Crochet Tam Pattern: Rainbow Slouchy

The Rainbow Slouchy is a striped, crochet tam pattern. The bright colors and the mesh stitches make a playful accessory to wear in transitional weather. This pattern is part of my charity spotlight series and is designed for Knit the Rainbow.

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This Month’s Featured Organization: Knit the Rainbow

Knit the Rainbow was founded in 2020 by actor and activist, Austin Rivers. It’s a 501c3 non-profit organization located right here in New York City with the mission of providing handmade, crochet and knit accessories to homeless, LGBTQ+ youth. Right now, the organization is serving New York City only, but it has plans to expand into other cities where there are large numbers of homeless youth.

Knit the Rainbow hosts “Stitch & Sip” events for its volunteers and both its Facebook page and Instagram profile are regularly updated with news and activities if you’d like to be more involved. They also have an online shop where you can buy Knit the Rainbow items to show your support, or you can donate.

Although the website talks mostly about winter accessories and they accept handmade cold weather scarves, beanies, gloves, socks, and ear warmers all year round, I’ve chatted with the folks at Knit the Rainbow on Instagram and it turns out that they also have seasonal drives for warmer weather items. To contribute, send your handmade projects to Knit the Rainbow at 701 W 180th Street, Unit 47, New York, NY 10033.

As always when charity crafting, remember to contact Knit the Rainbow before sending your handmade items to make sure there is still a need for the items you plan to donate. Keep smoke and pet hair away from your makes and always label your donations with the fiber content in case the recipient has allergies.

How To Make Great Accessories for Knit the Rainbow

Teens come in all shapes and sizes so your ear warmers, beanies, gloves, socks, and scarves can be sized for smaller teens through large adult sizes.

While some charities that distribute accessories to people who are homeless often discourage the use of bright colors, remember that teens are often concerned with how they look, don’t usually want people to know they are homeless, and may not live on the streets but rather in a shelter, supportive housing, or are “couch surfing.” Your makes for Knit the Rainbow should be in teen-friendly colors and styles.

Use easy care yarns that are machine washable and dryable since homeless teens may have limited options for laundering their clothes.

About the Rainbow Slouchy

I’ve partnered with WeCrochet, who has generously provided yarn and hooks for this year’s charity spotlight series. When the folks at Knit the Rainbow invited me to design a Pride month themed accessory for June, I knew I’d need a lightweight and washable yarn. (If you didn’t know, summers in New York City get hot!) For this design, I used WeCrochet Comfy Worsted yarn, a blend of mostly cotton with some acrylic yarn that comes in dozens of great colors.

One style of hat that always seems to be popular with teens in New York City is what we called a tam back in my day. Since I’ve been crocheting and knitting, I’ve learned that this style of hat isn’t necessarily called a tam because Scottish tams have a pom pom and a more specific shape. But, it’s still a tam in my mind!

This tam is gender-neutral, and the combination of the cotton blend yarn and the mesh stitch pattern makes it more airy for summer. I’ve designed this crochet tam pattern in two sizes: Teen/Adult Small and Adult Large. I used the six colors of the traditional rainbow pride flag, but you could also make yours in the colors any of the many other pride flags (you can get some color inspiration on the pride flag Wikipedia page), or just in any other colors you think a teen would enjoy!

If you make your own Rainbow Slouchy, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and private access to my vault of subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Rainbow Slouchy

Crochet Tam Pattern by Underground Crafter

This mesh, rainbow striped slouchy hat is a cheerful accessory to wear in transitional weather. This pattern was designed for donation to Knit the Rainbow, a charity that distributes handmade clothing and accessories to homeless LGBTQ+ youth.

Finished Sizes

  • Teen/Adult Small (Adult Large). Photographed sample is Teen/Adult Small.
    • Teen/Adult Small: 21” (53.5 cm) hat circumference x 8.5” (21.5 cm) height.
    • Adult Large: 24” (61 cm) hat circumference x 9.5” (24 cm) height.

Materials

  • WeCrochet Comfy Worsted yarn (75% cotton/25% acrylic, 1.75 oz/60 g, 109 yd/100 m) – 1 skein each in 28010 Fiesta Red (CA), 25771 Carrot (CB), 28011 Honey (CC), 28013 Ivy (CD), 25314 Celestial (CE), and 24798 Lilac (CF), or approximately 40 yd (55 yd)/ 36.5 m (50.5 m) in each of 6 colors in any medium weight, cotton blend yarn.
  • WeCrochet Bright US Size 7/4.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 4 in pattern = 4.25” (11 cm) diameter. For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • CE – Color E
  • CF – Color F
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next sp, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. NOTE: For the Rainbow Slouchy, you work this decrease into the ch-1 sp and NOT into the dc from the previous Round. A photo tutorial for the dc2tog decrease is available here.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Insert hook in next st or sp, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. WeCrochet has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
  • () Work stitches between parentheses into same stitch or space.

