Cinquefoil Tam

As soon as I saw this tam in the new Twist Collective, I knew I wanted to make it as a gift for my super-generous boss, Lauren.

Cinquefoil 3

I decided to go with the yarn used in the pattern because it’s a good quality, a good blend, and hey, the price is right.  Although the yarn is a tad splitty, it was nice to work with.  The finished hat is super soft.

Cinquefoil 1

My only concern with this hat is that it came out kind of small before blocking.  As far as I know, I got gauge.  😉  I had to stretch it to force it over a plate to block and now it fits my daughter Esmie.  The pattern states adult one size fits most; circumference at brim 18″; diameter across wheel 9.5″ after blocking.  When I make adult hats I usually use 20-21″ circumference around brim.

Cinquefoil 4

Since my boss is not huge like me, I’m sure it will fit her just fine.  It fits me like a skully when I put it on.  HA!

Cinquefoil 5

The pattern is very straight-forward and easy to follow.  The hat was a very quick and easy knit.  Yea, you are all saying, “she always says that,” but really, it is!  :o)


  • Source: Twist Collective, Fall 2009
  • Size: One-size fits most (?)
  • Yarn: Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere
  • Colors: Parchment (MC) (.82 skeins, 90 yds); Cashmere Blue (.46 skeins, 50 yds); Tapestry Blue (.22 skeins, 24 yds)
  • Needles: US 2 and US 3 16″ Hiya Hiya Interchangeables
  • Gauge: as pattern
  • Cost: approx. 1.5 skeins of yarn used * $13.13
  • Started: August 30, 2009
  • Finished: September 1, 2009
  • Mods: none

15 thoughts on “Cinquefoil Tam”

  1. Very cute tam! And… Esmie has the loveliest, smoothest skin ever. I was just staring at my face this morning because it’s icky and humid out and I look dreadful, and there she is, glowing. Ah, the joys of being a good… eep, 20 years older.

  2. That came out so cute. You should give it to your daughter and make another one for you boss. Your little girl looks so good in it.

  3. I too love this hat, and love how it looks on your beautiful daughter. Thanks for the heads up on the sizing!

  4. Lovely hat and I’m glad to hear about the sizing issue – while I love the pattern, there is NO way an 18 inch band would work on my dome. Lovely daughter too…. as she gets older, if you ever need help building the drawbridge or wish to place an order for Viking guards (I also know a blacksmith who makes chastity belts…) drop me a line. (Magpiebard over on Rav)

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