My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. #201 sounds like a lucky number! I’ve been lusting after this book for awhile!
    Thanks for your blog!

  2. I love your edging idea. The book looks like it would be a good addition to my knitting library! Thanks for your generosity.

    Hello, Lucy!

  3. Theresa Nance says:

    That’s a very cool edging – I think I understand it – and boy-oh-boy would I love to win that book! I also lust after the very pretty yarn :c)

  4. I LOVE that edging treatment! I read this book years ago, before I even started knitting, when I was working for a yarn catalog. I can’t believe I haven’t purchased the book since I began knitting. I would love the opportunity to win it and save a few bucks!

  5. Love love love the colorway of the new sweater! I’m definitely a purple -n- blue girl!

  6. I like that color – it’s very pretty! I look forward to seeing it finished.

  7. Love both the color of the yarn and the clever edging. As a new knitter, I appreciate hoth your site and Nicky Epstein. Just got Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch recently and love it.

  8. Would love to have this useful book of edgings, Wendy! Thanks for counting me in.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Help me to quilt this wallhanging- please =-.

  9. I love that yarn, gotta get me some Lovely Grrrl Yarn.

  10. Great looking cardigan. I love the celtic edging on the cover of Nicky Epstein’s book. Don’t know if I could every manage that, but it would be fun to try!

  11. Yay for book giveaways! I’m totally in. Plus edgings can give such a fun twist to a simple pattern.

  12. That’s going to make one pretty sweater. I would like that book very much.
    .-= Mim´s last blog ..Long Time No See =-.

  13. The sweater and yarn look lovely. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Looking for beginner lace knitting instructions =-.

  14. Wow, two giveaways this week! I’ve been holding off on Nicky’s books for a long time, but maybe it’s time to give them a go. That edging looks great, and I love the color.

  15. love the color!

  16. Who doesn’t love Nicky?

  17. I love that edging and would love the book. I hope you pick me!

  18. Wendy, Nicky’s book would be great! I”m enjoying the varied knitting you’re doing these days also – being slimmer is such a great reason to knit new sweaters :>

  19. I’d love a chance at this book.

  20. Great color for your new sweater, but, then again, I loved the last one too. thanks for the give away. You are very generous with your knowledge and yor extras.

  21. Cyndy Harkins says:

    Would love the copy of the edging book.

  22. I was just thinking how handy it would be to have this book, so imagine my surprise when I popped on to read your blog update and saw it here. Please count me in!

  23. I’m just starting to get into making my own patterns from scratch, and I could really use a good edgings book for inspiration.

  24. Crazy indeed! I’d love to have this book. Thanks again, Wendy, for your generosity.

  25. This one I will win. I already have it.
    But it would make a FABULOUS gift to a fellow knitter or a great door prize the knitting class I teach.
    SO…since I’m going to win, THANKS!

  26. Karen Carroll says:

    I would like to win your paperback copy of knitted edges. She writes good books, as I’m sure yours will be too. Luv the way you do your KALS. No finished deadlines before you can get the next part. I have MS real bad and can’t keep up with the others. Thanks, Wendy. Karen Carroll

  27. Lady Radagast says:

    I just love seeing your beautiful Lucy at the end of your posts! And your knitting is awfully nice too. 🙂

  28. bellatulips says:

    That looks like a cool book! And your edging is really interesting… never thought of twisting the entire work around before!

  29. I really like seed stitch and will be trying it out on my very first sweater project rather then ribbing on the Weekend Sweater.

  30. Love the look! Hope I win!;-)
    Sheri from KY

  31. Your new sweater is looking good! The edging is intriguing. I’d love to win the book.

  32. Really cute edging. I would love a copy of this book!
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..Hope Chest =-.

  33. Love the colorway! Will the edging be on the sleeves as well?
    .-= E. Engman´s last blog ..AAUW EVENING CRAFTERS MAY 2010 PROJECT =-.

