My current work in progress:

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


Newlyn Jacket

I finished knitting and putting together my Newlyn Jacket yesterday. Here it is, before shrinking.

Rather floppy . . .

I worked short rows for the shoulders and did a three-needle bind-off on the shoulder seams. I also picked up stitches along each armhole and attached the sleeves via three-needle bind-off. I wanted to ensure that I had nice neat, strong seams, and the three-needle bind-offs ensured this.

Neat and Tidy!

I got some gorgeous buttons:

These buttons are from Twig and Horn. They are these brass wood-grain buttons. So pretty! They were rather expensive but after all the work I put into this jacket, I figured it deserved nice buttons.

I knit a quick little swatch from the denim yarn and three that in the washer and dryer along with the jacket. Then I unraveled it and used the yarn to sew the buttons on.

And, the Newlyn Jacket is done!


And the back:

Alors, voila!

And Loki was a big help.

So very helpful!


  1. Absolutely stunning. Love the blue and the buttons. You should be very proud of yourself, Wendy. That same jacket would take the rest of us mere mortals quite a chunk of our lifetime to knit. Maybe something easy for your next project???

  2. Susan Cawley says:

    Very nice!

  3. Oh my! So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing about washing the swatch, then unraveling it to attach buttons. Genius!

  4. Beautiful! Now, if we could only have some cool sweater weather!

  5. Susanne Scheurwater says:

    Gorgeous!! Glad you were able to finish it. Love seeing all your projects….what’s next??

  6. Beautiful!!! That’s all I can say.

  7. Very very nice. How did you estimate shrinkage and what size to knit?
    I was thinking of knitting with denim yarn also but I was thinking of skeining the yarn
    and putting it in net bags and throwing in the washer & dryer so that yarn is already
    shrunk. What do you think?

  8. Beautiful! It must have taken a leap of faith that your final washed version would come out so well.

  9. Beautiful! I can’t imagine knitting on the blind faith that the finished product would shrink to the perfect size. Kudos!

  10. Robin F says:

    Love the cables, color, and buttons. Every component works together.

  11. Brenda Bronstein says:

    Really reflects your skills. Just awe with a tinge of envy.

  12. Helene Ross says:


  13. Sharen Wareen says:

    I love your jacket! I own the book and I have used the Elann version of the yarn. That’s my favorite pattern for a cabled cardigan… maybe some day. In reply to Tobie, the patterns in the book take into account the lengthwise shrinkage. There is no width wise shrinkage.

  14. Sharen Warren says:

    p.s. The brass buttons are perfect against the blue!

  15. What a great looking garment! It will be perfect for Fall temps.

  16. Leslie Mitnick says:

    I knit myself a Newlyn several years ago, using a very dark indigo cotton yarn, which left me with blue hands for the year it took me to complete it. It has held it’s shape and dimensions beautifully, despite many trips through the washer and the dryer. In addition, the color has faded, just like a pair of jeans. It is my go to “car coat” in the fall and spring. I think it is one of those perennial patterns that never go out of style.

  17. Leslie F says:

    As always, you did an excellent job. I am sure it will look great when you wear it.

  18. Carolyn says:


  19. Gorgeous sweater! And Loki is gorgeous too as always!

  20. Kathryn Reynolds says:

    What a fab jacket – you did a great job. I started knitting this jacket in Rowan denim, a few weeks ago and I’m still only half way up the back! I will try your suggestion of a three needle bind off for the shoulders (if I ever get there) as yours look so neat.

  21. Absolutely stunning!

  22. patricia says:

    Beautiful- take a bow!

    Pepper is at her most helpful with my knitting when she is sleeping in another room- just like Loki!

  23. Christiane says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Maybe one day, I will find the strength to do this beauty.

  24. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Your work is amazing and beautiful!@