What do I have here? Something very tweedy for Autumn! A set of my Tartan & Tweed Tam & Mitts for an Autumn birthday gift, and a pretty nice ensemble of Autumney finds of local acorns and fir cones.
I have used a lovely yarn of alpaca-wool blend called Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, which I really love, and adorned not with a pompom or toorie, or beret loop ~~ but a Dorset Button.
That is the news from my neck o’ the woods, and I’m roaring along rather productively on another mitt design, soon to be done & dusted with it. I hope you are all having a wonderful Autumn and enjoying the turning of leaves and things to gold & rust, as I am. Its a slow turning in Northern California, but it is beginning!
and I am happy to finally show you the bunch of lovely photographs taken last month at our castle, modeling the design.
This tam design is a little different, looking a little like a tweed cloth cap but also like a conventional tam. Personally I think I’ve finally found my best-yet tam shape, and am excited to run with it.
Oh, and there are options in yarn weights, and well,
how could I not include a straight-sided toque option?
I really think this tam is my best yet, and I hope you knit it !
Available for download w/ details on pattern page HERE & on RavelryHERE
I have knit another test tam of my Tartan & Tweed series, to get the numbers straight, the shape solid, and to see how well it scales into Shetland fingering weight. May I say most excellently! Tam pattern debut forthcoming, but I will not say much more, for next is the pattern writing (nerve wrecking & stressful) but as I was so excited to finish the design in Shetland Spindrift, I just had to show it off to feel a little nearer the end. Having a cup of tea and a relaxing feeling of accomplishment, and very pleased to see this tam in Jamiesons Spindrift !
Folks, I’m coming up for air, lost somewhere in this mountainous pile…this mother-lode of hats & mitts…this Tartan & Tweed design. I have just (ahem…) updated (maybe the fourth time?) Tartan & Tweed Mitts again, this time to include the full mitten option. Okay, so I’m done & dusted with mitt & mittens, Tartan & Tweed for the hands is now behind me.
Now it’s Tartan & Tweed for the head.
I’ve been working like an ox designing, knitting prototypes, and now writing patterns and making charts, for the classic tam & accompanying toque (beanie). Had a lovely photo shoot with my nieces modeling last weekend at the castle, our new favorite place. Here are some previews…
The tam is moderately swagging, like a proper tam, and toque is straight-up.
Forthcoming very soon, Tartan & Tweed Tam & Toque pattern debut !