My current work in progress:

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


Spot the WIP

Can you find my work-in-progress in this photo?

Why yes, I do like the color green. How did you know?

I am knitting along on d’Azur as you can see. Several of you asked if I was planning on trying to match the striping on the front and back (this is not knit in the round). The short answer is no.

I feel about this yarn the way I feel about Noro Kureyon — just knit it and let the stripes fall where they may. Since I am still working on the first skein of it, I don’t have a feel for how consistent the striping is across different skeins. But that’s part of the fun — it’ll be a nice surprise to see what it actually does.

Would I consider knitting this in the round? The short answer is no.

This is a relatively “solid” cotton yarn. The lace pattern is quite open. I think the sweater will benefit from having side seams to give it some structure.

The problem with knitting in the round is that you are actually knitting a spiral. My experience is that a lace pattern in a heavier cotton yarn knit in the round will bias a bit. I know there are many people who vastly prefer to knit all garments in the round and do away with seaming, but I don’t think seams are always a bad thing.

And from a purely mechanical point of view, I find it much easier to carry around one piece of the sweater than having the whole thing hanging off my needles. That was a minor beef I had while working on CeCe. CeCe is not knit in the round, but is knit in one piece to the armholes, then the sleeves are knit separately and added in and you are back to knitting in one piece. While it is a nice construction, it is a bit cumbersome to carry around.

Lucy thinks dinner makes everything better!


  1. It certainly blends in!

  2. patricia says:

    I like green too- especially the light, springy ones.

    Thanks for opining on circular vs back and forth knitting- I haven’t knit enough garments to know about bias.

  3. Lucy may have something there.

  4. I’d have knit the body to the underarms, put it on waste yarn, set it aside, worked each sleeve, put them on waste yarn and set them aside, used a provisonal cast on to work the upper body, then grafted. That’s how I work most sweaters.

  5. Maureen says:

    Do not argue with the expert. Lucy knows.

    Also, interesting about the spiral/bias problem, especially with cotton. I haven’t gotten to converting everything to knitting in the round and will take that into consideration before I do.

  6. I’m with Lucy!
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Cheers beer. =-.

  7. Also knitting in the round this time of year could be hot hot hot. I’m knitting a wool sweater and will assemble on a table so it’s not all in my lap. It’s a sample for a class I’m teaching or I wouldn’t be knitting it at all till fall.

  8. Bahahaha… I thought from your title that the name of your WIP was “Spot”

    I was sitting here (in my pre-coffee stupor) wondering why in the hell you’d name a green stripey sweater “Spot” but kind of shrugging it off anyway…

    I are rilly gud at reeding (in case you were wondering).
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Cinnamon Grace is done! =-.

  9. Lucy is right. Dinner does make everything better, but with my sweet tooth dessert trumps dinner for making sure that all is right in the world.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..for the birds =-.

  10. Dinner. Mmmmmm. Who’s the bear friend?

  11. Add me to the group who haven’t heard of Knitcircus before. Looks like a great magazine.
    And a ver generous giveaway! Thanks.
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Beyond the knitting instructions: How do you customize a dishcloth knitting pattern? =-.