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. I really love fancy edgings. They can make an ordinary project very special.

  2. I love that book, I hope to transition into designing or playing with my knitting more and I’ve been eyeing that book for a while.

    Thank you for such fun giveaways!

  3. oooohh! Now that’s a book I’ve always wanted to own!

  4. I’m currently in love with interesting edges, so this book is exactly what I’m looking for!

  5. Very cool. It sometimes amazes me how the simplest of techniques can produce the most amazing of results. 🙂

    Please include me in the draw, and thank you yet again for being so generous.

  6. LOVE the fancy edging! That book looks amazing.

  7. Debbi Downs says:

    Love the pic of Lucy – she looks so regal on the pillow in that beautiful chair! Also love that yarn!! The colorway is gorgeous!

  8. Turn needle 360…what? Doesn’t that bring you right back where you were…I obviously need to book to figure this one out!
    Thank you!

  9. Oh….I think great edging/finishing makes all the difference! As a new knitter, I would love this book! Beautiful sweater!

  10. That looks like an awesome book! Count me in please!
    .-= Stirling´s last blog ..almost Finished Stuff! =-.

  11. Linda in TX says:

    I would LOVE to have the edge book. So much so that if I don’t win it, I will just buy it. Thanks for the give-a-way!

  12. Love the little twist edge. I might try it on some socks, though that would mean knitting from the cuff down, which I haven’t done since you converted me! Wonder if I remember how. I would very much like to win the book.

  13. Oh, but I would love this book! Commenting! Thanks for the opportunity!
    .-= Melanie J.´s last blog ..Mental wanderings and a new weekend =-.

  14. That edging looks like fun…..and that book is on my wish list. Hope I’m lucky!

  15. Beautiful color yarn – and pick me!

  16. I have just the pattern that could use a little edge to dress it up. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Would love to win this book, thanks!

  18. April Phillips says:

    I love the edgings! Please include me in the drawing!

  19. Some of her edgings are pretty wild! I remember one that was all of these dangling circular rings, and all I could think was I am just not hip enough for that!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..10 Tuesday Whats cooking =-.

  20. I’d love to have this book! And I love the edging you used!

  21. Oh-Oh-Oh, I would love an edging book!

  22. Love the color, love the edging and would really love the book. Thanks for the chance.

  23. That yarn is glorious. The edging will make it a sweater of note. Well done,

  24. Very edgy!

  25. What a great way to dress up a simple shawl or sweater….edge it! and in paperback it’s easier to carry around.

  26. Wendy, you are so generous!
    I’d love to add this to my knitting book collection (or start one)

  27. Heather Soly says:

    I would love to win her book. She is so inspiring.

  28. Love the edging!

  29. Debbie R. Barnett says:

    Please put my name in the RDG for this book too. I guess I just love books.

  30. Love the color, love the edging, would love the book!!

  31. Pretty blue sweater you’ve started and such fun edge! I would love the copy of Nicky Epstein’s book – please add my name to the drawing

  32. Being someone who is always “on edge” this book would be perfect. Oh lovely random number generator chose me please. Love the colour, can’t wait to see the finished project.

  33. That edging intrigues me. The book would help a lot.

  34. Love the edging you picked. I would love a copy of the book on knitted edges. Thanks.

  35. OOOOh – who wouldn’t like to win this book 🙂
    Count me in – thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Jamie Olander says:

    Love the color and the beautiful edge work!
    Thank you for the chance to win it!

  37. Ooooooooo . . maybe THIS will be my lucky time!!! Really would like that book. The edging is so cool! Kisses to Miss Lucy.

  38. I love her books!!
    .-= bluetoespinner´s last blog ..Nothing to show- but weve been busy =-.

  39. Alice Moisen says:

    I’ve been meaning to buy that book. Winning it would be awesome

  40. Would love to win the book! Sweater looks great! Yarn is beautiful!

  41. Book looks great! Hope I’m the one this time.

  42. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Would love to learn some new edgings.

  43. The book would be a great addition to my knitting library!

  44. Oooooooooh, beautiful! And how much do I love that edging on the book cover? Thanks for another giveaway…you’re so good to us!
    .-= Cricket54´s last blog ..Egg-stra Special Sock Kit =-.

  45. Love, love that colorway! I guess my next favorite would be combined shades of green and purple! But yes indeedy I would like to have Knitting On The Edge! I might even go so far as to clear off part of a bookshelf (move stash, project bags, needle collections, etc.) to make it a home.

  46. I love the edging! This book would be a great resource to have Thanks for all your give away opporinities!

  47. I could put this book to good use!

  48. Love your blog and patterns. I really like your choice of colors for your current sweater.

  49. First, I love your blog and your patterns. I can hardly wait for your most recent cardi pattern to go on sale. I’d love the book on edging.

    How is the green eating going?

  50. Rebecca Zimmerman says:

    Wow – looks like everyone wants a chance at that book – will have to check out more edgings later – thank you for this generous offer…love your blog and my cats, Cleome and Buttermere say hello to Lucy!

  51. Beautiful blue yarn. I’m anxious to see the final project all complete. The Nicky Epstein book would be a wonderful addition to any knitter’s library.

  52. Love the color! Thanks for the book info!

  53. I love the colorway of that yarn – very pretty.

  54. I love the colour of your yarn – gorgeous. Would be very happy if I won that book…

    Scully and Mulder say Hi! to Lucy.

