My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Zig-Zag Gansey

I finished my Zig-Zag Gansey. Here it is, being modeled by the ever-lovely Gwendolyn.

I knit this with Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in the “Blossom” colorway using a U.S. size 6 needle to get 4.25 stitches to the inch. (I’m a loose knitter.)

It was knit in pieces, then joined at the shoulders using a three-needle bind-off. I picked up and knit a neckband after that.

The sleeves are three-quarter length and knit from the bottom up, then attached to the body (drop-shoulder construction) using a three-needle bind-off.

Then the only seaming left to be done was the side and sleeve seams.

The Cotton-Ease was quite pleasant to knit. The acrylic content in it gave it a bit of stretch so my stitches were nice and even, and it was quite pleasant to knit and easy on the hands. I just lightly steamed the pieces before putting the sweater together — no severe blocking needed.

I haven’t yet decided whether I will write up the pattern and make it available. The large pattern repeat makes it difficult to resize — I’d only be able to offer it in a couple of sizes. Adding/removing one pattern repeat from the front and back results in an 8.5″ difference in size. But I’ll fiddle with it and see what I think.

Book Giveaway!

I just received a review copy of this:

This is the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl. It was released in hardcover a few years ago and is now due to be released in paperback early next people. The nice folks at Sixth & Spring Books sent me a review copy of this new paperback edition.

This stitch dictionary contains over 300 stitch patterns, all beautifully photographed and presented.

It’s a great resource and I frequently use my hardcover copy when I’m looking for a stitch pattern.

I don’t need both the hardcover and paperback versions, so I’m offering this one up to one of my readers.

To be entered in the random drawing for this great stitch dictionary, please leave a comment on this post (you know the drill: emails sent to me via the “contact me” form or comments on other entries aren’t included in the drawing) by noon Eastern Time this Thursday, February 23, 2012. At that time I’ll use my WordPress plug-in to select the winner from the comments to this post.

Lucy clearly needs to work on relaxing.


  1. Count me in!

  2. Love yiour sweater, and hope you do write it up.
    It turned out nicely and I love Cotton Ease.
    And of course, I would love the stitch dictionary, LOL.

  3. I love Lucy! And I would love a stitch dictionary.

  4. Kristina Peters says:

    I could certainly use such a wonderful resource book. Pick me!

  5. The sweater is beautiful and thank you for the comments on the yarn. Its good to know how it works up. Would love the book. Thanks

  6. Zig-Zag looks great! It’s nice to see economy yarn working so well for a major project. I would love to win a copy of Vogue’s Stictionary #1. I don’t own that one yet.

  7. Oh, I really need a stitch dictionary. Lucy is so cute!

  8. I want to learn how to make this..Hope you can share a book how to make a knitting clothes..Thanks for sharing a beautiful post to us..
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  9. I have the book already on my wishlist for a while, great that there is a paperback now. Will buy it but off course would love to win it (than I can buy on of the others ;-))

  10. Beautiful Gansey! Love the color and pattern.

    Thanks for the giveaway–I was just considering purchasing this stitchionary! The Vogue set is great.

  11. Have you considered adding stitches to the ribs in between the zig-zags to widen the sweater?

  12. The sweater is beautiful and very inspiring! Winning the dictionary would be wonderful!

  13. Thank you for the opportunity to win a great resource! Loved the blogs about the Zig-Zag Gansey, very pretty!

  14. Lori Stone says:

    Love the sweater and all your directions for the toe-up socks. I would love to win the stitch dictionary. Happy February.

  15. I like your gansey and think the colorway is such a nice one. Please add my name to the drawing for the book. Thanks.

  16. You have created another beautiful knitted garment. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. The book looks great too.

  17. Ooh, please count me in! I don’t have any of the VK stitch books.
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  18. Savannagal says:

    One can never have too many books, and I don’t have this one. Thanks much for the giveaway.

  19. Lucy looks so stressed! Your sweater is beautiful — enjoy your weekend.

  20. Kristin (HLMauera) says:

    I was just saying this weekend that I needed a stitch dictionary. I’d love a copy!

  21. I could really use that book to help me get better at knitting! I’d love to start designing my own stuff.. that book might give me the confidence to actually do it!
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  22. Throw my name in please. That would be a great resource. Beautiful sweater too!

