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Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit and especially loves to knit with
color. She's the author of two new books featuring colorwork; Fair Isle Style, a contemporary collection of 20 designs from 18 ...

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Castaway Tam

from Mary Jane Mucklestone
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Castaway Tam
Castaway Tam
Castaway Tam
Castaway Tam
Castaway Tam

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Use double pointed needles
  • Read a colorwork chart
  • Able to knit stranded colorwork in the round

Pattern Description:

A fun fair isle knit! Decreases in the plain rounds shape the tam, until the very top, where a double centered decrease is employed. A variety of border and peerie patterns keep the knitting interesting. With an updated fit, this tam has a slouchy casual feel, perfect for a crisp fall apple-picking weekend, or cool summer evenings at the beach.


26 sts and 33 rnds = 4" In colorwork pattern from the chart, using the larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 22"


  • You will need 4 colors of fingering weight yarn. I used Knit Picks Palette Camel Heather for the main color aa well as Garnet Heather, Lipstick, & Blosoom Heather for the body of the hat.

You Will Also Need:

  • size 3 (3.25 mm) 16' (40 cm) circular needle
  • size 2 (2.75 mm) 16" (40cm) circular needle
  • set of size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • 10" diameter cardboard disk or plate
  • pom pom maker (or just some extra cardboard)

Suggested yarn:

200 yards of Fingering weight