My current work in progress:

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



Friday night, while Lucy played with the two-toned green catnip mouse her Auntie L-B sent her:


I seamed Dungarvan, picked up stitches, and knitting the neckband. On Saturday I knitted the front bands and sewed the buttons on. Ta-da!


(The Official Bathroom Mirror Portrait.)

I am very pleased with how this turned out — it’s just what I envisioned when I started noodling around with the design. It’s quite heavy, so I can definitely wear it as a jacket. With some minor alterations, it could be turned into a pullover.

Here’s a tour of Dungarvan.

Twisted rib for bottom band and front bands, with black leather buttons.


Collar band.


The big cable goes up the center of the sleeve and extends into the saddle shoulder.


So there you have it.



  1. Alice in Richmond says:

    I am green with aran envy!

  2. Sherilan says:

    Very, very nice.

  3. Mary Buso says:

    Perfect timing for Tuesday’s weather. What’s next?

  4. Mary Buso says:

    Perfect timing for Tuesday’s weather. What’s next?

  5. Your aran cardi is gorgeous!!! I hope to knit one like that in the near future. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to meet you at the MDS&W festival in May.

  6. Gorgeous – in all it’s cabley goodness!

  7. Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous… the stitches and finishing are well done!

  8. Very lovely. Who would expect less though. If only I had a tenth of your designing ability. hehe

  9. Lovely sweater jacket! Great mouse there, Lucy.

  10. That is -fabulous-. I love the yarn and the aran combinations. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Divine, you knitting diva you!…….

    Here it is March 20th…… 36 days the most amazing and most anticipated book arrives……do you have your copy ordered?………

  12. GASP! It’s more gorgeous than I imagined it would be. Your attention to detail and finishing is remarkable. *applause*

    Sweet mouse, Lucy.

  13. Dungarvan looks great!

    I’m excited to see what you knit next, your projects are always inspiring!

  14. Lovely, lovely cables!

  15. If tomorrow is as nasty as predicted, Dungarvan is finished in the very nick of time!

  16. What a great usable garment. The texture work is so crisp with great stitch definition.

  17. Well, he** yes, of course it’s gorgeous. And the color looks so good on you too – almost an extension of your hair (according to the official bathroom mirror portrait).

  18. Beautiful design, Wendy! I would love to make a heavy sweater like that.

  19. Fabulous jacket!!! Really perfect for this kind of weather. Will you be creating something for spring soon? Perhaps the weather would follow:D

  20. That is just absolutely lovely!! Wow… excellent work, Wendy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. That is some amazingly fast cable knitting! You accomplished that in no time, really. Amazing. I still love the color. It really does the pattern and the buttons justice. Congrats!

  22. Dear Wendy,

    As always, I am amazed by your speed and skill. Yet, I am always left wondering why you don’t have your husband (or Lucy, if her thumbs are opposable) take your picture of you in your sweater, do give the gorgeous cardigan the justice it deserves?

  23. I agree – with you holding the camera it’s really hard to see the sweater or how it’s constructed…but great job on what I can see!

  24. Stunning! Great design, fabulous color choice. It’s truly lovely. Will the design be in Wendy Knits Part Deux – Tales from the Purl Side?

  25. Holy crimeny is that amazing. I can’t believe you can come up with such beautiful things. I am put to shame.

  26. That looks awesome. Your knitting skills, once again, astound me and make me feel totally inadequate.

  27. so pretty.. I love all the cables!!

  28. The fabric looks very nice, and you are so skilled in cabling. I love the colour, it’s wonderfully warm.

  29. You’re putting this pattern into a book that comes out WHEN? I’d love to knit this one. Let me know if you ever need test knitters. I’d be delighted to guinea pig anything so lovely.

    Wilbur the Amazing Deaf Cat wants to know why I don’t knit him more catnip mice. See what you’ve started?

  30. Wow! Beautiful!

  31. A beautiful sweater named after a beautiful part of Eire!

  32. Gorgeous, as always!

  33. Beautiful! I’m such a sucker for cables. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Your talent, skill, and speed never cease to amaze me even though I have been reading your blog for years now. The sweater is wonderful.

  35. GORGEOUS, as always!
    LOVE the cable extending into the saddle shoulder….

  36. Wendy, Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Can’t wait for the next one as I know you will have to do some more of these!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Stunning – just stunning! I’m speechless and awestruck. And thank you for sharing the designing and knitting process. It’s a joy to read your blog every day. My love to Lucy.

  38. Exquisite! The details, the color, the buttons!(and Lucy is adorable)

    Have you ever counted how many sweaters you’ve knit in your lifetime (so far?)

  39. Really nice, Wendy (I’m a sucker for texture). Couple questions: how did you seam it, did you use mattress st on the seed stitch? And did you actually sew the leather buttons on? If so, what will you do when it comes time to wash it? (realizing it won’t require a lot of trips through the laundry, since it’s a jacket, but…)

  40. Lovely! Mmmmm…. cable-y goodness.

  41. I love how the Dungarvan came out! And I love Lucy too.

  42. very nice.

  43. Judy Hammond says:


  44. Simply gorgeous.

  45. wow!!!!it is all what I have to say.

  46. That is very beautiful! I would love to see a photo of the entire back.

  47. Just beautiful. You’re amazing.

  48. Wendy, that sweater is GOR-GEOUS! You did a great job!

  49. It’s just lovely. Now make me one.

  50. Absolutely gorgeous as always!