My current work in progress:

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


Transverse Shawlette

I have released the Transverse Shawlette from the blocking wires and pins and it is now ready to go.

As I mentioned, I used one skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina (and a U.S. size 7 needle). At the beginning of the shawlette my skein weighed 117 grams and after completion I had 15 grams of yarn leftover.

This shawl is knit sideways. On the first half I increased one stitch every other row. Then on the second half, I decreased one stitch every other row until I was down to the original number of stitches I started with — in this case, four.

The pattern will be available very soon.It is a pretty easy knit, I think because there are no tricky maneuvers. You need to know how to knit, yarn over, knit 2 together, double-decrease by working a slip 1 knit 2 together pass slip stitch over, and increase by knitting in the front and back of a stitch.

When you knit this design, you can either weigh your yarn at the start and knit until you have used half of it (instructions are included for doing this), or you can knit the number of repeats I did — this information is also included in the pattern.

And you can pretty much use any yarn and needles you like, remembering that the larger the needle size you use with your yarn, the more open and lacy your shawlette will be. The yarn I used, Madelinetosh Pashmina, is listed as a sport weight, and I used a US 7 (4.5mm) needle with it to achieve a nice open-looking lace.

By the Way . . .

I keep forgetting to tell you that I was asked to be one of the designers for the Knit-Purl Sock Club. If you follow the link there, you can see I am in very good company! I understand that there still are a couple of slots open, so if you are interested, you may still be able to join.

Onward to the New WIP

Lookie here:

This is a pile of Tempted Lovely Grrl yarn, in a colorway I asked Stacy to custom-dye for me. It is called, very appropriately, “Milk Chocolate.” Lovely Grrl is fingering weight, 50/50 merino/silk and is a delight to knit.

I have started a cardigan (my own design) from it and am once again loving knitting with this fabulous yarn. But I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Lucy is mildly embarrassed about that photo of her I posted yesterday, so I have had to apologize to her. Profusely.


  1. Very nice. Without looking at the pattern for the shawlette, I imagine that it could be done sort of like one of those flip books that I had as a kid. The top is the alligator head, the middle is the giraffe body, and the bottom is a dolphin tail only with knitting. Pick your middle style, choose your increase method (and decrease method for the other side), and pick your border(s). If I’m wrong, please don’t tell me. I am enjoying the fantasy!

  2. that’s lovely, Wendy!

  3. Good move to apologize. Cats are soooo sensitive about their images!

  4. LOVE the Milk Chocolate!

  5. Lovely shawlette! I’m going to have to make that one — it looks comfy and relatively easy. Thank you so much for all the freebies you give us… it really means a lot!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Guest Blog- MK Hobson of The Native Star =-.

  6. yep… the red cushion treatment ^..^

  7. The milk chocolate is gorgeous.

    Poor Lucy. You impugned upon her dignity. How can she forgive you? (I’m sure catnip will go a long way towards that goal)
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Why- I think its BOOTY! =-.

  8. Very Nice Shawl and I love your Chocolate yarn. Question: If I keep knitting on the sideway shawl additional increases then same number of decreases can I make the shawl larger?
    P.S. Tell Lucy that even though she did a little parting we still love her….;0)

  9. Lovely shawl! I’m not that fond of pink, but now I want to knit a pink shawl!
    The Tempted yarn is lovely- a very good shade of brown!

  10. Maria Neill says:

    OOOOhhhhh, that shawlette is absolutely gorgeous, as are all the things you create!

  11. I am in LOVE with this shawl! Can’t wait to try it.

  12. Ooh, that is so pretty and lacy!

  13. Oooo, I LOVE the new yarn.

  14. Beautiful shawlette! Love the color of the yarn for your new cardigan.:-)

  15. First of all Miss Lucy get over it It was a cute picture. Second that shawl is gorgeous

  16. Beautiful shawl! Love the color, I am still drooling!

  17. This is such a beautiful shawl, I can’t wait to make one! I started another shawl with double YO’s and I don’t like doing those, but the yarn is so perfect for this shawl so…off to frog I go

    Luigi said to tell Lucy not to be too upset with Miss Wendy.

  18. You’ve blogged about angry birds – any other recommended apps knitting & otherwise? Mr. S.just got me an iPad and already words w/friends is cutting into knitting time and I need to finish a sock by Saturday. I admire your discipline and dedication to the craft.

  19. The shawlette looks lovely! I have yet to do a shawl, or shawlette, but I’m beginning to think a shawlette may be a nice way to easy into the genre! The new yarn looks as delicious as it sounds!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Shifting gears =-.

  20. I love how the shawlette turned out. I guess it’s safe to say you blocked the heck out of it? I suppose I’m going to have to break down and learn how to block all my finished knits…(hangs head in shame and wonders what I did with those blocking wires I bought awhile back). I plan to make it and have already ordered my yarn in the colorway Nostalgia at TLE. I think it will be pretty with all my gray, black and purple wardrobe!

    I too, love the milk chocolate and look forward to the new sweater. ‘Spose Stacy will dye more for the rest of us lemmings?

  21. Lovely shawlette! I will have to make this one. Poor Lucy, she deserves a knit blanket to lie on for her stress!

  22. Pam Beeching says:

    Seriously like that shawl – a bit of sensible knitted warmth and then a frou-frou for the edging – and goodness knows, we could all do with a bit of frou-frou at times!

    A random thought. If you knitted the shawl in a combination of the pretty pink yarn and the lovely milk chocolate yarn, the whole thing would look like a raspberry creme chocolate which has sent me off on a chocolate-fuelled mind trip from which I may not return for some hours …. 🙂

  23. Note to self: DO not skim blog titles when in a hurry and somewhat distracted. This may cause wonder at what a Transvestite Shawl is and how it differs from any other shawl. LOL!

  24. I love the shawlette, and am glad you apologized to Lucy-the poor dear. The milk chocolate color is scrumptious. I was too weak to resist the lure of the sock club you posted. Now how do I tell my husband that there will be more sock yarn coming into the house. The only excuse I have is that our LYS has closed up shop and the yarn has to come from somewhere.

  25. *Gasp!* That is gooooorgeous!
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..State Fair- Results =-.

  26. Susan Phend says:

    Hi Wendy. I love your new Transverse Shawl! At this time though I’m even more interested in the sweater underneath the shawl. Can you please direct me so that I can get the pattern?

    Thanks so much and I hope you have a peaceful day (and Lucy, too, of course).


  27. @ charlene: Hahahahahaaaaa!
    Wendy, the shawlette is simply gorgeous….. I may have to succumb to that particular siren’s call.

  28. Wendy, I so love this shawl. It being simple is even better! FYI: The link to the sock club did not work.