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Castaway Tam


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A fun fair isle knit! Decreases in the plain rounds shape the tam, until the very top, where a double centered decrease is employed. A variety of border and peerie patterns keep the knitting interesting. With an updated fit, this tam has a slouchy casual feel, perfect for a crisp fall apple-picking weekend, or cool summer evenings at the beach. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Use double pointed needles Read a colorwork chart Able to knit stranded colorwork in the round GAUGE 26 sts and 33 rnds = 4" In colorwork pattern from the chart, using the larger needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 22" SUGGESTED YARN 200 yards of Fingering weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • You will need 4 colors of fingering weight yarn. I used Knit Picks Palette Camel Heather for the main color aa well as Garnet Heather, Lipstick, & Blosoom Heather for the body of the hat.
  • size 3 (3.25 mm) 16' (40 cm) circular needle
  • size 2 (2.75 mm) 16" (40cm) circular needle

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Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit and especially loves to knit with color. She's the author of two new books featuring colorwork; Fair Isle Style, a contemporary collection of 20 designs from 18 popular designers, and the colorwork stitch dictionary 150 Scandinavian Motifs. Her first book, 200 Fair Isle Motifs, was an instant classic and has been translated into many languages. Mary Jane travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and to learn more about the history of the craft. She's a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She feels lucky to be invited to teach all over the world, eager to share knitting knowledge with her students. She aims to give students the courage to try something new! Mary Jane's inventive handknitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her website,