My current work in progress:

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


Yup. Dagmar.

The new ‘puter is indeed named Dagmar. And a whole bunch of you guessed it, so clearly my last hint did make it much easier as someone ::cough::Ian::cough:: suggested.

The first to get it right was Arlene. Congratulations, Arlene! Your yarn will be winging its way to you later this week.

Several of you guessed Doris, which I found amusing. My mom, on the other hand, would probably not have been amused, as that is her first name (it’s my middle name).


Coming Down the Home Stretch

On the Tennis Sweater, that is.

I just now finished the second sleeve, but last night I sewed the first sleeve to the body.


So all that’s left is to sew the second sleeve to the body.

I tried it on in it’s one-sleeved state. I really like it, and I’m glad I added an inch to the length of the body — makes it the perfect length for me. And I knit the sleeves one inch shorter than called for in the instructions. But that’s just me — I almost always shorten sleeves. I must have short arms.

I do so hate to sew up my knits, but taking the time to do a careful job is really important for my overall success with a sweater. I mattress-stitched this baby, and as much as I don’t like doing mattress stitch, I have to admit that I always like the results when I do.

When I mention how much I hate sewing sweaters together, it usually spawns the question: why don’t I knit everything in the round?

Knitting in the round certainly has its place. I would never do a fair isle in pieces — colorwork is so much easier in the round.

But take the Tennis Sweater, for example. The Cotton Cashmere is lovely soft yarn and is working up into a lovely soft sweater. A sweater that really benefits from the stability that side seams give it. Sure, you could knit it in the round. But I don’t think it would hang as nicely as it does with seams to give it some structure.

Just my two cents.


  1. Hi Dagmar! Nice to meet you!

    Wendy, The color scheme you chose for the tennis sweater is fantastic. I want to touch your yarn! I’m curious about how the cotton/angora will wear over a few, well, wearings, so I hope you’ll let us know.

  2. Your sweater looks gorgeous!! I want to knit one myself and like you would probably lengthen the body of it, but keep the length of the sleeves–my long arms. Your knitting is stunning, as usual and the speed at which you complete your projects baffles me. I wish I had time, but as usual there is always something else that has to been done at home, by ME. Keep up the excellent work that you produce. Can’t wait for the book!!

  3. yaha – I have short arms too. Fortunately I already knew this from years of dressmaking. I tend to shorten by a good 2″ as I also can’t be doing with the flapping around the wrist business!

    I hear you on the seaming – the only part of the knitting process that I dislike more than seaming is the casting on. The thought of casting on for a sweater in the round is enough to put me off right there…

  4. Thanks for the tip on the seams in the cashmere.
    I have a collar to add to the baby sweaterI’m finishing up for my niece and then I’m casting on to do the Debbie Bliss ballerina wrap sweater in baby cashmino. For my favorite little Ballerina/gymnast in a size 4. That tip will help! Great Blog!

  5. I’m with ya on the piece knitting. Some sweaters are great round, some need seams. I always use mattress stitch, and even if there’s some other problem with the project, the look of the seaming isn’t one. Be sure to let us know how this wears and holds up.

  6. That sweater gets better and better!

    Your knitting inspires and terrifies me 😉 Someday… =)

  7. To me, the difference between knitting in the round vs. in pieces is a little like doing an architectural comparison between an igloo and the Chartres Cathedral.

    Nothing wrong with an igloo but structure makes a cathedral possible and in a stretchy knitted fabric, the internal structure that seams provide adds a tailored, formal look that I enjoy. Plus, I think garments hold their shape better if the pieces are done flat and seamed.

  8. Dagmar was my great-Grandmother’s name!

  9. I think that’s a really important point about seaming. Sewing up isn’t my favorite thing either, but I like the results. I enjoy knitting in the round, but it just doesn’t work for everything, for instance some, but not all Aran designs.
    My cats still want to know what Lucy’s best event in the sleep olympics is: The Narcolepsy 500 or the Soporific Spring?
    Good knitting,

  10. Lovely picture of Lucy today. I love it when a cat sits that way. I can’t take my eyes off my own Sharky when she does that.

    The cables on your sweater look beautiful. I plan to knit something like that in the future but I’ve yet to finish my FIRST short sleeved top!

  11. Am I the odd one out?! I have to always lengthen my sleeves and yesterday, when I started on my first sock, I realized I have dis-proportionate feet as well.

  12. I was going to guess Deirdre after the hint, maybe some other people did too? But I wish I’d been the first one to think of Delilah, that was a great idea.

  13. Dagmar, great name … A Danish name (and perhaps something else too, but definitely Danish).

  14. I am a fan of both circular and piece knitting, but each has its own unique advantages. Besides the stability that seams provide in piece knitting, I also like the portability of knitting in pieces. I knit a lot on the go since I cart my kids around to activities almost every evening, and sweaters knit in pieces tend to travel a little better than huge circular garments.

  15. I LOVE mattress stitching but can only do it first thing in the morning… (Tell me which screw is loose here and I’ll adjust.)

    I love the architectural refs, Susanna! Structure, structure, structure.

    Usually, the only thing I knit in the round are socks…

    Welcome Dagmar! Wendy – that looks like a fine, fine monitor! Woot!

  16. Sweater is, of course, just lovely. Just my two cents….if I liked to sew why would I knit? I HATE seaming things. I’m fairly new at knitting and it often feels as though seaming ruins my knitting work. Practice, practice, practice.

  17. Hi there! Love the tennis sweater. I am planning to knit one when I finally get my VK in the mail. I live in Canada so it takes that much longer. I am considering using the DB Cotton Cashmere for mine too. Yours looks to die for! Would you mind telling us how many balls of it you needed? Also any comments you have about the yarn would be great.

  18. Hi! I saw the pattern in Vogue Knitting and then saw you knitting it on your blog. After feeling the yarn, actually doing some petting since it is nice and soft, I was thinking of making this sweater, too.

    My question for you: do you think it would look okay with short sleeves? I’m rather hot natured and wear very few long sleeved tops.

    I look forward to your opinion.

  19. The sweater looks great! Thanks for your thoughts on seams and structure – I never would have thought of that, but what you say makes alot of sense.

  20. I’m thinking of making the tennis sweater from Vogue Knitting too. Yours looks great.

  21. Brigitte says:

    I so looooooaaaaathe seaming. I’ve managed over the years to do it efficiently and so that it looks good, but one thing I can’t seem to master – seaming on reverse stockinette. What’s the best way to seam an Aran with rev. st. stitch so that it doesn’t look bulky and bulgy at the sides?

    Love the DB tennis sweater. I gotta say – it’s torture seeing all those designs from VK in your blog before I receive mine in the mail! I too live in Canada, and I only received mine early last week…

  22. Love the Tennis sweater. Fabulous!

  23. This sweater is fabulous! I loved it!!