  23. I’m amazed at your production, I wish I could get half as much knitted as you do!

  24. Love the sweater and hope you do a pattern- we will resize our own. Please…
    Also would love the book.
    Tiger and his brothers(all felines) say hi to Lucy

  25. I would like to add the stitch dictionary to my library. Thanks for the opportunity. Your new Blossom sweater looks like the spring I hope we will have. M.

  26. Lynn Kenny says:

    Sweater is looking good! I’d love to win the stitch dictionary. Thanks for offering it!

  27. Would love a copy of Vogue Knitting Stitchionary. I don’t have any books currently with different stitches and this would fit the bill! Thank you for all your wonderful give-aways!

  28. Barbara Miller says:

    I love your designs and I am envious of your speed in knitting. My projects seem to take a long time as I throw my yarn. A stitch dictionary would be so much help as I google what I am looking for, then I have to watch the instructions over and over before I am confident in getting the stitch right! A dictionary would be an ever ready source!

  29. Lisa Smith says:

    The book would be wonderful addition to my library

  30. Always impressed by your knitting (and maybe a smidge jealous 😉

    Would LOVE this book!
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  31. Beverly (db81971) says:

    WOW! I’m really loving that sweater; please do write it up!

  32. I love how your sweater turned out! Thank you for the giveaway, the book looks very useful.

  33. The sweater looks great! The book looks very useful.

  34. April Curry says:

    Maybe I’ll be lucky this time!!!!

  35. thank you for again running a book give away!
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  36. Cat’s get themselves into the most amazing positions. I wish I could stretch the way they do.
    Your sweater is beautiful – nice color. I have some cotton ease that I should knit up instead of hoarding!

  37. Your gansey is really lovely! And thanks for the book giveaway.

  38. The sweater is beautiful and thanks for the recommendation on the yarn. I could definitely use a good stitch dictionary!

  39. I have loved watching the progress of your sweater and it turned out wonderful!
    Thanks for offering the give away, someone will get a great book. (me?)

  40. Lovely sweater – I’m gonna give that Cotton-Ease a try! I’m doing baby sweaters right now and knitting with straight cotton doesn’t appeal to me but we’re expecting a grandchild this summer, so this might just be the yarn for it! Thanks for the opportunity to win the stitch dictionary!

  41. pretty sweater…pretty book…pick me, pick me:)

  42. the sweater came out wonderful, as always!

    Enter me for the book, this is a collection i have been trying to complete

  43. Always can use a stitch dictionary. Thanks for sharing

  44. Love how the sweater turned out!

  45. Great sweater! And I’d love the stitch dictionary!

  46. beeeuuutiful gansey sweater, Wendy! You’re such an inspiration 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win that awesome, helpful book also.
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  47. Your sweaters are always amazing, and a knitter can never have enough stitch dictionaries!

  48. Love the new sweater. I’ve used Cotton-ease once or twice. It’s not bad stuff. Definitely easier to use than 100% cotton.

  49. I’d love to win the stichionary! 🙂

  50. howdy,
    you’ve mention that you’re a loose knitter several times now, but I just put it together with the fact that you’re a big sock knitter, too.
    many sock gurus advise that socks should be knit firmly — i.e., tightly — for better fit and longer wear. I’ve only done one pair (Cookie A’s “Monkey”) and have learned those gurus were sure right about fit at least.
    do you knit more tightly for socks? or maybe use wire needles? or just have baggy socks??
    I tried pulling on the yarn a lot, also using 000 needles; but both took the fun out of knitting for me. I’ve considered using worsted weight yarn, but I’m just not a Doc Martens kind of gal.
    any suggestions?

  51. Beautiful sweater. would love to win the stitch dictionary.

  52. The sweater’s gorgeous! (I especially like 3/4 length sleeves.) And, of course, please enter me in the draw.

  53. Great sweater and Lucy has the cat stretch down pat. As a newer knitter the book would be great.
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  54. Please please please pick me!!!!

  55. Horray for your sweater! And horray for vogue!

  56. Love the sweater. The book looks good too. 😉

  57. Would love to have this book. Nice sweater.

  58. Looks like a great book – thanks for sharing!
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  59. Ooo, I’m collecting books on stitch patterns!

