My current work in progress:

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


If You Thought That Was Mossy

Check this out:

I finished the back of the Victoria cardigan late Sunday afternoon.  Now that is a lot of moss stitch!

AnnH asked in the comments:

I’m curious about the sweater ribbing: do you think that after blocking, the ribbing will still be tighter than the body of the sweater. I love this pattern and have been looking for a sort of all around mid weight cardigan, but I like a straighter edge.

The ribbing is worked using the same needle size as the body of the sweater, and the same number of stitches. I, too, prefer a straight edge along the bottom, particularly on a sweater this long. so I will be blocking the sweater pieces before I assemble it, and will pin the ribbing out straight with the body, that is, so it does not pull in. Stay tuned!

Kristen commented:

I also love the cardigan that you are making, and would like to start the project myself (it would be my first real sweater). I don’t wear animal-based fibers. What type of yarn do you think would work similarly as the wool blend they recommend? The only thing I have come up with is a cotton-acrylic blend, which I’m fine with, but can you rec anything better? Do you think that would work? Also, I’m a little nervous about choosing a yarn with a different weight since I am a beginner knitter. Seems like when I have chosen yarns of different weights for a project, I end up with something TOTALLY different than what I was hoping for (even tho I checked my guage first, etc…). I have been trying to find a cotton-acrylic blend that won’t be too stiff (and tought to work with) that is similar in weight (the yarn the pattern recs is 100g and 156 yards so I’m trying to chose something close to that). Am I on the right track here?

I would suggest, perhaps, a microfiber/cotton blend. You definitely want to find something of the same weight that knits to the same gauge.

The yarn the pattern calls for is Louet MerLin Worsted Weight. It is, as the name suggests, worsted weight yarn. A quick look in Ravelry tells me that it is 9 wpi and is 70% linen/30% merino wool.

The yarn I am using is Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran, which is slightly heavier — it is designated an aran weight (8 wpi) and is 50%wool/50% cotton, but I think the drape is similar. The fact that the yarn I am using is slightly heavier and the fact that I am a loose knitter made me go down two needle sizes based on my swatching.

Off the top of my head, for a non-animal fiber, I thought of Rowan All Seasons Cotton. It too is designated an aran weight (8 wpi) and is 60% cotton/40% acrylic, so it could work for you, but it is slightly heavier, so you would want to swatch.

If you are a member of Ravelry, try using the yarn browser there. You can designate a yarn weight, and pick out all the fiber types you want to see, and the search will give you all the yarns that fit the description you entered.

Even better, use the advanced yarn search. This is a search I did for worsted weight yarn that consists of a cotton and microfiber blend. The search returned 10 results. You could change the parameters to include other fibers as well.

Good luck in your search!

Lucy thinks that she should be supervising my moss stitch, but she is just too comfy . . .


  1. Penny T says:

    I’m knitting this sweater, also (mine is in Berroco Luster). Because I’m just under 5’4″ I’ve considered making it a couple of inches shorter. You said you’re making yours the prescribed length, so I’m wondering whether you’re taller, or just wanted a long sweater.

    I’m awed that you knitted the entire back in a weekend. My hands get tired and sore after less than an hour of knitting. How do you do it???

  2. I recently made a sweater in wool, whose pattern called for silk cashmere. In order to get my 2×2 ribbing as flat as in the pattern, I had to add a purl stitch in each rib, so I worked k2 p3 (rs).

    I have also found that when I want to work something in cotton, when the original is wool, rowan calmer works pretty well…something about the cable plying providing stretch.
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Home- again! =-.

  3. I’m trying REALLY hard not to make any bad jokes about rolling stones and moss gathering.


    Anyway. Lucy’s ears are full of awesome.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Yarngasm =-.

  4. Sharen Warren says:

    I fell in love with this cardigan as soon as I saw it in the new issue of KNITTY. Your choice of color is perfect!

  5. I’m totally impressed!

    Of course, this has something to do with the fact that I bought the yarn and pattern book for a gorgeous Rowan cardi in March and haven’t even knit a gauge swatch yet. What can I say, I like to plan projects but never seem to find the time to actually knit them.

    I think I need to go on a knitting retreat!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Kitty Singles – Passion Fruit – Hand Spun Single Ply Yarn =-.

  6. Kathie Brownlee says:

    Lucy’s ear is turned so she cand etermine if the “click clack” of the needles sounds correct for moss stitch.

  7. There is nothing like the texture and look of moss stitch. Beautiful!
    .-= Christina Bieloh´s last blog ..The Family that Knits Together – Knits Together =-.

  8. Wow, nice work.
    .-= Elysbeth´s last blog ..For TAO art my Beloved – Beta 14 =-.

  9. that’s a beautiful sweater 🙂
    .-= pip´s last blog ..pick up sticks =-.

  10. That is miles of moss stitch and you still have the fronts to do. Wow. I’m in awe.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..a brief break =-.

  11. I love the fabric moss stitch makes — designed an easy baby sweater years ago in moss stitch and it is always a favorite — it looks so much fancier (and more difficult) than it really is!

    Kristen — they key to getting it right is making the swatches… sometimes you have to do 5 or 6 …as frustrating as that can seem as a beginning knitter — good luck!

  12. Thank you for mentioning the yarn browser function that is available on Ravelry. I’ve not joined the site yet, but I think this is the bit that will tip the balance for me. As a person who sadly cannot use wool or wool blends, the yarn browser and the advanced search that you mentioned would really help me in choosing the proper yarns for substitution in some of the patterns that I’ve been dying to try, including some of yours, of course. 😉