My current work in progress:

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



Thank you for all the great comments on CeCe.  I’m very pleased at how this turned out. It is still damp from wet-blocking it, but hopefully will be completely dry and ready to wear soon.

I’ve still got a time-consuming stealth project I am working on, but that did not stop me from casting on for something new. I’ve started a project I mentioned last week: d’Azur, from one of the Sublime books I bought weekend before last.

Here’s the photo of the finished design from the book:

It’s from the Soya Cotton book #632 and is supposed to be knit from, not surprisingly, Soya Cotton. I’m knitting mine from the yarn I posted a photo of in yesterday’s blog entry: Knit one Crochet Two Ty-Dy Cotton. I’m using color #518 — “Meadow.”

I sat down to cast on the back of the sweater yesterday, and had the ribbing done quickly — it was only 2 inches of ribbing, after all.

As I mentioned last week, the book is printed in a tiny font in grey, which makes it difficult to read, and there are no charts.

Fortunately, this is a very easy knit. It has crossed my mind to chart the pattern if need be, but the all-over lace pattern is only 4 rows long, and it is easily memorized, so I did not bother. Here is my progress as of Sunday night:

I am liking the subtle striping of the Ty-Dy Cotton, very much.

The pattern is sized for a number of different sizes, and I’m making the second size. One weird little thing that I didn’t like about the pattern is that for the second size you need to start some of the rows with a k2tog and end with an ssk. It occurred to me that would make it unnecessarily bulky when seaming, so I added 2 extra stitches — a plain knit stitch at each end. I think when the time comes to put this together, I’ll be happy I did this.

Lucy Sez

“I have a case of the Mondays.”


  1. Thanks for sharing the bit about the seam stitches – I never would have thought of that! Hopefully I’ll remember your advice if I ever knit a pattern like that.
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  2. Frances says:

    That is turning out nicely. I wasn’t sure about the vareigation with the lace would turn out, but I’m pleasantly surprised.

  3. Quick thinking on the seams. Hope that it works out the way you think…love love love the yarn…

  4. I really like the colors as well. And I hear ya, Lucy.
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  5. Grey printing on off-white paper seems to be common among knitting books — dumb, imnsho. I have had good luck xeroxing the pattern and turning the contract setting all the way up on the copier. Love the way the Ty-Dy Cotton stripes are knitting up!
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Happy 21st, Matthew! =-.

  6. that is a nice and subtle colorway. I did a hat and baby booties in the Tropical colorway and it has a totally different look. Look forward to seeing how the sweater turns out.

  7. I must be a complete lemming. Everything you post I think, ooooh, pretty, I want to make it too. But honestly that d’azur is so pretty and so wearable.

  8. Good show, Wendy. How smart to add the extra two stitches. Yeah, I second Gail’s comment about being a knitting lemming. Seeing how pretty yours is turning out makes me want to make this, too!

  9. From one more lemming: that’s really going to be nice. I love the stitch pattern, and I want to knit it too. How’s that for jumping off the cliff?
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Channeling my inner Ansel Adams =-.

  10. I love the ribbing on this sweater. I’m in process of “designing” little girl’s sweater and am thinking of some type eyelet rib for it.
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  11. I really like the subtle colorway as well~ that is a very interesting rib twist stitch at the border, nice touch!

    You are just too clever in foreseeing the side seams becoming an issue, thanks for sharing-I’m sure somewhere down the road, I’ll say to myself, “I KNOW I saw something somewhere about this k2tog and end with an ssk problem…..” LOL!
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..ManyhorsesMane says DH made me dinner: Flat bread with a leftover cheeseburger patty, bib lettuce, tomato, salsa; it was actually good~ =-.

  12. Dorothy says:

    Oh! I really like the colour of the yarn you are using. It is going to gorgeous!!

  13. stickweaver says:

    Love both these patterns. I also photocopy or scan difficult to read patterns, but I enlarge them. I find it makes a huge difference.

  14. Thank YOU, Wendy for printing your boosk in very readable fonts! Love that Ty-Dy Cotton-very pretty! I hope Lucy doesn’t have a case of the “Rainy Tuesdays”…my 2 are a little nutty this morning.
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  15. I like the color of the yarn very much. I’m going to have to add some to my stash.
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..And We Have Winners =-.

  16. Is it knit in the round?

  17. So…if you’re knitting the front and back separately, will you try to match up the color changes in the yarn for both? Rookie question – I haven’t been brave enough to try something like this. 🙂
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..CEY Knitalong – Soft Linen Sideways Lace Vest =-.

  18. Wendy, I’m sure you would think to do this on your own if the pattern were more complicated and you really needed to read it – but for your readers – you could scan or photocopy the pattern and adjust the contrast. Easier to do with a scanner, maybe, but doable either way.

  19. I would have done the same thing. Well, either that or convert it to the round. I love working in the round. It’s probably why I have so many socks on the needles!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..for the birds =-.

  20. Very pretty! I was sure I would like the Soya Cotton better, but the striping of the Ty Dy is turning out lovely. Do you plan to match the striping on the front and back?

  21. Wow…that’s not a pattern that I ever in a billion years would have thought I’d like…but seeing it in the yarn you have chosen makes me like it a whole lot! LOL! I must remember that just because something is shown in a dreadfully-disliked pastel, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t look awesome in another color. 🙂
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..Knittus Interruptus =-.

  22. I love the way that yarn is knitting up- the striping is gorgeous- I may have to pick up some for myself (despite the fact that I wasn’t going to buy any more yarn until I knit down my stash some!) I may need an intervention staged…..

  23. i hate that when the seams seem weird! that sounds like a good solution, love the soft colorstripes!
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  24. Rachel Peterson says:

    You have really helped me to branch out to other knitting. Thanks for the blogs on Cece. I’m going to cast on my own Cece today, once I get my yarn in the mail. You make it look so easy!

  25. Carol LeFebvre says:

    Woo hoo I finally figured out how to leave a comment,please include me in the latest random number generator contest. I look forward to seeing you in mpls this weekend.

  26. I like Lucy!!! She’s Beautiful