My current work in progress:

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


Fast and Easy Hooded Scarf

It was fast and it was easy. I now have a completed hooded scarf.

I basically wrote the pattern for the scarf in my last blog entry, but to make it easier to access and use, I’ve also made it a free Ravelry download.

Here it is laid out flat. As you can see, nothing fancy. But effective. 🙂

Knitting Pattern Essentials

I’ve been looking through Sally Melville’s upcoming book Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear, which is due out later this month (March 26). The subtitle pretty much says it all!

It’s a book about modifying existing patterns and creating new ones — not so much a design book, but a book that explains how to turn your design ideas into workable patterns.

One of my guilty pleasures is catching an episode of What Not to Wear from time to time. If I’ve learned anything from that show, it is that clothes do not come off the rack fitting everyone perfectly. So why would we think that knitting patterns would as well?

I used to do a great deal of sewing, and I was pretty darn good at it. I could make a  suit from a Vogue pattern in a weekend. And I made my entire work wardrobe back in the day. I learned from experience how I needed to alter sewing patterns to fit me properly so that it looked like I had my own couturier.

And here’s a book that’ll help you do that with your knitted garments. The book covers such topics as calculating measurements and understanding ease, creating a pattern from an existing garment that fits you well, how to create a variety  of necklines, shoulders, sides, sleeves, and hemlines, how to troubleshoot a project that doesn’t turn out the way you expected, and tips for finishing to give your knits the couture look.

And there are 8 patterns included. They are all sweaters — pullovers, wraps, and jackets — and they incorporate the elements that Melville covers in the book. My fave:

I think this is a book that would be useful not only for designers and designer wanna-bes, but also anyone who has the desire and/or need to alter a knitting pattern.

Meanwhile, I’ve started something new. Can you guess what it is?

Lucy knows, but she’s not telling.


  1. Lynda Hitt says:

    I think your new item is a colorwork sweater, similar to the one Stacy did.

  2. I think your current project looks like a lot of fun!

    Molly : )
    deepbluerenegade´s last blog post ..WIPW: Socks Onward!

  3. Thanks for sharing your pattern and providing this overview of Melville’s new book, very informative. Since I almost always find myself modifying patterns, this might well be a book to add to the library.
    Barbara´s last blog post ..WIP | Fiery Nimbus Grows

  4. My guess something that will make me cast on another Alice Starmore project. You are so inspiring!! Think I need to get that book ordered too.

  5. Melissa says:

    Love the hood.

    Also nice book and jacket.

    Love the colors in your new project.

  6. Thank you for the hooded scarf pattern – simple is easier when I have a pattern! 🙂

    I also enjoyed the overview of the book and will put it on my list. I love well-written, helpful resources (including you!)

    Have a super weekend and give Lucy an extra hug from the blogosphere!

  7. Looks like a jacket or sweater sleeve. Nice and warm!
    Cleo14´s last blog post ..Voila!

  8. Love the scarf.

  9. Jackie Wilson says:


  10. Thanks for the pattern, I know a few people who could shure use this hooded scarf about now. I’m in So. CA so I don’t have the big need, hee hee, had to gloat a little.

    I can guess what your knitting but it sure is pretty. Maybe a clutch bag???

  11. I haven’t a clue what you are knitting. Any chance Lucy is up for a bribe??? Thanks much for the review of the book, assuming this is the same author as the knit book and purl book, she has a lovely way with words!!! I too, will be adding it to my wish list. Anywhere to pre-order?? as always, thanks for the post!

  12. Charlotte says:

    a new hat for spring, maybe

  13. Kat the slightly obsessive knitter says:

    Love the scarf!!! Now the inner knitter wants to make one… Never mind that I need to finish the baby blanket I’m working on. Along with the other projects…

  14. Love the hooded scarf! I think the item you are knitting is a pair of mittens. I look forward to your emails showing what you are up to and, of course, Lucy.

  15. Great scarf, I will try my hand at this with my homespun. Is your new project a hat? It would look great as one.

  16. Scottie says:

    My daughter was just asking for a hooded scarf. I think I’ll use you idea. Seems easy enough.

    I think your new knitting project is the beginning of a color work tam beret. What’s the prize. 😀

  17. Thanks for sharing the hooded scarf, definitely going on my to do list. As for the new project, lovely colour and pattern so far, is it some more mittens or the sleeve on a fair isle jumper ???? Looking forward to seeing the reveal as you progress.


  18. Thanks for the useful review. Your new project looks like it could be either a make-up pouch or a very small sweater. 😀

  19. Mitten?
    The scarf is cute.

    The book looks interesting. I’m going to take a look at it when it gets to the stores. Thanks for the review.

  20. Gretcheng says:

    You look very cozy in the hooded scarf–cute! I think you’re starting something in colorwork, but you have cleverly obfuscated just how big around the ribbed band is! Could be a sweater, could be a hat…

  21. patricia says:

    I like the scarf/hood. That’s a clever idea!

    I think you’re knitting a sweater.

  22. Lynne in Florida says:

    That would be a very interesting cuff on a sock …

    The book looks like I need to add it to the library. Big Girl Knits only goes so far.

    Skritches to Lucy!

  23. I’d think it was a hat, because it looks too wide to be a sock and not quite wide enough to be a sweater. Granted I’m not exactly sure of the scale what looks like a bag that the knitting is resting on, so I fully expect to be wrong.

    Happy Friday!
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..[10 Tuesday] thank goodness for March

  24. A few years ago you bought yarn for a Rowan(?) short sleeve fair isle sweater. Would this be it?