Stranded colourwork tam, in six shimmering shades.
Caller Herrin’ is available for £2.50

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.

4 thoughts on “caller herrin’

  1. Thanks so much for your fantastic design. This was the first colour-work piece I have made and the pattern was really easy to follow. I was so impressed with the detail, particularly how the pattern decreases into the crown so beautifully. It was a pleasure to make.


  2. My mum was born in Newhaven and I was related to everyone in the fishing village. My grandpas on back in time were all fishermen and most of my grandmas were fisherwomen. I’m proud of my heritage and so thrilled to see the tam.


  3. First time I have heard “Caller Herrin’ for years. I come from Scotland and my Mum (now sadly passed away at 91) sang this song at a school concert when she was 10. If we were joking around she would often sing it an “opera” voice to make me laugh. Thank you for the memory. I used to be a great knitter having learned like all the rest of the family at my Grandmother’s knee starting off with doll clothes. Having become a quilter I don’t knit quite as much as I did – a lot of Arran sweaters and just about everything else, but having found your blog, you have so many beautiful patterns, I might just get into it again. Thank you.


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