My current work in progress:

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



The Lacy Cardi is done:

To recap, this was knitted from 12 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cathay, on size 3.5mm (US size 4) needles and is my own design.


I’ll post a photo of it being worn in the next week or so — just don’t have the energy to do so right now. In the meantime, a couple of close-ups:


And the sleeve edging:


So . . . what’s next?



This is another of my own designs — a short-sleeve top being knitted from La Luz Fiesta yarn, which is 100% silk dk weight. I’m using the colorway they call “Alaska.” More details as I progress.

Inishmore Challenge

Here’s my yarn, the 3-ply Hebridean in “Sea Ivory.”


And here’s a close-up of the color, photographed in natural light.


There was a question in the comments about using other yarns for Inishmore, specifically Cash Iroha.

My best advice is to knit a good-sized swatch from the yarn you have, using at least one of the cables from the sweater, so you can see how it looks knitted up in the pattern. Particularly if the yarn is a big departure from the type of yarn called for in the pattern.

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  1. Love, love, love the cardigan! Its perfect for the hot summer months! I’m a big eyelet and three quarter sleeve fan and can’t wait to get the pattern. So when will that be available?

  2. After finishing, did you block the cardi? If yes, what did you do?

  3. That is a beautiful, feminine design! Looks like a great work sweater. I also love the color of the Alaska sweater.

  4. now we just need to see how great the lacy cardy looks on you!

  5. Great choice on the lace edging, it is perfect for the eyelet pattern. The cardi looks like it will be lovely and slinky to wear during the spring and simmer (for those times a/c is turned on a bit too high!).

  6. Wendy, that cardi is too sweet! It looks perfect for the coming summer months. I think the ties are much nicer than closing the whole front up with buttons.

    Again, can I say that you are my inspiration to try new things and push my abilities a bit farther than I might otherwise have done?

  7. Yummy yummy yummy! The Lacy Cardi looks very sweet!

  8. Oh…My….Gosh….Do you knit fast enough?!?! I can’t believe I am just starting the front of the tennis sweater, and you are a sweater and a half ahead! It’s fantastic, though – and I especially love the color you chose for Inishmore!

  9. Beautiful! You knit so quickly that it is unbelievable! Don’t you just love this yarn? I can’t wait to see it on, I know it will drape so beautifully.

  10. Your Lacey Cardi is lovely–just the thing to slip over a summer dress. And thanks for showing us Sea Ivory–I like that color very much.

  11. The Lacy Cardi is just beautiful! The lace edging is a great compliment to the eyelet pattern and the ties are the perfect touch. Congrats on another wonderful design!

  12. This sweater is SO beautiful! I too would love to have this pattern. It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog. You are one phenominal knitter and love to see Lucy!!

  13. The cardi is beautiful, Wendy. Very feminine and spring-y!

    Thanks for spreading the word about my address change. So nice of you to mention me. 🙂

  14. The lacy cardigan looks great ! I love the design !

  15. Okay, the drooling has commenced! The lace cardi looks delicious! I’m also a big fan of 3/4 length sleeves. (or extra long past the wrist sleeves – for some reason I don’t want normal length sleeves!) I love the way the sleeves and hem disappear into lace that almost looks like it is floating next to the cardi! I will await the pattern with stash in hand, or closet, or cedar wardrobe as the case may be. Actually I think some of it is on TOP of the cedar wardrobe, too. Stash overload is about to occur!

  16. I like the i-cords that you used for the Laci cardi. It adds a nice design element

  17. When can we see you in your really beautifull cardigan ?

  18. love the lace cardie! and can’t wait to bury my nose in my very own sea ivory 🙂

  19. The cardigan is beautiful! Lace edges really make something extra special.
    I made a shawl with Cash Iroha and wouldn’t think it’d be good for complex textures, as it’s a softspun single ply. Just my opinion of course…

  20. I made a sweater of Cashi Iroha and it was wonderful to work with and looked good the first few times it was worn but it doesn’t hold up. It pills badly and it stretches and grows. For the time and effort to make a Starmore Aran, I would use a more appropriate yarn.

  21. Very pretty cardi.

  22. The cardigan is so soft and feminine looking!! Love it, Wendy!

  23. I love the cardigan, Wendy, it is so “retro”. Great!

  24. Susan Maurer says:

    For folks who can’t wait for Wendy’s pattern to come out, there’s a cotton lacy cardigan quite similar (but with buttons up the front and k2,p2 edging) in Dale of Norway’s Nr. 49 publication. Pattern number 4915, knit in Kolibri. I knit this woman’s cardigan and coordinating sleeveless top years ago in Kolibri. It would be really nice in Cathay, which is so similar to Kolibri, but silkier.
    Duh. Anyway, I hope you don’t mind this suggestion, Wendy, but I know how much folks love this design of yours and it might be awhile before it’s published. Have you considered self-publishing individual flyers for sale or pdf files downloadable from your website, with payment thru Paypal? Why, you could do it all in your “spare time”! Or maybe hire Lucy? Although I’m guessing she doesn’t come cheap.
    Congrats on finishing the lace cardi. It sure is cute! Can’t wait to see you in it!

  25. As I mentioned last week, I travelled to DC last Thursday through Sunday and made two excursions to Knit Happens. My sis and I love the store. People were friendly and helpful, and allowed us to sprawl on the floor and destroy the displays. They have a lot of very nice yarns and a nice, open floor plan. Some knitting stores are so jammed you feel claustrophobic and want to run out screaming. Thank you, Wendy, for letting us know about it. I saw some of your knitting in “real life” on display!

  26. Once again very nice, Lucy you too.

    I’ll be knitting Inishmore later this summer. It was the pattern I finally decided on after looking through many, many Aran sweater designs ti knit with my yarn from Blarney Woolen Mills, which I picked up in oh, IRELAND! Okay, sorry I’m just still psyched I went to Ireland. So I’ll be watching your speedy fingers and looking for tips and pointers.

  27. cool! i live up in alaska right now.. the new sweater reminds me of the northern lights.

  28. Wendy, I’m not a gusher but I have to tell you that while all of your designs are quite lovely, this cardigan is the first that I would actually wear. It is beautiful. I especially like the 3/4 length sleeves.

  29. Hopefully you will publish this pattern! 🙂