Colourspun Yarn + the Caroline Tam

by Craig on January 31, 2012

Colourspun yarn, new this season from Rowan, is a blend of wool and mohair with lots of gorgeous color. Each colorway is the result of blending two printed and two solid colours together and then twisting them with a printed binder. Like it’s bigger cousin, Colourscape Chunky, the colors change gradually as you knit to create soft stripes.

Colourspun yarn knits at 5.5 stitches to the inch on size #6 needles. It’s perfect for pullovers, cardigans, and jackets. Mohair makes the yarn soft and adds a little halo to the finished fabric.

I realized last week that I hadn’t yet knit with Colourspun. I took a ball home and after a little swatching decided to knit a simple tam. Just an evening or two of knitting and you’ll be wearing a new hat!

CAROLINE TAM

SIZE
One size fits most.

MATERIALS
1 ball of Colourspun yarn
Size #4, 16-inch circular needles
Size #6, 16-inch circular needles
Size #6, double-pointed needles
Stitch markers

GAUGE
5.5 stitches per inch on size #6 needles in St st in the round

ABBREVIATIONS
k2tog: knit to sts together
m1: make one
ssk: slip, slip, knit

Top of the Caroline Tam

PATTERN
With smaller needles, CO 88 sts. Place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

K1, p1 for 7 rounds. Switch to larger needles and knit 1 round, placing a marker every 8 sts.

Round 1: *K to marker, m1; repeat from * to end.
Round 2: Knit.
Rep rounds 1 and 2 three more times (132 sts).

On next round, remove all but original marker. Cont to knit every round until piece measures 5 inches from cast on edge. Knit one more round, placing a marker every 22 sts.

Round 1: *SSK, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; repeat to end.
Round 2: Knit.
Rep rounds 1 and 2 nine more times (12 sts).

Cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail. With a darning needle, bring tail through rem sts, draw closed, and pull to inside of hat. Weave in ends.

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