Pattern: Shamrock Tam

I have sat on this pattern for a year thinking it might be the first I submit to Knitty.com in time for St. Patrick's Day this year, but I was at sea and unable to meet the deadlines. I intended to make a gauge swatch as well, but I didn't. I only had one test knitter (SDMags), I think I made the changes she asked for, and she has since knit up another one for a friend (someone Likes it!). Mine was knit in a bulky or heavy worsted hand spun yarn, Fergus, blogged about just over a year ago (I was designing this pattern at this time last year!). Anyway, enjoy, and hope to see you styling for St. Patrick's Day.

Using a heavy worsted/bulky yarn and size 8 circulars or dpns. There is no gauge, sorry.

M1 = Make one purl
Kfb = Knit in the front and back of the same stitch
CL = Cable 2 k Front, 1P back
Slip two stitches to a cable needle and hold in the front, purl one, knit the two off your cable needle.
CR = Cable 1 P Back, 2 K Front
Slip one stitch to a cable needle and hold in the back of your work, knit two stitches, purl one off your cable needle.
Increases are on every second and fifth row.

Top of hat:
Cast on 8 sts
R1: K8
R2: (Kfb)*8 [16 sts]
R3: K around
R4: K around
R5: (K2, M1, K2, M1)*4 [24 sts]
R6: (K2, P1, K2, P1)*4
R7: (K2, M1, P1, M1, K2, P1)*4 [32 sts]
R8: (K2, P3, K2, P1)*4
R9: (K2, P3, K2, P1)*4
R10: (K2, P1, M1, P2, K2, M1, P1)*4 [40 sts]
R11: (K2, P4, K2, P2)*4
R12: (K2, P1, M1, P2, M1, P1, K2, P2)*4 [48 sts]
R13: (K2, P6, K2, P2)*4
R14: (K2, P6, K2, P2)*4
R15: (K2, P1, M1, P4, M1, P1, K2, P2)*4 [56 sts]
R16: (K2, P8, K2, P2)*4
R17: (K2, P1, M1, P6, M1, P1, K2, P2)*4 [64 sts]
R18: (K2, P10, K2, P2)*4
R19: (K2, P10, K2, P2)*4
R20: (K2, P1, M1, P8, M1, P1, K2, P2)*4 [72 sts]
R21: (K2, P12, K2, P2)*4
R22: (K2, P12, K2, M1, P1, M1, P1)*4 [80 sts]
R23: (K2, P12, K2, P4)*4
R24: (K2, P12, K2, P4)*4
R25: (K2, P5, M1, K2, M1, P5, K2, P4)*4 [88 sts]
R26: (CL, P4, K4, P4, CR, P4)*4
R27: (P1, M1, K2, P3, CR, CL, P3, K2, P1, M1, P4 )*4 [96 sts]
R28: (P2, CL, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, CR, P6)*4
R29: (P3, K2, P1, CR, P2, CL, P1, K2, P7)*4
R30: (P3, CL, K2, P1, M1, P2, M1, P1, K2, CR, P7)*4 [104 sts]
R31: (P3, M1, P1, SSK, K2TOG, P1, M1, P5, M1, SSK, K2TOG, P1, M1, P7)*4
R32: (P3, M1, P16, M1, P7)*4 [112 sts]
R33: P around
R34: P around
R35: (Kfb, K13, Kfb, K13)*4 [120 sts]
R36: K around
R37: (Kfb, K14, Kfb, K14)*4 [128 sts]
R38: P around
R39: P around (128 stitches)
For the following section, knit all rows decreasing 8 stitches evenly around every 2nd and 5th row. I typed up each row below in case you need the reference.
R40: (K2TOG, K14)*8
R41: K around
R42: (K2TOG, K13)*8
R43: K around
R44: K around
R45: (K2TOG, K12)*8
R46: K around
R47: (K2TOG, K11)*8
R48: K around
R49: K around
R50: (K2TOG, K10)*8
R51: K around
R52: (K2TOG, K9)*8
R53: K around
R54: K around
R55: (K2TOG, K8)*8
R56: K around
R57: (K2TOG, K7)*8
R58: K around
R59: K around

Knit 13 rows K2, P2 ribbing.
Bind off loosely.
If necessary, weaving elastic thread in the ribbed rows will allow for a snugger fit.
Weave in the ends and block, I used a dinner plate.

Note: You can adjust the number of decreases around you do to get the fit you want for your head.

Do I really need to inform you standard copyright laws apply? Because I will. They do.

2/10/2011 Corrected Rows 15, 20, 27 and 31. Thanks for the heads up SDMags and bittybee (RavLink)!


sdmags said...


Gina said...

I love this! Thanks so much for sharing it!

trifarina said...

Nice! I'll have to make one!

BeadKnitter said...

Beautiful hat. Congrats!

CraftyJ said...

Cute hat, but I'm going to be a fly in the ointment and point out that a shamrock has three leaves. Maybe it should be retitled "Four-Leaf Clover Hat"?

LadyP said...

it's gorgeous!!! and thank you for sharing :)

Sunflowers said...

I too agree with everyone, love your little "Shamrock Tam" ..

I am wondering how small or large it is? Have you measured the circumference of it as yet?

I have such a tiny head compared to the average lady and so I am trying to find a Tam O'Shanter pattern that will not only stay in place but also not look like a 'slouch style hat'..

Thanks so much.. Continued success with all your knit projects.


Judy Hart said...

I really like this pattern, but am wondering how long it is.
Is there a chance that someone who has made it would post a picture of it from the front or sides, to show how long it is on the head?

I won't something more for spring, that does not cover the ears, or much on the forehead.

Tank you for the free pattern.