"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


The Victory Tam

The Victory tam is finished.

Pattern: Victory Tam by Rohn Strong

Yarn: Made In America's Wayfarer
Content: 100% wool, fingering weight
Colors: Meadow, Sand Dune, and Mud Puddle

Needles: Addi Turbo circular size 2 and 4

Cast on: June 4, 2014
Bound off: June 14, 2014

Comments: This pattern is published by Made In America Yarns. I don't know if it was not test knit before being published, or what, but it has a LOT of errors in it. I would not recommend knitting it. However, if you must, here are my corrections.

... First of all, except the ribbed cuff, there should be no purl stitches in this. At least, I don't see any in the pictures in the pattern.

…Under Gauge it doesn’t say what size needles were used for the swatch. Size 2 is the answer.

…In Rnd 3 it starts with K11. It should be K1.

…In Rnd 9 it says to purl 8 and the repeat doesn't work as written. It should say K1, (m1, K7, m1, K7). No purls involved whatsoever, and certainly not 8.

...Rnds 38 - K2tog, (k9, k3tog) to last 10 sts, k8, k2tog. (120 sts)

...Work 5 rnds of chart.

...Rnd 44 - K1, (k3, k3tog, k4) around, end last rep with k3. (96 sts)

...Work 8 rnds of chart.

...Rnd 53 - K2, (k2tog, k1, k2tog, k3) to last 6 sts, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1. (72 sts)

...Work rnds 54 and 55 of the chart.

...Rnd 56 - K1, (k2tog, k4) around, end last rep with k3. (60 sts)

...Rnd 57 - knit.

...Rnd 58 - K1, (k2tog, k2) around, end last rep with k1. (45 sts)

...Rnd 59 - K1, (k2tog, k1) around to last 2 sts, k2tog. (30 sts)

...Rnd 60 - (K2tog) around. (15 sts)

Finish pattern as written.

It was a frustrating knit for me. I'm glad it's done.

Facing front.

The back.

Another view

I will be getting this back to the shop tomorrow. I'm going to ask to enter it in this years North Idaho Fair. Despite the frustrations, it came out pretty darn good, if I say so myself.

Now, to begin the mitts that go with it. Wish me luck.

Live long and prosper. \\//


  1. You did a great job with all the errors you found..really turned out nice.