  34. First of all, as a beginning /trying to become intermediate knitter I am amazed at the way you can just decide to design a sweater and voila! there it is. I’m also amazed at your speed!
    I love the blue and purple colorway and the really neat and easy border design. I also lovr the way you always include Lucy in your posts. Oliver is beginning to think I’m not paying enough attention to him 🙂
    Thanks for offering to share this book. I would love to win it – keeping my fingers crossed!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Set of Three Crocheted Christmas Ornaments =-.

  35. Wow – I’d love this book – Nicky’s edgings are to die for!


  36. Vicki Johnson says:

    Beautiful edging! Your blog keeps me inspired. Thanks for sharing your projects and ideas! Cheers, Vicki J

  37. Oooooo.. I borrowed that book from the library & it was great. I’d love to win a copy!!
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..Grandma Who Dances With Crochet Hooks =-.

  38. paisleyapron says:

    I keep checking that book out of the library. Perhaps you would be so kind to give me my own copy? Hmmm?

  39. I just learned to do a picot cast off, and would love to try out some more exciting edgings. Thanks, Wendy!
    .-= marissa´s last blog ..Christopher Walken is an Alien =-.

  40. Wow! You knit so FAST!!! I’m just finishing up part 4 of the shawl KAL. You’ve finished a sweater and some, along with the shawl.

  41. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Fall Is In The Air =-.

  42. I’ve never heard of just an edging book before, but now I really want it! Also, that yarn is beautiful.

  43. Oh, gorgeous book! Count me in the drawing!
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..Oregon Flock and Fiber 2010 =-.

  44. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Your chocolate cardi is a dream, Wendy.

    Have borrowed this book more than once from the library, and it’s nice of you to give us a crack at winning it. Love the edging for your new opus. Now, if only I could picture your description of the execution of it in my mind’s eye… Need that book!

    You’re so incredibly prolific… it boggles the mind.

  45. I need inspiration! Would love to have a copy of the book.

  46. I checked this book out of the library and it was a sad day when I had to turn it back in.

  47. Would LOVE to win this book! Thanks for the contest – and the edging tip – it looks great. I’m amazed that it lies so flat!

  48. meryl wendy aaron-stewart says:

    oo that yarn looks nice. & the edging sounds really kool, i gotta try it.
    as an aside, i’ve been trying to adopt a ragdoll kitty but haven’t had any luck in the last 2 years.
    this book giveaway is great!! i would love this book, but to win it would be great luck!!

  49. Spring Davidson says:

    Please let the random number generator choose me! Pretty yarn, BTW!

  50. What a pretty edge! It amazes me how designers can come up with more ways to do a knit and purl stitch than one could shake a stick at! That’s what makes this art form so fun.
    .-= Ruthie´s last blog ..I Fought For YOU! =-.

  51. You are living on the edge with 2 drawings in one week…I love beautiful edgings!

  52. Blinkiebloo says:

    The edging looks lovely.

  53. You are so prolific! Thanks for keeping me motivated.

  54. That edging looks interesting. Might have to give it a whirl at some point.

  55. Sue Plantinga says:

    Would love to have this book! Might even get it in time for Nicky Epstein’s visit to the Handwerkbeurs in Rotterdam, so I could get her to sign it!

  56. Edgilicious! I’m on the 5th repeat in the last (but for edging) section of my Pi shawl and had to break out a 3rd hank of yarn. Hmm. Something tells me those skeins were short. LOL

  57. Oh, that is such a lovely yarn! And the picture on the book is excellent! Somebody is really good at his job!

    Thanks for having a giveaway!

  58. That’s a clever way to achieve that effect on the edging.

  59. I would love the paperback copy 🙂
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Horse Country =-.

  60. Great book! 🙂 Love the colour of your new project….

  61. Love the edging. Can think of a number of things that would look good with this edging. The color you used is my favorite combination. Would love to own that book. Enjoy your blog.

  62. Oh Nicki Epstein’s book look’s fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway. And I’m loving that 3 Jacks colourway too.
    .-= Bee´s last blog ..September in my garden =-.

  63. Hi Wendy,

    I love the new colour wool you are using, so pretty and interesting to look at. I would love to be included in the draw for Nicky Epstein’s book please.

