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I was taught the basics of knitting, crochet, embroidery, and sewing by my grandmother when I was young. I have found that I enjoy doing a variety of fiber related crafts, and have over the years ...

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Shell Stitch Crocheted Tam

from Mountain Mist Fiberworks
(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Shell Stitch Crocheted Tam
Shell Stitch Crocheted Tam
Shell Stitch Crocheted Tam
Shell Stitch Crocheted Tam
Shell Stitch Crocheted Tam

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • chain
  • single crochet
  • double crochet
  • treble crochet
  • slip stitch
  • work into back loop of stitch
  • sc2tog
  • sc3tog

Pattern Description:

I made the original tam to sell in my Etsy shop. After it had sold, a customer asked me to pubish the pattern...but the yarn (Lion Suede)had already been discontinued. I made several tams out of different yarns, seeking a yarn that would create a comparable tam. None was quite similar to the thickness and drape of the Suede; but Red Heart Treasure seemed the closest to the original. If you have some Lion Suede in your stash, you might like to try it in this pattern (one ball of each color should suffice)! I will post projects of each yarn I tried here on Craftsy so that you can compare the look of different yarns in this pattern. This tam combines alternate rows of two colors of shells on the top, has a solid colored body and sports a two-color corrugated rib at the opening. The 9-page pattern contains written instructions for making the tam, tips and photos, and a photo tutorial on working the corrugated rib, and grafting the beginning and end of the rib together for a seamless effect. Also included are ideas on ways to wear the tam, and alternate yarn choices. Note that, the ideal yarn for this project will be a worsted that is on the thick side, perhaps even between worsted and chunky.


14 sts and 18 rows = 4 inches in sc with size I hoook

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult small to medium, top diameter measures 11 1/4 inches; opening measures 8.5 inches across when flat, but will stretch to 12 inches


  • Red Heart Boutique Treasure, 1 ball 1919 Watercolors
  • Red Heart Boutique Treasure, 1 ball 1913 Spectrum

You Will Also Need:

  • Crocket hooks, size H and I
  • Yarn needle

Suggested yarn:

300 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Red Heart Boutique Treasure or Lion Suede