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Flutterby Tam

by Kathleen Sperling

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Intermediate

My plans for summer vacation two years ago included socks for my two oldest daughters, so before we left, I bought sock yarn – two different kinds, for two different sock patterns. Once both pairs were finished, I was toying with the leftovers and thinking how well they looked together. Wouldn’t it be nice, I thought, to combine them into one project; maybe I could do some kind of stranded pattern with them. Some genius part of my brain then chimed in, “Hey, what about a butterfly motif?” and before anyone could say, “shouldn’t you be planning the Christmas knitting,” I’d started charting and swatching!

A tam was just the right size of garment to use up the leftovers from the socks. Plus, I love the way the butterfly motifs look arranged in a circle. I found that the combination of a gently variegating yarn for the background and a contrasting solid colour for the motifs gave a really great effect. Kids always seem to be so delighted by butterflies – now they can have them dancing about their heads whenever they like!


 


Sizes

Baby[toddler, small child, large child, young adult]: to fit head circumference of 14[16, 18, 20, 22] inches.
Size Shown: Childs Large

Finished Measurements

Brim: 12¼[14¼, 16, 17½, 19] inches
Tam circumference: 19¼[22½, 26, 28, 31½] inches, blocked

Materials

Nova Sock Print [75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 448 yards / 408 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

#346 Twilight (MC); 1 skein

Knit Picks® Comfy Fingering [75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic; 218 yards / 200 meters per 1.76 ounce/50 gram ball];

#9437 White (CC); 1 ball

Recommended needle sizes

US 2 (2.75 mm) standard length dpns (set of 4 or 5)

Notions

Stitch marker to mark beg of rounds
Tapestry needle

Gauge

31.25 sts and 48 rnds = 4 inches in corrugated ribbing
36 sts and 36 rnds = 4 inches in stranded patterns

Pattern Notes

The cast-on recommended for this pattern is extremely similar to the long-tail cast-on, except that instead of the two strands used being the working yarn and a long tail (as they would be for a regular long-tail cast-on), your two strands will be MC and CC. The other difference is that although half the stitches are created in the usual long-tail way, the other half are created backwards from that usual way. For a video of how this cast-on is done, you can refer to to this video.
Firstly, make a slip knot with the two colours held double (see fig.1). Note that this slip knot is just temporary, in order to keep the yarn in place as you start casting on stitches. Once you’ve completed casting on all your stitches, you can slide the slip knot off the needle and pull on the tail to undo it.

Detail

Starting position: Hold CC (yellow) around your thumb and MC (red) around your index finger as shown in fig.2:

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To create a MC stitch:
Step 1: With hand and yarns in the starting position, move needle through the thumb loop by going under the left strand left-to-right.

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Step 2: Move needle through the index finger loop by going under the left strand right-to-left.

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Step 3: Pull strand that you’ve just captured from the index finger loop through the thumb loop by going under the left strand right-to-left.

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Step 4: Drop loops from thumb and index finger and pull two strands snugly to create a stitch of MC.

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To create a CC stitch:
Step 1: With hand and yarns in the starting position, move needle through the index finger loop by going under the right strand right-to-left.

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Step 2: Move needle through the thumb loop by going under the right strand left-to-right.

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Step 3: Pull strand from thumb loop through index finger loop by going under the right strand left-to-right.

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Step 4: Drop loops from thumb and index finger and pull two strands snugly to create a stitch of CC.

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Always work charts from right to left.

Skills Required

Knitting on dpns, stranded knitting, following charts, decreases

 

Instructions

Brim
Cast on 96[112, 124, 136, 148] sts using the two-colour long-tail cast-on (see Pattern Notes) as follows: *cast on 2 sts of MC, cast on 2 sts of CC, repeat from * until all required sts have been cast on.
Mark for beginning of rounds and join in round (first st to work will be MC), being careful not to twist, and work as follows:
Ribbing Rnd: (K2 with MC, p2 with CC) 24[28, 31, 34, 37] times.
Repeat Ribbing Rnd until work measures ¾[¾, 1, 1, 1] inch from cast on edge.

