Ballyfaron Tam and Cowl
Turlough O’Carolan, legendary Irish harpist and composer, spent his teen years in Ballyfarnon, in County Roscommon; I took a small liberty in simplifying the name just a tad.
The tam and cowl are both knit in the round. The tam is worked from the crown down to the band in five identical sections. The cable pattern panels of the cowl match the cable pattern used in the tam. The cowl begins with an I-Cord Cast On and ends with an I-Cord Bind Off; a few sewn stitches are required to close up the ends of the I-Cord therefore leave an 8” / 20.5 cm tail.
Stitch patterns are charted only.
Tam band circumference, unstretched: 17 ½ (19 ¼, 20 ¾)" / 44.5 (49, 52.5) cm; Tam diameter, after blocking: 10" / 25.5 cm; Cowl circumference: 28 (56)" / 71 (142) cm; Cowl height: 9" / 23 cm
Due to the slight colour variations of hand-dyed yarns, when more than one hank is required it is recommended that knitters alternate between two hanks of yarn every two rows for a more even colour distribution.
Tam only requires 1 (2, 2) skeins;
Cowl only requires 2 (3) skeins;
Tam (any size) and small cowl requires 3 skeins;
Tam (any size) and large cowl requires 4 skeins.
Size 5 US / 3.75 mm needle(s) in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round and circular needle 16” / 40 cm long
Size 4 US / 3.5 mm needle(s) in preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round
Size 5 US / 3.75 mm circular needle, 24” / 60 cm long for smaller size or 32” / 80 cm long for larger size
Size 3 US / 3.25 mm DPN or straight needle for bind off only
36-st cable from Cowl chart measures approx 5 ½“ / 14 cm wide, using largest needles (Size 5 US / 3.75 mm)
24 sts and 31 rows = 4” / 10cm in Stockinette stitch, using largest needles (Size 5 US / 3.75 mm)
25 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10cm in Stockinette stitch, using medium-sized needles (Size 4 US / 3.5 mm)
Special Designer Note
When working the Setup Rnd for the cowl (bottom of 3rd column on p.1): note that this rnd begins with a “sl 1”; this st is already on the right needle since it was worked as part of the previous rnd.
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