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I have been "crafting" ever since I was little, with plenty of help from two very artistic grandmothers and a mom who taught me to sew at the age of nine. I haven't looked back, and now I sew, knit, ...

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Mary Lennox Tam

from My Secret Wish on Craftsy
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mary Lennox Tam
Mary Lennox Tam
Mary Lennox Tam
Mary Lennox Tam
Mary Lennox Tam

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cast on

Pattern Description:

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

Skill Level: Easy
Craft: Knitting

Inspired by the tam worn by Mary Lennox in the 1993 movie of "The Secret Garden", this easy-knit hat looks stunning on children and adults alike.

Made in a bulky-weight yarn, it knits up quickly, and makes a great gift.

Sized for heads from 16" around (Small) to 23" around (Large).

TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE!! I knit tightly, so you may need to adjust your tension or needle size to match.

Note: For the medium size, you may need to undo your gauge swatch to finish the hat. If you would rather not, buy two balls for that size, as well.


15.5 sts and 22 rws = 4" over stockinette stitches with larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small (16-18" head)
  • Medium (up to 20" head)
  • Large (up to 23" head)


  • 1-2 balls chunky weight yarn (such as Bernat Softee Chunky)
  • 5.0 mm (US 8) double-pointed needles
  • 6.5 mm (US 10 1/2) double-pointed needles
  • Opt. 6.5 mm circular needle (no longer than 29")

You Will Also Need:

  • yarn needle
  • scrap of yarn for marker