My current work in progress:

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


Linen Stitch Update

At the moment, I am not knitting linen stitch — I’ve just started the lace portion of the front of this sweater.

I’ve got the back done.

It is an extremely simple lace stitch, and lace is worked on every row. For some reason, this throws me — several times I found myself mindlessly purling back instead of working the purl-side lace pattern. It’s just a matter of paying attention. Or rather, not paying attention.

Once I get the front completed, I think I will go ahead and do whatever blocking I deem necessary (and I don’t think it will be much) and join the front and back and do the neckband before I do the sleeves. I like to get as much finishing done as possible on a sweater before starting the sleeves. Just a mind game I play with myself. Then when I finish the first sleeve I go ahead and set it in the armhole. Then when I finish the second sleeve, the only finishing I have to do is setting in that sleeve, and the sweater is done.

I find if I leave all the finishing to complete after the knitting, I drag my feet.

I said I don’t think this sweater will require much blocking. Linen stitch makes a nice sturdy fabric that does not stretch or sag (making it a great choice for a cotton sweater, which has a tendency to sag). It also does not need a lot of blocking. I think the most I will do is lightly steam the lace portion and the edges of the armholes.

By Sunday’s blog entry, I should be sleeve knitting.

And then I get to play with this:

The new Solid Series from The Loopy Ewe. Woo-hoo!

Lucy plans on playing with her fuzzy rat.


  1. those blues are so beautiful, can’t wait to see what you “play” those into! Hope that the rat has as much fun with Lucy!!

  2. Interesting knitting. I love the color of this sweater.
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  3. Those blues are gorgeous!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..I’m calling it the B&B diet =-.

  4. I like your methodology, Wendy. When you get the pieces done and work them together as you go (before the sleeves, the last to go on), you can try it on~ then, the whole thing is closer to realization and ready-to-wear. Viola! ๐Ÿ˜€

    AND, having a project in the wings, ready to go, boy doesn’t that get the blood pumping, and the needles flying!! WHOOT!
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..ManyhorsesMane is full of sesame bagel, Philly CC, dash of "Tosa Tango" (my hot sauce) and thin slice of salami =-.

  5. Christina says:

    I like the “game” you play! It is such a good idea. I am so awful with finishing. I enjoy the knitting and am so fearful of doing such a poor job finishing that I well, never finish. On the other hand, I get so caught up in planning other projects from new books I purchase that I really don’t have time to work on a sweater. I love your new book and have planned a few projects!
    I was curious if your arms or hands become sore when knitting for longer periods of time. If so, what to you do to keep them “warm”?
    Thanks so much for the great reading and inspiration! christina

  6. I think your doing as much of the finishing as you can before you start the sleeves is an excellent idea and I’ll keep it in mind. My personal trick for finishing sweaters is to knit both sleeves at the same time. This makes them a lot easier, doing all the decreasing only once.

    I just realized that this is probably why I like knitting two socks at one time. I have both of your toe-up sock books (as well as the box on pre-order) and I use Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ two at a time technique. I love your books and intend to knit an astonishing proportion of the patterns.
    .-= Mary the Digital Knitter´s last blog ..Coming Out of the Knitting Closet =-.

  7. I’ve got small tips about linen stitch :
    Row 1: *Knit 1, slip 1 with yarn in front. Repeat from * across, ending with a knit 1.
    Row 2: *Purl 1, slip 1 with yarn in back. Repeat from * across, ending with a purl Repeat these two rows for pattern. When slipping stitches, always slip as if to purl.

  8. Awesome job on the sweater – I like the idea of starting the finishing part ahead of time!! Beautiful colorways on the new yarn!
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  9. That sweater is gorgeous. I love the green, and am very jealous of your ability to wear it.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Testing…testing… =-.

  10. Have you ever tried doing the sleeves simultaneously? It helps if they are on circular needes (but not done on the round). That way all increases, patterns, etc. on done on the same row and they are also done together! It works for me.

  11. thanks for adding another technique to my library – doing as much finishing as possible to speed up the ultimate FO — the one thing i hate is to sit and seam, hide ends, then block/wash — this is the second best tip i’ve learned this year — first was use inside strand and outside strand when casting on a ton of stitches and you only have one ball – keeps from not having enough yarn measured out — can’t wait to see the finished sweater and what you have planned for the new yearn.

  12. I really should do that with more of my sweaters. Instead I tend to pick as many yoke style sweaters as I can, so there is a lot less finishing to do!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..chronic overscheduling =-.

  13. I’ve done the same thing with the cardigan I’m working on – I did the sleeve and neck edgings, so now when I’m at the hem and bind off, I’m done. I’m a procrastinator, so I have to trick myself sometimes.

    I’m just about to start another cardigan and am planning my method of attack. It’s in pieces, and it’s for me, which are two strikes against my finishing it in a timely fashion ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Almost there =-.

  14. lovely blue… maybe if you have a little left over you could knit Lucy some blue mice?;)
    .-= pip´s last blog ..Learning curve ~~~ =-.

  15. Wendy, here’s a great article written about us today. We need to win this contest: we can buy more knitting machines…teach more girls…find a permanent home for the program. Thanks for reading it, Jane

  16. fibercrone says:

    The change from linen to lace looks really nice.

  17. fibercrone says:

    The change from linen to lace looks especially nice.

  18. Jenny O says:

    Hi Wendy! I am a super newbie to knitting, picking up needles for the first time in about 30 years just about a month ago. As a teen I found it too boring and now I love it, thou I’ve only made a tank top for my daughter (“Prickly Girl” as seen on But my love of all the wonderful, colorful sock yarns have led me to start a pair of socks, my first, on circular needles (DPNs and I don’t get along!) and while they are a plain blue pair in worsted weight for my husband, and being done cuff down, I already had your book for toe up socks saved in my Amazon cart before I stumbled on to your site! I can’t wait to make the first pair, probably for my daughter first (I have yet to make anything for myself!). I think what I really liked when I first checked this out, aside from all the beautiful patterns, is your cat! LOL Is she a ragdoll? I know she isn’t Himalyain (sp) because her face isn’t “smushed” enough! I ask because we have 5 ~ yes 5! ~ Ragdoll cats, Mom Sassy and her 4 surviving kittens (we lost 2), Sadie, Simon, Jasper and Jax. We were supposed to sell them but well, you can see how that went! It makes my knitting adventure that much more fun and interesting!! I look forward to your book and learning more about making socks ~ and learning more about yarns and such. My Mom is 85 and can’t stand to knit anymore, but I’m hoping because I started late (I’m 46) that I will always enjoy it. It’s so relaxing and my life is so stressful, so it’s great fun for me. And I love all the yarns out there, so many yarns so little time! Colors and fibers and styles that my Mom never had, nor I when I first attempted it at 16. And I didn’t write to win a contest ~ just to say hello and say how much I enjoy the blog and the way the cat is involved in everything you do! Jennifer O’Brien