    Thanks and best wishes,

  64. That is a book that I would love to own. The colours in your new sweater are just scrumptious.

    All the best

  65. Yes please Wendy

    I don’t have that one.


  66. I’m gonna have to try Tempted Grrl yarn. The color you picked is gorgeous. Please put me in for a chance to win the book. Thank you as always!

  67. love edgings and that’s the one book I’ve been wanting to get (well, there may be one or two more books in the mix!!!!)
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Butterscotch Pi =-.

  68. Can’t think of anything I would enjoy more than this book! Please, random generator, pick me!

  69. thatdarncat says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Lovely start to the sweater. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  70. Always enjoy your posts and blue is my color. Would love to have the book.

  71. Looking forward to the sweater pattern… will be just in time for the silk/merino blend I have

  72. I’m totally confused on rotate the lefthand needle 360-degrees. not clear what the righthand needle is doing at the same time. Perhaps the book will explain? I hope i win it! thanks for the chance.

  73. Nancy Thone says:

    I love that edging! I hope to someday get to the point where I can “design” just the sweater I want — but right now I don’t feel confident to do that. Any tips on how to start? Love the yarn — I’m thinking of trying some of that Lovely Girl for a “Knit One Below” vest.

  74. Nicer weather coming up the end of the week for Lucy. After the rainy weather, comfortable outside. Probably still too warm inside though. 50’s at night means windows open. Perhaps a relatively plain sweater for you, will you be posting/selling the pattern?

  75. Thanks for another opportunity to win! I’ve admired the book for quite some time. As always your choice of yarn is beautiful. Envious of how quickly you knit.

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

  77. Now that is a book I would like to win. I love the color way of this yarn also.

  78. oohh, exciting with all these fine books, I would of course love to win a copy.
    best wishes from Iceland
    .-= Fríða´s last blog ..Vanda Sólrún =-.

  79. Knitting on the edge. How neat is that.

  80. I love the cover of cables. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cables!
    Thanks for blogging! 🙂
    Katie 🙂
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Ive been so busy knitting I havent posted! =-.

  81. oooh! hand in the air – pickmepickme! The book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  82. Such beautiful stuff; it’s all in the details. Thanks for the inspiration!
    .-= Pam Asberry´s last blog ..Four Word Self Help =-.

  83. Elizabeth J. says:

    The yarn is gorgeous! I’ve really turned into just a sock knitter but I imagine a fancy edge on the cuff would look nice on a plain basic sock.

  84. Oooooh another chance to play! Thank you, thank you! Can’t wait to see the sweater – the yarn is gorgeous!

  85. Very cute edging – you clever!

  86. Looking for a new edging for a shawl, this book would be wonderful!

  87. hoping to win the edging book! thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  88. Love that edging!! Add me to the list of wanna-be book owners. 😀

  89. Oh, I’d love that book! And that cardi is looking rather well, indeed!
    I hope Lucy deals well with the craziness… I advise sleep, a little play and maybe some salmon treats???? And no, she can’t have mine, because I’m eating it for lunch right now. 😉
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Baby Knitting cuteness- part II =-.

  90. gina kohler says:

    I love the color of your new sweater, the edging looks great. I would love to win the book!

  91. When oh when will I ever win anything?

  92. I would love a chance to receive this book! It looks really interesting.


  93. That edging sounds complicated, but I am going to try it. I have lots of old knitting books that were my mothers, and some of the edgings in them are pretty cool too. I will have to dig through them but would love the book!

  94. i would love that edging book, she has gorgeous ideas.
    .-= KathyB´s last blog ..The Trapper &amp The Amazon- Tracking Big Cats &amp Critters =-.

  95. I love that yarn and that book!!!

  96. That’s such a cool looking edging. Love the idea of adding a nice edging to a plain knit since I’m a big stockinette sweater fan right now. Gorgeous color, can’t wait to see it finished!
    .-= Faith´s last blog ..Sandy Treats =-.

  97. I like that edge.

  98. Oooh, me!

  99. That edging is great and very clever.

  100. Love the edging and the yarn is just gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.