My current work in progress:

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


A Lace Edging

Boy, you guys sure have strong opinions about knit versus crochet edging for this sweater! ๐Ÿ™‚

As I mentioned yesterday, I worked up a lace edging for my Pinwheel Sweater. I knit a little swatch of it to see how it looks.

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Lace Edging 112807

This is two repeats worth. It looks a little wonky because I was still working out the direction of the decreases as I knit it. And the fact that I knit the sample in a different yarn makes it a little hard to visualize. But I think I like it.

It’s a 16-row repeat, and you attach it to the body of the sweater on every other row, so it’s one repeat per 8 stitches of the edge of the sweater. This will work out perfectly, as the sweater ends up with 440 stitches around — that’s 55 repeats of the edging.

The sleeves start with 80 stitches and the pattern directs you to decrease down to 70 stitches. However, I don’t thin I’ll do the decreases — I think I prefer a sleeve that’s not tapered. (But if I did do decreases, I’d decrease down to 72, which would accommodate 9 repeats of the lace edging.)

The crocheted edging on the sleeves is deeper than on the body. I’m going to do mine the same as the edging on the body. I plan to knit the body edging before I start the sleeves. Then I’ll try the sweater on to see how long I have to knit to the sleeves before starting the edging, as it’ll be a bit longer than the pattern directs.

After I’m sure I’ve got all the kinks worked out, I’ll post my edging chart so anyone else who wants to do a knitted lace rather than crocheted lace can use it.

Meanwhile, on the sweater, I’m at the point where I am putting stitches on a holder for the sleeves. For each sleeve, you put 40 stitches on a holder, and then provisionally cast on 40 stitches over it to continue in the round.

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Pinwheel Sweater 112807

I did a crochet chain for the provisional cast-on. That’s about the extent of my crochet abilities. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There was a question in the comments about how I am doing the increases. I’m doing a knit in the front and back of stitch, which, I believe, is what the pattern specifies — don’t have it front of me and I’m too lazy to go check it.

Here’s a gratuitous photo of the increases.

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Increases 112807

And here’s a gratuitous photo of Lucy.

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Lucy 112807


  1. Hi Wendy,
    You mentioned that you bought the yarn for the pinwheel sweater at Stitches East. How did you know what amount to buy? Did you have this sweater in mind when you saw the yarn. I always see great yarn but don’t have a project in mind and then buy it and don’t have enough for a project. Any suggestions for this dilema!

  2. The sweater is just gorgeous!! Who knew that wool named Pond Scum would be so beautiful!! I hope that your back is getting better; Chronic pain sucks!

  3. Stop by my blog if you want to see what my kittens (aka the Three Terrors) did to some of my yarn this afternoon. Bad kitties!! (It’s the second entry from today)

  4. The knitted edging is a brilliant alternative to crochet. I don’t like crochet — too complicated. Thanks in advance for posting your edging.

  5. ellen in indy says:

    well, i guess the summer of socks is well and truly over now that you’re knitting something that’s not a feat for the feet. (if you have yarn left, will you make socks to match, edged with the lace?

  6. I have absolutely no clue how you figured that out but I trust that you know and that it will be beautiful. I personally like the lace edge better then the crochet.

  7. I think today’s Lucy caption should be “Talk to the Paw”!

  8. Please don’t try crochet – I taught myself the stitches to make Babette, and I can’t stop. And I thought knitting was addictive..welcome to crack crochet!

  9. The knitted edging is absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Lace always looks a bit wonky until you block it. I wish it didn’t …. to see more of what the project looks like in the making. I’m working on a shawl for my Mom, and it doesn’t look like much right now. I can not wait to finish and block it though.

  11. Is there such a thing as a gratuitous picture of Lucy???

  12. Hooray for knitted lace!! Much prettier than the crocheted edging! We do all have our own opinions don’t we? Keeps the world interesting!


  13. does Lucy have fur between her toes? one of my girls does and its my favourite part to pet!

  14. I agree. There is no such thing as a gratuitous photo of Lucy. Your doily swearer is looking gorgeous.

  15. That paw needs a good ‘nifferin’.

    I love to knit. Crochet almost works for me, but I have a harder time reading the patterns, making good circles and decreasing properly (need more practice). I really don’t see what the big deal about knitting vs crochet is though.

  16. Lovely edging – a really good idea. But before you get to knitting it on, have you considered whether to add a bit of flare to it? Looking at the pattern photos, the laid out flat sweater as well as the two of it being worn, it seems to me that the edging continues the increase rate of the circle, and that this is necessary to get the right drape especially at the back neck. But you probably have this all worked out already.

  17. Theresa in Italy says:

    That lace edging is lovely.

