During 2019 I was lucky enough to visit a friend in Orkney, where I met Nancy from Orkney Tweed. This led to an exciting collaboration to design a hat to help raise funds for ongoing excavations at the Ness of Brodgar, location of many neolithic remains and famous for the Ring of Brodgar stone circle (pictured below).
Orkney Tweed produce wonderful tweed fabrics and garments using fleeces from their sheep and also produce yarn in a range of natural fleece colours ranging from cream to dark brown. The yarn is spun on Shetland and is ideal for colourwork and other patterns requiring a fingering weight yarn.
The Tam incorporates symbols from the various artefacts excavated at the Ness and is available from the Ness of Brodgar website here, where all proceeds go to support the excavations.
Alternatively , the pattern (together with a matching wrist-warmer pattern) can be purchased from my Ravelry store at the following links: