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


Another Bernadette

Last night I completed my second Bernadette shawlette, this one knit from Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash, in the Pfauenauge (Peacock) colorway.

The yarn comes in a 150-gram skein and has approximately 575 yards. Before knitting, my skein weighted 160 grams. After knitting, this is how much I had left:

I used the same U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle as the Bernadette I knit from Kauni Effektgran 8/2. That Bernadette measured 52″ along the top edge, unstretched, and around 11″ deep at the center back. This one knit in Wollmeise measures about 56″ along the top and 12″ deep at the center.

I did not block the Kauni version — just carefully steamed it without stretching out the body. The squishyness of the garter stitch combined with the short rows make it sit nicely on the shoulders and sort of mold itself to the wearer. I am going to block the Wollmeise version because I know the Wollmeise yarn blooms nicely when washed. So it will be going into a warm bath of Soak shortly, and then carefully laid out to block.

Next Project

The Madelinetosh Tosh Sock that Lucy was inspecting in my last blog entry is indeed slated to be knit into Bigger on the Inside. So many of you guessed that — you guys are too smart! As soon as I saw the pattern,I knew I had to make it. It’s brilliant! The little TARDISes (TARDI?) are perfect, and I think the Madtosh Cobalt colorway is the perfect shade of TARDIS blue.

I’ll be starting that soon. I have some samples to knit for my classes that I’ll be teaching the end of next month at The Knitgirllls Super Summer Knit-together and I’m working on one of those right now, but they are all fairly quick knits, so I think I can talk myself into starting Bigger on the Inside and knit on that at home while knitting the samples as commuter knitting.

In other news, here is Basil’s mileage this morning:

And Lucy seems to have gotten herself into a tangle:


  1. Lorraine says:

    I love this version of the Bernadette, it looks stunning in the Wollmeise!
    Lucy is such a dedicated knitting inspector 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your projects! Love the peacock colorway & excited to see how your next project knits up! Good luck!

  3. thanks for turning me on to the Bigger on the Inside pattern … I definitely have more than enough choices of yarn to do it, and, in my line of work, those Tardi can easily pass for little houses, and people will know that I’m in real estate, right? and thanks for setting me straight on the SNA thingie – as usual, you’re always right ;o) now – to go and pick an appropriate yarn from stash to start that lovely shawlette (not that yours aren’t lovely, which they are)!
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  4. Gayle Joseph says:

    Anxiously waiting for the release of Bernadette–Wollmeise and needles are ready! 😉

  5. Love the colors of your shawl!

  6. The colors worked up beautifully!

  7. This version of your bernadette is my favourite, absolutely love the peacock colour way, looking forward to having a go myself when it is available ;-}

  8. fleegle says:

    You are a knitting machine, my dear.

  9. Great work! The pooling on the shawl is gorgeous.

    I didn’t realize you were a Doctor Who fan.
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  10. I think I will wait to buy the yarn for Bigger on the Inside until I hear how much yardage it actually uses–please let us know if you use 2 or 3 hanks!

  11. I love, love, love that Peacock yarn! And the Bernadette pattern goes with it perfectly!

  12. Beautiful, I like the stripes! The colors are divine!

  13. I really like the colours and the patterning on your second Bernadette. I too am taken with the “bigger on the inside”, yarn has been ordered 😉 I remain impressed with your output (maybe if I stopped reading so much….)

  14. Bernadette the second came out nicely. I can’t wait to see it blocked!
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  15. I’m no Doctor expert but my guess would be TARDII for the plural…
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  16. Wow…love that shawl…again! Great pattern…and obviously very versatile 😉
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  17. thanks for sharing these very interesting and informative information that you share 🙂
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  18. Linda M. says:

    My skein of Wollmeise eagerly awaits your pattern release! Love the ruffles.

  19. The shawl is definitely awesome and I guess a lot of people will agree with me.. Thank you for the lovely post..
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  20. jennifer says:

    This is fashionably beautiful, thanks for sharing this with us… I do love to share it on my pinterest…
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  21. Yey! It’s finally done. Looks like Lucy loved it as well, such a cutie. When can we get a sneak peek of your next project by the way? Gets more and more exciting seeing you finish each project.
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  22. I can’t help but admire your talent, you are so good in making your shawls, I wish I have a talent like that! And your cat has always been supportive to you, Lucy loves your creations!
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