My current work in progress:

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


First Project of 2018

While I started this in 2017, it’s my first work in progress for 2018.

This is Merveille Du Jour, a poncho and beret set designed by Alice Starmore. I purchased it as a kit from Virtual Yarns, here.

I’m working on the poncho, which is made in 4 separate panels, which are worked flat. You sew them together, then put live stitches at the top of each panel back on a needle and work the yoke in the round.

The bottom ribbing and the yoke are both made using Virtual Yarns Hebridean 2-ply, while the solid-color body is worked in the heavier 3-ply.

I have the front and back panels done, and am working on the slightly smaller side panels. I did the ribbing for both side panels first, so I’d not have to face 2-color ribbing again for the poncho!

The bottom edge of the poncho is curved. This is achieved with short rows and strategically placed decreases. I’m thoroughly enjoying this project. Even the “boring” plain color portions are fun because of the decreases — there’s always something new going on.

Loki is being a big help, keeping tabs on my pattern!


  1. Looks like a winner!

  2. Just checked your link – what a gorgeous pattern! Who would have thought that a moth could inspire something so beautiful made of wool. ;[)

  3. It looks like Loki is curved, too!

    (And Happy New Year!)

  4. bluetoespinner says:

    What a sweet boy he is to hold your pattern in place for you!

  5. That is some impressive toe floof, Loki!!

  6. That kitty is starting the year off right! Looking forward to seeing your poncho!

  7. It’s gorgeous! And, also, I want it. I love Starmore patterns. And yarns. And Loki, also, is gorgeous. I still can’t get over the positions he sleeps in.