Caller Herrin’ – meaning ‘fresh herring’ – was the cry of the Newhaven fishwives, as well as the name of the famous song they inspired by Carolina Oliphant to a tune by master Scots Fiddler, Nathaniel Gow. This tam recalls the history of Newhaven and its fisherfolk in the colours and patterns of herring scales.
Caller Herrin is also available together with Tantallon and Neep Heid, as part of the Hats of Midlothian Collection.
Materials: 1 x 25g of each of the following shades of Alice Starmore Hebridean 2ply: Selkie (A), Shearwater (B), Summer Tide (C), Pebble Beach (D), Kittiwake (E), Solan Goose (F). Small amount (25 yards or less) of soft fingering weight yarn for the brim lining. (Sample used Orkney Angora 4 ply). Waste yarn for provisional cast on. Short (40cm) 3mm/ 3.25 circular needle (or size to get gauge) and 3.25mm dpns, or longer circular needle (80-100cm), for working crown top. Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
You may also like to read this post, in which I talk about the tam’s design process and inspiration.