My current work in progress:

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


Pinwheel Sweater

You know, it’s funny — I had never seen another Pinwheel sweater knitted up before yesterday. Yesterday I logged into Ravelry and searched for the Pinwheel sweater in the pattern search function. I found a whole bunch of them in progress and completed.

It didn’t occur to me to look before yesterday. Sometimes I am slow like that.

I got home yesterday afternoon feeling fine and dandy after my first full day at work in a very long time. A half hour later, exhaustion kicked in. So, consequently, not a whole lot of progress on the Pinwheel.

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Pinwheel Sweater 112707

But I am a few rows from the point where I can put the appropriate stitches on hold for the sleeves, so progress is being made.

As I mentioned yesterday, the body of the sweater is divided into 8 sections, and you do the increases at the end of each section.

To facilitate multi-tasking, I have separated each section with a stitchmarker.

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Small Marker 112707

And I used a larger marker (in a different color) for the last section.

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Large Marker 112707

This way, I can easily watch tv while working on this. It’s just mindless stockinette stitch, so I know to increase without looking when I feel the marker coming up. The larger marker, of course, signifies the end of the round, so I know to stop and start increasing at that point, as the increases are done every other round.

It’s really a dead simple sweater. Until you get to the edging. Which is . . . crocheted.

(Insert ominous music here)

I don’t crochet, apart from doing a chain for provisional cast-ons.

L-B very kindly offered to crochet the edging for me, as she can and does crochet. (Note: L-B specified that this is not a blanket offer for all non-crocheters. It is a one-time, non-transferable offer.) I did think about taking her up on the offer, but I’m toying with the idea of knitting on a lace edging. I mean, why the heck not?

I’ve doodled up an edging and I will knit a sample to test it out. Stay tuned!


Lucy 112707

Lucy 112707

The picture of kitty contentment.


  1. Are you opposed to doing the crochet edging on principle or are you just not crochet-adept? I am the latter, and had the same dilemma when I got the the end of my Nantucket jacket (IK Winter ’06, I believe). I decided that I really did like the crochet edging in the pattern, so I sucked it up and figured out how to do it on my gauge swatch. I love how it turned out. But then again, I didn’t have a nice crochet fairy offer to do the work for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This looks so wonderful. I am anxious to see your edging. Was thinking about just badgering some friend to teach me to crochet since I don’t have an LB nearby.

  3. I don’t crochet either, thankfully I am doing the baby pinwheel sweater which calls for an i-cord edging. I also can’t wait to see what kind of an edging you come up with.

  4. Wait! Am I hallucinating? I thought you’d crocheted some stuff a couple years ago or so?

    Pond scum looks great!

  5. I almost commented yesterday when I looked at the vast amount of crocheting. Beautiful, yet I still felt queasy. I, too, would knit an edging–so much more in my comfort zone!

  6. Your pinwheel sweater reminds me of a doily I crocheted for my Mom back in the 50’s. And I mean that in a nice way. Love Lucy’s contented look; I call that The Meatloaf pose.

  7. Oh my! I love the sweater and am off to my stash to find some yarn. Like I need to CO another project. And couldn’t you do a lacy edging in knit instead of crochet? What weight of STR are you using?

  8. Ya know, when I first saw the pattern I thought the edging was pretty but why not knit it? Now I haven’t actually read the pattern so there might be something about it that requires crochet but can’t imagine what.

  9. Oops, spoke too soon, I went back and found you are using heavyweight. Darn, I only have medium and lightweight STR in my stash. Off to find some other yarn.

  10. Ok, Wendy, if I, a total NON-crocheter can make a sweater from this pattern,

    then I’m completely confident that you can do any crochet required in the Pinwheel. My crocheting buddies even liked my work, and if I can do it, you can, too.

  11. I was wondering about the edging. I took a look at the pattern yesterday, and it looks very neat. I can crochet, but I definitely prefer knitting, and there are so many gorgeous knitted edgings. So I would likely do the same. Maybe even “will” do the same, should this one ever come around in my ever-expanding queue.

  12. I do like the crocheted edging in the pattern but you could substitute a knitted lace edging.

  13. Fabulous idea! although crochet is a long time thing for me, I think your idea to knit the lace is great! Lucy looks like she’s wearing a handknit kitty scarf, just the way her fur is. How cute!

  14. Hey, tell Lucy I’d be the picture of contentment, too, if I had a lovely knitted thing to lie on like she is. But I could never be as pretty as she is ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Goodness. You need to place a very cold cloth on your forehead if you are thinking of crochet. Take up L-B’s or anyone’s offer for that matter re: crochet; otherwise go to plan B.
    In all honesty, a lovely sweater design.

    I love Lucy.

  16. What a wonderful sweater. And I just happen to have 30 skeins of white Lara in my stash. I love it when a plan comes together. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m wondering what you’ll come up with for the edging. This project is way down the list, though. Maybe I will learn to crochet.

  17. Definitely do a knitted lacy edging! That’s what I wanna do if I ever get around to making one of these.

  18. This one is definitely on my to-do list. And not just because I live in Lara, Australia! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really looking forward to seeing what you do with the edging – I’m not a crocheter either – but the knitted lace thing has got me hooked! Hope the energy reserves hold out for the rest of the week.

  19. Theresa in Italy says:

    You’d get a different look with a knitted lace edging but a lot of knitters will appreciate having the choice, and I’m sure it would be very pretty.

    Lucy looks lovely.

  20. i have the pinwheel on my queue for ages but the crochet bit has put me off. I can’t wait to see how the knitted edge works for you because I was also toying with the idea to use a knitted edge .

    glad to hear that you’re back at work and getting better. Yes, it does take time to get back into the swing of things.

