My current work in progress:

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


Chocolate Cardi

Before I get into my current WIP, I wanted to give you a heads-up that the Transverse Shawlette pattern is now available for sale in my Ravelry store for $5.00.

There was a question in the comments about how severely I blocked mine. Actually, I didn’t block it within an inch of its life — more like within 6 inches of its life. πŸ˜‰ Garter stitch always blocks out beautifully. Because by nature it smooshes up small without blocking, the post-blocking measurement in comparison to pre-blocking is always impressive.

I think this is a fairly easy project, and a fast one. As I said on the Ravelry pattern page, you can pretty much make it any size using any weight yarn. Just make sure you use a needle size larger than the yarn is normally knit with so you’ll get a nice open lace.

There is lace patterning on every row, but it is not difficult, and it is only on the edges. You have a nice field of garter stitch in the middle. πŸ™‚

And it is a fast knit. I started mine on September 1 and finished it on September 10, and didn’t knit on it at all for 4 of those 10 days. So it would be good for banging out a quick holiday gift or two.

I’ve worked up a couple more sideways shawl designs, but haven’t knit them yet. But soon . . .

Now, back to the project at hand.

I decided I wanted a milk chocolate brown cardi, so I asked Stacy of Tempted Yarns if she would custom dye some of her Lovely Grrl base for me. I asked for a milk chocolate with very subtle variegation and that’s exactly what Stacy gave me.

I drafted a design for a v-neck slightly a-line cardigan with raglan sleeves and a lace bottom border and cast on Friday night. I decided to start with one of the side fronts, just in case I needed to adjust my lace pattern. Less ripping out than if I started with the back like I usually do for sweaters. Fortunately, no ripping was needed.

Here is a close-up of the lace border.

I am now working on the back and enjoying the awesomeness that is Lovely Grrl!

Aran Knitting

You may have seen that the Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore has been re-issued by Dover Press. I pre-ordered it from Amazon as soon as I heard the news, and it arrived a couple of days ago.

I do have the original hard-cover Aran Knitting, which I bought when it was first released, and have knit most of the designs in it, some of them more than once. But the re-issued edition has a new design not included in the original version: Eala Bhan (link to Virtual Yarns). Click on the photo on that page for a view of the back.

I have to knit it, of course.

It calls for Starmore’s own 2-ply Hebridean yarn, which is available from her website, Virtual Yarns. You can conveniently buy a yarn pack for the design in any of the colorways of the 2-ply Hebridean (you need to order the book to get the pattern, though). And it is (I think) reasonably priced — ranging from approximately $70 for the smallest size to $87 for the largest size (based on today’s exchange rate).

If you did not want to use the Hebridean 2-ply, you could substitute a heavy fingering weight yarn, I think. According to Virtual Yarns,Β  Hebridean 2-ply has approximately 93 yards (85m) per 25g skein, 13 wpi. Gauge in stockinette stitch is 6.5 – 7 stitches/9.5 – 10.5 rows to the inch on a 2.75 – 3.25mm needle.

In Ravelry it is listed as a sport weight, but I think it is closer to fingering weight. Ravelry also states that the wpi is 12 (while Starmore’s site states 13) and says it is 100% shetland wool (it is Hebridean wool, not Shetland).

I ordered the 2-ply Hebridean because I know from experience that it is very soft and lovely, and I’m thinking this is something I’d wear with just a tank or cami under it, so I want a soft wool. I ordered the “Bogbean” colorway for my Eala Bhan. Raise your had if you are shocked at my ordering green. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I will likely start this project at the beginning of October. Anyone want to knit along with me? πŸ™‚

Speaking of lovely girl . . .


  1. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    Your new cardi is intriguing… I can’t wait to see the other parts. The new Alice Starmore sweater is gorgeous and I would definitely participate in a KAL! I’m already browsing the yarn colors πŸ™‚

  2. *shakes fist* I don’t know whether to be annoyed or happy that they added that new cardigan to the book. Because I LOVE it.

  3. I’m loving the chocolate sweater and the lace pattern. Now, to get on over to Ravelry for the Transverse pattern……

  4. I’m knitting my Oregon Cardi with Hebridean 2-ply and I agree that it is heavy fingering weight.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble =-.

  5. Glenda Watts says:

    I’m ready for another KAL. I love the new pattern and know just who needs to wear it to College!!!

