feel it is pretty darned smart!
A birds-eye view of the wheel . . .
. . .well, because garnet is my birth-stone .
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Details found on Ravelry here.