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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Free Rasta Tam Crochet Pattern

Rasta Tam Crochet Pattern

One size fits most: This is a very big, loosely crocheted tam that measures 13” across. Hat is worked “in the round” from top down, in one piece.
Yarn: use any worsted weight yarn in Black, Red, Yellow, and Green.
Yarn code: Black (B) Red (R ) Yellow (Y) Green (G)
Crochet Hook size P/Q (15mm)
Inc = work 2 dc in the same stitch
Dec = (AKA dc2tog) is to work 2 dc together

Start with B yarn: chain 3, sl st to 1st ch to form circle, then ch 2 (turning ch counted as 1 st)
Round 1: work 11 dc around circle, sl st to top of ch 2, fasten off, weave in ends. (12)
Round 2: R yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, inc by working 2 dc in each st, fasten off, weave in ends (24)
Round 3: Y yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, inc by working 2 dc in each st, fasten off, weave in ends (48)
Round 4: G yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, inc by working 2 dc in each st, fasten off, weave in ends (96)
Round 5: B yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, 1 dc each st, fasten off, weave in ends (96)
Round 6: R yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, *2 dc, then inc by working 2 dc into nx st* then repeat * to * to end, fasten off, weave in ends, (128)
Round 7: Y yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, 1 dc each st, fasten off, weave in ends (128)
Round 8: G yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, 1 dc each st, fasten off, weave in ends (128)
Round 9: B yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, dec every other st by working 2dc tog, fasten off, weave in ends. (64)
Round 10: R yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, dec every other st by working 2 dc tog, fasten off, weave in ends. (32)
Round 11: B yarn: attach yarn, ch 2, 1 dc each st, ch 1, turn (32)
Rounds 12–15: B yarn: sc each st (32) fasten off, weave in ends

NOTE: If doing tam in one solid color, obviously omit “fasten off, weave in ends” at the end of each round, also omit “attach yarn” and when you get to the end of round, sl st to top of turning ch, then do a sl st to nx st, then ch 3 as your turning ch, and start next round, this will allow your rounds to line up straight and not creep to the left/right. You can modify this pattern so many ways; go even bigger, or smaller, use 1 or 15 different colors, make the band, (rounds 12-15) wider, put in a puff st, a bullion st, or sew a funky patch on the hat. Do what makes you feel good.

Ya mon!


Blogger Pyo said...

you look good in it ;o)

1:37 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love the hat! It looks great.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Thanks for sharing, mon!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

Thanks for the pattern, I really like the hat, and it looks amazing on you!!

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Rae said...

Ive searched for this type of hat pattern for my boyfriend, big thanks! I just started crochet, lovvee your blog, cool ideas! I want to make everyone of your hats! When does your book come out? :))

3:31 PM  
Blogger Chie said...

Nice hat! :)
Thanks for sharing the pattern!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Pritam Singh Khalsa said...

Cool tams,but I can only wear a turban

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Ukanie said...

Thank you for the free pattern Pam. I just completed the rasta tam and posted on my blog. I did it 2 rows bigger and it worked out perfect. I love your blog and your work. When is your book coming out? If it is out, where can I buy a copy, I cna't find it on the net yet.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Thanks to everyone who emailed/posted regarding this Rasta Tam pattern! I had alot of fun making these, they are super easy! You can also use scraps to make a super colorful one! I love my solid black one, can be worn with everything!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Pam! Thanks for the free pattern! Linda Lewis

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! thank you thank you! I have been searching for a pattern such as this for my brother for a long time. You have made his and my day.

8:16 AM  
Blogger flybabytina said...

I need some HELP!!!! I just finished my hat and it is HUGE! Waaaaay bigger than it should be.... the end row count is like 3 times 32... Can you clarify round 6 for me? Round 6 – R yarn – attach yarn, ch 2, then do *inc by working 2 dc nx 2 sts , then 1 dc, * repeat * to * to end, bind off, weave in ends, (128) Does this mean 2 dc's, 2 dc's then 1 dc is the pattern to repeat? Because that is what I did and it didn't work...... Thanks....


10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i want to make the hat larger, at what point should i add extra stitches/rows?


4:48 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

If you want to make the tam even larger than 12”, when you get to Round 9, instead of starting to decrease, you could continue with another row of 128 sts or increase again in that row by adding more sts. Make sure to continue to decrease after that which is Rounds 9 – 11, this allows the tam to stay on your head better! If it’s too big and too loose it won’t stay on. Good luck!!! Feel free to email me pics of your tams my friends! –Pam

5:05 PM  
Blogger Lovin' Locks said...

This is so way cool. Just when I thought I was done (just completed 5 tams during Winter break)!

Thanks for sharing Pam. I will make, post on my blog and try to remember to send you a photo or at least a link.


Lovin' Locks

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pam I am also having trouble with round 6 of the tam pattern. I am increasing with way to many stitches. Is the correct #128. PLease help Thanks Deborah

11:48 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hi Deborah,
If the 128 sts on Round 6 measures over the 13” for the tam, you probably, like many, have a looser crochet tension. You can reduce the number of increase in that round; perhaps increase every 3rd st if you wish. As everyone crochets at various tensions, sometimes adjusting a pattern is necessary to get the fit you want.

I did intentionally design this tam to be VERY big and VERY loose. But all heads are not created equal! Play with the increases on Round 6 until you feel the top of tam is too your liking.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Kari said...

