My current work in progress:

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


Beadwork Cardigan

I finished my Beadwork Cardigan Monday night.

To recap, this is the adult version of the child’s cardigan that was originally published in Jade Starmore’s book A Collector’s Item. The pattern for the adult-sized cardi appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of Interweave Knits magazine. I’ve loved it since I first saw the pattern 20 years ago. It took me long enough to get around to knitting it, didn’t it?

The pattern called for Alice Starmore Scottish Fleet 5-ply guernsey yarn to be knit with a 3mm needle. I used Wendy 5-ply Guernsey in the cream colorway and went down to a 2.75mm needle to get gauge.

I pretty much knit it as directed without alterations, apart from a couple of small mods on the sleeves. The cardi has a drop shoulder and there is a narrow shoulder strap that features the small cable that runs up the center of the sleeve.

Rather than bind off the stitches on either side of the shoulder strap and then sew the top of the sleeve to the sides of the body, I put the stitches on holders. After working and sewing in the shoulder strap, I picked up stitches along the edges of the front and back of the body and attached the sleeves using a three-needle bind-off.

For the shoulder straps, the pattern directs you to work on the 8 stitches of the cable motif for the strap — that’s k1, p1, work a 4-stitch cable, p1, k1. I worked my shoulder strap across 10 stitches, so I had one less stitch for the sleeve seam on either side and I worked k2, p1 and p1, k2 on either side of the cable motif. I did this so that I had an extra knit stitch for seaming — I think it looks much neater to have a whole knit stitch on either side of the cable.

I chose pewter buttons with a thistle motif.

I love this cardi! I can’t wait until it is actually cool enough so that I can wear it!


  1. Susan Cawley says:


  2. Sharen Warren says:

    Bravo! Your cardigan is beautiful.

  3. Absolutely beautiful. Hopefully, Loki enjoyed the experience while you worked so hard. This is a work of art.

  4. Beth from TN says:

    This is gorgeous. I’m so impressed with your talent. Again. 😘

  5. Beautiful job! You inspire me!

  6. Such a beautiful work – I’ve loved following along with your progress, congratulations.

  7. This cardigan took my breath away. Thanks for sharing your pattern mods. I hope to be able to knit this.

  8. A collector’s item indeed! Beautiful, detailed work.

  9. Oh my goodness! The cardigan is to die for! And I love those buttons. They were the perfect choice.

  10. Absolutely beautiful!

  11. Beadwork is spectacular, Wendy. This is one of my favorites you’ve ever shown.

  12. Charlottewv says:

    Your beadwork cardigan is gorgeous:::and I love the buttons you chose! It looks as though Loki is studying the pattern for your next knitting project! Lol! Beautiful purrbabe!❤️🧶❤️🐾😊

  13. Absolutely beautiful! The pattern is a true classic.

  14. Stunning!

  15. That’s an awesome sweater! I’m sure you’ll wear it a lot and get compliments evrey time.