My current work in progress:

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


That Purl Stitch

A couple of you have asked in the comments what the purpose of the single purl stitch on each side of the body of the Daily Sweater is for. Is it purely decorative, or does it serve some purpose.

Having a single purl stitch on each side of a sweater knit in the round does give the illusion of a side seam. It also gives a bit of structure to the sweater.

When you knit a sweater in the round, you are actually knitting a spiral, because it is like one lo-o-ong row worked round and round in circles, one row stacking on top of the previous one. I think that purl stitch helps keep the side “seam” at the sides.

I’m glad y’all seem to think I’ve made some progress on the sweater — I don’t feel as though I have, and I spent a lot of time this past weekend not knitting. I confess. 😉 My knittig mojo has sort of wandered off lately.

Because I am knitting the whole body of the sweater right now, it does seem to take forever to see any progress, but that’s okay. I enjoy knitting with Calmer, so it is pleasant to knit, albeit a bit boring at this point.

Lucy, as you can see, is helping me.


  1. I’ve been knitting my sweater vest for forever. I agree that knitting in the round makes it seem longer. I can deal with the “longer” as long as I don’t have to seam. I’m working faster now though ‘cuz I wanna start my Daily Sweater. Sometimes my mojo goes away for a bit but it comes back.

  2. I know what you mean about the mojo floating away. Maybe it’s the change of seasons? Work stress? Or just the desire to veg out for a while. Given your usual knitting output, it could just be a lull before the storm and you’ll get tempted to crank out some Starmore or Aran something in an insanely short amount of time. 🙂

  3. Sigh… I wish I could peer over your shoulder as you’re knitting your sweater. I cast on, knit the ribbing, and got all the way to the chart…. and then went “Wha…?!?” It’s my first top down sweater, and I think I’m just overthinking it, afraid to make a mistake. It’s sitting off in the corner, waiting for me to get brave again.

  4. Glad to see that Lucy is doing her share on the sweater.

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  5. I am sure your knitting mojo is just off sight seeing and will be home again soon. 🙂 I think everyone’s mojo does that from time to time.

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  6. Yes, we all know the black hole of sweater bodies!

    Looks like the yarn is living up to its name, as far as its effect on Lucy….

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  7. You were out having a life without us, weren’t you?!

    Good for you! Looks like Lucy was keeping an eye on the sweater while you were away.

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  8. Our knitting mojos must be out partying somewhere. I like my current project, but lately I’ve been looking at starting LOTS of other small projects to work concurrently. That’s not like me. But there it is.

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  9. like reading your blog, especially what Lucy “says” .. the pictures of her are lovley! I have a helping paw at home myself, a 3yearold Norwegian Forestcat. //Mia

  10. I never thought of it giving structure! I thought it was purely decorative. Thank you for explaining that one!

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  11. How’s this for boring? A pair of grey socks in 1×1 ribbing for my husband’s size 11 feet. Now that’s endless!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness I decided to spice it up with a red toe and heel to acknowledge his devotion to the Ohio State Buckeyes. He wants to wear them to the OSU vs Penn State game on October 25th. It’s a good thing I have a deadline, or else I know these would be languishing at the bottom of my knitting basket.

  12. So what process do you like best, sweater knitting from the bottom up or from the top down?

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  13. Your sweater will be done before you know it.
    I’m always amazed at how fast you finish your projects!

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  14. It looks great. LUcy really does need to learn how to take it easy, all this help she gives you. Don’t you feel a tad guilty?

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  15. In the pattern photo for that sweater, the front neckline looks too high on the model. (I have a forward neck so I worry about these things.) Have you tried it on yet? How is the neckline looking?

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  16. I think I see a new sock in your future! The sweater really is progressing. You’ll have it done before you know it. 😉

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  17. I can’t believe how fast you knit. Every time I look at your blog you’ve finished something! You are my inspirations I’m from Poland and I love knitting too, I’m inviting:

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  18. Thanks for the info! I knit alot of round sweaters and what a great idea.

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  19. Hey Wendy, that’s a gorgeous blue sofa ya got there… and now I’m wonderin’ what you do to tape the cat hair? (and why did someone tell me – before I had one – that Ragdolls don’t shed???? Huh??)

    I don’t even bother with the lint brush anymore until I actually GET to work.. no matter how much I zoom groom or vacuum, cat hair lives in the air and will find a way to attack me before I get out the door. It’s a losing battle. Good thing I love that little stinkpot.

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  20. Love the sweater, just got the book and thinking of making one myself.

    Question….are you still poo free?

    I’m interested in the Alice Starmore book.