I made my had alittle smaller, my head is small! I used Red Heart in navy blue and it looks really great! Thanks Pam! Love your style!


9:57 PM  
Blogger american girl in italy said...

Hi - I was trying to make this hat last night, but was confused on step 6. Starting with 96 stitches, and *inc by working 2 dc nx 2 sts , then 1 dc* creates 160 stitches, not 128. I can't figure out if I am reading the pattern wrong, or am a totaly idiot or what. haha Can you please help me and let me know if I am supposed to do:

2dc in one stitch, 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc,
2dc in one stitch, 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc,
2dc in one stitch, 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc,

all the way around, which would give me 160 stitches. Or...?

I think the hat is really cute, and am new to crochet, but I thought I knew how to count... but maybe not. haha Thank you!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Thanks for stopping by the Knotty Generation, all the way from Italy!

I'm sorry the Rasta Tam pattern is causing troubles, it seems Round 6 is a cause for question for a few folks. If the stitches don't work out to equal 128, I suggest working the best you can to reach a diameter of 13" across the top of the tam (if you wish for the tam to be very big and very loose, which is how I designed it.)

If you'd prefer to have a little snugger fit, stop at a 12" or 12 1/2" in diameter.

I hope your yarn adventures are a success!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

WOW, I went through my old notes on this Rasta Tam pattern, and I changed Round 6 when a tester of mine said she switched the numbers, so I re-tested myself but I did not change the pattern on-line and I am so sorry! Please accept my apologies for all headaches caused by my mistake!
Round 6 stays at 128 sts, by working *2 dc, then increase by working 2 dc in next stitch*. Round 6 is now corrected.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi im working on the tam and my work is wavy is that normal or am i doing it to tight help

3:04 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

There are a lot of increases in this hat and may look wavy but once you start decreases, it should even out.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry but i cant or just dont get it i get to 96 but i cant get to 128 please break this down for me

Round 6 stays at 128 sts, by working *2 dc, then increase by working 2 dc in next stitch*. is it by skipping on or two help !!!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

For Round 6: *2 dc, then increase in the very next stitch by working 2 dc into stitch* then repeat from * to *

In Round 6 there are no skipping stitches because you are still increasing to reach the 12" diameter.

10:05 PM  
Blogger amberleechristine said...

Hey! this is the first crocheting pattern that i'm going to start working on i'm verry excited ^_^. my mom said go look online to find a pattern for your rasta tam and we will work on it. so not only are you helping me start out i get to have something in common with my mom!! haha. thanks soo soo much for this site. i must admit its a pretty great one =] AmberLee<3

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Tiki said...

I'm Tiki from Thailand. This Tam is cool especially colours! I will do it tonight. Hope it would success! I'm a little bit confused about Round6. Whatever I will try.

Thanks for sharing nice pattern.

2:55 AM  
Anonymous buffalo soldier said...

Would this work with hemp threads?

I love it! Thank YOU!

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Ky said...

Thanks for the pattern. I have a lot of Rasta friends asking for hats and belts. Thanks again.

3:39 PM  
Blogger GOD IS LOVE said...

great one!

5:02 AM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Thanks for the pattern, I made two one with a smaller hook and one with the hook called for in pattern and the color combination was really beautiful.

Thanks again, Sheri.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Etchgirl said...

I love the hat! I've been making it for a few days (ran into the "round 6" problem about 4 times but got through it), but the problem I have is that the wavyness is still there.

Could you post a picture of the hat close up? I think that can clear up some things for me

11:28 AM  
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11:33 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

This is awesome! I made my first tam using this pattern yesterday.. I would love to post pictures on my website- - however, I gave it to my fiance to try out and he hasn't taken it off since!! lol! i will have to create more!!

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

My 3yr old grand daughter wants one of these (well her parents want her one) how do I adjust the size?


5:51 PM  
Anonymous Ms.Jessie said...


9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so i'm just learning to crochet. Would this pattern work if i used super bulky yarn and a size K (10 1/2) crochet hook??

1:35 AM  
Blogger Mothergoose said...

hi this is a cook hat, siuts you lol

9:55 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern! I made your pattern in a black/silver bulky lamb's wool/acrylic yarn and it is super heavy but oh, so soft & very large! I will enjoy it for time to come! I plan on experimenting with different yarns, but this pattern is super simple & just wonderful! Good luck all & thank you Pam!!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Round 6 makes no sense, please just define it for me like this,
is it...2dc 2dc dc, or dc dc2 dc2, or dc2 dc dc2

No matter how you've defined it to people or reworded it it still doesn't make sense to me. cause it says to 2dc then increase by 2dc so that made me think just do that the whole way round and repeat "to", what that make? repeat thats twice as in 2 or what?

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
In this pattern I'm using the standard crochet instruction of * to *, which means you can indicate a repeated pattern or repeated stitch sequence, this saves page space for publishing purposes. Sorry to confuse you. -Pam

6:11 PM  
Blogger AarTiana said...

I have NO idea how I didn't comment on this before - I have sent folks here for your pattern, and it is GREAT! Thanks for having it!

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great pattern. My daughter and several of her schoolmates are needing something like this for a school project in early April. I am working on the first one now. Thank you for your pattern.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Pam, been looking for nice rasta hats for awhile now, can't seem to keep up with the orders from my jamician friends, just awesome.

1:27 PM  

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