My current work in progress:

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


Even More About Lara

What about Lara? She’s done! Woo-hoo!

Here she is shortly after coming off the needles.


And here she is being worn.


I’m using a shawl pin to pin the front closed. I like it pinned, but I like it open as well. I’ve got a plain black dress that I think Lara will look great with.

I am pleased to report no problems with the pattern. It was easy to follow and I didn’t see any errors. I made the smallest size, which calls for 14 skeins of the Alpaca Silk. I used just over 13 skeins.

I was asked in the comments what kind of cast-on I used to add stitches on either sides of the sleeves to create the body of the sweater. I did a simple backwards loop cast-on. Looks don’t count here, as these cast-ons will be hidden in the seams.

For the ribbed front that you cast on, I used a longtail cast-on, as I think that matched the cast off on the other side the best.

So there you have it. A really fun quick knit, and a gorgeous sweater. I’m happy.

I think Lucy needs an Alpaca Silk catnip mouse. She is quite taken with this yarn. So much so that she did a celebrity endorsement.



  1. Lara is gorgeous!!!

  2. lara looks wonderful! great color and fit!


    Wow I didnt like it in the initial shot from the mag, but now… I am thinking I really want to make it. My only concern is that I would probably need to size it down and I dont know how to do that yet.

    Note to self: must stop reading knit blogs- finding too many things to make….

  4. Lara is fabulous – I see some Alpaca Silk in my future. ..and great star quality pose by you! (and Lucy of course).

  5. wow! that sweater is really flattering!

  6. Wendy you look gorgeous in the sweater!!

  7. WOW!!!!!!!!

    I bow to your knitting speed and talents, Ms. Wendy.

    (I’m knitting a sweater that’s constructed in a similar fashion. Let’s hope mine comes out half as kickin’ as your Lara is!)

  8. that looks great on you — what a terrific design and so well knit!

  9. Wow! Lara looks incredible! Yet one more thing to add to my growing “To-Knit” list ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Congratulations! It’s beautiful, and fits you perfectly. I’m going to have to shorten the sleeves when I knit mine–hope I can get it right. Thanks for discussing the cast-ons.

    And Lucy is most fetching in her little hat!

  11. Lara looks luscious on you! Another amazing FO!
    How’s the ankle?

  12. Hey, Lucy,love, did you get a good deal for your endorsement? I stand ready to be your business manager! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Meooowwwrrrr!

  13. Ah, she is beautiful! Are you going to bring her Wednesday night? (I’d love to see her and, to decide if I need to size it for myself.

  14. I agree with Stinkerbell — the shot of this in the Debbie Bliss book was quite blah, but the photos on your blog make me want to knit it. (Hmmm. . . I felt the same way about Klaralund until I saw how pretty it was on your and other blogs. . .)

    I have an Aran question. How do you determine how much yarn you need for an Aran when you are designing one? I can guesstimate for a plain sweater, but I don’t know how to account for the yardage that the cabling eats and I haven’t found a good book with that info. I’d like to design an Aran out of my stash, so I only have a finite amount of yarn to use. (Otherwise, I’d just overbuy at the LYS and either return or use the leftovers in another project.) Thanks!

  15. Lara looks wonderful on you! The softness of the yarn really comes through in the finished photo. My resolve…weakening…

    You know, I love the internet and blogs and usernames, because where else would you get a statement like, “I agree with Stinkerbell?” Fab.

  16. Lara looks GREAT!

  17. Wendy your Lara looks beautiful on you. I think you need to make another one for the knitalong — your mom would love it, wouldn’t she? (That was just a swatch, wasn’t it?)

  18. Beautiful color and style—the sheen of the Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk is going to haunt me for awhile, doggone it. But there are already so many projects on the needles….

    What’s one more, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a skein of stainless steel yarn. Able to knit entire projects in a single bound — It’s Wendy!

    I am more than impressed. I hope that my Lara doesn’t take me until next July and I especially hope that mine comes out as nice as your has.

    Beautiful job! Hope the ankle is feeling better…

  20. Very lovely! I’ll look forward to hearing how this yarn holds up in the long run. It looks like it has gorgeous sheen and looks lovely on you!

  21. Hi I am just wondering why you made the smallest size 32-34 if your bust is 38. I think I remember you saying that. I am not trying to be mean in any way I am just getting frustrated with knitting patterns and sizing because I never know which size to make and I am wondering why they would make a size 32-34 that is not meant for a 32-34. ๐Ÿ™ How can you really know which size to make to give you a good fit. Even though you said you made the smallest size it still at least from the picture looks big, well not very fitted at least. Just wondering if you can offer any help on sizing issues with different patterns. Thanks and your blog is excellent. And I cant believe how fast you start and finish things I wish I could do that too.

  22. Absolutely luscious!

  23. MORE celebrity endorsements for Lucy? Wow!

    Ok, please to bring sweater Wednesday night so I can try it on!

  24. Lara looks great and you look fab in her! I can’t wait to see her!

  25. Lara is beautiful and you look wonderful in her! I began my Lara a bit early as I am not a very fast knitter and I thought I would need a head start. You still beat me by a long ways (LOL!)!!

  26. Wendy, the Lara is beautiful and looks beautiful on you. I initially wasn’t very interested in the sweater from the photo in the book, but seeing yours convinced me to join in the knit along. hope your ankle is better!

  27. I see Kristine already knows you’ve finished; I’m amazed she hasn’t threatened you with bodily harm yet. But Lara is beautiful.

  28. Who knew that strange shape would make such a cute sweater. Very pretty.

  29. Lara looks wonderful!

    I just read an article on knitting where you were referenced! Congrats!

  30. wow! that lara sure is gorgeous! what wonderful work you’ve done – once again!

  31. Lara looks wonderful on you…very flattering! I have the same question as Lena about knitting the smallest size. How much ease is there? I’m also 38″ in the booble area and from your pictures, I’d say our builds are very similar. So I’d be inclined to knit the small also. Thanks, Wendy, and love to Lucy!

  32. Lara is beautiful, especially the color. I couldn’t find a mention of which color you used and the internet sellers seem to be mixing up coral and orange. I think I’ve worked out that orange is 25010 and coral is 25008. From your photos it looks like you’re using orange (25010). Have I got it right? Thanks! Anne

  33. Hey, it’s nice to see it looks great on a real person as well as the model!!! Woo-hoo!!!

    Hm…now there *must* be a typo on your site – it *says* that Lara-along *starts* October 1st, but I guess it should say *to finish by* October 1st…*giggle* – well if nothing else, it’s certainly a siren call to any who want to join in!

  34. Just beautiful!

  35. Another one for the books!! How DO you do it?

  36. Lara is so elegant!

  37. I love your Lara! You look great in this cardigan. Why are there so many good patterns and great yarn out now? I don’t have enough time or money for all the yarn and patterns I want to do and now you made me want to knit Lara too.

  38. Very pretty! ^_^ I love the colour! Seaming must have been pretty easy too… is Lara knit all in one piece? That’s very cool. Great job!

  39. In a word — stunning! Just curious, now that you are up to 188 days and counting without a haircut, how are you feeling? If it were me, I would be in need of a hairclip, or maybe just one of those big rasta hats!

  40. You are very creative!