Posted by: spinnyknitter | August 22, 2011

Sunshadow Tam and Gloves

Here on the west coast of Canada our summer started late.  Really late.  Like about 4 weeks ago.  No knitter’s tan this year!  And now, already, the leaves are starting to fall.  Just a few, but still.  Right now it is hot and sunny but this knitter knows that fall’s arrival is not far off.  My favourite time of the year.  Sweater weather!

In anticipation of Sweater Weather’s arrival, I have a pattern to get you started on your fall knitting.  Sunshadow Tam and Gloves is a small project that you can work on while enjoying the last warmth of the summer sunshine.  Small, portable and interesting to knit, one of my test knitters is working on her’s while camping with her family.  Thank you, Clare, hope you enjoyed knitting around the campfire!

The Tam can be blocked flat to fit like a beret or blocked rounded for a cute little hat.  It is ever so slightly slouchy, with an interesting texture stitch that is much easier than it looks.  No cable needle required for this pattern, it uses twisted stitches and is fun to work up.

The matching fingerless gloves repeat the texture stitch at the cuff and come in two sizes, woman’s small or medium/large.

The pattern calls for DK weight yarn and my samples were knit using Manos Silk Blend in the gorgeous colorway called Topaz.  This is my first time working with this yarn and I love it.  The silk content makes the color shimmer and gives it an amazing sheen.  It’s pretty awesome in the hand as well and glides over the needles like butter.  A really enjoyable knit.  Both hat and gloves were produced with slightly under 2 skeins.

Available on Ravelry, here’s the link Sunshadow Tam and Gloves And bring on Sweater Weather!



  1. […] And speaking of patterns, Judy Marples, designer of the popular Calais and Dover Castle shawls, also calls 88 Stitches home. An engaging teacher as well as designer, you’ll also find Judy behind the counter serving customers and answering questions. (Oh, look! She’s got a new hat and fingerless mitt pattern – Sunshadow Tam and Gloves!) […]

  2. […] Sunshadow Tam and Gloves […]

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