    Funny, over here there’s almost no conflict between knitting and crochet. Almost everyone who does one does the other, too. Often in the same project.

    I agree, there is no such thing as a gratuitous picture of Lucy.

  18. Wow. I am amazed at how pretty that yarn is all knit up. I’d so glad you happened to pick it. I’d been looking at it, but was worried that in a large amount it would be too “swampy”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to see how beautiful it looks. (Aw, now you’ve gone and tempted me…)

  19. I hope your use of an edging will encourage other non-crocheters to try putting a knitted edging on items–that will free so many to do patterns they’d previously avoided! And don’t forget, if you are not Wendy there are lots of lace books with edgings in them. The Heirloom Knitting book has zillions (not cheap tho).

    For those kinds of increases I like to use the lifted increase technique, because you don’t get that little purl bar–the stitches just seem to arise from the kniting. On the other hand, the purl bar looks OK on that pattern! And it certainly is easier than the Annie Modessitt circular one from Vogue Knitting that I did a couple of years ago. 8 million “decorative” twisted floats.

    Wendy, your intrepid sock pattern creation has led me to work out one of my own, so thanks for the inspiration. But I bow to you in yarn selection–even though it fit the theme of the socks, I question my choice of shiny “disco” sock yarn!

    Didn’t mean to be so chatty in a blog comment, but since I wrote it all, I’ll just leave it!

  20. Don’t worry, Suna. I won’t stalk you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    While I think you should do whatever you want with the finishing (it’s your sweater after all), I encourage you to learn a little bit of crochet. Even if all you ever make is a doily. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I’m glad that you seem to be doing much better, Wendy! As for the edging, your knitted one is pretty. I’ve done both knitting & crocheting off and on since I was about 10 years old, so I would probably follow the pattern, but then I don’t have all of your experience knitting lace, etc. How’s that for sitting on the fence?

    Off topic, somewhat: I just had to thank you for your posts on Earth shoes and their negative heels. I have a bad back problem (that includes a bad fracture that is not healing at all). Anyway, I finally got to a store that carries Earth shoes yesterday (115 miles from home, our closest shoe store with Earth shoes). I tried them on, and they are wonderful. I had to try shoes on before I buy them because of foot problems, etc. I came away with a pair of shoes (Ivy style, almond color) and a pair of winter boots. I hope the suede does ok in snow, etc. Anyway, I really had to try them on, as I found that different sizes worked better in different styles. I would have loved to have bought a second pair of shoes (Echelon), but I could not justify spending that much money on shoes and boots in one day. ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, thank you for steering me towards Earth shoes. I was not aware of them before. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Since I crocheted before I became a knitter, I would crochet it and like the other person said, I am a beginning lace knitter anyway. But that is a very interesting pattern.
    And we like seeing Lucy’s tuffs of fur in her paw anytime!

  23. I don’t crochet either, so I admire the fact that you tackled the sweater anyway. I don’t have a crochet fairy (that I know of), so I would have dismissed the pattern right off. But it’s lovely, and I can’t wait to see the finished product! Making a sweater out of circle… intriguing….

  24. Wendy – I love your blog but never seem to comment. Just thought I’d pop in and say hi! : ) I’m curious to see how this sweater will turn out. Quite an interesting construction method, what with the pinwheel and all. So glad to hear you’ve been feeling better these days!

  25. The Holiday gift edition of IK has a mug cozy that uses this type of increase on the bottom. It’s really quite nice to see the pinwheel shape forming. (I just finished one and it is drying on the mug to better make it conform to shape.) I love the interest that little bit of pinwheeling adds to all sorts of projects.

  26. Cool. I’d probably rather knit an edging on this than crochet it too, so I’ll be following your progress with great attention!

  27. As i was laying in bed lastnight, i started thinking of knitting a tree skirt for our christmas tree and started thinking about how easy it would be and then started thing about adding a lace edging which led to to think about your sweater and the lace edging you are doing, which led me to think about increases. (isn’t it funny how your mind wonders when you are trying to fall asleep?) You’ll be putting increases into the lace edging right? how do you do that without making the lace all weird with the increased stitches?

  28. The sweater is lovely! I adore the color!

  29. You’ve gotten me really interested in this pattern. I had been thinking about my next project and a frilly, pretty sweater was one of my options. While I know how to crochet, it really bothers my tendinitis and I had been scared away from this pattern for that reason. But your thought of adding a knitted border would work beautifully. Please keep us posted on this one!

  30. Betty in Jacksonville FL says:

    I just gotta say that your version is so far superior to the elann model. I truly hate the original’s color changes, but with your choice of yarn and edging you have taken it to a supreme level. Very inspiring.