Main Section
Rnd 1: With MC, knit around increasing 48[56, 72, 74, 90] sts evenly spaced: 144[168, 196, 210, 238] sts on needles.
Rnd 2: With MC, knit around.

Charts

Download Chart A (for Baby size)

Download Chart B (for Toddler size)

Download Chart C (for Small Child size)

Download Chart D (for Large Child size)

Download Chart E (for Young Adult size)

Download Chart F (for Large child size)

Download Chart G (for Young Adult size)

Download Chart H ("filler" motif for Large Child and Young Adult sizes)

Young Adult Size Only
Rnd 3: Work Rnd 1 of Chart H 59 times, then the first 2 sts of Rnd 1 of Chart H.
Rnd 4: Work Rnd 2 of Chart H 59 times, then the first 2 sts of Rnd 2 of Chart H.
Rnd 5: Work Rnd 3 of Chart H 59 times, then the first 2 sts of Rnd 3 of Chart H.
Rnds 6 and 7: With MC, knit around.

Detail

All Sizes
Next Rnd: Work Rnd 1 of Chart A[B, C, D, E] 6[6, 7, 7, 7] times.
Next Rnd: Work Rnd 2 of Chart A[B, C, D, E] 6[6, 7, 7, 7] times.
Continue pattern as set until the Rnd 20[21, 32, 11, 11] of Chart A[B, C, D, E] has been completed.

Large Child and Young Adult Sizes Only
Next Rnd: Work Rnd 1 of Chart H -[-, -, 52, 59] times, then the first 2 sts of Rnd 1 of Chart H.
Next Rnd: Work Rnd 2 of Chart H -[-, -, 52, 59] times, then the first 2 sts of Rnd 2 of Chart H.
Cont pattern as set until the Rnd 6 of Chart H has been completed.
Next 2 Rnds: With MC knit around.
Next Rnd: Work Rnd 1 of Chart -[-, -, F, G], 7 times.
Next Rnd: Work Rnd 2 of Chart -[-, -, F, G], 7 times.
Cont pattern as set until the round using Rnd 16 of Chart - [-, -. F, G] has been completed.

Detail

All Sizes
Wedge Rnd 1 (decrease round): Remove marker, slip 1 st pwise, replace marker for beginning of rnds (what you’ve just done is make the first st of the round become the last st of the round without working it); work Rnd 21[22, 33, 17, 17] of Chart A[B, C, F, G], 6[6, 7, 7, 7] times.
Wedge Rnd 2 (no shaping): Work Rnd 22[23, 34, 18, 18] of Chart A[B, C, F, G], 6[6, 7, 7, 7] times.
Wedge Rnd 3 (decrease round): Remove marker, slip 1 st pwise, replace marker for beginning of rnds; work Rnd 23[24, 35, 19, 19] of Chart A[B, C, F, G], 6[6, 7, 7, 7] times.
Wedge Rnd 2 (no shaping): Work Rnd 24[25, 36, 20, 20] of Chart A[B, C, F, G], 6[6, 7, 7, 7] times.
Cont pattern as set, decreasing every other rnd as set until Rnd 42[47, 58, 44, 48] of Chart A[B, C, F, G] has been completed.
Final Rnd: K2tog with MC 6[6, 7, 7, 7] times.
Break yarn. Draw tail through remaining sts.

Finishing

Immerse beret in water so that it is completely soaked. Remove from water and squeeze dry.
Stretch tam over a rigid disc (such as a plate) with a circumference of approx 20[22½, 26, 28, 31½] inches (diameter approx 6¼[7¼, 8¼, 9, 10] inches) to dry.
Weave in all ends at back of work.

 

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Kathleen learned to knit when she was about seven, but became utterly obsessed with it in adulthood, trying out any technique that struck her fancy, no matter how simple or complex. Now she thinks up her own patterns, many of which are inspired by her three fabulous daughters. As a result, she has an extremely large number of works-in-progress, which are chronicled at her website.

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