  60. Really lovely sweater, Wendy!
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  61. Nothing like a beautiful FO to make one’s day. I’d love to hear your thinking about adjusting the pattern for alternate sizes. I wonder how much it would change the look if you added a stitch or two to each vertical purl strip between the zig zags — at 4.5 st./in, you could gain about 2 in. by adding one stitch in each strip, or 4 in. by adding two sts. That wouldn’t help size it down, though.
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  62. I too would love to win the book and I think the gansey is fabulous.

  63. Susan from Phoenix says:

    Happy Washington’s Birthday. What a perfect day for a chance to win a prize. Thanks!

  64. Dana Attwood says:

    Lovely sweater…lovely book. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  65. The Gansey is beautiful, love the color you chose. Would love to win the book as well!

  66. The sweater is lovely and the color shows the pattern well.

  67. That is a great sweater, Wendy. Thanks for the book give away too.

  68. I would love the stitch dictionary!

  69. ME! ME! ME!

    It’s all about me isn’t it??


  70. The sweater looks great! And I simply adore anything Vogue, including those stitchionaries!

  71. The Zig-Zag Gansey is beautiful!

    Thanks for having a giveaway.

  72. Sweater’s fab. Book even better. Thanks for sharing!

  73. The sweater came out great!

  74. The sweater is definitely fabulous!
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  75. Great book which would love to have. Really like your new sweater which is going to be great for spring and summer.

  76. Beautiful sweater! Would love to win the book!

  77. The gansey is lovely. Your work is so impressive and I am always inspired after visiting your site.

  78. The way to increase sizing in smaller increments is to have side panels under the armpits. Wide rows of seed or seeded ribbing. The stitch pattern reminds me of my first afghan.

  79. your sweaters are always awesome. and I can still use a stitchionary!

  80. Your sweater looks like the perfect thing for spring!

    And of course I would love to win the book!

  81. Sweater looks great. Would love to have the stitch dictionary. The only thing I’ve designed myself so far is a scarf I made for my daughter for Christmas. Would love to have a reference source to try more designing.

  82. Arlene Hoose says:

    Love the new gansey. Please offer the pattern.
    Would love that book too.

  83. 😀 I’d love this book, but even if the random number generator doesn’t pick me, I still love reading your blog. ;D

  84. The sweater is lovely. The book looks lovely as well.

  85. I love the color of your sweater. So Springy!
    The book looks like a useful resource.

  86. Arlene Hoose says:

    Love the gansey. Please offer the pattern.
    Would love that book.

  87. Love your blog, love your sweater. Wish I could get things finished as quickly as you. Hope I win the book , it seems like a good one.

  88. Would love the book! I’m happy to hear it’s coming out in paperback in case I don’t win 🙂

  89. I don’t know how you do it! You are so fast and creative. This sweater is absolutely beautiful. I am going to try my hand at one like this this year!. I could really use this resource. I love Vogue, so would really find this a wonderful addition to my library. I am relearning how to knit and this would be a tool that I know would be used a lot at my home. Thank you, Wendy for your inspiration and opportunity to continue to learn new things.

  90. Wendy in Indy says:

    Would enjoy the book enormously!

  91. terri brown says:

    Your sweater is lovely. Lucy looks like she is exhausted from helping knit the sweater.


  92. Wendy, beautiful work!!. What a great example of the wonderful results of a simple but elegant design. I would enjoy winning the stitch dictionary. Thanks!

  93. Oh how I adore the Stitchionary series. I got volume 3 for Chanukah, and volume 1 would look great on the shelf right next to it! (Or more likely, on the sofa with my knitting!)

  94. Trish Bullock says:

    Love your sweater and I would love to win the new book 🙂

  95. This book is exactly what I need!

    Your sweater is lovely. I really enjoy watching each piece come to life through your blog, and Lucy always brings a smile to my face.

  96. Hope you do decide to write up the pattern. Your sweater is lovely!

  97. oooh – I have been eying that book for a while!

  98. i’d love it!

  99. lisabellerose says:

    Love the sweater, would love the book.

  100. I love learning new stitch patterns and would enjoy this book. Thanks for the chance.