My current work in progress:

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


Great Response

Thanks, y’all, for the great response to the Argus Shawlette pattern on Ravelry. I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did. I note that there is talk of an Argus Knit-along in the WendyKnits Ravelry Group. So if you are interested, please join in!

And thanks in general for buying my Ravelry patterns. So far I’ll be donating well over $250 to Doctors Without Borders from my sales . . . and it’s only the 21st of the month. (I’ll be donating 50% of my profit from Ravelry pattern sales through January 31).

I’ve had a couple of questions about making changes to the Argus pattern.

You can enlarge it by doing more repeats of Chart A — as many as you like. With each extra repeat you do, you will be doing more repeats of the 8-stitch pattern repeat. Well, you’ll see — it’s obvious from the pattern.

Another alternative is to use a heavier yarn and larger needles — like a dk weight and perhaps size 8 or 9 needles. You could do this in conjunction with extra chart repeats if you like.

Conversely, you could make it smaller with fewer repeats of Chart A. Like, if you were making it for a small child.

And speaking of doing it in different weights of yarn — you could use laceweight yarn. I’d advise doing a small swatch of the pattern stitch to make sure you are happy with how open it is — you may want to size the needles down as well. And if you are knitting it at a smaller gauge, you’d want to add some repeats as described above.

And this of course would affect the amount of yarn you need.

The sock of the moment now has a heel. Here’s a fairly crappy photo:

And Miss Lucy is ready for the weekend.


  1. I’ve got the Argus shawl in my Rav queue. I was looking for a good pattern for a skein of handpainted sock yarn — and voila, there it was!

  2. RedfordPhyl says:

    Just finished the 1st repeat of Chart A. Perfect for some yarn in my stash that has been looking for just the right pattern. You are amazing.

  3. crazycrafter says:

    Thanks for your e-mail. When does the Argus KAL start? I would love to participate! Blessings,
    Hannah, age 12

  4. crazycrafter says:

    I just remembered something. Could you knit this in a variegated or hand-painted yarn, or would you have to do it in a solid color? Thanks,
    Hannah, age 12

  5. Bought the Argus pattern last nite and joined the group after reading this blog-

  6. Great looking sock.

  7. I’m liking that manly sock. March sure seems like a long time to wait for that book, but I ordered it in October, so I’ve already been waiting a while.

    Think I’ll go check out the Ravelry group.
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..To Change The Subject . . . =-.

  8. Those socks you are making are very interesting in the yarn. It looks totally different from when you first began. Can’t wait to see them finished.

  9. I’m very excited about casting on for the Argus soon! I purchased and downloaded the pattern, and read it the other night.

    That shot of Lucy is so… peaceful. Love it!
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Liesl the Second =-.

  10. I’m with Lucy. I might technically be on vacation, but I am definitely ready for the weekend!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..loving cookies =-.

  11. I love Argus! (which is also the name of a terrific horse who’s blog is: savingargusDOTblogspotDOTcom)
    I have a question for you: do you know approximately what percentage of yarn is used for each chart? I have some old discontinued heavier Fleece Artist/Hand Maiden silk that I’d think would be great for this pattern, but I’d like to use as much of the yarn as possible.
    I think it’s really great of you to donate some of the proceeds to MSF.
    (sorry if a similar comment shows up, one disappeared!)

  12. I’m with Lucy. I’m ready for the weekend too.

  13. I love Lucy! And I love weekends, although the frost came back and we cannot work outside.

  14. Lovely shawl pattern.

  15. Loving the shawl pattern. I’m on the second Chart A repeat and sailing along.
    Thanks for such a nice pattern!!!

  16. I really like the sock you’re working on. I’m into green and cables lately~those look nice, will look forward to seeing the finished product!

    I think I’d like to do lace, when I find that Round Tuit…those shawlettes are stunning and look to go relatively fast, which is my speed 🙂

    have a lovely weekend Wendy, and Angel Kisses to Missy Prissy >^..^< meow~
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..ManyhorsesMane says HOLY SCHMOLY, what a lonnnnnnng day~just wanted to share that… =-.

  17. I’m loving the Argus shawletter- thru 1.5 repeats of A- it is so easy to knit-