My current work in progress:

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


28.75 Inches Is a Whole Lotta Denim

I am knitting along on Filey, the sweater I am knitting from Rowan Denim yarn. Because a garment knit from denim yarn will shrink lengthwise (but not in width) one must knit all pieces of said garment longer to compensate for said shrinkage. Doing this in denim yarn is a bit of a study in masochism.

I ma making the size large, which necessitates knitting 28.75 inches in the body pattern before switching to the garter stripe pattern for the shoulders. I finally reached this point on Tuesday night.

As I stopped to measure from time to time I was tempted to really stre-e-e-e-etch out the piece for measuring. But I didn’t because doing so would end ultimately in disappointment when I washed the sweater and ended up with a too-short garment.

I am now working on the garter ridges on the shoulders.

So the end of the back is in sight.

And I will then turn around and make another piece just as long for the front.

Lucy is doing her imitation of a rug.


  1. Lucy has that rug imitation down pat ­čÖé

  2. I love that yarn, and love the way you use it so effectively.

  3. Hi Wendy, Your Filey is beautiful. I knit Folklore in Rowan Denim a few years ago. It did not shrink nearly as much as the pattern indicated even though I machine washed it three times in the hottest water setting. I then dried it in the drier on the hottest setting — still not much shrinkage. I posted a photo on my Ravelry page if you want to have a look at me swimming in it. You are a much more experienced knitter than I am though so I am very interested in seeing how yours comes out. I would love to knit another Gansey but my first experience scared me. Your lovely Filey may inspire me to give it another try. Thanks so much for your blog. I really love to watch all your projects come together.

  4. Rug meld! How handy that the rug and kitty colors are so well coordinated!

    Good luck on the home stretch for the back. If you made a cardigan the fronts would only be 1/2 as wide…
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  5. wow wendy that is alot of denim I’m always impressed with your productivity and fortitude.
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  6. does the pattern tell you how much longer to knit to compensate? if you were substituting this yarn elsewhere, how do you know what the shrinkage would be? from your swatch??

  7. Wow! that’s a lot of shrinkage. It is beautiful though!

  8. But it so looks like the extra length will be well worth it– cute! As is Lucy!

  9. the good news is that your eating clean has made you streamlined–unlike moi who’d have to knit a lot more square inches! the sweater is a beauty! Jo

  10. That is a huge amount of knitting. How much are you expecting it to shrink by?
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