Saturday, November 6, 2010

Week Thirty-Seven: Elevensies

Original intended release date: September 11, 2010. See explanatory post.

Ahh. I fixed the coneheaded monstrosity.

After measuring my head and calculating the number of stitches I would have after the increases for the body of this tam, I had to choose whether to work 12 repeats of 11 stitches or 11 repeats of 12 stitches. The latter was more convenient, and so: Elevensies.

It's quite roomy, even for my German-expressionist-sized head. The cables and bobbles make me happy.

At some point I'll work out smaller sizes for this, but the quick and dirty fix, of course, would be to use lighter yarn and smaller needles. Another option is to omit a repeat or even two (making it Tensies or Ninesies). And now that I've had time to wear this around for awhile, given the chance to knit it again, I'd work the ribbing for a bit longer before starting the increases.

Elevensies Tam
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Elevensies is a cozy, chunky, cabled, bobbled tam worked in the round from the bottom up. The cables are small enough to be worked without a cable needle if you prefer.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 120 yards of a bulky-weight wool for best results. (Pictured: Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky in Cucumber – bulky, 1 skein / 100g / 120 yards, 100% wool)

  • US size 10 16” circular needle
  • 4 US size 10 double-pointed needles
  • US size 10 cable needle or other cabling method of your choice
  • end of round marker (optional)
  • tapestry needle
Gauge: 4 inches = 16 sts / 20 rows in stockinette

Sizing: Finished hat will measure approximately 22 inches in circumference at the brim and will fit a women's size large head.


  1. Just what I need to knit for my difficult teenage nieces for Christmas - thanks Wendy!

  2. You're very welcome, Ann! I hope your nieces like them. :)