Ever since I knit my first Hemlock Ring afghan, I have wanted to turn the center flower into the top of a tam. Last week I was at an unexpected stopping point in my current project so I used that as an opportunity to make the Hemlock tam.
Yarn: 2 balls Dale of Norway Falk (sport weight)
Needles: US4 dpns, 16" US4 circulars or whatever size gets gauge
Gauge: 23 st/30 rows = 4" in Stockinette stitch
Finished measurements- 10.5" diameter, will fit a 21-24" head.
The center flower is from the Hemlock Ring pattern which can be found here. You will work the pattern through round 43 and then switch to the directions below.
Knit plain for 2.5"
Decrease Rnd: *k1, k2tog, rep from * until 1 stitch remaining, k1
Knit plain for 7 rnds.
Bind-off rnd: To set up the bind-off, knit 1 stitch. *slide stitch from right needle to left needle, k2tog, rep from * to end of rnd. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
To block- Soak in hot water for 30 minutes, remove as much water from the knitted hat as possible (either by squeezing in a towel or in your washer's spin cycle for 30 seconds,) and for hat around a large dinner plate or a cut cardboard circle with a 10.5" diameter.