My current work in progress:

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


Again with the Labor Intensive

Thank you for all your lovely comments on m y Beadwork Cardi. It has not yet been cool enough for me to be able to wear it, but hopefully soon.

I had so much fun knitting this cardi that I decided to knit another project using guensey yarn. This time I am using Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey Wool, in the olive colorway. And I am making Alice Starmore’s Margaret Tudor pullover. This sweater has an interesting construction — the front and back are kn it in several panels that are then sewn together. Definitely not a project for seam-haters!

Here are the center front and back panels.

The front panel is short than the back panel because the neckline is lower in the front.

Here is a side panel.

This sweater has a lot of decorative buttons sewn on. I found some pewter buttons in the shape of, appropriately, a Tudor Rose.

Wish I could remember where I bought them . . .

This is another extremely labor-intensive knit but is it ever fun! I really love the thistles.

Loki, on the other hand, doesn’t “get” it.

You call that fun? I’d rather take a nap.


  1. Julia Collins says:

    I love the buttons!

  2. You are an adventurous knitter- I hate seaming. The Tudor rose buttons are perfect and I love the color of your yarn.

  3. So beautiful!

  4. Beautiful work. Love to knit those kinds of patterns. Could you comment more on the yarn. I’ve got a Gansey pattern that I’m considering knitting and it uses that yarn

  5. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    As always stunning work!! Ah Loki steaks my heart with his ever so perfect little face!! Both your work and Loki, true pieces of work!!

  6. Wow! That’s going to be gorgeous! I really love those buttons and they’ll be perfect for that sweater.

  7. LaVelle N Nott says:

    I love that thistle cable pattern and tudor button roses to go with it. What a wonderful combination. Can’t wait to see your progress.

  8. Such a pretty color. This is going to be beautiful. I love the buttons for this one and the thistle buttons for the cream cardigan. Buttons are so fun

  9. Martha Frey says:

    You can find the buttons on ETSY under Tudor Rose Buttons. %6.95 each. Love Google!

  10. I have always admired that pattern but I know if I knit it my panels would all be subtly different lengths and the whole thing would look like it had been sewn in 7th grade home ec…