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. You’re such a generous cyberfriend! I’ll take a chance on that book.

  2. I would love to have a copy of Knitting On The Edge.

  3. Shirley Ryan says:

    I love putting edgings on thlngs….this book would be the cats’ meow! and love the color of your sweater….my fav’s.

  4. Pretty yarn – would look good in Ruffle my Feathers shawl ( I loved knitting that one)!
    My hat’s in the ring!
    .-= Sue H´s last blog ..Resolved =-.

  5. I think it’s the details that really make a sweater or whatever a person is making. Back when I sewed a lot of my own clothes I was always on the hunt for the perfect buttons.

  6. Add my name to the giveaway. I can’t wait to see what your sweater finished! Love the color.

  7. Karen Shannon says:

    That’s funny, I just found that edging yesterday on Lucy Neatby’s 1st sock dvd. I’d love to win the book for more beautiful edgings!

  8. Would love to have a paperback copy of this book!

  9. Ooooooh! I’m working on a sweater and would LOVE to have this book to give it a fancy edging. Count me in! πŸ™‚

    Kathleen (katbetty on Ravelry)

  10. Sherry Anderson says:

    I love this edging! Your speed and lack of UFO’s makes me jealous! I’d love to win, but love reading your blog most of all!

  11. Jumping up and down waving hands above my head! Pick me oh great number picker, pick me!

  12. I love the edging you chose. I am amazed at how quickly you crank out the projects. You are truly inspiring. I would love to have this book to add to my collection. Thanks for the giveaways and the inspiration.

  13. Love the colors, can’t wait to see what the rest of it will look like.

  14. I’d love to have the book, and if you wanted to send along that beautiful yarn, that would be good as well! Those are my colors.
    .-= Panhandle Jane´s last blog ..Sweater Progress and a Wonderful Weekend =-.

  15. Wow, that looks like fun!

  16. Crazyland – – I fit in nicely.
    I absolutely love Nicky Epstein’s style.
    I would love to slip this newest pb right on mu bedside reading table
    then on to my chair-side work table.

    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..Want a Better Look =-.

  17. Just love the colours and the edging is divine. What a difference.Shows up beautifully even in a variagated yarn. Will be watching progress of this gorgeous knit.
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Another Blind Man’s Fancy Block =-.

  18. It looks like a lovely edging for a sweater! And the yarn is beautiful!

  19. would love the book! Thanks for your blog.

  20. Wow, what a great gift! I’d love to enter.

  21. On the edge,… why yes I am

  22. Me, Please!!

  23. I’ve been wanting that book. It just looks amazing . . .

    Thanks for giving it away.
    .-= Sarah/Scienceprincess´s last blog ..Knitting! What a good plan! =-.

  24. That’s a beautiful edging! I’ve had that book in my “want” list for so long. I didn’t even know it was coming out in paperback. If I don’t win this contest, I’m definitely going to modify my list to have the paperback one in it.

  25. Wendy, please note that I follow directions very well and left my comment in the correct place :)) and I would love to have that book. The edging on your new sweater has really sparked my interest. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  26. I’d love a chance to win this book…it’s been on my list for awhile!

  27. I love that colorway you’re using. And I’m throwing my hat in the ring for Nicky’s book!

  28. I am envious on how many projects you are able to accomplish in no time. I am lucky if I can get a dishcloth done in a week. Maybe a new book will inspire me to make time for more knitting? πŸ˜‰

  29. What a great edging. I can see how it will dress up a more simple item. Thank you for sharing.
    Lucy looks lovely as always.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..SHETLAND PI SHAWL =-.

  30. Love the yarn, and would love to get a look at that book! Looking forward to your finished sweater!

  31. Denise in Ohio says:

    I’ve actually had that book in my hands several times at various bookstores. Only
    put it down when I had to pare down the selections to under $100. Hate that. Please enter my comment for the drawing.

  32. This is a book I’ve looked at several times and would love to own. Thank you so much for offering it! Beautiful yarn and I love your pictures of Lucy.

  33. Hi Wendy! I would love that book – I’ve been eyeing it for ages! Debbie in Alaska

  34. I love this book! I’ve borrowed it from the library three times…but the last time I went to borrow it, it had disappeared. Grr. Several good knitting books seem to have gone walkies from the local library system, go figure
    .-= Claire´s last blog ..Le Roi est mort =-.

  35. I love the edging book. Blue is my favorite and your sweater is going to be beautiful..

  36. Beautiful blue yarn–love the edging! Would love to win the book!!

  37. I’d love this book!

  38. I love the edging and the technique for making it. Hmm, maybe my new kitten wants to learn to knit…an edging would be the perfect size for him.
    .-= Susan Kunze´s last blog ..Looking Back- Moving Forward =-.

  39. Thanks for another great giveaway. You are so generous.
    BTW, I love the edging you are using on this sweater. Can’t wait to see the finished garment.

  40. would love the book, and how do you get sweaters knitted so fast????

  41. I love crazyland…and the book…thanks for the chance to win…

  42. Ooohh, love the cable on the front cover!

  43. The book sounds interesting, I’d love a copy!

  44. Lovely yarn, that. One of my favorite colorways (just add a little green, and you’re in business!)

    Looks like a great book. Sure, I’ll have a go at getting it!

  45. That looks like SUCH an awesome book. Looking forward to seeing the finished sweater too πŸ™‚

  46. That book is brilliant. I have browsed through it at the book store but don’t own a copy.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Cooking in the yarnhoardin household =-.

  47. Love the edging you choose for your new creation and the colorway was one I had considered but could not picture how they would appear – so glad to see it being worked and will add it to my wish list.

  48. Susan aka paintermom says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! (shades of Welcome Back Kotter)

    I have had that book on my list for a while.

