My current work in progress:

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


Seams: Not Always a Bad Thing

A comment from the other day:

I noticed that you are working the lavender Lucy back and forth rather than in the round. Is there a particular reason you decided to do it this way? I usually prefer knitting in the round (esp stockinette stitch) and was wondering what motivated your designing decision.

So glad you asked! Why, yes, there is a particular reason.

Lucy is knitted in DK weight cotton. This is a yarn that has virtually no elasticity or bounce back. I think side seams will help it keep its shape and lend some stability to the garment. Cotton has a tendency to sag over time, and the side seams are the steel girders that hold this building together.

This is true of heavily textured designs, too, I think. I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged in the past about why I would not knit an aran in the round. Gotta have those steel girders holding everything together.

And that’s why I like a three-needle bind-off on shoulders rather than grafting. I think it’s a stronger join. It’s the ceiling beams in our building.

Does it sound like Wendy wants to be an architect? I confess to having taken a course in architectural drawing at a local community college a number of years back, simply because I love building floorplans.

What? Me, weird? Nah. Only the voices in my head say that.

Okay, speaking of building, I got out the cranes and bulldozers and finished La Lucy last night. Ta da!

Here’s a very sucky photo by way of sneak preview:


Hard to take a photo of yourself! The color is way off because I took it without flash and lightened it. You’ll get a better photo on Monday.


I started knitting Luanne. Why the name Luanne? I was looking for another “L” girl’s name so decided to name this design after Luanne Platter.

Tee hee hee.

Here she is:


Cell Sock Pattern!

Here’s a fun little pattern that Roi Wamboldt sent me yesterday, and kindly gave me permission to share with you all:

Roi’s Cell Sock


Inspired by a pattern in Best of Knitters Arans, using Koigu PPPM left-overs, I cast on 40 stitches (using 2.5 mm Pony Pearl dpns), joined, and knitted a k1, p1, rib stitch for 8 rows.

I switched to 3.0 mm dpns and did mix of twisted rib (knitting into the back of the stitch) and cable pattern (6 stitch) with stocking stitch on sides (makes two side slots and keeps the phone from turning around inside the sock):

K2, P1, TW1, P1, K6 (cable 6 on 4th row of 6-row repeat), P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, K4, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, K2. (I placed a marker here so I would know where the center of one side was.)

I continued in pattern until the sock was about 3/4″ taller than the phone and about 1/2″ from the bottom of the phone, and then I decreased 1 stitch on each side for 4 or 5 rounds as my phone is narrower on the bottom. I used the Kitchener stitch to close the bottom.

The sock fits my little Nokia 3589i perfectly. Tight enough to stay on floating around in my relatively small purse, but loose enough that I can slide the phone out quickly/easily.

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Isn’t that adorable? I think Victor deserves a Koigu cell sock!

Victor is my cellphone. Yes, I name everything. Shut up.

Lucy, a kitty with a mission:



  1. Interesting seaming info. Especially from someone who thought I should work toward never having side seams. Makes so much sense and I have made my share of twisty where is the front oh yeah its on the side now tops. I guess they just needed a little patience and a side seam. And Lucy is beautiful. Can’t wait to see her in all her glory on Monday. That lace pattern is lovely. Nice touch to the sleeve,too. And Luanne, more lace, love it! And the cell cozy is too cute. That ribby cable pattern is great. A good way for me to get back into cables. Thanks again for the seaming info. I need all the seam support I can get, lol!

  2. Wendy, thanks for the sewaming info! I had never thought about seaming in these terms.
    And Lucy looks great (–> I mean your sweater AND your kitty).

  3. …me again…
    “sewanming” was an hybrid between “sewing” and “seaming” …LOL

  4. Cannot WAIT to get my hands on (read: buy from YOU) the pattern for Lucy. Simply grrr-jess.

  5. Did you know that Luanne Platter is named after a combo plate at the famous Texas chain Luby’s? The Lu Ann Platter comes with 1 entree, 2 sides and a roll.

  6. If I were at home, I’d cast on for a cell phone sock right now! (only I’d do it toe-up) I guess I have to wait until I get home after work tonight. ๐Ÿ™ Thanks so much for posting the pattern, and thanks to Roi for sharing it!

  7. I love the cell phone cover! Do you know how many yards of KPPM you used? I have a Nokia that needs covering, and I’m wondering if some leftover KPPM from a Charlotte will be enough. Thanks, Wendy!

  8. I completely agree with your thinking on side seams. If I was more awake, I’d expound on that. But not.

  9. Yum! Lucy-the-sweater looks great! Congrats on finishing her. Can’t wait to see the “real” FO pix. Agree w/ you about seaming. And I think “fake” seams done in the round are kinda silly…

  10. *gasp*! I haven’t named my new phone yet! Well, there goes my morning. I’ll have to make her a sock to make up for it.

    The Lucy sweater looks incredibly comfy and soft in the picture. As for Luanne, well…she’s going to have to be a snug l’il fit, innit she now? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Ok, you are now the author of two of my favorite blog lines ever: First, a couple weeks ago when you said, about you and Lucy, “She said some things….I said some things….”

    That made me laugh ’til I was weak.

