Here's the tam in process. It's always fun at this stage, when you're simply knitting in pattern and not increasing or decreasing.

And here's the final blocked hat.

Here you can see a closeup of the cabled ribbing, which I think is nicer than plain 2x2 rib.

Here's a shot of the very ladylike model (not!) in the Rowan knitting magazine. She's modeling the Fair Isle cardigan. The traditional XO Fair Isle pattern of this cardigan was utilized for my green tam.

Knitting specs:

Green Fair Isle patterned tam, with light blue, dark blue, mustard yellow, white, and tangerine dream. The ribbing is cabled. Knit with Jamieson & Smith brand yarn, 100% Shetland wool, 2-ply jumper weight.

Ribbing was knit with 16 inch, 2.0mm Addi turbo circulars, and the body was knit with 16 inch, 3.0mm Addi turbo circulars.

I borrowed the one XO Fair Isle pattern repeat from the Rowan magazine, who borrowed it from a million traditional Fair Isle knitters over the centuries who have utilized the great standard XO patterning.

Knit in the round, from the ribbing to the center, with double decreases.

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