It’s with a lot of nervousness and excitement that I announce today is the release of my first knitting pattern!
Model: Rochelle New / Photographer: William Waldon
The pattern is Victory, and inspired by Fair Isle tams of the 1940s. Cleverly tucked in among traditional motifs, you’ll find the V sign and Morse code used in the WWII-era “V for Victory” campaign.
Vintage Fair Isle patterns often called for using “oddments” of yarn. It was a great way to use up leftovers in a gloriously colorful fashion that was popular in the 1940s, as well as being part of the “make do and mend” mentality of the era. It’s still just as useful for today’s knitter who has partial skeins from various projects that they’d like to use up!
1 ball of Excelana Wool 4 Ply (174yd / 159m per 50g ball) in each the following 5 colors: Cornflower Blue (Main Color), Nile Green, Alabaster, Ruby Red, Powdered Egg. Excelana is a 100% British wool created by the collaboration of vintage knitwear designer Susan Crawford and John Arbon of Fibre Harvest, and is a wonderful choice for vintage-inspired knits.
If substituting yarn, you will need less than 50g / 174yd of 5 colors of fingering weight / 4 ply.
32 sts / 32 rnds = 4″ / 10cm in stranded stockinette stitch
2.75mm (US 2) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
One size. Will stretch to comfortably fit head circumferences up to 24″ / 61cm. If a slightly larger or smaller size is desired, simply go up or down a needle size from needles that give you correct gauge.
Tam / beret is worked in the round in stranded stockinette, with centered double deceases (explained in the pattern) to shape the crown.
For the first 48 hours, Victory will be 20% off to everyone, no coupon code needed.
So go visit Victory on Ravelry to purchase the pattern now!
Looking for a Victory knit-along, perhaps??
As part of the just-announced Knit for Victory knit-along this winter, I’ll be knitting another Victory as one of my projects (the sample went off to live with the gorgeous model). Think of it as a mini-KAL within the larger KAL. My posts will be geared towards knitters who are relatively new to Fair Isle and I’ll go quite slow, so if you’ve been waiting for a chance to try colorwork with a bit of hand-holding, now’s the time. If you use a 100% wool like Excelana, it’s also an excellent project choice for Wovember!
I’m thrilled to finally release my first pattern. I’ll share about my inspiration, photos and more in future posts, but right now it’s just time to celebrate.