My current work in progress:

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



Yesterday, Peggy commented:

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?

The body of the Pinwheel Sweater is on a Knitpicks Options needle — 47″ long, I think.

When I was ready to start knitting the edging, I pulled out some short Aero needles.

Needle 120407

Needle 120407

I have a set of these little guys (I’ve mentioned them before). I love them — they are quite useful for a lot of things, including knitting an edging on a sweater.

How I started the edging:

I did a crochet chain for my provisional cast-on using a waste yarn, then using the little Aero needles, I picked up the starting number of stitches for the edging using the Pond Scum yarn. I worked the first row of the chart.

Then I worked the second row, and at the end of that row, I knit the last stitch together with one stitch from the edge of the sweater, that one stitch coming off the long Knitpicks needle.

To attach the edging to the sweater, you knit the last stitch of every even-numbered row together with one stitch from the edge of the sweater.

So, after completing Row 2, I had the edging stitches on the Aero needle and the sweater stitches on the Knitpicks needle.

Pinwheel Sweater 120407

Pinwheel Sweater 120407

At this point, it made sense to me to work back on the stitches on Row 3 using the Knitpicks needle and the Aero needle. So after Row 3, all stitches were on the Knitpicks needle and the Aero needle was empty. Then, for Row 4, I use the Aero needle to knit across the edging stitches, once again knitting the last stitch of the edging together with the next stitch from the body of the sweater.

Does this make sense? I’m not sure I’m being coherent.

This method of attaching an edging to the body is frequently used in the knitting of lace shawls, so you can probably find more coherent instructions for this elsewhere.

Could you use a set of needles (or 1 circular) to knit the edging, and leave the long needle out of the process (apart from slipping a stitch off it every other row to knit together with the last stitch of the edging)? Sure. But I find this way easier and quicker — it eliminates the need to slip the stitch off the holder needle (or length of yarn) and place it on your working needle.

This segues into another question from the comments from last week. Someone asked if I have any issues with gauge changing when I switch needles. This was asked after I moved the body of the sweater from a 32″ Addi to the 47″ Knitpicks needle.

Nope, the change on needle does not change my gauge. In fact, I’ve been known to start a project on bamboo needles, decide they are too sticky, and move the work to a metal needle of the same size (or vice versa). So far, this has never changed my gauge.

Knock on wood.

So, I’ve got one last pinwheel section that I have to knit edging for — the last eighth of the body. Then it is on to the sleeves!

Lucy sez:

Lucy 120407

Lucy 120407

“Wake me when you get to the sleeves.”


  1. I’m lovin’ the Pond Scum. Your edging explanation was perfect. I was trying to wrap my (very tired) brain around how you were actually attaching that. Now I’ve got it. Totally coherent to me! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Not coherent to me today- I’m editing the dissertation chapter from hell (not mine). I’m with Lucy- wake me when you get to the sleeves.

    (It will make sense another day! Thanks for the detail/explanantion)

  3. It made perfect sense to me too!!! Very cool.

  4. Your use of the two needles makes perfect sense to me – those are really sweet little Aeros with the end – I just assumed they were dpn with a row counter on the end. Do you use a row counter all the time or just when following a specific pattern – like your lace edging?
    Love the way that is knitting up.

  5. Must be winter – Lucy’s do a lot more laying around! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lovely sweater!

    I recently used that method for attaching a (very long) edging to a lace shawl.

    After I got it started, I actually worked the entire edging on the circular needles – using the other end of the circular in place of your aero needle. It worked really well – and one less needle for me to misplace!

  7. You know, I just love the use of the phrase “the pond scum yarn”.

    What a great name for a color.

  8. Thanks for the explanation! I’ve never tried that before–I always knit the edging separately, then sew it on. Your way is much easier and I’ll be using it next time. I love learning great new (to me) techniques!

  9. Theresa in Italy says:

    It does make sense. But I had to read it a couple of times. Don’t hesitate to demonstrate this in a future Cecil B. de KOARC extravaganza if you get the notion!

    Ah, Lucy. You’ve got the right idea.

  10. I probably will never knit a pinwheel sweater and, to be honest, my eyes started to glaze over when we got to the edging. But… I never start my day without a quick look to see what Lucy is doing.

  11. Quite coherent, I’d say. Can’t wait to see the body of this sweater laid out. It’s going to be amazing!

  12. You are one clever woman, not sure I ever would have figured that out! I want to be Lucy when I grow up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I’m looking forward to seeing you model this sweater when done. From your pictures, we have similar body types and I am waiting to see how it looks on you before I decide whether to put it in the project cue. I like the looks of the sweater, but I’m concerned that it won’t sit on my shoulders right and I will be constantly tugging at it to get it to stay. The two modelled pictures on Ravelry were not encouraging, but they knit it in the cotton yarn called for in the pattern, and I don’t knit with cotton.

    How’s that for motivation? You need to finish the sweater so Kim, some stranger you’ve never met, can decide if she likes it on you enough to try it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Aussie Rosemary says:

    The short Aero needles are the best thing for baby jumpers and mitred squares. I have several sets from 2.25mm to 4.5mm and guard them jealously as they haven’t been available for years. Trust you are still making good progress Wendy; and love to Lucy.

  15. Lucy? Where’s Lucy? All I see is a fluffy carpet sample! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I am loving this sweater! It’s coming together so nicely — I keep having to sit on my hands to keep from getting the pattern for myself ๐Ÿ™‚


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