My current work in progress:

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


Feeling Edgy

Because I finished my cardi on Friday night, I of course needed a new project. You may remember that I posted a photo of another pile of Tempted Lovely Grrl yarn last week. This:

The colorway is called “Three-of-a-Kind Jacks” and it is a variegated blend of blues and purples. Because it is a variegated colorway, I wanted to use it for a relatively plain project. So I sketched out a plain stockinette pullover with a bit of waist shaping, round neck, and three-quarter length sleeves.

I did want something to add a bit of interest, so I opted for a fun edging at the bottom hem:

This edging is worked by first knitting 6 rows of seed stitch. On the 7th row, you work 6 stitches, then rotate the left-hand needle (with all the unworked stitches on it) 360 degrees counter-clockwise, work 6 more, then rotate the left-hand needle again, et cetera, until you have worked your way across all the stitches. It makes a very fun little edging, doesn’t it?

I am knitting this sweater with a U.S. size 6 (4mm) needle, but because I figured the edging would pull things in a bit, I worked the 6 rows of seed stitch with a U.S. size 7 (4.5mm) needle, and then on the twist row worked from the size 7 to size 6 needle. That seems to have worked very nicely and I have the bottom edge I wanted.

I am nearing completion of the back of the sweater.

I found the edging in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge, which was just released in paperback last month. This is a great reference book, with 350 patterns for edgings — some ribs, some lace, some texture, some fringed, some picot. And more!

The photos in this book are great, and there are many patterns that will inspire your creativity. Using one of these edgings is a great way to jazz up a plain piece of knitting.

I already owned the hardcover edition of this book, so I don’t really need two copies. Who’d like my new paperback copy?

To be entered in a random drawing to receive this book, leave a comment to this post by 4:00pm eastern time on Thursday, September 30, at which time a winner will be chosen from among the comments.

Two drawings to win books in one week. It’s crazyland here, I tell you.

Lucy sez:

“Let me know when teh crazee passes.”


  1. Hey, that’s one giveaway I would enjoy. BTW, love the Shawl KAL. I started it over 5 times and finally bought a new yarn and am loving it, now that I have the right yarn.

  2. Lucy looks dainty as ever. I still don’t totally understand how you did that edging, so I’ll have to pull out some needles later and give it a try!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..TheKnitGirllls Episode 27 – Spinning-riffic =-.

  3. Love the blue/purple color of the new pullover.

  4. Love the edging and would love to have the book
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble =-.

  5. I love the color of your yarn & can’t wait to see the finished product. Funny enough I have the same exact fan controller as you do lol. Thanks for having another giveaway.
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Scrapping It &amp What Now =-.

  6. I love the Nicky Epstein edgings. I had borrowed the book from the library to find an edging for my spiral baby blanket but, of course, it’s now back in the library.

    Your sweater edging is fascinating — very unusual, too. And like a lot of things, it looks more complicated than it really is. The sweater is looking lovely.

  7. Oooh, I’d love to be feeling edgy! what a nice giveaway!

  8. Love the blue and purple colorway. That is always the colors I move to in a yarn shop. Also, what a nice give away…..I would love to learn more about edges.
    Thank you Wendy. Give a big Hug to Miss Lucy….;0)

  9. StellsBells says:

    The book looks great!!

  10. That is beautiful yarn which I am sure is bound to become a beautiful sweater. I think that edge will add just the right touch to keep it interesting. I would love to have that book. Must put it on my “to buy” list. Thank you for your generosity.

  11. I have Knitting Over the Edge and would love to be entered in the draw for another of these books – I love how they are laid out
    .-= CatieP´s last blog ..Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns =-.

  12. Enter me in the drawing please! Have wanted this book for a while.

  13. Have heard great things about Nicky’s books but haven’t added any to my library yet πŸ™‚ beautiful color for your current sweater!

  14. My kind of crazyland! Thanks for the nice giveaway(s)!

  15. Oh, would I love this book! I’ve vowed not to buy any more books of any kind until I’ve thinned out the ones I’ve read and know I’ll never re-read. But winning isn’t buying, is it? And it would be so grand to look forward to IF I ever finish the shawl KAL.

  16. That is a lovely edging – her books always seem so good!

  17. This edging looks very interesting. I never thought about doing something that way. Maybe a book on edging will make my stretch my limitations. Thanks for the give aways.

