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I inspire with stories, yarn, and food. Mom of 4 boys, hobby farmeress, tea addict, book geek, part-time health nut, and full-time dreamer. I want to be a mermaid when I grow up. Join my knitting ...

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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
Mary Lennox Tam

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cast on

Pattern Description:

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

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.

FORMAT: Adobe PDF File
SIZES: Small (16-18" head), Medium (up to 20"), Large (up to 23")
TUTORIALS: Super-Stretchy Cast On photo tutorial. A full glossary is included.
SKILLS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS PATTERN: Knit, purl, make a gauge swatch in Stockinette Stitch.
PATTERN REQUIREMENTS: 5.0 mm and 6.5 mm dpns OR size needed to obtain gauge; 6.5 mm 29" circular needle (optional); yarn needle; 1 (1, 2,) ball(s) Bernat Softee Chunky OR yarn with same gauge; scrap of yarn for a marker

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.

Your file will be available for download as soon as you complete purchase. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, or for pattern support.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING NOTICE: Your purchase of this pattern gives you the right to use it for personal, non-profit use only. To licence the pattern to use for profit, please e-mail me for permission. You do NOT have the right to print the pattern for other people (unless they reside in your household) or to transfer the digital file to any other person. This pattern may not be sold, copied, or distributed in any way.


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