My current work in progress:

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


So Many Pieces!

There were a couple of questions in the comments last week about the number of pieces that make up the Margaret Tudor sweater.

I am knitting the design from the original book, not the 2013 re-issue. The re-issue has a slightly re-designed Margaret Tudor that has sleeves that are knit in one piece.

The original design has five pieces that make up the back, five that make up the front, and three for each sleeve. After you sew the pieces together, you pick up and knit cuffs, bottom band, and neckband.

Labor-intensive? Heck yeah? Fun to knit? Heck yeah?

It is an interesting construction and not one I’ve come across before. It is definitely unique and will make a stunning sweater.

Since last week, I finished a side front piece:

I am working on the second side back piece:

So of the 16 pieces needed (before knitting the cuffs and bands) I now have four and a half completed. So I definitely have a lot of knitting ahead of me!

And as you can see, Loki is being as helpful as usual!


  1. It’s going to be beautiful and I love your color choice! Sounds like a really fun knit.

  2. That is such a huge commitment and I admire your dedication. I would never be able to knit something with so many pieces. The second sock syndrome would kick in and I’d move on to another project. It’s going to be stunning when you finish it.

  3. Again, you’ve gone over the top with your knitting skills. Can’t wait to see the final product !!! xo

  4. Really impressive. Something to tackle in my next life!

  5. Charlottewv says:

    Oooh, that’s such a pretty design. As quickly as you knit, it will soon be a gorgeous sweater. You’re so lucky to have your purrbabe, Loki, as your knitting assistant.

  6. You do such beautiful work! That’s going to be a treasured sweater, I’m sure.

    I can tell Loki is impressed, too 😉

  7. Kathleen Foley says:

    Had to grab my Tudor Roses and see which edition I had. The 1998. All those pieces! I need Henry VII. And Catherine Parr. And Elizabeth I. So glad you are such an inspiration!

  8. Barbara Runcie says:

    Loki looks so enthused. LOL!! The sweater is gorgeous

  9. Oh it looks so lovely! Love the color & texture in it..
    And of course Loki is adorable as always!!
    My beloved Kubi kitty had cancerous tumor removed in June , he recovered great but is now being treating ( with herbs & acupuncture ) for neuropathy in his extremities!! Ugh the $$ we spend on our furbabies!!
    Keep up the great work!!