This particular tam was inspired by some beautiful, bright, rainbow-colored yarn with long color repeats. The tam is constructed using kite-shaped wedges for the top, and I thought it would be fun to make a tam in which each wedge would be a different color of the rainbow. I tried it with Bernat Mosaic yarn, and it worked pretty well.
Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, which not only had a long color repeat, but also a lovely sheen. I loved the Dragonfly colorway, and quickly worked a tam up. It worked!
I made tams in a couple of other colorways, and then faced a new decision. I had made a very similar tam in this modular technique, using two colors of yarn. Should I include the directions for this as a variation to my pattern? Or should I publish it separately, on its own?
I got some yarn in two colors (solid colors this time), and tried working up the new pattern in two colors. I figured that I could write it up as a variation to the pattern. I did this, but called it by a different name (The Zigzag Tam) to distinguish it from the original (The Victoria Tam).
I began thinking about other possible variations. The tam could be made in just one color, for a textured effect, or in two colors with one for the tam top and one for the body.
And what about using a variegated yarn with a shorter repeat?
Finally, I remembered that I had made a modular tam several years ago in which each kite-shaped motif was a different color. So I included that as well, for inspiration.