My current work in progress:

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


Lots of Ribbing

I finished the body of my Lila cardigan Friday night, and started the process of putting it together and picking up stitches for the ribbing.

First job, sew the shoulder seams. This is worsted weight cotton, and I know from experience that backstitching the shoulders together will make for a very thick unsightly seam. Mattress stitching is a possibility, but I don’t like doing that on the shoulders, which I consider “weight-bearing seams.”

What I decided to do was the pick up stitches along each shoulder line and attach via a three-needle bind-off. If I had thought about this when I was casting off in “stair steps” for the shoulder (to give it the desired slant), I would have done the shoulder shaping in short rows and kept the stitches live for the three-needle bind-off. But I didn’t, so instead I picked up stitches along the shoulder line of each piece and bound off purlwise with right sides together. The resulting seam:

Not perfect, but I think it looks better that a backstitched seam would.

I picked up stitches and knit a cuff.

I picked up stitches on the other sleeve, but have not yet worked the cuff. I decided to do the front bands/neck band next. So I spent a good part of Saturday picking up the 350+ stitches and got to work on the band.

This is the band with 10 of the needed 16 rows done. So far so good!

My plan for today is to finish the front band, and then get to work on the second sleeve cuff. I ought to be able to finish this tomorrow or Tuesday.

Loki sez:

“I am taking a selfie with Momma!


  1. Mary Lou Keenan says:

    Lovely! I think picking up stitches is tons of fun! Your solution to seaming the shoulders seemed to work very well.

  2. Love the color of your Lila. Even tho you weren’t thrilled with the shoulder seam it looks good.
    Loki looks so pretty in the selfie.

  3. I love the Lila cardigan. I like short sleeved cardigans a lot.
    I also love the action shots of Loki, and the ones that show his eyes. He looks like he’s right where he belongs in this one.

  4. Lila is looking great! A lot of stitches in that band… Loki is so, so lovable.

  5. Chris Reeske says:

    Love the color and Loki and your pick-ups are so smooth. Mine never are, do you have any special trick or tip?

  6. Did you block before picking up stitches? Looks so finished already

  7. Your comments are so very helpful to me who mostly follows patterns and wouldn’t have thought to do what you did to the shoulder seam. Love this project and the color is gorgeous. So is Loki 🙂