Fair Isle Tams

Some of the possible tams you can knit after taking this class!

This Fair Isle class is for knitters who would like to venture into two-color knitting but haven’t had the chance.  A small child’s tam comprised of ribbing, a border pattern area, and the wheel area will be knitted on double points or a circular needle, in four colors, although never more than two in a round. Techniques included in the workshop are: knitting with a color in each hand, weaving yarns to reduce snagging, reading tam charts, knitting traditional peerie, border, and wheel patterns, and shaping and finishing of the tam. The class will end with a discussion of alternate ribbing treatments and designing a tam.

Time: 6 hours

Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate





 Class Supply List:

  • Four colors, 1 to 2 oz. each, of worsted weight wool yarn
  • 16″ circular needles in size 5.0 mm, and one set (8″ or shorter in length) double pointed needles, in sizes 3.75 mm and 5.0 mm.
  • Tapestry needle, scissors, st markers
  • Sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart

Note:  Knitters who prefer and are proficient in working with 2 circulars or Magic Loop instead of double pointed needles, may bring the appropriate needles.


The Ribbing:  With size 3.75 mm double pointed needles and your chosen main color yarn, cast on 72 sts.  Slip on marker, join circularly and work k1, p1 ribbing for 1 inch.

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