My current work in progress:

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


Yell Cardigan

I finished my Yell Cardigan lat week.

To recap, this is a design by Marie Wallin from her book Shetland, knit from Jamiesons of Shetland Shetland Spindrift on size 3.25mm needles. I used the colors called for in the pattern.

I did make a number of mods, all of which I think I’ve mentioned at some point during the knitting of this. But here they all are in one place.

Rather than do the very narrow seed stitch borders, I knit facings for the bottom hems, sleeves, and front bands. A number of other knitters reported on their Ravelry project pages that as knit the garment had a tendency to curl, so I wanted to avoid that.

I worked my usual 10-stitch steek rather than the (in my opinion) too-narrow 5-stitch steek the pattern called for. By working the 10-stitch steek I had enough wiggle room so that I did not have to do any steek reinforcement after cutting and before picking up stitches.

I added about 6″ in length to the body of the garment as I wanted it to be longer than the cropped version.

Rather than pick up and knit the sleeves down from the armholes, I knit them from the bottom up, and then joined them to picked up stitches around the armhole via three-needle bind-off. I did this simply because I did not want the entire body of the sweater in my lap while I knit the sleeves.

After the garment was complete and put together I noticed a boo-boo that I totally missed while knitting it. Can you see it in this photo?

(Hint: Look at the sleeves)

Now that I’ve noticed it, I can’t believe I missed it! The error came about because in-between knitting Sleeve One and Sleeve Two, I enlarged the bottom chart and accidentally cut off the top motif. Doh!

Am I planning on fixing it? No way! Once I finished it, I was eager to move on!

Meanwhile, Loki is napping in preparation for watching the Kitten Bowl this afternoon!


  1. It’s gorgeous. And no one is ever going to notice the sleeve error, especially while you’re wearing it.. Definitely not worth trying to fix it. So, what’s the next project?

  2. Mary Lou Keenan says:

    If you hadn’t mentioned it, I wouldn’t have seen the sleeve error. Beautiful garment with excellent mods.

  3. What a beautiful sweater you’ve made! I’ve looked at this pattern several times, but wasn’t sure about the the style of the sweater, whether it would be easy to wear and flattering. The photo of you wearing your is helpful and makes it look like a sweater I’d like to wear (I know I want to knit it!)

  4. Susan Cawley says:

    Are the sleeves different lengths?

  5. So beautiful! No one will be comparing the sleeves 🙂

  6. Holy Moly–another incredible knit by MzWendy!!!! I am always totally blown away by your sweaters. This is beyond stunning. Congratulations on the amazing finish.

  7. So lovely, Wendy! I never would have noticed the sleeve if you hadn’t pointed it out. I like the extra length.

  8. I like the method you used to knit the sleeves. I, too, hate having all that bulk in my lap. Just curious, did you knit each sleeve in the round or two at a time in the round and steeked or knit flat individually? I haven’t found the best method that works for me at this time but could use your advice for my current project. Do you prefer circulars or double points for sleeves?

  9. Stunning!

  10. Wow that is beautiful!

  11. Wow! That’s fantastic! Im curious – did you make up for the missinmissing rows further up the sleeve or is one sleeve marginally shorter than the other? Either way, it looks amazing on you!

  12. Do like the looks of the sweater. I don’t like to knit the sleeves with the whole sweater in my lap either. It kills my arms after a while. I don’t think too many people will notice the sleeve, if any! Love the colors. xo

  13. Charlottewv says:

    It’s soo beautiful, Wendy, and no one will ever notice the sleeve “error “ unless you point it out to them. It’s good to see that sweet Loki is getting a much needed catnap! ❤️🧶❤️🐾