My current work in progress:

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


A Guided Tour

It made me smile to read your comments about how fast I am knitting this project because I have barely had time to knit the past few days, so I think it is going very slowly. I always make much more progress over weekends, though, so I live in hope.

Today, instead of simply posting a photo of my progress since my last blog post, I thought I’d give you a guided tour of the stitch patterns used in this design.

But first, the photo of my progress.

It starts with a moss stitch, the “filler” that I am using at each side.

An interesting discussion of what moss stitch is can be found here. I am knitting the bottom pattern, which is called American Moss Stitch on that site. The top pattern there that is referred to as British Moss Stitch is what I call Seed Stitch.

To make seaming a bit easier, I am keeping the last stitch on the edge stockinette.

My “separator” cable is a braid.

I love braided cables. Heck, I just love braids. I’ll braid my hair, braid bread dough, braid cables . . .

This cable has a single knit stitch on each side of it, just to set it out a bit more.

The side panels are a knotted twisty cable.

I got this one from a stitch dictionary somewhere but don’t ask me where. I fiddled with so many cables and adjusted some here and there that I don’t remember.

This one sort of has a braided bit in the middle (I did mention how much I love braids, right?) so that makes me happy. It looks complex but is pretty easy to memorize.

The center panel is my own creation (although I’m sure someone else has invented it sometime along the way — I know there are many similar things out there).

It’s an inter-woven mass that (to me at least) is a little more complex to work than the side panels, but looks less complex, so there’s a weird anomaly for you. It’s only an 8-row repeat (while the side panels are 16-row repeats) and there’s a lot going on in those 8 rows. I wanted something wide for the center that looked a little smoother and flowy, if you will, to off-set the complex twisty-ness of the side panels.

I think I’ve achieved a nice balance here. It satisfies me at any rate.

Lucy is still thinking about it.


  1. Your work is truly magnificent. I don’t know how else to describe it.

  2. lovely 🙂
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  3. You make me want to start a new cabled sweater. 🙂
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  4. Thank you for the link clarifying the moss stitch thing. I never know what people are referring to when they talk about moss stitch. But to me (as a Brit) moss stitch is what you call seed stitch.

  5. CatherineMichelle says:

    Cables and knots are my favourite kind of knitting!! I rarely knit for myself, but if ever you publish that pattern, I would knit it for myself. It is stunning and seems so much fun to do!

  6. Wow, your columns of knit stiches are so neat! My purl – to – knit transitions are always so sloppy!
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  7. I think it’s beautiful!

  8. It’s beautiful! The complexity amazes me.
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  9. The sweater is beautiful!

  10. The sweater is beautiful! I love cables and enjoy knitting them. Hope you will publish the pattern.

  11. Love the design and color on this! Thanks for the close-ups of the stitch patterns. I maybe could manage the moss stitch at this point, but as you say … I have hope! Bess

  12. You have achieved a nice balance. I tried to put together a cabled sweater from my pattern libraries and it became much too busy. You are inspiring me to try again! Love, love, love, the braided cable!

  13. your work is amazing this sweater is very beautiful
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  14. I love when you explain how and why you do things. I always learn so much. Thanks.

  15. Ahhhh, I’d find that combination pretty satisfying, too! It’s lovely, and a great color.

  16. Beautiful!!

  17. Love it. When I first saw it I thought it was a Starmore. Any names for it yet?

  18. It’s so nice! I’m amazed by your relative ease of working up a design that really… works! I don’t have the ability to pick out cables and make it look balanced and not be cluttered up with too much or have weird looking blank spaces.

  19. suncatcher says:

    Thank you Wendy. I’m sure you have forgotten more than I will ever learn about knitting, but you really do inspire me to reach. I hope you do this type of posting again.

  20. thanks for the tour. Who doesn’t love a cable, the look if not the knitting (I go for both!!) Lucy, Lucy, Lucy, take it from (all of us), your Mama does lovely work!

  21. In the photo of the center portion, which is lovely, btw, what is the stitch you’ve done on either side to “frame it”? It’s very interesting and frames the center portion so nicely.
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  22. I think it is amazing!

  23. You and my mom would have had a fun time swapping patterns. This was the kind of thing she loved. I recall a sweater she made for me that went 40 rows before it had a true repeat.

  24. Thanks for the tour! I love learning about a designer’s process.

  25. very nice and the cables are great.

  26. am always amazed how your designer eye looks at possiblilities and turns out a gorgeous FO — I am sure this comes with years of trial and error – hope i get there someday you are a great inspiration to branch out from K1P1 — knitting becomes more interesting when one can see there is still so much to experience

  27. Great looking. I agree that you sure seem to knit fast. Are you a “thrower” or a “picker”? I have tried to teach myself to knit Continental style to try to gain more speed, but I taught myself to knit using the Engish style and I find myself starting a row with one only to go back to the other in mid row. I should be able to do Continental I tell myself because I am a crocheter also and hold my hook in a similar way and I can crochet very fast. I guess I will keep working on it.

  28. Looks great, and yes you must have super human hands to knit so fast. I think my problem is I let to many distractions get in the way of my knitting..
    Have a happy and peaceful holiday.

  29. Liz in Missouri says:

    I think it’s just great! I’m a big fan of cables and besides that, I love,love,love the color. I’m always so impressed when anyone has the vision to design something. I feel like I could knit anything and follow about any pattern, but I’m pretty lame when it comes to designing so much as a dishcloth.
    I’m with you – I call what you are doing on the sides a Moss stitch, and the other, where it alternates every row, a seed stitch. I think either on is a nice, smooth space on a garment, that is more interesting than a basic stockinett. Well Done!

  30. Those are some gorgeous cables. I love how they pop from the surface of the fabric!
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  31. Beautiful! The textures of aran style sweaters are what made me want to learn to knit 20 mumbles years ago. I used that same center design on an aran I made for the Husband. I think the pattern book referred to it as a “Celtic cable”, but I just call it “gorgeous”.

  32. Oh how beautiful! I’m almost speachless.

  33. it’s beautiful… I love your plaits 🙂

  34. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the center panel, I think I’ll give that a try.
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