My current work in progress:

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



My new work in progress is Agata, a sweater in the latest edition of Knitty.

The original was made from Freia Handpaints, but I am making mine from Noro Kureyon, colorway 332, which is predominantly shades of green. This is the prettiest Kureyon colorway, in my opinion.

The originalwas knit with two different yarns from Freia Handpaints, both of which are sportweight, and I am making mine from one shade of Kureyon, which is a heavy worsted. How can this work?

The stated gauge in the pattern works well for worsted weight:

16 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st with larger needles (size 9), after blocking
18 sts/34 rows= 4 inches in garter st with middle needles (size 8), after blocking (gently stretched)

I have knit with Freia sportweight yarn and it did seem to be a true sportweight to me, so I am unclear how it would look knitted at such a large gauge. I did take the time to knit gauge swatches with my Kureyon and attained perfect gauge with both the size 8 and size 9 needle, in garter and stockinette stitch respectively.

Here is my progress so far:



Kind of hard to figure out, isn’t it? 😉

The center back panel is worked in garter stitch, back and forth. That’s the horizontal striped section. Then you pick up and knit along each long side to continue the back. Bind off partway down when you reach the side of the back to make an armhole, and on the next row cast on the same number of the bound-off stitches and continue on to knit a side front. If you look at the pattern schematic at the link given above, it makes sense.

I have finished the left side and am working on the right side. I went ahead and sewed the left shoulder seam, so I could put it on the mannequin to model:



The pattern has you knit the front band/collar piece separately and sew it to the body, but I left the front left stitches live 9and will do s on the front right as well). Then I’ll pick up stitches along the back neck. This way I can attach the garter band to the body as I knit it, but working the last stitch of every right-side row together with a stitch from the body. It’s the same way you would knit an applied edging onto a lace shawl. I know that 2 garter rows equal one stockinette stitch, because that’s the rate of pick-up I did along the side back:



I think it’ll look much neater this way. I will knit the sleeves separately but I might pick up stitches around the armhole and attach the sleeves using a three-needle bind-off.  I plan to do just a “regular” ribbed cuff on the sleeve instead of the elbow-high ribbing.

The government shutdown has been very helpful in my knitting progress. I’ve gotten a great deal of extra knitting time each day. I’m also doing more cooking, some cleaning, and of course spending a lot of quality time with this little guy:



Loki sez:


“Thank you for buying my momma’s patterns. They are still 50% off the regular price.”


  1. When the kids stop throwing their tantrums and take care of business, going back to work will be a bite. Not sure that DC is getting the nasty weather this week, but I would sure LOVE to be home and not commuting!

  2. Ellen Richardson says:

    You are welcome, Loki. Gotta keep a handsome guy like you in catnip.

  3. I bought two of your lovely patterns, don’t know which to start first! Thank you for the discount, Your latest project is quite intriguing…can’t wait to see the finished sweater..and at the rate you’re going, it won’t be long!

  4. I’ve got sooo much Kureyon lying around … is there a trick to figuring out how many skeins might be used per size? I used to know how to do that stuff but old age has fuzzed my brain – thanks for sharing!

  5. GeniaKnitz says:

    Agreeing with Carol: Loki does have a most kissable nose!

  6. Midnite Baker says:

    Ok, Think I guessed right. A sweater with drop shoulders. I win!! What luck!! 🙂

  7. I get it! Now you can write off Loki’s maintenance as a business expense! (Shhh! I won’t tell…) Can you also get a deduction for him as shrink? What an adorable cotton ball.

    The mysteries of gauge. No wonder there are so many scarf/shawl/afghan knitters. Fear of sizing. After years as a much-too-tight knitter, for which my mother criticized me unmercifully, I’m now a rather loose knitter. Unfortunately, this usually means going down 2 sizes on needles, and the smaller needles are so much harder on my hands.

  8. Wow what beautiful colors. Poor Loki is so tired he feel asleep on the table.

  9. I’m making that one, too! I’m using Noro Matsuri, also in greens. I, too, wondered about those front bands. Do you think that maybe it ‘needs’ a seam for extra structure? Are you going to do the loooooooong ribbing on the sleeves?

  10. I hadn’t read your blog in a couple of months. So very sorry to hear about the loss of Lucy, my sincere condolences. Even though I now have a very loving new cat, I still miss my cat of 15 years. You may have already gotten this suggestion for blocking lace with a Thunder Cat running wild: since you floor block, why not just put an old, clean sheet over the lace with the edges weighed down with books, etc.? It will slightly slow the drying time and may wrinkle up when the cat runs over it but it should prevent major claw snags.

  11. It is a great idea to use Kureyon for Agata (why didn’t I think of that?). Now I’m debating as to which stash to use: Kureyon (I have multiple colors to choose from), Silk Garden (ditto), or the short-lived Kujaku (only one color here, mostly burgundy).

    Enjoy your knitting time while you have it. I have to assume you will be working much longer hours to catch up once the sutdown finally ends.

    PS: I took advantage of your pattern sale (thanks!) and picked up a number of patterns which should all work with existing stash.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..The Many Ways That Stash Multiplies

  12. Sharen Warren says:

    REALLY like this—can’t wait to see your version!

  13. Ellen Richardson says:

    BTW, Loki just hypnotised me into buying Noro Taiyo yarn to knit my own Agata. Actually, it’s not all Loki’s fault, I couldn’t resist the description of the colours: purple, silver & mint.

  14. Oh wow I really love the colours you picked can’t wait to see it finished.
    ktb38´s last blog post you know the bed rest has driven you insane

  15. Loki is truly remarkable, does he require a lot of grooming?
    Your knitting projects are astounding, so complex. I am wondering how many hours a day do you knit? How do you avoid hand/finger fatigue, do you have any special exercises?