don’t need to have a “tête à chapeaux” (such
an elegant expression in French, in English, this translates
roughly to “the ability to look good in a hat”) to
wear this tam. It can either be worn on the side, like a beret,
on the back of your head or covering your ears on a windy day.
Either way, it will be a stylish addition to your winter wardrobe.
My hat features the distinctive techniques of traditional Fair-Isle
knitting updated with a modern twist. The pattern is wider than
the usual “peeries and borders” and its inspiration
comes from Asia instead of the British islands.
The chrysanthemum is the flower of November, my birth
month, and in every civilization it has deep symbolic
links to life and death. Ogiku is
a chrysanthemum plant that has had outer buds removed
in the Japanese style, leaving a single bloom. But
I also love it for its perfect symmetrical structure,
which seems to draw the eye into its fascinating
pompon heart. Enjoy it both as a flower bud on the
border of the toque and in full bloom on the crown.
Clain, Sarah Mombert photos: Sébastien
One size fits heads between 20 and 23 inches (50-58 cm) in circumference. Shown in handspun above left, commercial yarn above right
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Diameter across top: 10.5 inches Circumference of
band: 19.5 inches
handyed and handcarded wool batts, made
from Jamieson and Smith’s
Natural Shetland Combed Top.
sample pack (0.9 oz/25 g in white, fawn, gray, moorit and black)
oz/100 g white for dyeing Note: See my article “Spin
your own Fair-Isle Kit” for explanations on how to dye,
card and spin the yarn.
Dark Pink Red
per inch: 17 as 2 ply
used: see chart above
Direction of Twist:
: Z twist
: S twist
Commercial Yarn Alternative
Spindrift [100% Shetland wool; 114 yd/105m per 25 g skein]; color: see
Spinning Tool: Ashford
Joy spinning wheel; scotch
tension; ratio 8:1 both for
spinning and plying Niddy
Makes 5 ft (1.5
m) skeins Lazy
in Ashford Joy lazy kate Drum
Recommended needle size [always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below
-- every knitter's gauge is unique]
16 inch US #1.5/2.5mm circular needle and
long US #2.5/3mm circular needle
for magic loop method OR
16 inch/40 cm US #2.5/3mm circular needle and
set US#2.5/3mm double-pointed needles
Using MC1 and smaller circular needle,
CO 160 st. using cable CO.
Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Corrugated ribbing round 1: [K2 color CC1, bring color
MC1 to front, p2 with color MC1, move color MC1 to back] around.
Continue working corrugated ribbing as
per Band chart, changing colors where indicated.
Change to larger needle and begin Body Chart, working chart
8 times across round. You may wish to use markers to divide
up the chart repeats.
After increases in Round 1, 168 sts.
After increases in Round 6, 184 sts.
After increase in Round 11, 200 sts.
After increases in Round 16, 216 sts.
Transition to crown:
With MC3, P 2 rounds.
Work Crown Chart, working chart 8 times across round.
After decreases in Round 7, 200 sts rem.
After decreases in Round 10, 184 sts
After decreases in Round 13, 168 sts
After decreases in Round 16, 152 sts
After decreases in Round 19, 136 sts
After decreases in Round 22, 120 sts
After decreases in Round 25, 104 sts
After decreases in Round 28, 88 sts rem.
After decreases in Round 31, 72 sts rem.
After decreases in Round 34, 56 sts rem.
After decreases in Round 37, 40 sts rem.
After decreases in Round 38, 24 sts rem.
After decreases in Round 39, 8 sts rem.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through the rem
st and pull to close.
commercial version shown above
Weave in all ends.
Block the crown on a 10.5 inch (26.5 cm) diameter plate and steam the border
under damp cloth. Corrugated ribbing is not as stretchy as standard 2x2
ribbing, so don’t iron it!
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Sarah Mombert teaches, spins and knits in Lyon, France, under her
childhood nickname of Olympienne.
On Saturday afternoons, she loves hanging out with her spinning
and knitting friends from Le
Lyon qui tricote.
She wants to thanks her friend Yvette Campbell (andsewtoknit) for helping
her with her writing in English.