Traditional tam o’shanters are knitted from wool, but others are made from tartan; this is my version, a crochet tam o’shanter.
I first heard the word ‘tam o’shanter,’ which is named after the hero from one of Robert Burns’ poems, when I watched the animated Beatrix Potter Collection as a kid. The first episode has Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny sneak into Mr. McGregor’s garden to rescue Peter Rabbit’s lost jacket and shoes, and Benjamin Bunny finds and tries on a tam o’shanter that was hung up on a scarecrow.
I adapted my cable beret pattern for this crochet tam o’shanter: I used single crochet instead of double crochet stitches, enlarged it a bit to make it more floppy, and added a pom pom. I used an acrylic yarn, but a wool would work nicely and be quite warm.
Cable Crochet Tam O’Shanter and Free Pattern
1.5 skeins worsted weight yarn, about 280 m (I used acrylic Patons Canadiana in dark green tea)
5.0 mm crochet hook
Chain 5. Join first chain with a slip stitch to form a loop.
Round 1) Ch 1, 8 sc in loop; join with sl s in first ch.
Round 2) Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around; join with sl st in first ch.
Round 3) Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, FPDC in next stitch. Repeat from * all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch.
Round 4) Ch 1, *sc in next 3 sts, FPDC in same st as last sc (FPDC from previous round). Repeat from * all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch.
Round 5) Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, FPDC in same st as last sc (FPDC from previous round). Repeat from * all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch.
Rounds 6-22) Continue pattern, increasing sc count in between FPDC. Hat should be about 27 cm (10.5 in) in diameter with 21 sc in between each FPDC.
Round 23) Ch 1, *sc in next 19 sts, sc2tog, FPDC in next st (FPDC from previous round). Repeat from * all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch.
Round 24) Ch 1, *sc 2 tog, sc in next 18 sts, FPDC in next st. Repeat from * all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch.
Rounds 25-36) Repeat rounds 23-24 six times, gradually decreasing the number of sc in between each FPDC. Hat should have one sc2tog and 7 sc in between each FPDC.
Round 37) Ch 1, *sc in next 8 sts, skip next st. Repeat from * all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch. For optimal fit, try the hat on now. To decrease the size, continue repeating rounds 23-24 until desired size. To increase the size, undo row 36 or more until the hat is large enough, then continue with round 37.
Round 38-40) Ch 1. Sc in each stitch all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch and fasten off.
You made need to block the hat to even out the stitches between the FPDCs.
With the remaining yarn, make a pom pom and attach. Weave in ends.
ch – chain
FPDC – front post double crochet. Yarn over (YO), place hook around the front of the post of the st you are working, YO and pull up loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops.
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together. Insert hook in first stitch (st). Yarn over (YO), draw up a loop (lp), 2 lps on hook. Insert hook in next st, YO, draw up a lp. 3 lps on hook. YO, draw yarn through all three lps on hook.
sl st – slip stitch
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