Family Tam

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Family Tam Pattern


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Knitting: Family Tam
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Men, Girls, Boys



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

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

About Designer

About Designer

BethBRKnits on

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 offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter sign up.

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