My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Zig-Zag Gansey

I finished my Zig-Zag Gansey. Here it is, being modeled by the ever-lovely Gwendolyn.

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I knit this with Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in the “Blossom” colorway using a U.S. size 6 needle to get 4.25 stitches to the inch. (I’m a loose knitter.)

It was knit in pieces, then joined at the shoulders using a three-needle bind-off. I picked up and knit a neckband after that.

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The sleeves are three-quarter length and knit from the bottom up, then attached to the body (drop-shoulder construction) using a three-needle bind-off.

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Then the only seaming left to be done was the side and sleeve seams.

The Cotton-Ease was quite pleasant to knit. The acrylic content in it gave it a bit of stretch so my stitches were nice and even, and it was quite pleasant to knit and easy on the hands. I just lightly steamed the pieces before putting the sweater together — no severe blocking needed.

I haven’t yet decided whether I will write up the pattern and make it available. The large pattern repeat makes it difficult to resize — I’d only be able to offer it in a couple of sizes. Adding/removing one pattern repeat from the front and back results in an 8.5″ difference in size. But I’ll fiddle with it and see what I think.

Book Giveaway!

I just received a review copy of this:

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This is the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl. It was released in hardcover a few years ago and is now due to be released in paperback early next people. The nice folks at Sixth & Spring Books sent me a review copy of this new paperback edition.

This stitch dictionary contains over 300 stitch patterns, all beautifully photographed and presented.

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It’s a great resource and I frequently use my hardcover copy when I’m looking for a stitch pattern.

I don’t need both the hardcover and paperback versions, so I’m offering this one up to one of my readers.

To be entered in the random drawing for this great stitch dictionary, please leave a comment on this post (you know the drill: emails sent to me via the “contact me” form or comments on other entries aren’t included in the drawing) by noon Eastern Time this Thursday, February 23, 2012. At that time I’ll use my WordPress plug-in to select the winner from the comments to this post.

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Lucy clearly needs to work on relaxing.


  1. The gansey is lovely. I see what you mean about the large pattern repeat making it difficult to resize. Would you consider resizing by using seed stitch panels on the sides, or is that only appropriate for shorter pattern repeats?

    I’ve never owned a stitch dictionary, but I bet I could use one and move beyond stockinette and seed stitch! Thanks– Gretcheng

  2. Janieknits says:

    Can always use more stitches!

  3. Your gansey turned out beautiful…love the springtime color! I’m a little wary of cotton yarns but maybe I’m just using the wrong ones.

  4. This looks like it will be a very flattering sweater to wear – I like the vertical lines.

  5. Rebecca Wintermute says:

    Winning the book would be divine!!

  6. I could really use some new inspiration right now. Would love a copy of that book!
    Katrina´s last blog post ..the shop is open for business again!

  7. Your sweater is gorgeous. Would love to win the book.

  8. Hi Wendy. Love your sweater so I thought I’d try Cotton Ease for a baby sweater I’m knitting. I love the feel of it and can’t wait to see how looks when it’s done. Thanks for the opportunity to win another great book!

  9. Your new sweater is the perfect color for easing into Spring!
    Thanks for the book offer – I’d love to add it to my library!
    Jocelyn H. Chilvers´s last blog post ..Pattern Play #1

  10. Lucy does look a bit stressed – you thing the aura of a WIP Finished would sooth her!

  11. I remember looking through the book before and thinking it had great photographs of the different stitch patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Want the book!

  13. dixiestitcher says:

    Oooh me please me please!!! I love your blog!

  14. Beautiful sweater, I love the color. Lucy, as always, is absolutely gorgeous.

  15. This sweater makes me hope that you will do a pattern. Even if you don’t it is beautiful. As for the book, a girl can never have enough ideas.

  16. Your sweater is beautiful! I love knitting books and would love to add this one to my library.

  17. Elizabeth S. says:

    Have seen this book before and even checked it out from the library. If chosen the winner, it would make a great addition and resource!

  18. This would be a lovely book to add to my collection as I do not have any stitch books.

  19. Thanks for the contest!

  20. Love the sweater, love the book!
    garret´s last blog post ..I am knitting a blanket — it is making me nuts (more!)

  21. Your sweater is so pretty, love the pink! I would be so happy to win the book! Thanks Wendy!

  22. I’m so amazed at how fast you can knit a sweater.
    Saren Johnson´s last blog post ..List Day

  23. I hope one day to get up to your knitting speed! Sweater looks GREAT!

  24. What a beautiful sweater!

  25. Susan from Baltimore says:

    Would love to see the sweater modelled on you! Thanks for offering up your extra copy of the book, Wendy. Have a great day!

  26. Count me in! Love the colour of your new sweater.

  27. I love your blog, and look forward to pics of Lucy , too. She’s beautiful. Would LOVE to win the book. Thank you!

  28. Really like your Wingspan – it is in my Ravelry queue.

  29. I’d love to win the book! Your Zig Zag Gansey looks great, btw.

  30. I checked this book out at my local library, and I was immediately brimming with ideas! Of course, it’s more of a reference than a book you read for two weeks and then give back. I’ve been meaning to buy it but it was just too expensive. Thanks so much for the giveaway! And, of course, your sweater is fabulous as always!

  31. I like the idea of a cotton gansey.

    I would also like to be included in your book giveaway. I have a new knitter friend who is ready to explore more than just the garter stitch I’ve shown her thus far :).
    Mary´s last blog post ..I Need A Better Watch

  32. Such beautiful knitting, as usual!
    Thank you for continuing to blog and show us your work in addition to the sweet pictures of Lucy.

  33. Nice! This is something I could really use! Wonderful design on the sweater, how did you get your measurements to make it?

  34. I’m a lurker 🙂 Enter me in the drawing, please!

  35. I love Lucy!

    I’m a totally amateur, newbie knitter – I’m just wrestling with Big Softie patterns from Sirdar which I love because they are really clearly explained and big needles are a dream so I need all the help I can get. x

  36. Looks like a comfortable sweater. I would love the book.