This design was a commission for Gawthorpe Textile Collection, with funding from Arts Council England. All proceeds from the sale of this design go to support the important work of caring for and preserving Gawthorpe’s historic collection for future generations to enjoy.

You can purchase the pattern here.

You’ll find the tutorial to make the red-rose covered button on top of the tam here

This design was inspired by the “Richard the Roundhead” coverlet in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. The coverlet was embroidered by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth over several decades at Gawthorpe and you can read more about its inspiration here.

Hat body
Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight 100% Shetland Wool 25g/115m/125yds
• A: White 01a x 2 balls
• B: Teal fc41 x 2 balls
Brim lining and crown button
Jamieson and Smith Shetland Heritage Yarn 100% Shetland Wool 25g/110m/120yds
• C: Madder x 1 ball
• 2.5mm (US1/2) and 2.75mm (US2) circular needles both 40cm long
• Set of 2.75mm (US2) double pointed needles OR 2.75mm (US2) 80cm long (for working crown top)
• Waste yarn
• 2.5mm (USB/1-C/2) crochet hook for provisional cast on
• Stitch marker
• Tapestry needle

7 sts and 8 rnds to 2.5cm/1in square over colourwork pattern in the round.
Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to attain correct gauge.

To fit average adult head circumference 50-55cm/19¾-21¾in.


2 thoughts on “Richard the Roundhead Tam

  1. I love, love ,love this hat. The colours are perfect and that little splash of Lancastrian red is perfect. Finally succeeded on my third attempt ( 2 failures due to my own ineptitude) to get the brim done properly and now I’m on row 5 of the chart. I enjoyed the whole series of posts on the Gawthorpe projects and your tam truly honours the work you drew your inspiration from. I think I’ll have to wait until next Fall to wear my Richard as Spring is really getting underway here now and it’ll be too warm soon.


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