  6. Stop! Stop! My queue is already full beyond what I can reasonably knit in the next five years! Ah, but now I HAVE to have that Starmore book. I’ve resisted the Fair Isles, but I can’t resist the cables.
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..State Fair- Results =-.

  7. I just received my copy of this book – two actually since I forgot I had already pre-ordered it once before. Fortunately, Barnes and Noble does take returns. That settled, I am totally in love with the Maidenhair Shawl and must knit it with the yarn that I bought this summer when I was in Ireland. Unfortunately, I have at least five WIPs that must get finished before I could possibly think about taking this on. A little swatching might be permissible, however πŸ™‚

  8. Amazing coincidence: while taking a tour through several blogs, I was looking at the flicker pictures of and she has a picture of Alice Starmore wearing the very sweater:

  9. I’m intrigued by the sideways shawl — my problem with shawls that have a lot of stockinette is that I get so bored with it! This will be great – a stretch of boring followed by a stretch of fun!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Again =-.

  10. I clicked the link for the new sweater and went “oh d*mn” I gotta have it. My book is on the way, its in the mail now, darned mailman hurry up. My yarn stash is huge, but I’ve been so good on not ordering yarn I may just give in on this one.

    My queue for the fall is/was full, but I think I’m going to have to move a few things around for this one.

    thanks for being a wonderful enabler Wendy!

  11. Gorgeous color from Stacy! And that new Starmore is lovely, but no way, Jose.
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Episode 25 – Fall is Coming! =-.

  12. That brown really does look like chocolate!

    The edging is lovely.

  13. Your new sweater lookw lovely with the lace border and a-line should make a great fit – also the ehala bahn sweater is gorgeous and will love following along with the KAL but have so many projects either as WIP or pending that I must add it to the bottom of my wnat-to-do’s — lots of grandaughter projects (20 months old) need to get done before she’s a teenager —–

  14. Love the Starmore cardi, wonder if I can use the Scottish Fleet I have stashed? I can’t figure it out on their site, I think the site is confusing. I’ll join the KAL in NOvember when I get home from vacation.

    Going to look for the new edition of the book for sure!!

  15. Big thanks……..for the Alice tip!……….ordered it and can’t wait to see your new project!!………

  16. The milk chocolate a ine cardi is very stunning. The Alice Starmore book is one to put on the wishlist. Love the cardigan. Green is definitely your color. πŸ™‚

  17. mmm, that is beautiful chocolate yarn! Maybe your new sweater pattern will be just what my 4 skeins of Good Grrl have been waiting for…

  18. Thanks for the 6″ tip on blocking! I got my pattern and plan to cast on as soon as the yarn arrives and gets caked up. I really like the chocolate sweater – the lace reminds me of pine trees. I’m always Pining for Chocolate!! My AS book is enroute too. She must be teeny-tiny cause the sweater (and the skirt from the book) almost drowns her. As for the KAL – I shall live vicariously through all y’all’s sweaters!!

  19. Suzann Welker says:

    The Transverse Shawlette is now all MINE. I have a beautiful skein of hand dyed sock yarn just yearning not to be stuck inside shoes. As soon as I finish my daughters scarf, this baby is on the needles.
    Come back to VA Beach soon. We are even less normal then the last time you were here
    Thanks for the beautiful pattern

  20. selkie colorway for me!

  21. Bought the Transverse pattern as soon as I saw it on Ravelry. Love the chocolate colorway and the lace edging. The new Starmore design is beautiful, may have to rethink updating my copy.

  22. Kim in Apex says:

    I would love to knit along, but I just asked for the book as an anniversary present and my anniversary is not until the middle of October. Darn! By the way, I love the bogbean colorway. I think all sweaters should be green.

  23. The chocolate sweater will complement Lucy nicely.

  24. Marsha in CO says:

    Wendy , that chocolate sweater design is really beautiful. I continue to be amazed by how much knitting you manage and still work, too. And you are putting together another project with sox in a boxes. You are an inspiration. Thanks.

  25. I love the new sweater! Unfortunately, I’m about to start the 4rd quarter shopping moratorium. Hopefully I will remember this loveliness when I am able to shop for yarn and books again in January!

  26. The Starmore sweater is gorgeous. I may just decide to join you!
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..A bit of the random =-.

  27. I’m intrigued by your Chocolate cardi. Love the lace. I can’t wait to see the final result.
    I’m interested in the KAL so will check out the book once it is released.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Fall Is In The Air =-.

