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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934026483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934026482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buying a crafting book is a tricky business.
marquitico
This book is more of a "construct your own tam, make up your own pattern type of book", with math and all.
Victoria
I appreciate books that give the hows and whys which allow me work with my ideas.
D. Hinkle

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By marquitico on April 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This review is in part an answer and a rebuttal to karen a lothrop's one-star review (see below).

Mary Rowe has produced a book full of history, a bit of anthropology, knitting, and lots of tam o'shanters! Within this specialization, wonderful information is given covering all aspects of knitting one of these articles, from the materials required, to the shape and construction of the item, to the stitch patterns available and their adaptability to tams. Any confident intermediate knitter will benefit greatly from this work.

That said, certain issues ARE assumed. This is most certainly NOT a book on how to knit, nor even a book on how to knit hats. It is a book on how to knit tams, TAMS! In order to knit an essentially flat, circular piece, some familiarity with both circular needles and double-pointed needles is necessary, for example.

A circular needle loses its usefulness when the circumference of the knitting becomes too small for the needle. Given the variance of yarn weight, needle size, and individual knitting tension (gauge) in the world, it is impossible for the author to anticipate every situation and guess when this point will be reached. A specific criticism of Ms Lathrop's is "she doesn't tell you when to switch from circular to double pointed". She then lists Elizabeth Zimmermann as an example of a knitting author whom she prefers. Mrs Zimmermann's own instruction on this matter, however, is simply, "Naturally you will have had the wit to change to the four needles when the circular needle became unmanageable." (KNITTING WITHOUT TEARS, by Elizabeth Zimmermann, ©1971) In other words, when you can't stand it anymore, change!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Kristen on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book gets high marks for taking the time to explain the basic construction of the tam. From there it goes on to discuss how various parts of the tam can be modified for different effects. The knitter begins to understand the 'why' of things much more quickly with this approach. I was able to follow the concepts easily and make several tams without any prior experience with circular or pointed needles. I did not give 5 stars however because there are several major errors in the modified instructions for larger gauge yarns. These are frustrating if the instructions are followed blindly although it becomes obvious pretty quickly where the mistakes lie (e.g. factor of 2 off in a calculation, repeat asterisk in the wrong place). I recommend going over all calculations for the larger gauge yarns thoroughly. These really need to be corrected in a later edition.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Because not only are these hats cute and flattering on nearly anybody, but they are terrific projects on which to learn color knitting technique. This book teaches you to make the traditional Fair Isle tam and has some lovely, flower-like patterns to knit. It's fun just to look at this book, but even more fun to make the hats. The moment you take the hat off the dinner plate where you are blocking it into a flat, circular shape, and put it on your head is one you won't want to miss as a knitter.
Tams are knit circularly, and use both circular needles and double point needles. A series of decreases shapes the hat. They use traditional Fair Isle patterns like OXO's or peeries (small designs of short repeating patterns.) If you choose one of the many delightful shades of Shetland yarn available in 3 oz skeins, you can make a minor masterpiece of shading, color and pattern.
If you intend to embark on a fair isle sweater, or just love the look of Fair Isle but want a quicker project, this book is just invaluable.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Hinkle on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for knitting Tams. Mary Rowe describes in detail how to design a tam that is just right for you. All parts of the tam are explained including problem areas and what to avoid.

I appreciate books that give the hows and whys which allow me work with my ideas. The author does provide basic tam instruction and then sorts out all the tools necessary for building your own unique tam.

I will say the book would be most useful to some who has had some experience knitting. Although, I do believe an intrepid beginning knitter would be successful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Anglemyer on September 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Excellent! Everything you need to know to design and build your own tams. Beautiful pictures, great discussion of the math, science, and history of tams. Using her information, you can experiment with the dimentions and know what to expect as results. Know that THERE ARE NO DETAILED, COLOR CODED CHARTS. You get to copy them out and color them for yourself. There is one recipe for a basic tam in multiple size yarns and then there are multiple decrease options and size/ diameter options discussed or pictured. If you remember to do your gauge swatch in stockinette, on circular needles, you will be fine. Or just plow ahead and be ready to frog, or donate your giant tams to folks with big hair.

Ms. Rowe's discussion of how altering one dimention impacts another was helpful in my overall understanding of how knitted objects work as a whole. Tams are fun because they look so different after blocking than they do when they first come off the needles. And they are quick, single projects that help use up stash (so you don't have to do that second sock or mitten.)

Her color work is stunning by the way.
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