This tam was inspired by a button from my button box, which I was rifling through after last week's futile search. This may be the first thing I've made that is neither baby- nor adult-sized; I had to borrow an obliging neighbor to pose for photos.
The mohair is optional; I wanted a halo, and Debbie Bliss Cathay, while very nice, doesn't have one. Most dk-weight fibers should work fine solo.
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Hesper is a tam knit in the round from the bottom up. Alternating sections of knit and purl, combined with minimal cabling and decreases, create a star pattern on the top of the tam.
Yarn: You will need approximately 185 yards of a dk-weight yarn, optionally held together with 185 yards of a laceweight mohair, for best results. (Pictured: Debbie Bliss Cathay in 12007 – DK, 2 skeins / 100g / 218 yards, 50% cotton / 35% rayon / 15% silk; and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 632 – lace, 1 skein / 25g / 229 yards, 70% mohair / 30% silk).
- US size 5 16” circular needle
- 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
- US size 5 cable needle (or other cabling method of your choice)
- tapestry needle
Sizing: Finished tam will measure approximately 17.5” in circumference at the brim and should fit most children aged 4 to 12.