My current work in progress:

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

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. 😉

Again with the Labor Intensive

Thank you for all your lovely comments on m y Beadwork Cardi. It has not yet been cool enough for me to be able to wear it, but hopefully soon.

I had so much fun knitting this cardi that I decided to knit another project using guensey yarn. This time I am using Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey Wool, in the olive colorway. And I am making Alice Starmore’s Margaret Tudor pullover. This sweater has an interesting construction — the front and back are kn it in several panels that are then sewn together. Definitely not a project for seam-haters!

Here are the center front and back panels.

The front panel is short than the back panel because the neckline is lower in the front.

Here is a side panel.

This sweater has a lot of decorative buttons sewn on. I found some pewter buttons in the shape of, appropriately, a Tudor Rose.

Wish I could remember where I bought them . . .

This is another extremely labor-intensive knit but is it ever fun! I really love the thistles.

Loki, on the other hand, doesn’t “get” it.

You call that fun? I’d rather take a nap.

Beadwork Cardigan

I finished my Beadwork Cardigan Monday night.

To recap, this is the adult version of the child’s cardigan that was originally published in Jade Starmore’s book A Collector’s Item. The pattern for the adult-sized cardi appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of Interweave Knits magazine. I’ve loved it since I first saw the pattern 20 years ago. It took me long enough to get around to knitting it, didn’t it?

The pattern called for Alice Starmore Scottish Fleet 5-ply guernsey yarn to be knit with a 3mm needle. I used Wendy 5-ply Guernsey in the cream colorway and went down to a 2.75mm needle to get gauge.

I pretty much knit it as directed without alterations, apart from a couple of small mods on the sleeves. The cardi has a drop shoulder and there is a narrow shoulder strap that features the small cable that runs up the center of the sleeve.

Rather than bind off the stitches on either side of the shoulder strap and then sew the top of the sleeve to the sides of the body, I put the stitches on holders. After working and sewing in the shoulder strap, I picked up stitches along the edges of the front and back of the body and attached the sleeves using a three-needle bind-off.

For the shoulder straps, the pattern directs you to work on the 8 stitches of the cable motif for the strap — that’s k1, p1, work a 4-stitch cable, p1, k1. I worked my shoulder strap across 10 stitches, so I had one less stitch for the sleeve seam on either side and I worked k2, p1 and p1, k2 on either side of the cable motif. I did this so that I had an extra knit stitch for seaming — I think it looks much neater to have a whole knit stitch on either side of the cable.

I chose pewter buttons with a thistle motif.

I love this cardi! I can’t wait until it is actually cool enough so that I can wear it!

Neatness Counts

It’s all over apart from the neckband and front bands, which are in progress now.

Loki’s contribution: