My current work in progress:

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


No Stretchy

According to the comments and emails I have received, it appears that denim yarn does not stretch significantly with wear. That’s good to know, isn’t it?

I’ve made some good progress with the front of my sweater. Here it is:

Only a couple more inches to go before I will shape the front neck.

Once the front is completed, I will join the front and back at the shoulders via a three-needle bind-off. Then I will pick up stitches around the neck and knit the collar.

I will be knitting the sleeves from the cuff up, and attach them via a three-needle bind-off as well to the sides of the body. It’s a drop-shoulder, so this will be easy to do — I’ll pick up the same number of stitches along the front and back on each side where the sleeve is to be attached, and then can attach the sleeves quite neatly. I like doing this with a sweater knit from heavier yarn because it makes a very neat strong join.

An alternative to this would be to pick up the stitches along the sides and knit the sleeves down to the cuff. I considered doing this, but realized that would involve me having to knit the sleeves while having the whole body of the sweater in my lap. I really don’t want to drag the whole sweater around with me as I work the sleeves, so I vetoed that idea.

Another strike against working the sleeves in that manner is that I’d have to knit my cables up-side-down. With the simple cables I am using, that’s not really an issue because they are easy to convert to work from the other direction, but for more complex cabling, this might be a deal killer.

Here is a touching sight:

A girl and her fuzzy rat.


  1. giggle. Every girl needs her fuzzy rat!

  2. Oh I really like that idea of using a 3 needle bind off for the sleeve join. I think I’d rather pick up stictches round the armhole than sew in sleeves. I find armhole seaming is never as neat as matress stitch seams. Would this work for any armhole, like a set in or a raglan?

  3. Looks like Lucy is practicing to rid your office of mice. Go Lucy!

  4. Love, love, love your sweater. I am seaming up my Picnic Blanket Afghan now (dreadfully slow going) and I’m SO HAPPY with how this yarn looks in a blanket too. Glad to hear it doesn’t stretch a lot as the blanket is already huge (although it will lose some length in the first wash). If and when I ever get done with afghan gift knitting I will definitely be adding a denim sweater to my own queue — love this yarn even if it does make my hands turn blue!
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  5. I look forward to seeing Lucy and her fuzzy rat I love your kitty

  6. Wendy,
    Regarding shrinkage and assembly of your denim sweater – I recently made a cabled pullover from Elle True Blue, a DK weight denim yarn.

    Shrinkage in length, but not in width caused the armholes to shrink when the finished garment was washed. The sleeves, which didn’t shrink in width, were puckered all around. I have taken it apart and am re-knitting the sleeves, both to make them fit into the shrunken armholes, and to make the sleeves narrower from the elbow to the shoulder. (The design was sweatshirt-like, but with the drape of the knitted fabric, the sleeves looked like bingo-wings.)

    I did pre-shrink the yarn I used to sew in the sleeves.

    Hope this helps you as you work out how to do the sleeves.

  7. Wendy, didn’t you have trouble with your hands and knitting cotton yarn before? How is the denim compared to cotton in that regard?

  8. I will definitely have to get some denim yarn and try some experiments. I remember Kay’s projects and the bleach pens with a lot of fondness, though I hadn’t thought of them in a while!
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  9. Check out this from Wise Hilda Knits. . Lucy might like it. I did it in a cotton yarn without the cat nip and, on those occasions when it reappears from under the sofa, it has been well loved! Might be great with a bit of your leftover denim yarn. The sweater is looking great.

  10. Three needle bind-offs are one of my favorite knitting techniques EVER! It makes me happy just to read those words.
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  11. The sweater is looking very cozy, and a pretty blue to go with your hair too.

    As for Lucy, her fuzzy rat does look endearing. On our farm we have the misfortunate of seeing “treasures” left here and there, particularly on the front porch, by our various cats. With Miss Lucy it is nice to see she gets to play with the indoor toy variety rather than what we find.

    Good wishes to you both,
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  12. Wendy, I saw a nice cat bed with an electric warmer built in for cold kitties. Since Lucy is ready for heat and you are not, maybe this is the solution. It was at a place called PetExpress but I am sure they are everywhere. Good luck to Lucy this winter.