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Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which ...

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Family Tam

from Knitting Traditions
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Family Tam
Family Tam
Family Tam

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Work with two colors within a round.

Pattern Description:

This Fair Isle Tam pattern will outfit the whole family: it comes in four sizes! Photos, technique boxes, and charts are included. Learn the following techniques a you knit!

Double Cast On, tubular ribbing, slipping stitches, working with a color in each hand, traditional border and tam wheel patterns, centered double
decrease, and the I-Cord finish.


6 sts/inch in two color stockinette stitch on larger size ndls or size needed to obtain gauge.


  • Yarn: Sport Weight yarn, approximately 2 (2, 2, 2.5) oz. of main color (MC), 1 (1, 1, 1.5) oz. of each of 3 contrasting colors (CC).
  • Needles: US sizes 2 and 4 (3.0mm and 3.5mm) 16" circular needles. One set of US size 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles.

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers.

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport weight