My current work in progress:

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


Rib and Lace Cardigan

A week or so back, I got the Holiday issue of Vogue Knitting and was delighted to find something within its depths that I wanted to knit. This:

This is a Deborah Newton design: Rib and Lace Cardigan. The pattern calls for a wool-blend yarn — Nashua Handknits Grand Opera, to be exact. I decided to make mine in a cotton blend.

I was originally going to use Calmer, but changed my mind. Calmer is so soft I was afraid it would make for a very droopy cardi. So I dug into the stash, and came up with Rowan All Seasons Cotton, which is a much sturdier yarn than Calmer.

I’m using color # 224 which is called “Sea Spray.” As I recall, it is a color that was never released by Rowan. I got mine from an eBay seller in the UK for a ridiculously low price. ($2.99 per skein from seller “Cucumberpatch” — she still has some last time I checked.)

I did a teeny-tiny gauge swatch and was pleasantly surprised to get gauge with the suggested needle size — a U.S. 6.

The lower body of the cardigan is knit all in one piece, and then divided at the armholes and the fronts and backs knit separately, of course.

So I cast on yesterday and made a start. The pattern has you start the lace pattern on the very first row, but as it is based on stockinette, I had visions of the edge curling up and annoying me forever after. So I knit 2 rows plain before starting the lace.

I’m happy I did — the garter stitch ridge makes a nice edge, I think.

And Lucy is all about being a spokesmodel these days!


  1. Oh that is going to be a gorgeous sweater! You are a master at picking substitute yarns. I also love the color you chose. Happy Thursday, Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Gorgeous color and pattern.

  3. Alice in Richmond says:

    Ok, so this will lure me out of hiding. I got that VK issue in the mail and left if laying about. Mr. Alice looked through it and pronounced that this very sweater is the only one I would make from this issue. Just so you know about my interesting home life. My husband browses VK when bored.

  4. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Gorgeous! And how fabulous to have a stash that has such beautiful yarn in just the right quantity :). No wonder you’re THE wendy!

  5. I can see that I’m going to have to track down a Vogue Holiday edition. Love the sweater and the color. Thanks for the cucumberpatch info too. I bought so UK yarns from Jannette’s Rare Yarns. She can get them here from UK faster than some US e-tailers.

  6. I love the new sweater Wendy. The color is gorgeous. I saw that in the Vogue magazine and thought it was very pretty. I wondered about the wideness of the neckline though. I’m anxious to see your progress.

  7. That bit of edging is perfect – looks like part of the pattern. That seems like such a nice cheery color for the winter doldrums down the road!

  8. Lucy is the best kind of spokes-model!

    Your Daily Sweater looks good as does the edging on this one.

  9. I liked that pattern, too. The yarn color is gorgeous, and I think you made a good decision about the edge.

  10. Oo, oo, oo, I saw this in VK as well and thought it was great. I’m excited to see how yours turns out as you have picked a lovely color. Going back to lurking and cheering on your progress.

  11. Beautiful daily sweater and I love the color. Your newest project is really great and again you chose the perfect colorway. Have a great weekend Wendy.

  12. You are so right. Using the cotton requires the garter edge. Maybe a wool blend would hold straight once blocked to oblivion – but…..

  13. Oh how gorgeous! I don’t subscribe to knitting magazines because I don’t always find a pattern that I would actually make; it is more cost effective (as a stay-at-home-mom/homeschooler living in a one income family) for me to browse them at the store and if I find any patterns that I would actually make, I buy the magazine….and I am SO going to have to buy this issue! I think it will be beautiful in the color you chose and you couldn’t have a better spokesmodel than little Ms. Lucy!

  14. Uncanny; I really liked that sweater in VK too. Great minds…

  15. Now look what you’ve done! Must go see magazine…

    I love the start of your new sweater. The garter ridge is perfect.

  16. I definitely agree on the garter ridge. And the color you picked is great! Lovely pattern. My store doesn’t have the magazine yet, pooh! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I looked at the magazine tonight at Joann’s and decided that that sweater was the only reason I’d consider buying the magazine. My only issue with it, though, was that I felt like I’d like the neckline to come up higher – it looks almost stretched out to me. I’ll watch how yours goes while I decide about getting it for myself.

  18. I love All Seasons Cotton. What a great yarn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. What a pretty color, gosh, now I have to get that magazine, I really like that sweater. Look forward to seeing your progress.

  20. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    The sweater will be lovely…but what a spokesmodel!

  21. Aha! I was right! That is going to be one gorgeous sweater!

  22. your description and photos make me want to run out and start the same darn sweater! I must look for that issue of VK…

  23. That’s going to be a fabulous sweater! Perhaps I need to re-visit Vogue Knitting, at least while at the bookstore, eh?

  24. WANT! I love the style, and your yarn/color choice is perfect

  25. That going to be a lovely sweater and what a nice color. I like how you did the edge.

  26. It looks lovely so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. That is one gorgeous sweater. I can’t wait until I see how your turns out.
    I can’t knit sweaters anymore, but I certainly would have given that
    one a try. I also love your colorway.

  28. I love it! I agree; the garter ridge looks lovely and will add some stability to the bottom. Beautiful color, and it’s always good to see that Miss Lucy approves. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. That’s a great color for the sweater! There is one sweater that I want to make in the issue (other than that one, which is on the list of potentials), but the called for yarn is pretty pricy. I’m always looking for sweaters that don’t use a lot of yarn (and affordable yarns to boot).

  30. I’m on the bandwagon too. Vogue should give you advertising feels. I don’t think I would have even bought that issue, but now I’ve got to head off and get my own. Hmm. Might be good in the Sierra Webs has on sale now.

  31. sooo pretty. You are a constant source of inspiration for me. Can’t wait to get my hands on the Vogue holiday issues. I love vogue knitting. Even though most of the stuff I would never attempt alone, it LOVE looking at all the beautiful stuff.

  32. Great yarn, great pattern! Color matches kitties eyes! luv.m

  33. That is a lovely pattern. Can’t wait to see it completed.

  34. Wendy,
    Love the pattern and yarn. Plan on doing this sweater as well, anxious to see how your comes out.

    Have a great weekend.

  35. That’s going to be gorgeous. I think the garter stitch edge does set it nicely.

  36. The sweater looks lovely! The yarn seems to be a good call along with the extra rows for the edging. The lacework shows up so well on that color!

    Enjoy the knit. =-)

  37. After reading all your comments about Calmer I am very tempted to get some and try it. You one said you did not like to knit with cotton, and I have never enjoyed it much. It’s either too heavy, stretches out of proportions or whatever, but I have not had much success with cotton. Why have you changed your mind about cottons? How much Calmer would I need for a sweatshirt style sweater? Size large… Would you recomment this for a cotton-disallusioned knitter? Thanks.

  38. Can’t decide if I’m pleased with the heads up and preview, or perturbed that I won’t see the VK for months where I live in Canada. Why is your knitting so much more interesting than others’?

  39. Oh, I like the color sea spray – it’s going to be very pretty!

  40. I like it too!! I think I would make another change – neckline would need to be a “V” for me. That deep round neckline would make me look rounder!!


  41. Uhlala! I love it! Yours will be beautiful in that color! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. I also have my eye on this sweater. It’s going to be gorgeous in the color you picked.

  43. I caved in and ordered that yarn from Cucumberpatch. I liked how she was selling packages of 10 skeins and also single skeins as well. I purchased 14 skeins for the medium size.
    The sweater will be Knit by Sue, inspired by Wendy