  28. My mouth dropped open at the new Starmore pattern. I already have the old book, two shawls and two pair of socks on the needles and the transverse pattern waiting for the yarn delivery. I am sooo torn about getting the new book. I know the perfect yarn for it too. Zen Garden makes a “sock” weight that is a little heavier than regular sock yarn and it feels like heaven. I would have to look at the colors they have before I ordered from Starmore. Wringing of Hands. What to do, what to do.

  29. I love the shawl! I can’t wait to see the finished sweater, but I’m thinking it may be too warm for MS (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).
    .-= LaLa´s last blog ..Episode 25 – Fall is Coming! =-.

  30. Don’t tell Lucy this, but I can’t tell which end is top and which is tail πŸ™‚ But she is so fluffy and warm looking. How are you not snuggling her all of the time? πŸ™‚
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..The Wanderer =-.

  31. Oh. Oh wow. I buy your books. And here you are, a real person, blogging and all. My new Socks from the Toe Up just came this week – I’ve already lent and lost one of these. Love the shawl – but thinking I’m really loving that cardi . . . finish it and I’ll arm wrestle you for it?

  32. Wendy, your new sweater design is Very Nice. I hope you’ll be writing that one up for sale!


  33. Oh my-that Starmore design is gorgeous. It will go on my list, although I don’t think I can start it in Oct. I have her original fair isle book, but not this one. It’s going on my wishlist!

  34. The sweater is lovely. Maybe a little past my skill/patience level. I’m going to get the book & swatch, then decide. Thanks for the distraction from my WIP!

  35. MaryAlice Pilbin says:

    Thanks for the introduction to Knit Circus. It is refreshing and wonderful. I just ordered the Transverse Shawlette and have a hank of pashmina to use. I am so excited. You are such an inspiration. Thanks,

  36. Oh my gods, I may have to break down and buy a new copy of that book. That cardigan is gorgeous! And it’s good to know one can order the yarn used. Hm…gotta check the knitting budget πŸ™‚

  37. I don’t know what shocks me more – that I didn’t know that there was a new design in the revamped Aran Knitting, or that a new design went up on VY and I didn’t know.

    Is it sad I already know what colour I’ll be ordering? That I’ll be ordering it is a given. I mean, c’mon.
    .-= Brigitte´s last blog ..In Which Malcolm Files A Complaint =-.

  38. Love the chocolate cardi and the lace, can’t wait to see the finished sweater and the pattern. From what I have seen already, I know I will have to knit it! The chocolate colorway is yummy, too. Is this a standard colorway the yarn dyer does, or will she add it to her colorways? I would love a milk chocolate cardi, too!
    Also went to the Alice Starmore site, and looked at her new cardi, and Oh My Gosh!! I’ll be ordering the book in a couple of days. Then I went to her website (I hadn’t been there before), and Wendy, you are the enabler! Loved looking at and reading the color stories, my only problem will be choosing a color as I love love love at least eight different ones. Even though I have a large stash, I don’t have enough of any one fingering yarn for Eala Bhan. And we can never have enough yarn, right?? At least there is free shipping from the UK, that is nice. Might have to be an early Christmas present….

  39. I am looking forward to the KAL, and perhaps an opportunity to create a cowl or three (or four?) as Christmas gifts. Thanks for providing these opportunities!

  40. Looks like a TERRIFIC book! Please enter my name in your Ramdom drawing for your copy. Yippee ki yay, Wendy!!

  41. I’m howlin’ for the Cowlgirls book!

  42. I’m not sure that the average person could pull off wearing the big green cowl. I think one would need to be of royal blood!

  43. Gloria Hornbecker says:

    Dear Wendy! I just love getting your emails each day and am in awe at all the work you do in knitting soo many projects soo quickly! You are truly a master knitting wizard, and I love to see what you will do next! Hooray! I finally figured out how to leave a response, so I can join in the drawings! The Cowl book looks fun, something I may be able to do, and great for gifts!
    Thanks for letting me be able to have a chance in the drawing! :oD

  44. I so enjoy your emails; thanks very much! I love to make and wear cowls, so I’m excited about Cathy Carron’s book, Cowl Girls: The Neck’s Best Thing. Great title, and the designs look delish! Glad to have a chance to win a copy!

  45. Cathy Briggs says:

    Oooooh! The patterns look fantastic. thanks for the opportunity.