  18. Love the color and crossing my fingers for the book!

  19. Love the colors in the new yarn; I’d love a copy of the book. Thanks.

  20. Ooh, I love that yarn colorway. I’m looking forward to seeing the sweater.

    That book will make a great give-away.

  21. Love the edge that you did and this has been on my book wishlist for awhile. Thanks for the chance to win :).

    P.S. Lucy is adorable as always πŸ™‚

  22. That looks like an awesome book!
    .-= leah´s last blog ..New beginnings! =-.

  23. I love Nicki Epstein’s work and so would love a copy of her book. I’m so glad you share so many things, and love reading your blog, too

  24. That looks like fun. Count me in!

  25. Yes, ma’am, I would love to have a book of edgings!
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Join the Banjo Snow Train =-.

  26. I love the edging on that cardigan!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..On Sale!! =-.

  27. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “meow, cousin lucy, teh crazee will ALWAYS be with us as long as humans roam the earth! now mommy better give us some treats before we gnaw her fingers off!” πŸ™‚

  28. Freya in Californeya says:

    Wow! I have been thinking about trying my hand at designing my own sweater and that book would come in quite handy, I think.

  29. Yes please!

  30. yes yes yes! I have coveted that one for a while…

  31. As usual your sweater is beautiful! And I’d love the book.

  32. Lovely sweater and book!

  33. I love the edging–but I can’t wrap my mind around it! Maybe winning my own N Epstien book would help! Thanks!

  34. Would love to have a copy of the book! and that colorway is beautiful

  35. Cathycrafter says:

    That looks like such a great reference, I’d love to win a copy.

  36. TWO giveaways in one week? oh my! I would love, love, love this book! That edging is lovely! I am in awe of how quickly you knit such lovely things!

  37. Oooh, I love the picture on the front! How do you knit so fast?!

  38. Love the yarn colorway. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  39. You have the fluffiest kitty-face, Lucy!

  40. Wow, I would love to have that book. Thanks for the chance to win!
    .-= YuLian´s last blog ..Why =-.

  41. Lucy is teh bomb. Nuff said.

  42. Sounds like a great book, I’d love to check it out!

  43. Beautiful yarn, can’t wait to see the finished sweater! Oh, and I’d love a copy of the book. πŸ™‚

  44. I have been looking at that book. It looks wonderful!

  45. Thanks again for another nifty give away. That looks like an interesting book.

  46. teh crazee. dear girl has been reading cheezburger again…….

  47. I have picked this book up so many times, it really wants to come to my house…lol. Love the yarn and colors you are using!

  48. I remember drooling on this book in chapters, but it was way out of budget for me. I prefer soft cover books, they are easier to balance and knit from at the same time.

  49. Ohhh, that is one I’ve wanted for awhile — thank you for sharing that its in paperback πŸ™‚
    .-= Karrie Yancey´s last blog ..Hello- Goodbye August =-.

  50. Michelle B. says:

    OH I’d love that book!!!!

  51. Eileen Bunn says:

    I would love a copy. I can’t wait to see your finished sweater AND can’t wait for the cardi pattern to be up for sale!

  52. I love the color!! That book seems like one I’d absolutely love. I might have to go find it and pick it up.
    .-= Lisa R.´s last blog ..…in which our hero just says hi =-.

  53. What a nice give away!

  54. Gorgeous colourway! I dyed one like that myself not long ago.
    .-= Corrine´s last blog ..I got it! =-.

  55. that book is on my shopping list for a long time! Should be a big surprise if I could win this.

  56. I am interested in the edgings book~. There’s always room for more knitting books. πŸ˜€
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..Gah! =-.

  57. Love that edging and the yarn! Both go together beautifully.

    I’ve looked at this book in the bookstore many a time and always skip over it in favor of a full patterns book. But you’re right – I bet it would inspire me creatively enough to design my own sweater. Maybe πŸ™‚

    If I don’t win, I’ll add it to my Wishlist and see what happens.

  58. OOH, I’ve lusted over that book for ages but it was just too expensive! How wonderful of you to share the wealth! Love the sweater, I’ve done that edging on baby hats before, it’s amazing the way it works out, isn’t it?

  59. Ruth Porter says:

    Our local library has this book, but I’d love to have it in my home library.

