My current work in progress:

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


The Joy of Garter Stitch

I spent most of this past week on a non-public project, and when I finished that, I started this:

This is Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, originally published in Jen Arnall-Culliford’s A Year of Techniques. It’s the design on the cover.

The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, so into the stash room I ventured. I pulled these two gems from deep stash:

Socks That Rock Heavyweight in the Spinel and Big Brain Blue colorways.

I started with a crochet provisional cast-on — you had a choice of that or of using Judy’s Magic Cast-on.

The pattern calls for a U.S. size 8 needle, but I got gauge with a size 7. And here is my progress so far:

After completing the knitting you graft the live stitches at the end to the cast-on stitches, hence the provisional cast-on.

It is a fun knit — mindless enough to work on while bing-watching a royal wedding, for example, but with some fun shaping to keep things interesting.

Here is my little prince, doing his best “smooshy face.”



  1. Tiffanie says:

    Prince Smooshy Face is adorable. And that cowl looks like an entertaining knit. Martina’s patterns have a perfect balance of mindless and engaging.

    I have only recently come to love garter stitch. I am knitting a log cabin cardigan using several different colorways of Socks that Rock lightweight on size 5 US needles. It’s loads of fun, and I’m enjoying it more than I would another pair of socks!

  2. What an adorable little, smooshy face! 🙂
    I love simple, mindless knitting patterns and your color choices are beautiful!
    Jeannie Gray´s last blog post ..Makers’ Monday

  3. LOL, so I’m not the only one who has a Mr. Smooshy-face cat! Mine is a Maine Coon boy named Gambit. I’m sure he and Loki would be fantastic friends =)

    And I agree that there’s nothing quite like a good garter or stockinette project. It’s like going for a run for those of us who are not runners – my mind can go elsewhere while my body is occupied.