  21. Crocheting isn’t all that bad – just make sure to hold the yarn loose. If you don’t you’ll have a dense and stiff edging. I have crotched since I was a kid and only started knitting a year ago (I prefer knitting, hehe).

  22. Which increase are you using? My kfb does not look nearly as smooth as your line of increases. Love the color and pattern!

  23. On, there’s a free pattern for this sweater and the edging is a twisted i-cord bind off. It’s very pretty…I made one! Total pain in arse if you ask me, but then, I would’ve rather had the crochet version!

  24. The pond scum colorway looks tremendous knitted up!

  25. Ok…I should stop reading back in time (genius, I tell you!)…I see that you got the pattern from elann. If you scroll down a little more you’ll find this one:
    It’s the one I was talking about.

  26. I’m not sure if you have tried this or not yet: After searching (and finding) a pattern in Ravelry you can click on the Yarn tab for the search results and you will be presented with the list of projects sorted by what yarn they are using– starting with the most often yarn used for that pattern. It’s a really quick way to see if anyone else has knitted the pattern in the yarn you are using or considering using. I ‘m finding I’m using that Yarn tab more and more often.

  27. You know, it always amuses me when people think that crochet is so daunting. I have an understand that I was the same way but the other way around. (Did I just talk myself into a circle?) I was a crocheter first because I couldn’t get the knack of knitting. It took me many, many tries over a good 15 years or so to finally get knitting.

    So if you take 15 years to figure out crochet, you’re right there with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. I did one too, out of Manos (I’m Aesox on Ravelry). I love it! I did seed stitch on the last couple of inches since the ‘collar’ tends to show the purl side a little at the top and the seed stitch blends that. I did the applied I-cord on the edges and I really liked it. But, you could picot, just cast off, do whatever you want!! Also for the sleeve, I knit the required number of stitches on waste yarn (and then purled back) and then continued knitting over the waste yarn to keep the stitches live, it sounded easier than trying it the way it was in the pattern…Good Luck!!

  29. I never thought that I was an unusual knitter/crocheter, but after reading these comments, it seems I am. I learned how to knit when I was 4 and to crochet at 5. I do both equally well now and don’t have a clear cut favorite. Neither is very difficult and I guess I don’t quite understand why most people only learn one technique and don’t bother with another. Especially when they are so related. Knitting and crocheting are both essentially drawing a loop through a loop.

  30. Do not go over to the dark side, do not crochet that edging…..

  31. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Wendy, Crochet is drop-dead simple when compared to knitting, especially lace. I really think you should give it a try along the edge of your swatch – you might be pleasantly surprised. Most crochet is logical…except for the experience part that gets left out of directions but you’ve got LB for help there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Andrea Atkinson says:

    I would say get your friend to crochet the edging. Knitted lace isn’t as pretty as crocheted.

    I am making the striped pinwheel top from Elann. Got all the way to the sleeve openings and discovered I had only made 7 increases on each row, not 8. Never mind, only took me four days to get caught up. The increases on this top are simple yarn overs. Nice effect and you don’t need markers to remind you where the increases are.

  33. Love the sweater. It sort of reminds me of Interweave’s circle jacket. (Mine’s in blue Takhi St Charles cotton.) Re: using knitted lace instead of crochet: go for it! I’m looking for the perfect opportunity to incorporate tatted lace into a knitting pattern. But that’s a whole ‘nother line o’ thought, isn’t it?

    Re: surviving going back to work: I’m pulling for you. I know how exhausting that was for me.

  34. I am totally fascinated by this pinwheel sweater. I love the little overlaps that are created from the increases. It is just looking so cool. Although, if it were me, the idea of crocheting on a border would make me wet my pants. But that’s just me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. Wendy, I hope my ignorance of technical things doesn’t completely embarass you, but I know nobody worthy of even hoping to someday challenge the KOARC title. Can the KOARC recommend a DVD player for us? We have TV, and cable, and TiVO, but the VCR conked out, and I think it might be time to make the next leap technologically. Simple and easy — all we’re looking for is to watch movies.

    Also, if he sees any great deals on the Wii, which I have determined from his notes and from hearing from ny nephews is the greatest thing surpassing sliced bread, would he pass the info along as well?

    that is — if you’re not too embarassedfor me to pass the reuqest along……

  36. I am so excited to see you working on a sweater. It is indeed beautiful. I have thought about a pinwheel sweater, but there is a moratoriun on additions to the queue. It hasn’t stopped little projects (like mittens and washcloths) from sneaking to the front of the queue, though. I’m glad your first day back at work went well. Be sure you pace yourself!

  37. So nice to see that you are getting back to a ‘normal’ state!

    But don’t you think this would be a good opportunity to learn/practice crocheting? I love the sweater, am starting socks in the same colourway – but I think you should give the crocheting a chance… is all I’m saying…

  38. I like the crocheted edging, but I find crocheted patterns a lot more difficult to read even though I have all of the pertinent skills. I hadn’t even thought about just knitting an edging. Are you going to make a reversible edging? Some of the pictures indicate that the edging can easily be seen from both sides.

  39. Alice in RIchmond says:

    Wow, a lot of people beat me to the commenting. I just want to mention that crocheted edging is HEAVIER than knitted edging. If that means anything to your design. Crochet has much more dimension than knitting. Sometimes that is a good thing, sometimes not.

    Glad to see you are feeling like knitting at all after going back to the drudge of work.

    L-B sure is nice! But then she always is:)

  40. I like your edging plans. Debbie Bliss has a pattern for a circular cardigan that reminds me of your project. I may now be inspired to make it.