My current work in progress:

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


More Cormo

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the Rainbow Coat. I will not be writing up the pattern because it is too difficult to resize: each pattern repeat is very large and to get an even number of repeats on the front and back (which is what I wanted) there would be a 16″ difference in sizes.

In answer to a question in the comments, I did not felt it. Before I started this project when it was still in the planning stages it briefly crossed my mind to do a felted stranded colorwork coat, but I did not. I blocked it by steaming the heck out of it, though. 🙂

There were some questions about the pattern I used for the edging. I just sort of winkled that together and attempted to make it go with the main pattern.

For all of the edgings I knit a facing, did one purl row as a “turning” row to make it easy to fold the facing to the inside, then knit the band, sewing the facing down on the inside after I completed the piece.

I sewed snaps on the from band because I thought buttonholes would detract from the edging pattern. Just plain snaps you use for clothing.


I am working on another “big” project: an Aran jacket.

I started this in Cascade Eco+ back in September, but wasn’t happy with it. I was using a U.S. size 8 needle and the fabric I was getting was too stiff. So I set it aside, planning to rip it out, re-figure the design, and start over with a larger needle.

Then Elsa Wool Cormo came into my life.

I have restarted the same jacket using Elsa Wool Cormo woolen-spun worsted weight in the medium grey colorway. This yarn is slightly finer than the Cascade Eco+ so I am getting a nice fabric with a U.S. size 8 (5mm) needle, the gauge being 4 st/inch in stockinette stitch.

This is another knit that I am making up as I go along. I even made up the big cable I am using. That’s not to say that it doesn’t exist somewhere already, but I created my chart from “scratch.” I do love a complex cable with plenty of twists and turns!

The Cormo is a dream to knit with and is great for cables and texture.

Since the time change it is dark when I get home from work. Lucy has taken to crawling up on the back of the sofa, basking in the glow of a the lamp I’ve turned on.


  1. I like it when you “winkle things together”. They always turn out so great!
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  2. Love the cable! I’m inspired to try and design my own – cable that is, not a whole coat.

  3. Lordy, your knitting ability is awesome ! ! ! !
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  4. Goodness Wendy! You are melting those needles with the speed you knit at! The new coat leaves me speechless!

  5. Interesting tips about your rainbow coat…I would still like to see it worn, either by you or someone else. The new coat is looking lovely already!

  6. bask on Ms. Lucy!!

  7. Thanks so much for the pictures of the front bands. Perfect finishing!
    The new coat pattern looks beautiful, too!
    Ah, to knit at your speed…

  8. Just another wonderful knit project !
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  9. You colorwork coat is fantastic. I honestly prefer cables though. I can’t wait to see how this one comes out. I’ve had a crazy cabled scarf on the needles for over a year now. Did you ever write a pattern that makes your head spin?
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  10. Liz in Missouri says:

    The colorwork coat is stunning – but I’m also so impressed with this cable. I can follow patterns for just about anything – but there seems to be a big mental wall in the way when I try to ‘design” something as inticate as this cable. And I love cables – so – I have to ask – do you think you’ll be publishing your aran pattern? Or maybe just the cable part? LOL
    LoveLoveLove your work, Wendy!

  11. Christienne L Stewen says:

    Hi Wendy – again you amaze us with these ingenious creations! Gorgeous work on the rainbow coat and I’m very curious to see how the Aran cable jacket comes out… I am also a huge fan of cables and you’re inspiring me to have a go at something a little more intricate this season. thanks for always keeping us fiber crafty folks on our toes! 🙂

  12. I’ve come to the conclusion that you knit in your sleep every night. Either that our the knitting elves DO come to your house and help you out! Gorgeous rainbow coat and the cables are just over the top.

  13. Lucy looks beautiful in the glow of the lamp!

  14. I am so in awe of the rainbow coat – if my skill set was sufficient enough to make it, it would take me a year to do, And I am retired.

    Maybe your secret is Lucy – she must put in row after row for you to produce the finished product you do. Beautiful creative stuff…I am wowed.

  15. The colorwork is gorgeous but I think that is a much too ambitious project for me as my fingers don’t fly like yours and I have the attention span of a tse fly. I’m working on a scarf like your cormo one and the first think I thought when I received my yarn and started knitting with it was that I’d like to make a sweater from the worsted. Must finish the scarf first though – it’s taking forever on the small needles!! Thanks for your inspiration!!

  16. LOL – the first thing I thought – not think – LOL!!

  17. Wow Wendy!!

    I never would have thought of snaps instead of buttonholes. Thank you!

    And I also love complex cables. I enjoy putting different cable designs on the back of a sweater than the ones I have on the front.