Braided Tam

Edited and updated as of 1/29/10 Please, please, send me a msg if you find any errors in this pattern.  I have not yet test knit every size, but I believe that all of the glaring mistakes have been caught.  Thank you for your support and patience.

Sara

Braided Tam

by Sara McCourt

Skill Level: ( Advanced)

Skills Required: cabling, knitting in the round

INTRO: I really got interested in tams this fall and wanted to integrate a braid.

SIZE

Toddler, (child, small adult, large adult)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Head Circumference: 19.5” (20.5”, 21”, 22”)

MATERIALS

Yarn: 200 yards DK weight

Needles: US 6 DPNs and 16” circular needles

Notions: 6 stitch markers (one unique to mark beg of round)

GAUGE

5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch; 7-8 stitches per inch over cable pattern

PATTERN NOTES

Sl M: slip marker

4 st right cable: slip 2 st onto cable needle & hold in back of work, knit next 2 st, knit 2 st from cable needle.

4 st left cable: slip 2 st onto cable needle & hold in front of work, knit next 2 st, knit 2 st from cable needle.

M1: make one; insert left needle front to back under the strand between the two needles. Knit the lifted stitch into the back to twist stitch correctly and prevent a hole.

P2tbl: purl 2 tog through the back loop

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 84 (88, 96, 100) st to circular needle or 4 DPNs. Join yarn to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Knit 1×1 rib until piece measures 1.5″

Next row: P2, M1 all the way around, placing a stitch marker every 21 (22, 24, 25) stitches. 126 (132, 144, 150) stitches

Cable Pattern

Row 1:  Sl M, P4 (5, 6, 6), (4 st right cable) 3 times. P5 (5, 6, 7) to end of row

Rows 2 & 3: P4 (5, 6, 6), K12, P5 (5, 6, 7) to end of row

Row 4: Sl M, P4 (5, 6, 6), K2, (4 st left cable) 2 times, K2, P4 (5, 6, 7) to end of row

Rows 5 & 6: P4 (5, 6, 6), K12, P5 (5, 6, 7) to end of row

Next row: Begin cable pattern, knitting until the piece measures approximately 4” (4.5”, 4.5”, 4.5”) from cast on. End with cable row 5(3,2,1). It is important that you are on the correct cable row of cabling when starting to decrease. If you have to choose between inches and pattern rows, choose pattern rows, in order to decrease properly in pattern.

First and fourth sizes

Dec every other round 3 (5) times: Sl M, P2tbl, work in patt to last 2 st before marker, P2tog. Cont to end of row. Work decreases in this fashion until 2 P st remain on right side of marker and 1 P st on left, ending with a decrease row.

Next round (cable row 5): Cont in patt without decreasing.
Next round (cable row 6): Sl M, ssk, work in pattern to 2 st before next marker, k2tog

Next round (cable row 1): Cont in patt without decreasing. You should have 12 stitches of the cable pattern and 1 p stitch between each marker.

From this point on, decrease every other round in the 12-stitch cable pattern. Some decreases will occur in cable rows.

Next round (cable row 2): Decrease as follows.

  • (Sl M, ssk, K8, k2tog, P1) around
  • (Sl M, K10, P1) around
  • (Sl M, ssk, sl 1 st to cn and hold in front of work, K2 from left needle, K1 from cn, sl 2 st to cn and hold in front of work, K1 from left needle, K2 from cn,  k2tog, P1) around
  • (Sl M, K8, P1) around
  • (Sl M, ssk, K4, k2tog, P1) around
  • [Sl M, (sl 1 st to cn and hold in back of work, K2 from left needle) 2 times, P1] around
  • (Sl M, ssk, K2, k2tog, P1) around
  • (Sl M, K4, P1) around
  • (Sl M, sl 2 to cn and hold in front of work, k2tog from left needle, k2tog from cn, P1) around
  • (Sl M, K2, P1) around
  • (Sl M, ssk, P1) around


Cut yarn, leaving an 8″ tail. Pull yarn through remaining stitches and tie off. Weave in all ends.

Second and third sizes

Dec every other round 3 (5) times: Sl M, p2tbl; work in patt to last 2 st before marker, p2tog. Cont to end of row. Work decreases in this fashion until 1 P st on either side of marker remains, ending with a decrease row (cable row 4).

Next round (cable row 5): Cont in patt without decreasing.

Next round (cable row 6): Sl M, ssk, cont in pattern to 2 st before next marker, K2 tog. Cont in patt to end of row.

Next round (cable row 1): Cont in patt without decreasing. Twelve stitches of the cable pattern remain between the markers.

From this point on, decrease every other round into the 12-stitch cable pattern. Some decreases will occur in cable rows.

Decrease as follows, beginning on cable row 2.

  • (Sl M, ssk, K8, K2tog) around
  • (Sl M, K10) around
  • (Sl M, ssk, sl 1 stitch to cn and hold in front of work, K2 from left needle, K1 from cn, sl 2 st to cn and hold in front of work, K1 st from left needle, K2 stitches from cn, k2tog) around
  • (Sl M, K8) around
  • (Sl M, ssk, K4, k2tog) around
  • [Sl M, (sl 1 st to cn and hold in back of work, K2 from left needle) 2 times] around

  • (Sl M, ssk, K2, k2tog) around
  • (Sl M, K4) around
  • (Sl M, sl 2 st to cn and hold in front of work, k2tog from left needle, k2tog from cn) around
  • (Sl M, K2) around
  • (Sl M, ssk) around
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 tail. Pull yarn through remaining stitches and tie off. Weave in all ends.

11 thoughts on “Braided Tam

  1. Can this hat be knitted with straight needles? If so do you have the pattern for it? I don’t know how to convert a pattern from round needle to 2 straight needles. Love the hat, please help!

    Thanks

    • I am going to have to think about that… Off the top of my head I would say cast on the same amount of stitches and start the repeats in the middle of a purl st segment. Does that make sense? All of the cables and decreases should hopefully occur on the right side of work, and on the wrong side you would just maintain the pattern. Let me mull it over and see if I can convert it. If you try it with the suggestions above, before I figure it out let me know how it works, otherwise I will try to get something up in a few weeks.

    • Sue, I really wish you could slide next to me on the couch so I could show you how easy circular knitting is! I would even sweep off the dog hair. I use circular knitting whenever I can because it is relaxing and easy. I might add that I prefer to use two circular needles instead of 4 or 5 straight ones. Please, find your way to my living room next to the Severn River in Annapolis. Second best, grab a few minutes of quality time at your local yarn shop.

  2. Oops! I was just looking at the pattern in order to adapt it to adult sizes and realized there was an error in the cable pattern. The error was in Row 4, I forgot to add the last p5(5) in the repeat. It is now fixed. Sorry to anyone who had issues because of that.

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