My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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Thank you for all your very kind comments about my Mary Tudor cardi. In answer to a couple of questions in the comments, I did indeed steek the sleeve caps.

So of course I cast on something new.

This is the beginning of Yell, a design from Marie Wallin from her pattern collection entitled Shetland. It is knit on a size 3.25mm needle with Jamieson’s of Shetland Shetland Spindrift. I’m making a few mods.

I’ve added a facing at the bottom to combat the curling that several Ravelers mentioned in their project notes for this design.

The pattern directs you do do a 5-stitch steek, which in my experience is way too narrow, so I’ve done my usual 10-stitch steek.

I plan also to make my cardi longer than the original design.

While I’ve been knitting, Loki has been “supervising.”

Mary Tudor

I finished my Mary Tudor cardigan yesterday:

I purchased the kit for this from — it is knit from Alice Starmore’s 2-ply Hebridean on a 3.25mm needle.

I love the mitred corners at the bottom hem:

I found a pretty vintage button on etsy to use for this:

As you can see, Loki is exhausted from helping me with this project.

Sleeve Start

Yesterday I finished knitting the body of my Mary Tudor cardi and started a sleeve:

As you can see, Loki is helping.

When you get to the sleeve cap, you have the option of either knitting back and forth or in the round with a steek. There are advantages to each:

If you knit back and forth you don’t have the thickness of an extra steek at the armhole.

If you knit in the round with a steek, you don’t have a billion yarn ends to weave in around the armhole.

Decisions, decisions.

Mary Tudor

I’ve made some good progress on my Mary Tudor cardigan.

See my little helper in the background?

I’ve just started the armholes:


This is not a typical fair isle construction where you pick up stitches and kn it down from the armhole. Rather you knit the sleeve in the round from the cuff up and set it into the armhole. Once you get to the sleeve cap you have4 the option of steeking it and continuing in the round or knitting back and forth.

I’ll decide once I get there!