This slouchy tam in three sizes (S/M/L) has texture and a sassy tilt inspired by shell structures. The knitting fun starts with an asymmetrical garter stitch brim shaped in short rows, then moves on to a welting pattern worked in knit and purl which brings to mind the shifting sands at water’s edge. The design is compatible with solids as well as softly shaded self-striping or gradient yarn and variegated yarns with longer color runs.
Shown here: size large in Feederbrook Farm Entropy DK, color Magnetic Flux
Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup DK, Kent DK, Better Breakfast DK, Confection Sport, Shetlandia Sport, Targhee Tango Sport, Chebris Sport, Jacob's Dream Sport, or any soft, bouncy wool with approximately 75 yards per ounce. Substituting yarn and/or needles may result in an overall variation in size and elasticity.
15(17.5, 20) inches around brim and 8.5(10, 12) inches in diameter (washed and dried flat) to fit heads measuring up to 19(21.5, 24) inches around
175(200, 225) yards
20 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles (unwashed, unblocked)
size 5US (3.75 mm) 16-inch circular and DPNs for hat body (or size to obtain correct gauge)
size 2US (2.75 mm) 16-inch circular needle for brim (or 1 mm smaller than body needle)