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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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Killarney Caubeen (Irish Tam)

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Killarney Caubeen (Irish Tam)
Killarney Caubeen (Irish Tam)
Killarney Caubeen (Irish Tam)
Killarney Caubeen (Irish Tam)
Killarney Caubeen (Irish Tam)
Killarney Caubeen (Irish Tam)

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • understand concept of color-work knitting

Pattern Description:

"The holly green, the ivy green,
the prettiest picture you've ever seen!"

These opening words to the lovely song, "Christmas in Killarney" (sung by Bing Crosby), inspired this tam. This caubeen, the name for an Irish beret, has a deeper band below the top than the classic tam. Knit here in a dk acrylic-wool blend, this two-color, Irish caubeen is a goreous, fast-to-knit design that you will wear with distinction for years to come.

Altho inspired by a Christmas song, the classic leaf pattern can be worn year-round.

For someone who has not done two-color knitting, this is a perfect project: small (not too many sts), only two colors, and a lovely garment at the end!


6sts x 8 rnds = 1" in stockinette (in the round) with one color

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • ribbed cuff: 2-1/2" high x 15" (unstretched)
  • lower band (above cuff) = 3"
  • upper band to center = 6-1/2"


  • MC: approx 225 yds of DK-weight wool-blend or wool
  • CC: approx 125 yds of DK-weight wool-blend or wool
  • US #3 circs (16")
  • US #3 dpns
  • stitch markers