Lorelei's matching Aran tam

Yarn: Cleckheaton 8-ply
Gauge: 5.5st = 1”
7.5 rows = 1” over stockinette stitch
Status: complete

An Aran cardigan deserves a matching tam, especially when it’s intended for a one-year old girl.

I’m pretty much just making this up as I go along. I know the basic structure of a tam and can knit them from brim to tip or vice versa. In this case I thought it would be easier to start from the very tip, increasing two stitches every other row at seven points to create a flat top. I am using patterns from the cardigan, with the addition of some bobbles around the rim. Kids like bobbles.

Now that the top is done, I’m working a little brim in four-rib braid, around the edge.

I’m joining a vertical edge to a horizontal edge by knitting together the last stitch of each row and the first stitch of alternate rows to a live stitch from the round top. This gives a vertical to horizontal join ratio of 4:3. IOW, for every four rows of the brim, I join three stitches of the top.

Ta da! Won’t that look just adorable with Lorelei’s first Aran

Notice the extra bit of detail on the very top (compare with earlier version further down the page). I picked up a few stitches and worked seven i-cords, interweaving them and joining to the diamonds.

Page updated Wed Oct 23, 2002, 20:52 PM

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