My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Cheatin’ on St. Moritz

Well, maybe not cheating.

Judging from some of the comments and email I got yesterday, some of you may have misunderstood what I was doing in the center front motif. Also, I got a request to post a photo of the inside of the front motif that dips down into the border. Here it is from the outside.


There are eleven rounds at the bottom of this motif where there are three colors in the round — but the third color is only in this motif — it’s not carried around the whole sweater. The directions tell you to knit the stitches in the two colors that are present in the whole round, and then to duplicate stitch the third color in later.

What I did instead was to introduce the third color in each row at the appropriate place, knit with the three colors, then cut the third color after the last stitch in the motif. And repeat for the next ten rounds. Then weave in the ends on the wrong side.

Here’s the motif from the inside, ends woven in.


Yesterday I did some more on St. Moritz. I got to the front neck shaping. Rather than cast off and knit back and forth like the directions say, I did a neck steek. Still cheating here, you see. Here it is:


I always do my Dales this way. I think it goes faster.

Kitty Update

I’m still waiting (somewhat impatiently) for the rescue organization to set up the home visit so I can adopt my kitty.

I got a card in the mail from the Montgomery County Humane Society (in Maryland) tellimg me that Naomi (one of our online buddies here) made a donation “in memory of Isolde, who gave pleasure to so many.”

Thank you Naomi, what a lovely thing to do!


  1. Hey, don’t get me wrong, knitting is not a test and “cheating” when it improves the process is heartily encouraged.

  2. With each sweater you make, I learn new things.

    I hope that a new kitty comes into your life soon.

  3. I LOVE it when you show the back of your work; it’s so inspiringly tidy! I aspire to tidy-ness on the backside of my stranded knitting.

    Thank you SO much for the generous photos of the Festival yesterday. . .I hope the kitty-inspector arrives soon. I know you miss La Izzy, hang in there.

  4. Thanks for the close-up shot,Wendy! Your method looks much better than the duplicate stitch I did for the snowflake on the matching headband. I’m going to switch to this method on my sweater. If the home-visit people need references, let us know here! We’ll drown them in good words for you!

  5. Thanks you guys! 🙂

    Michelle, I’m a firm believer in “cheating” whenever possible. Anything that makes the knitting go easier and faster!

  6. I’m going to have to put a Dale sweater on my ‘to do’ list. When I first found your site you were working on Rosendal and I was totally smitten. St. Moritz reminds me of Rosendal – I love the softness the blue/tan/cream colorway.

  7. Yes! All while I’ve been knitting St. Moritz I’ve been thinking about Rosendal. Love those colors. That’s what attracted me to Rosendal in the first place — that colorway.

  8. Dianne says:

    Not cheating – innovative, imaginative – a thinking knitter!! Stand proud!

  9. Lisa K. says:

    I don’t think you’re cheating. I think the Dale guys were wrong when they wrote the pattern. Your way makes much more sense.

  10. Andrea says:

    Wendy – did you also use short lengths of the cream at the middle of the motif? Looks like it from the back, but I can’t tell from the front why that’s necessary (it looks like the cream is carried all the way around).

    It looks great. I hope someday I’ll be a good enough knitter to know when a pattern is “wrong” (i.e. that a different way of doing something would work better). Right now I’m a bit of a pattern-slave, except for basic things like yarn subbing or changing length.

  11. Remind me again – when did you start this sweater? It does seem to go faster when you have blobs of plain stockinette and you can go autopilot while watching tv or listening to radio. I need one of those projects soon.

  12. Lola, I don’t remember when I started it — a couple weeks ago maybe? It might be just me, but I find the plain stockinette mind-numbingly boring and it takes me three times as long to complete as colorwork. I got most of the yoke pattern of St. Moritz done in the spcae of two movies.

    Andrea — good eye. I did use some short lengths of cream. If you look at the photo of St. Moritz from yesterday, you’ll see that there are a couple of rounds that are plain blue in the bottom of the border where the edelweiss dips down into it. No cream being carried around there so I had to do the short lengths.

  13. Suzanne says:

    A wonderful woman who taught me most of what I know about knitting calls what you did “knitting smarter than the pattern.” From what I can see of your beautiful knitting, you probably do a lot of that!

  14. Wendy, your work really is beautiful. It’s amazing how even your knitting is. Me, I am still struggling with my lumps and bulges (and I am not talking about my waistline here)in a two-color sweater. Sigh.

  15. Stephanie says:

    Wendy, you’re killing me here. On what planet did I think that I would knit this sweater along with you? You are so far ahead that it’s getting embarrassing.
    To my credit, I had to finish a secret thing, then I was at a birth for 30 hours, then I knit some socks for the resulting baby… I have more than St. Moritz to show for my two weeks. I’m dedicating my life to this sweater for the next couple of days…we’ll see if I can catch up!
    I think that part of the trouble is my needle length. I think if would go faster with a longer one, the bunching up feels slower.

  16. Ah, I see. I did go back and forth from the close-up to the wide shot over and over again before I asked. (Partly because it didn’t look like it was as much as 11 rounds with the extra color, but I thought it would be rude to say “are you sure it was 11???”)

    I’m starting to find plain stockinette stitch boring now, too. I did a little summer top in the round that had increases for about half, then plain knitting around and around and around (yawn)… I’m looking forward to going back to my husband’s FI so it’ll be ready for fall!

  17. FWIW – your archives reveal that you cast on for St. Moritz on April 23.

  18. Hi Wendy,

    I just have one question on the neck and back steeks of your San Moritz. Are the neck decreases worked as they are presented in the pattern?


  19. Good luck on the kitty inspection!!! I love how St. Moritz is going and its colorway is fabulous! You are such a speed demon!!!

  20. Two things: 1 – I try to read your blog often, and admire your knitting ability. Online friends and I often joke that we want to “be like Wendy” when we grow up as knitters. 2 – More importantly, my condolences on Izzy. We had to euthanize one of our cats over a year ago, and still miss her, but we adopted two new boys back in January. New cats are never a replacement of the old. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you have a new furry one in residence soon.

  21. Like you, Wendy, I dislike swiss darning or duplicate stitch, so I carry or do short length colour work. Mind you,the last time I did colour work involving this was close to 4 yrs ago. (Strangely, around about the time I vowed not to do colourwork EVER again)But DAMN!! you girl – I have been looking at the very few FI patterns & now am contemplating doing one. I like the boy one in Jo Sharp’s Bohemia book or one of Ron Schweitzer’s but lack his books or Jamieson books – both are non existant here.