My current work in progress:

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


Making Progress

I am making progress on my Cromarty, slow as it is.

I am nearing the end of the second 40-row pattern repeat (I’ve done 34 rows) and just started my third skein of yarn. There are four 40-repeats up to the neck shaping. The pattern calls for 1875 yards of yarn, which is around 11 skeins of Calmer. Most everyone who has knit this pattern agrees that the yarn requirements are way under what is actually needed to knit it. I have 20 skeins of calmer in this color, so I’ll be okay.

The sweater is only 22 inches long, which is shorter than I like, so I’ll be knitting bands to sew along the bottom edge to add a bit of length. It would probably look nice to sew bands on the bottom edge of the sleeves as well, for the sake of consistency.

I’ve spent some time going through the Ravelry project gallery for Cromarty — great fun. It’s very interesting to see the variations people have done and the yarns used.

Speaking of yarns, I had no problem getting gauge with Calmer on the needle size recommended for the pattern. I tend to be a loose knitter so I am a bit surprised I did not need to go down a needle size.

Lucy thinks that’s just one of life’s mysteries.


  1. Thanks for the Hitchhiker update. I love the pattern and dug out what I thought would be perfect yarn but have only 350 yards, so figured it wasn’t enough. Yours looks great, so I’m-a castin’ on tonight!

  2. Wendy,

    I love the color you choose and as usual your knitting is fabulous.

    Your wonderful cable work has always been a sourceof inspiration to me.

  3. Why did you decide to add bands at the bottom of the sweater and the sleeves after the fact, rather than knit the bands first and then start your 40 row pattern repeats? Does this affect the look/fit of the garment? Just curious. Thank you.

  4. Elizabeth S. says:

    All your projects are amazing and your productivity is amazing!
    I’m curious as to how much time per day or week you commit to knitting?

  5. Stunning! Gives me something to aspire to. I’ve tried cable work once and really liked it — guess I need to have a project like that on hand (one that requires me to do some serious concentrating, that is) — it’s well worth the effort. Thanks for the motivation!
    Wendy HarringtonĀ“s last blog post ..Neckband stumper

  6. Midnite Baker says:

    Hi Wendy, I love knitting cable patterns & yours is stunning. Will have to dig out my book & have a look at my stash. Think I have some natural oiled worsted wool that might work.
    Found this blog a few days ago & love the how she knits her sweaters in blocks and strips, then sews or knits together. Hope you find it interesting, as this is similar to what you will be doing. Enjoy & Happy Knitting. M

  7. Midnite Baker says:

    Meant to mention this in my 1st comment. My cat, Sparky, a short hair Siamese wishes to speak to Lucy. She states “My mum just gave me an early Christmas present. See I’m a little old, 17 human years, and my bones don’t like the hard floors anymore. She gave me some neat cushions. As soon as she laid them on the floor I was on it in nothing flat.!! The cushions are scratchy, just right for back scratching, especially down by my tail. But, most important they are cushy for my bones. She bought 4 of them for all the strategic corners I like to sleep in. In case you might be interested, mum got them here. Merry Christmas and hope you have many mouse chasing dreams.” Sparky
    I purchased these last week and paid full price for them – Now they are on sale. šŸ™

  8. Loving your progress on cromarty, the cable detail is just beautiful. I followed the link to Ravelry and I like the twisted cable edge that the lady in the top picture has done, finishes it off really nicely.

  9. Oh Wendy, how pretty! I love it!

  10. Very pretty! And Lucy has an attitude that will serve her very well in life. :o)
    BessĀ“s last blog post ..Christmas: Chapter Two

  11. it’s gorgeous! A question: why didn’t you lengthen it by just adding a repeat?

  12. It’s looking lovely! And, I’d have say that Lucy is one wise cat.
    JenniferĀ“s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday

  13. Hi.

    Just found your blog on my iPhones ‘pulse’ app.

    I love your cables! How do you get them so plump? Mine seem to have a bit of a wobble on one side.