My current work in progress:

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


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Pinwheel Sweater 120307

Pinwheel Sweater 120307

Thanks for all the lovely comments about the edging on my Pinwheel Sweater. ๐Ÿ™‚

As promised, I’ve posted the chart pattern, here (in pdf format). It is linked to from my Free Patterns page as well.

A couple of you asked if I got the edging from a pattern book or if I made it up myself. I made it up myself. I did a quick search of my resources for lace edgings and didn’t see anything that matched what I was visualizing, so I made up an edging.

It’s an easy one and quite easily memorized, which makes it a joy to knit. Nothing like not having to look at a chart for every row.

A couple of you asked how much yarn I bought for this sweater. The pattern calls for 1380 yards and I bought 4 skeins of Socks That Rock Heavyweight at 350 yards/skein for a total of 1400 yards. Should be enough, right? Well, I’m wondering. The body plus the edging will use almost 3 full skeins of the STR, I’ll have about 350 yards for the sleeves, and I’m not sure that’s enough. We shall see. Actually, before I started the sweater I ordered some extra yarn, a little over a week ago. Hopefully it’ll get to me before I need it. If I need it.

I like being able to finish things and move on, ya know?

Becky asked:

Where on the sweater will the edging seam (where the provisional cast-on is now) fall? I figure either at the neck or at the bottom, but I’m not sure which would be less noticeable, and I’m curious what you chose.

Good question! That’s something I gave some thought to before embarking on the edging. The end of the round on the body falls at the center back neck, if you are wearing the sweater with the shorter piece at the top to make a longer sweater. (You can turn the sweater upside-down to make it a shorter sweater with a deeper collar.) Because I doubt I will ever wear it as the shorter sweater, I started the edging 180 degrees from the end of the last round of the body — at the bottom center.

Kris asked:

I see that Lucy likes to lounge on your projects sometimes. Does she ever snag them? My cats are not terribly careful with the knitting but I figure Lucy must not have snagging issues since she sometimes poses with your knitting.

Lucy has never snagged a piece of knitting with which she has come in contact. She is de-clawed (she had been de-clawed before I adopted her) so there’s much less chance of her damaging knitting than if she had her front claws.

Lucy sez:

Lucy 120307

Lucy 120307

“I’m far too lady-like to ever snag Momma’s knitting!”


  1. Teresa (NC) says:

    Of course you are, you darling lady, Lucy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I noticed in yesterday’s post that you are using 2 different needles to attach the edging. Is one a knit picks options and the other an inox?

  3. Ripple is pretty gentle with the knits too. Lately he’s been making muffins on my mom’s Einstein Coat I’m working on. Thankfully, even though I’d love to throw this thing across the room with the beige garter stitch hell that I’m in, he’s not damaged a thing. It’s like the smell of the fiber lets him know it was another fur-bearer. Though if it was a dog I wonder if he’d be as gentle.

  4. Thank you so much for the chart for the edging. I have the same sweater on my needles as well, and have been wondering what to do for an edging. I think that this will be perfect.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Please take a picture with you in it when you finish. I’m really intrigued by this. It’ll be a nice change from socks.

  6. Your sweater is absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the edging. To think it is made of “POND SCUM” ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    My kitty has her claws and she loves to flop down on my knitting. Still, she’s never snagged anything.

    The edging on the sweater looks great.

  8. Yes, Lucy, you are!

  9. Oh, my it’s beautiful! I love watching your process, I learn so much each time!

  10. I had seen this sweater pattern and wasn’t all that excited about it until seeing your version of it.

    I’ve had cats with claws, and cats without claws. The ones that like to suck on yarn (eechhh!) are much more of a bother than the claw issues.

    I just realized that our cat (currently only one in our household, but we’ve had a number) was snoozing last night on (and our daughter likes to watch TV under) an afghan we received as a wedding present. It was knit in two strands of peach and white, of some acrylic that has defied the washer for these many years, on large needles – stockinette checkerboard of squares with right sides alternating. I have the pattern (such as it is) for it, though I didn’t make this one. It is a little the worse for wear and its level of use has varied, but –

    It is 33 years old, and I don’t think any of its (minor) issues are cat related.

  11. I just love the edging and can’t wait to see it all finished and modeled. Every time I’ve seen a circle jacket I want to start one of my own but I’ve resisted til now.

  12. Would you pretty please post a close up view of the sleeves when done. I made the Vogue cover shrug a couple seasons ago (similar to the pinwheel pattern) and the sleeves came out so wonky I won’t wear the sweater. I saw the sample sweater and a friend’s sweater and they all had wonky sleeves. I am hoping the problem was with the 2 color knitting because I like the pinwheel type sweater. TIA!

  13. I’ve never seen this sweater pattern before, so I am watching closely to see how it looks on a real person…not a size 0 model.

  14. My 2 girls are both declawed , the older one (11yrsold) pretends not to notice mama’s knitting (she likes to sit on larger wip’s tho) the 3yr old is a fiber snob who Loves my wool yarns esp the sock yarn and will attack/chew on it. We recently “aquired” 2 10wk old boys (they were abandoned on my porch Thanksgiving Day) and they LOVE all yarn, the attack, and chew, and tangle etc it! The boys will be declawed when the get a bit older unless they tear up something befor then, :-0

  15. Lee Cockrum says:

    Lucy is just gorgeous in that photo!!