My current work in progress:

Margaret Tudor, by Alice Starmore, knit from Frangipani Guernsey 5-ply in the Olive colorway, using 2.75mm needles.

Archives for October 2019

Sleeve Start!

I mention how labor-intensive this project is?

I’ve finished all the “major” pieces of the body, and started on a sleeve piece.

Each sleeve consists of three pieces: two sides, and a center panel with an openwork pattern. This is the first of four sleeve side pieces. Once the side pieces are done, all that remains are four openwork panels, one each for the sleeves and for the front and back. Plus all the sewing, neckband, cuffs, and bottom band.

Yeah, that’s all.

You can see that Loki is exhausted at the mere thought of it all.

So Many Pieces!

There were a couple of questions in the comments last week about the number of pieces that make up the Margaret Tudor sweater.

I am knitting the design from the original book, not the 2013 re-issue. The re-issue has a slightly re-designed Margaret Tudor that has sleeves that are knit in one piece.

The original design has five pieces that make up the back, five that make up the front, and three for each sleeve. After you sew the pieces together, you pick up and knit cuffs, bottom band, and neckband.

Labor-intensive? Heck yeah? Fun to knit? Heck yeah?

It is an interesting construction and not one I’ve come across before. It is definitely unique and will make a stunning sweater.

Since last week, I finished a side front piece:

I am working on the second side back piece:

So of the 16 pieces needed (before knitting the cuffs and bands) I now have four and a half completed. So I definitely have a lot of knitting ahead of me!

And as you can see, Loki is being as helpful as usual!

Side Pieces

Here’s the first of four, count ‘erm four, side pieces that need to be knit for the body of Mary Tudor.

I’m, now working on the second on the four side pieces.

After that, there are four lace panels to knit for the body, then the sleeve pieces — three for each sleeve. Then of course the neck band and bottom bands.

Yeah, that’s all. 😉