    Hugs to Lucy.

  60. beautiful blue. the book seems like it would be a good staple in any knitters collection!

  61. Oh, need this book so badly. It’s very hard to find in my area!

  62. What a great edging for the new sweater. I’d love to own a copy of Knitting on the Edge. Thanks for the chance.

  63. ooo, i love some good edge inspiration.

  64. This is a great giveaway – thanks for the contest, Wendy.

  65. Wendy, I read someone’s opinion somewhere on Ravelry that the edgings in this book were mainly stockinette and had a tendency to curl. Also that a lot of them biased. What is your knowledgable take on this?
    .-= Angeluna´s last blog ..A Nod to the Ancestors =-.

  66. Wow, would love to win that book. And as for crazy, we could use more of that. πŸ˜‰ Love the edging on that sweater.

  67. What a fun book. Thanks for the generosity! πŸ™‚
    .-= Kimberly´s last blog ..Someday =-.

  68. Pretty yarn color.
    Great giveaway!

  69. That is a great edge! I want to try it. think I have just the yarn for it too, that I’ve been waiting to knit for the same reason–I want to work it up in plain knitting and want an unusual edge.I learn a lot here. Thanks for the give aways, I’d love a copy of this book.

  70. I have never tried a fancy edge but you may have inspired me to give that one a try tonight! Would love the book too.

  71. I would love to be the winner of that excellent. Thanks for being so generous. Maybe with that book I could design my own sweaters too. πŸ˜‰

  72. Love the yarn and the book. Wish I could just sketch a design out and start knitting!

  73. I love the edging book. I am about to start a sweater and woulld love to have a different edging. Elaine
    P.S. I also like you blue and pruple yarn. I made a shawl this summer about those colors. I like it and it goes wwith a lot of things.

  74. Sounds like a great book! Put my name in!

  75. Your new sweater is off to a great start!

    I’d love to win!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Swedish-ish =-.

  76. I would love a copy of that book. I am just starting my book collection and I bet if would look great right besides your. I love the color of your new yarn. You are such an inspiration to me.

  77. I have been looking for just the right book on edgings – maybe this is it!

  78. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love the blue purple color. I’d love the book too!

  79. Beautiful yarn, it will be interesting to see how it works up and I love the edging.

  80. How do you keep coming up with such great design ideas? Maybe this book would help me!

  81. I’ve wanted this book for so long but it’s just not in our budget. I’ll pray to the gods of the random number generator for this one! Thanks for offering it.

  82. Just what I need to make my sweaters a little more interesting – thanks for sharing!

  83. Thanks for the chance

  84. I would love a copy of the book! Thanks for sharing!

  85. I’d love a copy! Fingers crossed…

  86. How do you knit so FAST???

  87. always love your give aways! thanks!

  88. Wow; what a great idea. Maybe this book would help me create something neat!

  89. Think edgings for sock cuffs! What a great help this book would be!

  90. I LOOOOVE the yarn and the edging! It’s too bad the publisher didn’t send a truck load of books as so many of us would like it!
    .-= Jeanie Babbage´s last blog ..Double the fun! =-.

  91. I would absolutely love this book. Thanks for the chance.

  92. ive just discovered edgings! i think this book would really help me sink my teeth into some designing–i have some ideas but have little idea how to execute some of them.

    thanks for sharing!
    .-= captainsharmie´s last blog ..not dead- just busy =-.

  93. I have lots of pattern books but not one devoted to edgings. This would be a great resource!

  94. Wow, you are the queen of give aways. Sure I’d love the book so why not put my name in the hat to win — never mind I NEVER win! LOL
    .-= Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit´s last blog ..More Magic =-.

  95. That book looks lovely (and so does the edge of your new sweater). Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  96. I love the edging of your sweater ….. thanks so much for all your sharing!

  97. That edging is superb ~~ book too!

  98. Beautiful edging with beautiful yarn. Can’t wait to see the sweater. Thanks again for being so generous. I’d love to own this book.

  99. That edging is great! I really need that book! πŸ˜‰
    Don’t you just love Tempted Lovely Grrrl?

  100. Betsy Pratt says:

    Such lovely yarn and a beautiful edging. This Nicky Epstein book is on my wish list, and has been for a while. Thanks for the opportunity to play!