    And today’s “Yes, I name everything. Shut up.” made me spit tea all over my monitor! A great start to my day (although less so for the rather damp and drippy monitor).


  12. Hi Wendy: When is the Lucy pattern going to be for sale??? Hmmmm. Absolutely yummy. I love, love the beginnings of the Luanne pattern – are you going to let us buy it too? Such lucious work. Thank you.

    Have a good day.

  13. Wendy – so glad that you are branching off into designing. Please don’t wait too long to tempt us with your patterns in the Wendy Store! Ever since logging on to your blog I’ve felt you were probably hiding your light under a bushel. I’ll be excited to see what you come up with. I’m especially anxious to see the killer Fair Isle you’re dreaming up. With your experience it should fabulous!

  14. Don’t feel defensive about naming everything. I had a long quilted coat for years that I named “Edna”. When I got rid of her I got a similar one which is named “Edna II”. I also have “Rose” and “Tiger” who are coats. My son’s pacifier is named “Patty”.

    I got this habit from a guy I dated in the early 80s. Every time I bought something he’d ask me, “What did you name it?” (I guess as a joke or something) and I would come up with a name on the spot. After awhile I just named the stuff before he even asked. haha

  15. Lucy looks great. I just ordered some black cotton/cashmere to make one for myself!

  16. Lucy the sweater looks fabulous, can’t wait to buy the pattern!
    And Lucy the cat definitely appears to be on a mission in that pic.

  17. Cheryl F. says:

    Funny you should talk about seams, I’m working on a cotton tank right now that is done in the round but you put in a phoney seam. Looks pretty cool, not sure how it stacks up strength-wise, though.
    Have a great holiday weekend–we’re sweltering down here in the 90’s already!

    Cheryl in LA

  18. Hi!!
    I took off my lurking cape, “snuggles”, actually the cape fell off when I starting jumping up and down after seeing the finished Lucy. I just wanted to say Awesome job Wendy and that I faithfully read your blog every morning and enjoy all your sewing tips, comments on life, pictures, stories of Knit Happens. Lets face it I could go on and on. I’m sooo looking forward to Luanne too!! and any other knitting architectural wonder that you create!!
    Please give Lucy a worship pet for me and a tickle of the paw hairs also.

  19. I love your blog and agree that you should be designing and/or writing a knitting book. The speed and skill with which you knit are awe inspiring. Sign me up as a Wendy follower.

  20. Okay, you’ve got me now. I absolutely have to make a cell sock!

    I have a small phone (a quite crappy Audiovox for work only) and have removed it from it’s winter home of a lovely black satin chinoisie print Hello Kitty phone case because it does not go with either of my summer bags (hot pink jelly birkin and a Jeannie Lottie floral/butterfly). The phone has been floating around creating all sorts of havoc in my bag. My leftover Koigu from Charlotte will be perfect (limes and pinks)!!
    I would also like to know your yardage used, but will just fudge it if you don’t know.

    Hmmm, the only thing I’ve named, other than the cats, is my car. A Honda. Letters in her plate are ANJE, so obviously her name is Angie (cue sappy Rolling Stones song here).
    Have a great day,

  21. So glad to hear a discussion of seams from a construction point of view. This is why I love to knit garments in pieces.

    I also use the 3 needle bind off for shoulders, after I have shaped them using a shortrow method I discovered in a Japanese knitting book. No wrapping and flawless results.

    I’ve been lurking for a long time and thoroughly enjoy your well written, informative, funny blog. Can’t believe how much knitting you get done but am glad you share it all. And I can’t wait to see you get into designing. I think you have a sizeable captive market just waiting!

  22. What a lovely cell phone cover! Mine is one of the flip phones so it’s more sqaure. I’ll have to change dimensions for all the cute cell phone covers out there to fit mine. Lucy is lovely! I can’t wait to see it in real color! Luanne looks really pretty too. What yarn are you using? I have a question for you about the 3 needle bind-off. Sometimes, the shoulders are slanted so you bind off 3 sts and then next time bind off 4 sts. When that happens, I don’t understand how to use the 3 needle bind off. Do I use it on the last 4 sts I’m binding off or am I binding off all 7? If I do all 7, wouldn’t the shoulder be straight instead of slanted? I’ve wanted to use the 3 needle but haven’t so far because of this issue. Thanks!

  23. I really think that you need to take some time off from work so that you can write up the patterns for Lucy & the new Luanne. The Lucy top is pretty, & I’m eager to see how the new one turns out. I see Luanne turning out to be a short-sleeved, button front (cardi) top. V-neck. (Like the subtle attempt at pushing you to make what I want?)

  24. I have to agree about the seams – I was trained by a tailor (who happened to be my Mom), and did dressmaking for years – seams make a difference with fabric, and when you knit, that’s essentially what you’re getting – knit fabric! I never stick exactly to a pattern in anything, but while I’m used to adjusting designs in fabric, I’m still getting used to doing the same thing with knits. Knitting in the round is good, cuz most of us hate the finishing part, but if you want shape, you need seams.

  25. Suzanne says:

    The Lucy sweater looks great. Lucy the kitty does look like she is ready to get into something.

  26. Lucy is stunning!

  27. Thanks for the cell phone sock pattern ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s next on my list of WIP’s.