How to Knit an Entrelac Tam

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Entrelac knitting has experienced a revival with the advent of long-repeat self-striping yarns. This entrelac hat, the Kaleidoscope Tam, shows why: As the colors change along the length of each strand of yarn, every block of knitting takes on its own personality. The corrugated rib band provides a jaunty base for the woven diamonds, and a whimsical stem on top finishes the look.

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  • Size: Band circumference: 20 (21-1/4)"

  • Yarn: Worsted-weight yarn (shown: Knit One Crochet Too Paint Box, 100% wool, 100 yd.)

    MC: #1 Thistle (lavender/green variegated), 2 skeins

    CC: #12 Tandoor (rust variegated), 2 skeins

  • Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4" in St st on larger needle

  • Needles:

    Size 5 (3.75mm) 16" circular, or size needed to achieve gauge

    Size 6 (4mm) 16" circular and DPNs, or size needed to achieve gauge

  • Notions:

    Stitch marker

    Tapestry needle

Begin by working the band:

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  1. With smaller needle and MC, CO 120 (128) sts. PM and join for working in rnds.

  2. Tie in CC and work in corrugated rib (k2 with MC, p2 with CC) until piece measures 1-1⁄2". Break off CC.

Work the foundation tier of 8-stitch triangles:

Change to larger needle and cont with MC.

  1. Row 1 (WS): P2, turn.

  2. Row 2: K2, turn.

  3. Row 3: P3, turn.

  4. Row 4: K3, turn.

  5. Cont adding sts in this way until triangle reaches 8 sts on WS (13 rows total); do not turn at end of last row. Begin again with Row 1.

  6. Cont until 15 (16) triangles have been made. Break yarn and knot ends tog. Join CC.

Work the first tier of 8-stitch blocks:

  1. Next row (RS): Pick up and knit 8 sts through selvedge edge of first triangle on right needle.

  2. Row 1: P8, turn.

  3. Row 2: K7, ssk (last st of block with next st of triangle), turn.

  4. Rep rows 1 and 2 until all triangle sts have been used and 16 rows have been worked.

  5. Rep until 15 (16) blocks have been worked. Break yarn and tie ends tog. Join MC.

Work the second tier of 8-stitch blocks:

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  1. Next row (WS): Pick up and purl 8 sts through selvedge edge of next adjoining block from prev tier.

  2. Row 1: K8, turn.

  3. Row 2: P7, p2tog (last st of current block with next st of block from prev tier), turn.

  4. Rep rows 1 and 2 until all sts of block from prev tier have been used, and 16 rows have been worked.

  5. Rep until 15 (16) blocks have been worked. Break yarn and tie ends tog. Join CC.

Work the next tier with 7-stitch blocks:

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  1. Next row (RS): Pick up and knit 8 sts from edge of adjoining block.

  2. Row 1: P2tog, p6, turn — 7 sts.

  3. Row 2: K6, ssk (last st of block with next st of adjoining block from prev tier), turn.

  4. Row 3: P7, turn.

  5. Rep rows 2 and 3 until all sts of adjoining block from prev tier have been used, and 16 rows have been worked, ending with Row 2.

  6. Rep until 15 (16) blocks have been worked. Break yarn and tie ends tog. Join MC.

Continue working new tiers, decreasing by 1 stitch with each:

  1. Work next tier with MC, from WS, and with blocks of 6 sts and 14 rows each. Break yarn, tie ends tog, and join CC.

  2. Work next tier with CC, from RS, and with blocks of 5 sts and 12 rows each. Break yarn, tie ends tog, and join MC.

  3. Work next tier with MC, from WS, and with blocks of 4 sts and 10 rows each. Break yarn, tie ends tog, and join CC.

  4. Work next tier with CC, from RS, and with blocks of 3 sts and 8 rows each. Break yarn, tie ends tog, and join MC.

  5. Work next tier with MC, from WS, and with blocks of 2 sts and 6 rows each. Break yarn, tie ends tog, and join CC.

Work the final tier:

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  1. With CC, working from RS, [k1, pick up and knit 1 st from side of block in prev tier] 15 (16) times — 30 (32) sts.

  2. 2Next rnd: Knit.

  3. Next rnd: [K2tog] 15 (16) times — 15 (16) sts.

  4. Next rnd: Knit.

  5. Next rnd: [K2tog] 7 (8) times, k1 (0) — 8 sts.

Work the top stem:

  1. Break yarn and tie in MC. Knit 1 rnd.

  2. Next rnd: [K2tog] 4 times — 4 sts.

  3. Work 4-st knitted cord for 1". Break yarn and thread through tapestry needle. Run yarn tail through last 4 sts and fasten. Draw yarn tail into stem and trim from WS.

To finish weave in yarn tails and block.

Kaleidoscope tam schematic.
Kaleidoscope tam schematic.

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