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the perfect thing for those who like the shape of tams but don’t have enough hair to wear the larger ones
River is meant to be a much closer fitting hat than her brother, making her the perfect thing for those who like the shape of tams but don’t have enough hair to wear the larger ones. Simon is structured, with a fluffy, thick fabric; River is drapey and fluid, with a slinky lightweight feel. And, of course, River Tam looks better in red.

Finished size: 17″ around ribbing, unstretched, 9.5″ diameter when laid flat.
Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows over 1″ in flat stockinette on larger needles

-Any DK or sport weight alpaca yarn will work just fine for this hat; be sure to pick one without a lot of guard hairs, otherwise you will have itchy ears/back of neck.
-The hat as you’re working it will look very small; the sizing relies on both blocking out the lace and the proclivity of alpaca to stretch out and stay that way. Keep this in mind if selecting another fiber to use–if you’d like a wool version, it would probably be best to go up a needle size or two, or change the stitch counts.

Posted by jessamyn from United States, United States • Published See jessamyn's 12 projects »
  • Step 1

    Using smaller needles and a tubular cast on, CO 86 stitches. PM and join, being careful not to twist. Work k1, p1 ribbing for 1.5 inches.

  • Step 2

    prep rnd: switch to larger needles, *k4, m1,* repeat around, end k2, m1.

  • Step 3

    patt rnd 1: *p1, YO, k2tog,* repeat to end.
    patt rnd 2: *p2tog, YO, k1,* repeat to end.

  • Step 4

    Repeat patt rnds until hat measures 6 inches from cast on edge, end rnd 1.

  • Step 5

    marker rnd: *(p2tog, YO, k1) 9 times, pm,* repeat to end.

  • Step 6

    dec rnd 1: *(p1, YO, k2tog) to three sts before marker, k3tog,* repeat to end.
    dec rnd 2: *(p2tog, YO, k1) to four sts before marker, p2tog, YO, k2tog,* repeat to end.
    dec rnd 3: see patt rnd 1.
    dec rnd 4: see patt rnd 2.

  • How to make a beret. River Tam - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat dec rnds six more times (seven repeats total), then work dec rnds 1 and 2 once more. K3tog all the way around, then break yarn and draw tail through remaining four stitches. Weave in all ends on the wrong side. Block hat over a plate or a plastic bag stuffed and shaped into a flattened sphere.

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Czeux Von Czeckeslovenisk
Czeux Von Czeckeslovenisk · Huddersfield, England, GB
firefly! xD
Lady Shadow
Lady Shadow · Dillwyn, Virginia, US · 12 projects
lol you def just made a Firefly reference
Twinkle_Toes · Australian Capital Territory, Australian Capital Territory, AU · 37 projects
gotta love the tams
Eien · Conyers, Georgia, US · 3 projects
I love this cap just cause of the name. Go Firefly fans!
northernstar · Flateyri, Westfjords, IS · 35 projects
I agree so pretty and I like the colour, I can't do the dp or circular yet though, so nervous!
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
Very pretty, I really need to get good at knitting!

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