My current work in progress:

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



First things first, the winner n last week’s giveaway of Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford’s “A Year of Techniques” is Ruth Hibberson, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone else for leaving a comment!

Onward . . . here is my current project:

This is the back of Sundew, a cardigan designed by Martin Storey for Rowan. I am knitting mine from Rowan Softyak DK although the pattern calls for Rowan Moordale. I have the back and the left side front done.

This pattern has sone oddities. If you go look at the pattern photo on Ravelry, you will see that the side fronts are not mirror image of each other. There are no photos of the back, but it is equally un-symmetrical . To me, that looks weird. I can’t help but think that this was an obvious choice on the part of the designer, but I do not like the way it looks. So I reworked the charts so that I get the symmetrical look that makes me happy. Perhaps this makes me rigid or traditional, but seriously, the pattern as written looks like an error to me.

Speaking of pattern errors, I note that the directions for the right side front just sort of stop as soon as they tell you to start shaping the neck. There’s two more paragraphs of instruction for the left front. The intent may have been for the directions to say to work as for the left front reversing all shaping (which I personally think is sort of lazy pattern-writing), but it doesn’t even say that, so I have to think this is an editorial glitch.

So say I.

Loki is too busy napping to say anything.


  1. It has & would drive me bonkers to have mismatched fronts too. I’ve redone cable charts to make them symmetrical on socks & sweaters, as well.

  2. Wow – that is quite a missed opportunity for them – – I really think it should be rewritten. The cables are quite beautiful, but taken as a whole, the asymmetry spoils the entire look. It’s unlike Rowan to put out something like this – – who’s editing?

  3. Wow Wendy that is so intricate!

  4. The non-symmetry would bother me also. Your cables are beautiful.

  5. Martha Rice says:

    Hi Wendy, I’m with you on the lack of symmetry and the apparent missing section for the right front. I wonder if this pattern was originally written in German and some of these problems are a result of translation. Have you reported this to Rowan or the designer? Hopefully they’ll respond and update the pattern, which is quite lovely.

  6. Sharen Warren says:

    Well done Wendy! I like your changes.

  7. Dorothy Van Daele says:

    Always amazed at your productivity and beautiful, complex knitting. The asymmetry would worry me while making the pattern, but I was surprised to find that I like it as pictured on Ravelry. Made me look again, then again to check the switches, then again at the sleeves to find the differences. I don’t think these are mistakes, but pattern description could have pointed this feature out to alert knitters.

  8. Last week I looked at the pictures on the project page and thought exactly the same! that ended my desire to knit it. Yes, it can be fixed but decided to move on from it. Yours is lovely!

  9. Guess that makes me a rigid traditionalist as well. I doubt I’d have even bought the pattern after looking at it’s photo. Your sweater, however, is going to be gorgeous!

  10. Charlottewv says:

    The cardigan is so pretty. Sweet Loki looks so comfortable.❤️?

  11. Looking at your ambitious pattern choices always makes me wish I had learned to knit in England back in the 50s thru 80s where I might have absorbed more intricate knitting as normal instead of something to be daunted by. At least that’s my theory. Loki is looking very furball-ish these days. Kind of like a giant furry Pom-Pom,

  12. I kind of think it was meant to be read as marching across the entire front from left to right or right left with the two main design motifs alternating, and does not bother me seen that way. Cannot speak for the other irregularities which are rather glaring.

  13. I agree, asymmetry bothers me in clothing… lol but that main cable is spectacular!
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