How to Make a Tam on a Hat Loom

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A tam hat, also known as a beret, is a simple hat to make on a knitting loom. Work the pattern on any knitting loom that has pegs with multiples of five plus one additional peg. Use any type yarn to make the tam hat from worsted weight to chunky. Worsted weight yarn shows the design in the hat better than any other type of yarn. Make an adult tam on a round knitting loom with 51 pegs and a 1/2-inch gauge.

Things You'll Need

  • 51 peg round loom
  • 1 skein, worsted weight yarn
  • Loom hook
  • Scissors
  • Blunt end needle
  • Wrap the tail of the yarn around the loom twice. Tie a slipknot at the location. Slide the slipknot over the first vertical peg to the left of the horizontal tie off peg.

  • Wrap the tail of the yarn around the inside of your thumb, around the outside and cross in front of your thumb. Slide the cross over the next peg to the left. Place the working end of the yarn over the front of the peg. Slide the cross over the top of the working yarn. Repeat the process around the remaining 49 pegs.

  • E-wrap the 51 pegs. Make an E-wrap by wrapping the working yarn around the back of the peg, across the front, then around the back toward the next peg. Hold the yarn in place by wrapping it around the horizontal tie off peg.

  • Pull the bottom loop on the peg over the top loop on all 51 stitches of the first row. Repeat the process for a total of 10 rows.

  • E-wrap 5 pegs. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop. Move the loop from the 5th peg to the 6th peg. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop. E-wrap 5 pegs and repeat the process around the 51 peg knitting loom. Pull the bottom loop over the E-wrap loop on the one extra peg at the end of the row.

  • E-wrap 5 pegs including the empty peg. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop on the four pegs with the double loops. Move the loop from the 4th peg to the 5th peg. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop. E-wrap the next 5 pegs and repeat the process around the remaining 46 pegs. Continue each row in the same fashion for 60 rows or until the length of the tam is 11 1/2-inches from start to finish.

  • E-wrap each peg. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop on all pegs with two loops. E-wrap each peg. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop on each row.

  • E-wrap the next peg. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop. Move the loop to the next peg. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop. Repeat the process around the hoop leaving 26 pegs with loops and 25 empty pegs.

  • Wrap the tail of the yarn around the loom twice. Cut the yarn at the point. Thread a blunt end needle with the tail of the yarn. Insert the needle through the first loop on the peg. Slide the loop from the peg and onto the yarn. Repeat the process with each loop.

  • Turn the tam inside out. Pull the yarn tight to draw the top center into place. Stitch across the opening four to six times in an X shape to hold closed.

  • Insert the needle through the final stitch leaving a 1-inch loop. Insert the tip of the needle through the loop and pull tight to make a knot. Cut the yarn approximately 1-inch from the end of the yarn. Turn the tam right side out to wear.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adjust the back of the tam after placement on the head. Hold in place with a small clip to keep from sliding.
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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