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Tam-O-Shanter for Saint Patrick’s Day

This is an easy tam pattern and can be made up quickly in 2 sizes.

I made this on up in Kelly green with a white pom-pom on the top. Fun to make,and fun to wear.                        

Materials you will need:

  1. 4oz skein knitting worsted
  2. Set of 4 double pointed knitting needles, you will need the 10 inch long ones for this pattern. Size 10 needles for small size tam -- 10 1/2 for larger size.
  3. Approx. 24 inches white yarn for pom-pom


St = stitch

k2 tog = knit 2 stitches from left hand needle as 1 on right hand needle Inc 1 = knit in back of stitch on left hand needle, then in front of same stitch creating 2 stitches on right hand needle. Thus increasing 1stitch.Cast on 66 sts, 22 on each of 3 needles.

TIP: Leave a small tail of yarn after casting on. This will serve as a reminder of the end of one row and the beginning of another.

Begin by working in k1, p1 this is the ribbing and serves as the hatband.

Continue working around till work measures 1 inch ending at the tail.


Row 1 of hat:  knit 1 round

Row 2: k1, inc1 st in next st repeat around, there will be 33 sts on each needle for a total of 99

Row 3: knit around and continue on these 99 sts til work measures 7 inches.

Begin decreasing:

Row 1: k9, k2 tog

Row 2: knit around

Row 3: k8, k2 tog

Row 4: And every other row knit around

Row 5: k7, k2 tog

Row7: k6, k2 tog

Row9: k5, k2 tog

Row11: k4, k2 tog

Row13: k3, k2 tog

Row15: k2, k2 tog

Row17: k2, k2 tog

Row 19: k2 tog

Draw yarn through remaining stitches and tie off.

   To make pom-pom, using contrasting color yarn, wrap yarn around a 3-inch piece of cardboard (a heavy business card will do) approx. 25 times. Slide yarn off tie in middle and cut looped ends. Attach to hat.

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