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Home : Patterns : Gretchen's Easy Tam
 

Free Knitting Pattern: Gretchen's Easy Tam

Lion Brand« Heartland
Pattern #: L40074
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size

Finished Circumference (at ribbing) 20 in. (51 cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes



CORRECTIONS: None
 
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Practice your Fair Isle technique with this elegant, easy-to-knit tam made with Heartland. Click here to see it in another colorway.

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Color (A)
Heartland

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 136-149: Heartland Yarn: Great Smoky Mountains
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Color (B)
Heartland

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 136-098: Heartland Yarn: Acadia
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*Heartland (Article #136). 100% Acrylic; package size: 5.00oz/142.00 gr. (251yds/230m) pull skeins

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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  136-149 Heartland Yarn: Great Smoky Mountains
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$ 6.49  
Note: (A)
•  136-098 Heartland Yarn: Acadia
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$ 6.49  
Note: (B)
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 7   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 8   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
 

Gretchen's Easy Tam

Lion Brand« Heartland

GAUGE:

16 sts + 21 rnds = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) with larger needles.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

STITCH EXPLANATION:

kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st – 1 st increased.
sk2p Slip 1 as if to knit, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over – 2 sts decreased.

PATTERN STITCH
K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds (multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1:
*K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds.

NOTES:

1. Tam is worked in the round on 2 different sizes of double pointed needles.
2. Lower edge of Tam is worked in ribbing, on smaller needles, to create a stretchy fit.
3. Body of Tam is worked in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd), with larger needles and a stranded color work pattern.
4. The color work pattern uses 2 colors per rnd. When working stranded color work, carry unused color across the WS of the piece.
5. The color work for the body of the Tam is worked by following Chart 1. Read all rnds of chart from right to left.
6. The crown (top) of the Tam is shaped with decreases. Follow Chart 2 for the decreases and color work on the crown.
7. Tam is wet blocked over a dinner plate to create a traditional shape.


TAM
With smaller needles and A, cast on 80 sts. Divide sts onto 4 needles, with 20 sts on each needle. Place marker for beg of rnd and join by working the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds for about 1 1/2 in. (4 cm).
Change to larger needles as you work the next rnd. (To change to larger needles, simply knit the sts off one needle at a time, using the larger needles.)
Increase Rnd: With A, *k1, kfb; rep from * around – 120 sts.
Change to St st worked in rnds (k every rnd).
Begin Chart 1
Note:
Chart 1 shows a 4-st rep, this means that you should work the 4 sts 30 times on each rnd.
Beg with Rnd 1, work the 4-st rep of Chart 1 around.
Continue as established in St st worked in rnds and changing color following Chart 1 until Rnd 20 of chart has been completed.
Shape Crown (top of Tam)
Begin Chart 2
Notes:

1. Chart 2 shows a 20 st rep, this means that you should work the 20 sts 6 times on each rnd.
2. Chart 2 shows both the color changes and the decreases needed to shape the crown (top) of the Tam. The white areas of the chart represent the decreased (missing) sts.
Beg with Rnd 1, work 20-st rep of Chart 2 around.
Continue to follow Chart 2, changing color and working decs as shown until Rnd 18 of Chart 2 has been completed – 12 sts rem.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread tail through rem sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.
Blocking
Stretch Tam over a dinner plate, then spray lightly with water to block.
Allow to dry.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)


  Learn to Knit instructions:  http://www.lionbrand.com/learnToKnit.html


Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 1 review)
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Gretchen's Easy Tam Reviewed by Lisa Carter on 2014-07-14 *****
Spent most of one day knitting this. Not a quick pattern but turned out very nice. Since I only have straight needles in size 7, I used my circular size 8 the whole time (magic loop method!). I started with 12 fewer stitches and added them back in during the last round of ribbing.


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