My current work in progress:

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



In my last blog post I showed the start of a new project. I’ve made some progress on it:


As Catherine pointed out in the comments, this is “Maidenhair” designed by Alice Starmore, from her book Aran Knitting, which was re-released in paperback a couple of years ago.

I did knit this cardigan a number of years ago– here are some photos. As you can probably tell from the photos, I made it for someone else. I knit that Maidenhair from Bovidae Farm sportweight at the pattern gauge. The pattern calls for Scottish Fleet gansey yarn and a gauge of 30 stitches/4 inches.

I am knitting this Maidenhair from Wollmeise DK.


I am using a U.S. size 4 needle and am getting 6 stitches to the inch. I am making the smallest size of the pattern and that will result in a fairly large cardigan I can use as outerwear. I plan to knit my sweater a bit longer than the pattern directs to make it more coat-like.

I am a little more than halfway through knitting the back and can see I have plenty of yarn. I had six skeins of the Wollmeise and when I decided to make the cardi longer, I acquired two more skeins from a nice Raveler who was de-stashing the color I needed — Pesto. So I have a total of 8 skeins, or 3744 yards.

So my Sunday plan is for more knitting and perhaps a bit of Lucy snuggling.

Lucy is ready for anything!



  1. It’s looking gorgeous! Someday, I hope to make a nice sweater for myself that I can wear in a place where it doesn’t really get cold…
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..Y2: Self-Imposed Year of Projects – Update #24

  2. That colorway is to die for!

  3. Catherine S. says:

    This is going to be one of your favorites, I can tell, Wendy, not only because this shade of green is *the* perfect shade for you. Maidenhair is one of the most feminine of all Aran designs: its smaller cables and the large triangles with their discreet bobble are ever so graceful. I can’t *wait* to see this completed and maybe it will even get me off my shawl kick and back on to something more, um, worthy of my knitting time. 🙂

  4. howdy –
    Your output always amazes me. Not just a lot of stitches, but deliciously textured fabrics. Brava!
    Mentioning picking up extra skeins made me wonder if you have any tips when the dye is subtly off with one or two skeins.
    If the disparate color is darker, I try to use it on the lower edge, cuffs and hem. But usually, the dye is a bit lighter. Any help?

  5. It’s a really nice pattern !
    Dorothée´s last blog post ..Summer knit

  6. Pam Beeching says:

    It constantly amazes me that seeing someone’s project always sends me post haste to my shelves to dig my copy of the book and give the pages a fresh look because the project always looks so lovely and different! How does that happen, for goodness sake! I finished ‘St.Brigid’ (also in the book) in a wool/synthetic blend for a busy Mum-of-six who hasn’t any time for handwashing (heresy in some quarters but it turned out very well and has stood up amazingly well to the washing machine!). In all the hurry to finish it, I totally overlooked ‘Maidenhair’ which is a smashing pattern. (Well, at least it is the way you knit it!!!!) Ta for the inspiration and good luck with the rest of it 🙂


  7. This project looks so interesting to knit–lots of cables and details. You’ve inspired me to check out some Alice Starmore patterns–I know the name but have never knit anything by this apparent icon.
    Liz Washburn´s last blog post ..Summer Break . . . or Slacking Off in the South

  8. Shirley Gallagher says:

    What a beautiful shade of green. It really shows the cables to advantage.

  9. I really love that green! It is beautiful, and I can’t wait to see the finished project.
    Lolly´s last blog post ..Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

  10. Beautiful, and such gorgeous detail!! Looks like it will probably be another work of art!

  11. princesslongball says:

    Hi Wendy! I love looking back at ALL of your great sweater projects! I love the green color of this one… I wish that I could someday “crack the wollmeise code”.

  12. Deborah Keep says:

    That is lovely not keen on the colour myself but love the patterns off to look at the book on Amazon UK