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Outlander project ideas: Tams & Berets!

Did you enjoy the first episode of Outlander on Saturday night?

The fact that I’d watched it on-demand earlier in the week didn’t stop me from watching it again!

IMG_4854I gathered together what I thought I’d need for a comfortable evening and settled down to enjoy.

There wasn’t much knit-wear in this episode, but I didn’t notice most of the Highlanders were wearing tams! One even had a pompom on his hat.

If that wasn’t perfect inspiration for finding knit and crochet patterns, I don’t know what would be. Of course, the tam and beret patterns I’m going to highlight are much more colorful than the hats being worn by the men who found Claire, but isn’t that half the fun?

Debbie Bliss Fair IsleThis attractive Fair Isle beret is from the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine. It is knit using six colors of Rialto 4ply yarn.

I like the multicolored pompom.

Buy the digital pattern on Ravelry.

Debbie Bliss baby tamYou can get your baby in on the act with this sweet little beret. It’s from the new Debbie Bliss book Cashmerino Aran, which has 11 patterns for children.

As you can see, it’s knit using two colors of the popular yarn Cashmerino Aran, which is available in a slew of colors.

Louisa Harding EiffelSticking with the pompom theme, check out the Eiffel beret from Louisa Harding’s Amitelle book. This pretty topper takes just one ball of her beautiful Amitola yarn.

This lovely yarn is an 80% wool, 20% silk blend that is available in 16 colors.

Noro Crochet tamIf you prefer to crochet, you might enjoy the Swirly Tam from the hardcover Crochet Noro book.

I like how the strong lines lend a sense of movement to the hat without interfering with the lovely Noro colors.

The Swirly Tam is crocheted using one skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.

Add the Swirly Tam to your Ravelry queue.

Noro ayana beretAnother great Noro beret is the cable edged Ayana beret from the “What Can I Knit Tonight?” book by Jo Allport.

It takes two skeins of Noro Kirara yarn, a 51% Wool, 29% Cotton, 10% Silk, 10% Angora blend. I used Kirara to knit my Metalouse Shawl.

Worked in the shades of green shown, this might be the best beret so far for blending in with nature!

Mirasol beretFor a more subtle look, check out the Paqu Pura beret and shawl from Mirasol designed by Claudia Wersing.

The set takes three hanks of Mirasol Paqu Pura yarn, a lovely 100% Peruvian Alpaca yarn that is available in over 15 colors.

Add the Paqu Pura Beret and Wrap to your Ravelry queue.

I added a few more beret ideas to my Outlander Ideas board on Pinterest. We have so many nice beret patterns, it was hard not to flood the board pins!

IMG_4859In the mean time, I actually made some good progress on my Vera cowl from the Louisa Harding Luzia book. I might even finish before the next episode on Saturday.

You can use our Store Locator feature to find a local yarn store near you that stocks any of the patterns I’ve highlighted. You’ll see online store results, too.

What did you knit or crochet while you were watching the Outlander premier?


  1. I like your selections very much and appreciate you advised where to obtain these beautiful patterns and also described the yarns used. Nice and in good taste!

  2. I really like the beret Dougal is wearing on Outlander. I found one place who makes them but they are sold out. Any ideas?

  3. It looks to me like all the berets the men on the show are wearing are felt. Most likely made from felt, but possibly fulled after knitting.
    I haven’t seen any patterns like that among our offerings.
    I’d suggest looking at your local yarn store or on Ravelry.

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