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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Color-work Fun: a baby tam or a proj bag

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Color-work Fun: a baby tam or a proj bag
Color-work Fun: a baby tam or a proj bag
Color-work Fun: a baby tam or a proj bag
Color-work Fun: a baby tam or a proj bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understand how to read color-charts
  • knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

I designed this pattern for a color-work class in order to show the students the way to play with color in their knitting. The Project Bag is a particularly good tool to show what happens when you shift background and foreground colors. Using these directions, you can play with your own favorite colors to create a color-work masterpiece.

For the color-chart, just decide which color is first, the main color, than which of the contrasting colors are A, B, C and D. Than have at it! You'll be amazed at how fun and interesting this little project can be - and the bag (or baby tam) you have at the end of your experimenting are fun and useful!


6 sts x 6rnds = 1" unstretched ribbing in one color
5-1/2sts x 5rnds = 1" in colorwork in the round

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • tam = 8" diameter to fit up to 2T; project bag = 6" diameter base x 10" sides (strap = 10-1/2")


  • approx 180 yards of worsted weight yarn -- for tam: 4 colors (mc = 60 yds, 3 cc = 40 yds each) and project bag (5 colors: mc = 60 yds, 4 cc = 40 yds each)
  • US#8 circs (16")
  • US#8 dpns
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends

You Will Also Need:

  • Optional: fabric to line bag (6" diameter circle + 11" x 20" for sides)