  55. Susan D. Smith says:

    Crazyland, eh? guess this means we’re not in Kansas anymore! So Lucy won’t have to worry about Toto…

    I’d enjoy having a copy of Nicky Epstein’s book. I love her previous books and make good use of them.

  56. WOW!!! Wendy, you are a lean, mean (in a very kind way) knitting machine!!!! All your projects end up beautifully knit and gorgeous!!!

  57. I would LOVE this – I’ve been looking for a book like this.
    .-= Patti Chartrand´s last blog ..Knitting =-.

  58. ooooh! please!

  59. thanks for the fun of two drawings in one week!
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Charlie Brown =-.

  60. I love Nicky’s books and especially this one. Beautiful blue yarn – makes me envious.

  61. So generous! I would LOVE the Nicky Epstein book. Fingers crossed.

  62. Oh! I would love a copy of that book! The edgiong you choose is very pretty.
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..Des bébés dragons! =-.

  63. When I first heard about that book I didn’t really see the appeal, but the edge you picked is something clever that I wouldn’t have thought of myself, and isn’t just some skinny pattern you could get out of any other stitch dictionary. Turns out I’d like to have this book after all!

  64. Adrienne S. says:

    I would love that book! I hardly ever buy books ’cause I’m too busy spending all my money on yarn, and that would be a nice addition to my (small) knitting library!

  65. Ohhhh…..I would love to have this in my library. I have a summer wrap on the needles right now (with a provisional cast on) that needs an edge. It is time to get that little summer project finished and packed away for a nice surprise when I open the box next spring. I am ready for wool.

  66. I’d love this book!

  67. Your cardi’s are gorgeous! Would love to advace from beginner to the next level in knitting. I am working on socks and they are mostly successful (except for the toe and the kitchener stitich). Would love the book, and, Lucy, may the crazee never pass!!

  68. Count me in for Nicky’s book. Love that edging and the blue and purple yarn.
    .-= Bess – Texas Knitter´s last blog ..In Memory =-.

  69. Jean Gilmore says:

    Living on the edge appeals to me!

  70. I would love to win the book. It looks like it would come in handy.

  71. Beverly (db81971) says:

    An entire book of edgings???? AWESOME! I’m adding that to my wish list!

  72. Thanks for all the book reviews and offers for giveaways. I would love to have this one!

  73. I would really appreciate a copy of this book, “Knitting on the Edge.” I am keeping my fingers crossed!!!
    Thanks for being so generous to offer up so many of your books!

  74. I would love the new book. Love the colors in your new sweater. They are “my ” colors, if you want to give the sweater away. Just saying…

  75. Melissa Baulkwill says:

    I’d love to join the drawing!

  76. I like the edging. Sounds like this is a book I should have in my library!

  77. Love the edging! Goes without saying I would love the book.

  78. madonnaearth says:

    I love the colors in that yarn. Looking forward to seeing the finished sweater.

  79. Ooh that book looks very tempting!
    .-= Rhian Drinkwater´s last blog ..Super sock swap! =-.

  80. As always…I love it!

    OT: Could you possibly explain the difference between variegated and hand painted yarn? I’m a little confused over the two…

  81. crazy but good!

  82. Beautiful edging and a beautiful color. I can’t wait to see the sweater. Please enter me in the drawing for the book. Thank you!

  83. I love that edging — and the yarn. Can’t wait to see the progress.

  84. April from SD says:

    I would LOVE to win this book! I love Nicky Epstein!

  85. I’m going to have to give that edging a try. And Lucy is so adorable XD

  86. What a great blue! I”d love to be entered for the book – it looks inspiring, as you say. Thank you!
    .-= Michele Corbeil´s last blog ..Turquoise Blooms on Ruddy Pumpkin Anna Clutch =-.

  87. Would love to have an edging book. Very nice.

  88. I’ve had my eye on that book ever since it came out. Little pricey, though, and prefer to buy yarn for projects.

    Put me in your random # generator, so I can maybe win!
    .-= Tenna Draper´s last blog ..Rhiannon Progress =-.

  89. I keep thinking I need to check out this yarn at The Loopy Ewe! I write down different yarns and then forget my list! But this color looks beautiful on you blog! A new book? How fun!

  90. I just fround your blog and I LOVE IT! Can’t wait to read more!

  91. Louise in Maryland says:

    love the yarn, taking a shot at the book. Thanks!

  92. Thanks for sharing the edging. It looks so great and sounds so easy. I’ll have to try it. Love the colors in the yarn. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  93. Jennifer C. says:

    Would love to win this book!

  94. That yarn is such a lovely color! I can’t wait to see your sweater! One of these days I’ll need to get some Tempted yarn… When I use some of that stuff in my stash. Ha ha ha!

  95. I have looked at the hardcover version many times but never sprung to get it! I’d love to win the giveaway but if I don’t maybe now is the time to get the paperback…
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Yosemite Socks =-.

  96. I adore Nicky Epstein!

  97. Oh my goodness! A coolio edge pattern would be a perfect plan! I cannot imagine having the patience or skills to knit a uber cool stitch pattern THRoUGHoUT an entire sweater but just the edge?! Oh yes! That seems doable! Thanks as always for your entertaining and informative blog.

  98. I love the color and the edge. I want to learn how to do it. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  99. Beth in Seattle says:

    Crazy land, indeed. I just used this same edging on a sock – the first few rows were stockinettet, the ribbing underneath pulled in it a bit. Not my pattern, but a very feminine start to top down sock.

  100. Melissa H-B says:

    I love the yarn. I can’t wait to see how your WIP turns out. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. One knitter will be quite happy.