My current work in progress:

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


Flat Fair Isle

In the comments for my last blog post, there were some questions about working fair isle on the purl side. It’s really not that bad — it just takes a bit of getting used to!

There is an excellent article about knitting fair isle flat on the Loveknitting blog, here. I like that color dominance and the proper way to strand colors on the purl side are addressed in detail.

I have both side fronts of my Toorie Cardi done.

I took a short break from knitting Toorie this week because a colleague just adopted two kitties and I needed to make these:

But I went back to Toorie and knit a sleeve.

And there were a couple of requests for a view of the wrong side:

Here is the best Loki picture of the week:


  1. Sharen Warren says:

    Your cardigan is lovely – perfect for spring. Thanks for the link. I have knit fairisle flat and I agree, it’s not that difficult. It was a soft cotton cardigan vest, and I don’t think you can use steeks in cotton. On the subject of top down knits, I have had problems with “torquing” in the body of the finished garment, especially in cotton. Knit and learn 😉

  2. Susan Shelly says:

    Awesome knitting as usual – but – an exceptionally cute Loki pic;O))!!!

  3. Your Loki pic is adorable!

    Thank you SO MUCH for the link and for showing the backside of your work. You have inspired me, I think I will resolve to knit some flat Fair Isle!

  4. Charlottewv says:

    The cardigan is gorgeous. I love he Fair Isle knits, but don’t think I’d ever be able to do it. The mice are so cute and are sweet gifts to welcome your friend’s purrbabes to their new home. And Loki, well he just keeps getting more and more adorable!❤️?

  5. Wendy Parkinson says:

    Thank you so much for the link. As you said, it explains the colour dominance and standing properly.

    Your cardigan is beautiful, and I have no idea how you knit so fast!

  6. Wow! Your speed at complicated knitting never fails to amaze me. I would love to have a pillow or blanket (or both) knit from the Toorie design. A pillow would alleviate my fear of knitting flat fair isle.

  7. I just want to thank you for still blogging! I look forward to your posts.

  8. I do think I almost like the “wrong” side more. Both sides are beautiful! Loki’s position is hilarious, silly cat!

  9. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Only in my knitting dreams could I do this. Love it!

  10. Your Toorie is beautiful! What a fast and proficient knitter you are.