Pattern Notes

  • Ch 1 at beginning and sl st at end of rounds do not count as stitches.  
  • Hat is crocheted from the Crown to the Hat Band with the right (front) side) facing.

Pattern Instructions

Hat – Teen/Adult Small

Increase from Crown

  • Starting at crown with CA, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, [dc in ring, ch 1] 8 times, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 16 sts (8 dc + 8 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 2: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *[(dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] twice, skip next st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 32 sts (16 dc + 16 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 3: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *[(dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] twice, skip next st, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. Fasten off CA. – 48 sts (24 dc + 24 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 4: Join CB with sl st to any ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *[(dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] twice, skip next st, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st] twice; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 64 sts (32 dc + 32 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 5: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *[(dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] twice, skip next st, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st] 3 times; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 80 sts (40 dc + 40 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 6: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *[(dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] twice, skip next st, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st] 4 times; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. Fasten off CB. – 96 sts (48 dc + 48 ch-1 sp)
  • Rnd 7: Join CC with sl st to any ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *[(dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] twice, skip next st, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st] 5 times; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 112 sts (56 dc + 56 ch-1 sp)

Work Even

  • For this section, continue color pattern as follows.
    • Change color at end of every third round by fastening off current color. On following round, join next color with sl st to any ch-1 sp.
    • Color sequence: CC, CD, CE, CF, CA, CB; repeat as needed.
    • For Teen/Adult Small Size you will change to CC after repeating Next Round.
  • Next Rnd: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 112 sts
  • Rep Next Rnd following color sequence until hat measures approximately 7” (18 cm) from crown.

Decrease

  • For Decrease Rnd 1, continue following Work Even color sequence.
  • Decrease Rnd 1: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *dc2tog in next 2 ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next st, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st] 5 times; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 96 sts (48 dc + 48 ch-1 sp)
  • Fasten off.
  • Decrease Rnd 2: Join CA with sl st to any dc, ch 1, starting in same st *sc2tog in next (st + ch-1 sp), [sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times; rep from * around, fasten off CA, change to CB while joining with sl st to top of first sc. – 88 sts

Work Even for Hat Band

  • Hat Band Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CB, change to CC while joining with sl st to top of first sc. – 88 sts
  • Hat Band Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CC, change to CD while joining with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Hat Band Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CD, change to CE while joining with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Hat Band Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CE, change to CF while joining with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Hat Band Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to top of first sc, fasten off CF.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.

Hat – Adult Large

Increase from Crown

  • Work as for Teen/Adult Small Size through Rnd 7.
  • Rnd 8: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *[(dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] twice, skip next st, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st] 6 times; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 128 sts (64 dc + 64 ch-1 sp)

Work Even

  • For this section, continue color pattern as follows.
    • Change color at end of every third round by fastening off current color. On following round, join next color with sl st to any ch-1 sp.
    • Color sequence: CC, CD, CE, CF, CA, CB; repeat as needed.
    • For Adult Large Size you will change to CC after Next Round.
  • Next Rnd: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 128 sts
  • Rep Next Rnd following color sequence until hat measures approximately 8” (20.5 cm) from crown.

Decrease

  • For Decrease Rnd 1, continue following Work Even color sequence.
  • Decrease Rnd 1: Sl st to next ch-1 sp, ch 1, starting in same sp *dc2tog in next 2 ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next st, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip 1 st] 6 times; rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first dc. – 112 sts (56 dc + 56 ch-1 sp)
  • Fasten off.
  • Decrease Rnd 2: Join CA with sl st to any dc, ch 1, starting in same st *sc2tog in next (st + ch-1 sp), [sc in next st, sc in next ch-1 sp] 6 times; rep from * around, fasten off CA, change to CB while joining with sl st to top of first sc. – 104 sts

Work Even for Hat Band

  • Hat Band Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CB, change to CC while joining with sl st to top of first sc. – 104 sts
  • Hat Band Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CC, change to CD while joining with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Hat Band Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CD, change to CE while joining with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Hat Band Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, fasten off CE, change to CF while joining with sl st to top of first sc.
  • Hat Band Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, join with sl st to top of first sc, fasten off CF.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.
© 2021 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/06/29/crochet-tam-pattern-rainbow-slouchy/ Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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