My current work in progress:

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


Labor Intensive

Last week I mentioned that I was embarking on a project that is labor-intensive.It is this:

This is Jade Starmore’s adult version of her Beadwork sweater, published in Interweave Knits in the Winter 1999/2000 issue. That’s almost 20 years ago.

The child’s version of this sweater was published first — in Jade’s book A Collector’s Item. I loved it on sight, so I was very pleased when she released an adult-sized version of the design. Took me long enough to get around to knitting it, didn’t it?

I am using Wendy Guernsey yarn, which is basically interchangeable with the yarn called for — Alice Starmore’s Scottish Fleet. The gauge for this sweater is 31 stitches and 41 rows to 4″. I achieved gauge with a 2.75mm needle.

The design is labor-intensive because you work cables/twisted stitches on both the right and the wrong side of the work. At a very tight gauge. I am using a Hiya Hiya needle that at this small size is very sharp and pointy, so I have to be careful not to poke holes in my fingers as I knit.

Oooooh, pointy!

It’s slow going (41 rows to 4″!) but extremely fun to knit!

Meanwhile, Loki is taking a nap in his tote.

Do not disturb!


  1. The work in that sweater is gorgeous! Your incredible! You truly are out doing yourself on this one! Just love your work! What talent! Loki looks so content . You go girl !! Take care

  2. Impressive!

  3. Christiane says:

    It might have taken you a while to start this project, but what a beautiful result. Worth the wait. Will you knit a sweater with loki fur?

  4. I’m intrigued by this sweater. Now to find the pattern and convert it to in the round and steek it .
    Your sunshine yellow is so pretty but Loki doesn’t look impressed.

  5. Sharen Warren says:

    I’m almost speechless – you are truly a master knitted!

  6. I’m going to enjoy watching your progress on this project- it must be a lot of fun to knit, though a bit exhausting, too. Enjoy!

  7. Wow! That’s gorgeous! More power to you – I’d never have the attention span for that tiny gauge. Can’t wait to see how it progresses.

  8. Your knitting is just beautiful and what a joy it will be to wear. I love that particular issue of Interweave.

  9. poodletail says:

    Wendy, I’m in love with this latest project! I can’t tell from the photos if you’re knitting in a pale yellow or natural. Either will, of course, look gorgeous with your skin and hair. Please don’t hesitate to post lots of progress photos as I’d love to knit this for myself!