    Your edging looks great. Can’t wait to see the whole thing.

  49. Thanks!

  50. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    Ohhh, I’ve had a chance to look thru NE’s books, although I don’t have any…hint..hint!!
    I’d so love to have one. I have such a passion for knitting, I always have something on my needles. Right now, 3 projects. I have socks for take-along knitting, the Pi shawl, on hold for now and my” Hey, Teach!” lace cardi from Knitty.
    That book would be such a perfect way to add a little touch of elegance to anything I might make.
    Thanks for all of your generosity!!

  51. I love the look of the edging, it will really make that sweater sharp!… and thank you for the chance to win the book~

  52. Diane Rizzo says:

    The edging sounds interesting. I’ve always heard great things about this book and would love to own it! BTW Love your blog!

  53. Ooooh, I’d love to win this book!

  54. I love that edging and have been considering whether I need the book. I’ll let Random decide.

  55. The book looks great – thanks for the opportunity

  56. Oh My how I could use that book I think that even if I don`t win I may just have to buy it I could use it for the baby sweaters I knit and my own sweaters.

  57. That edging is very different. What a fun way to put an edging on.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..How Did It Know =-.

  58. Sign me up!

  59. Leslie Gaylord says:

    Love the edging pattern and the color. Would be sooo excited to have the book:)

  60. Love the color of your yarn, the edging (how clever!), and the book. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

  61. What a nice effect that edging has with that yarn. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  62. I love the fact I always learn something new from your posts. I had heard of her book but did not comprehend the possibilities………Thanks for a chance to win.

  63. We’re about over the edge out here on the west coast with record heat. I’m thinking of blocking my Pi Shawl on the spa cover over night to avoid the sun! Should dry in about 10 minutes, I predict! Love your new blue yarn!

  64. i love the yarn and its perfect for a basic pullover with detailed edging! i’ve been jotting down ideas for basic pieces with detail and the book would be ideal to have!

  65. Oh, I love that book. I’ve checked it out of the library a bunch of times; I’d love to own it myself finally!
    .-= Brinn´s last blog ..WIP- Liesl =-.

  66. Nicky Epstein’s books are wonderful, I’ve checked them out of the library multiple times. Oh, how much time that would save if I actually owned at least one of them!

    You are a wonderful, sharing lady, you know that?

  67. I just bought two new-to-me knitting books yesterday, but certainly that doesn’t mean that winning one would be a bad idea!
    .-= RebKatz´s last blog ..Quilt Number One- Done =-.

  68. gotta have that book! Save a poor, unemployed girl the money to buy it and PICK ME!!

  69. I’ve been eyeing this book for a long time, I’d love to win a copy!

  70. Looks interesting!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Finally Finishing =-.

  71. Ooh! Ooo! I borrowed that book from the library and it is a fantastic resource! I would love to win a copy of my own.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Tour de Fleece! =-.

  72. The yarn you’ve chosen is beautiful — and what a great idea to add a decorative edging to a sweater.

  73. That edging is so pretty — I really like it. And that yarn, well, those are MY colors!
    .-= Liz A.´s last blog ..Is it just me =-.

  74. Ruth Schoof says:

    I’d love to have the book of edgings. Please throw my name in the hat!

  75. Oooh. The book would be fun!

  76. Robin Diebold says:

    I would love the book please. Thanks for the chance to win

  77. Wow! How cool! What a neat book to give away.

  78. martha simpson says:

    What a fantastic book! Would love to win it. Lucy, when the snow flakes start to fall and the air turns cold, my invitation to winter with me in Florida is still open.

  79. Love! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  80. need video of this twisting 360 left needle stuff–looks great, bet there are lot simpler ones in the book-I’m in for the random number goddess to smile on me.

  81. I love your new sweater and would love to be entered in the drawing for the book!

  82. I love that book! I take it out of our local library but would love to own it!
    Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  83. Yes, please, to joining in on the crazy!
    .-= Myriam´s last blog ..Presenting =-.

  84. I love that book, but for some reason have never purchased it. Maybe this is my chance! I sometimes run from one library to another to check out a pattern/edging idea. And I wonder where my time goes!!

  85. That book would be a wonderful addition to my library. The description of how you did the edging confused me as I usually use a circular needle even on flat pieces. You need 2 separate needles for that edging. I love the colors in the yarn.
    .-= SusanB´s last blog ..I Have Heels =-.

  86. What a generous offer! I’d love to be in the running to win the book, please.

  87. Love that edging! It’s very edgy! lol
    .-= Jill M in Ohio´s last blog ..Design Wall Monday- 9-27 =-.

  88. Robin in VA says:

    I’d love to have this book!

  89. prpltrtl946 says:

    Wow! I would love to win that book!

  90. I love the color for your new pullover! It’s beautiful and the edging looks great too!
    .-= Lori ´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday- Reading Tastes =-.

  91. That edging is neat! I can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  92. I love the look of simple knits but would love to be able to add a touch of femininity to them.

    This book would just be the way to learn!

    Love the yarn!!

  93. I would love to win. Thank you.

  94. Looks like a wonderful book!

  95. I would love your spare book. I bought lots if variegated yarns when I started knitting and the edging is a great idea to dress up a plain piece of knitting.

  96. Would love to add this to my lace knitting book collection. Can never have too many lace patterns or ideas! Wow- busy week for you with two drawings!

  97. Love the edging–I’ll give it a try–and I’d love to have the book too.

  98. I got Nicky’s “over the edge” book as a gift, but I don’t have this one. It’s amazing how many times I look for a simple edging to finish something off.

  99. What a neat looking book! I can’t wait to see the cardi take shape.
    .-= Ashley W´s last blog ..September 25- 2010- Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves =-.

  100. Not only would I love this book but I really need it. I will hope I am picked this time. πŸ™‚