My current work in progress:

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


Not Viajante

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am knitting another Viajante, but as I did with my last one, I have changed the rate of increase. A couple of you requested more information about what I did.

As designed, Viajante is a long skinny tube that slowly widens. I knit my first one according to the pattern. (This was knit using Kauni 8/2 Effektgarn in the Rainbow colorway.)


The resulting piece is pretty, but not as wearable as one may like. Because it is so skinny, I have to wear it bunched up around the neck because it is only about halfway down the piece that it is wide enough to fit across the shoulders. So when I re-knit it, I widened it quite a bit at the top to accommodate my shoulders. This one is in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.


I have worn this version quite a few times.

I did not keep track of exactly what I did, but I increased on both sides until it was big enough across the shoulders, then I continued increasing on one side only.

For my current Viajante, I did the garter stitch collar as directed. Then once I started working in the round, I increased on each side on every row until it looked wide enough to fit nicely over the shoulders. Then I changed the rate of increase so that on one side I increased on every other row, and on the other side I increased on ever 4th row. No decreases.

I am nearing completion — I have just started the bind-off. This one will be shorter than the other two because I have less yarn — just under 1,000 yards. But I am using a sportweight instead of fingering weight, so it won’t be too much shorter.



The winner of my review copy of A Playful Palette of 10 Knitted Accessories by Tabitha Hedrick is Jean in California, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Meanwhile, Loki is resting up for playtime.



  1. that’s a serious rest going on!! Ever consider a brother or a sister for Loki???

  2. What a great design, it is so dramatic don’t you think?
    What a place for Loki to fall asleep LOL

  3. No, he doesn’t need a companion to vy for mom’s attention.

    I bet he scratched that up REAL good to make a soft bed! 🙂

  4. vie

  5. I think both of those are simply stunning! Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere is one of my favorite yarns to work with.
    Susan Ipavec´s last blog post ..FO: Newborn Sweater

  6. Questions – I have questions today.
    Your third Viajante. I love the dramatic colors of the first one, BTW. What do you like about this pattern and garment most? Also, I would like to see a picture of it on you or someone. I can’t quite picture it – with a skirt? with jeans?
    My other question is can you (or one of your readers) point me to a pattern for a prayer shawl that has very little (or no) lace? I’m not experienced with lace and would like to make a shawl soon/quickly for a friend.

  7. Gretcheng says:

    Wendy, thanks for the details for Not-Viajante! I will be turning my current one back into yarn to start over. Too bad I managed to break my left wrist in a fall on Monday’s ice… Knitting is too painful right now, but I can plan projects!

  8. I’m fascinated by Viajante. but I’m trying not to BUY anymore patterns for the time being, but I love the idea of being able to slip it over my head, and still have a scarf like thing to wrap around my neck. and I love both versions of yours.

  9. The rainbow colorway is great, but the new color is AWESOME!

  10. 1/11/2014 – My book arrived today in perfect condition. It is even better than I expected!
    I can hardly wait to get started on the project shown on the cover…BUT, I have 2 other projects I am working on to finish first. Thank you again so much.


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