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This intricate lace and cables tam was one of the patterns from the 2011 Mystery KAL. Reminiscent of feathers or flames, the cables work their way through the lace and integrate in the crown shaping.

Pattern is fully charted and is provided in 3 sizes. This tam could easily be made slouchier, however, you will likely need more yarn.


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153 [171, 227] yd/141 [156, 208] m
29yd/26m for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.
Sport weight, plied yarn

Needles & Notions
Set 3mm/UK11/US2½ & 3.25mm/UK10/US3 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle

Sample details
Shown in Shibui Knits Baby Alpaca [255yd/233m per 100g; 100% Alpaca]

Shown in size 21in/53.25cm on model with 21.75in/55.25cm circumference head

Alternative yarns
Frog Tree Alpaca Sport weight [130yd/119m per 50g; 100% Alpaca]

24 sts x 30 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.25mm needles over St.St.
26 sts x 40 rows to 4in/10cm on 3mm needles over Twisted Rib, lightly stretched

To fit size: 19 [21, 23] in/ 48.25 [53.25, 58.5] cm
Finished size: 16.5 [18.5, 20.25] in/ 42 [47, 51.5] cm

Skills required
Knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, specialist cast-on, lace

Pattern contents
Written & charted instructions; illustrated tutorial for Alternate Cable Cast-on


Published November 2011

PDF file size: 3.1MB

Product code: WW174KCorella

Technical editors: Tana Pageler & Heather Murray