The pattern was Alice Starmore’s Stornoway. It’s knit in the round in really good quality 5-ply pure wool on tiny needles (less than 3mm). I had to spend time understanding the pattern, which included adding my own diagrams, before beginning to knit. The pattern has diamond-shaped “gussets” where the arms meet the body and a beautiful rope-cable along the top of the shoulder.
The result, after many hours of needles clicking, is a fabulous, glamorous, useful, hard-wearing, traditional garment.
I was reflecting on this knit as the third anniversary of its completion came around. In gestation today is a second fisherman’s jersey, this time in bright red (a colour for cable-knits mainly not seen since the ’70’s). The choice has to be made: to match the enormous amount of detailed patterning in the Stornoway or to cheat by knitting plain stocking stitch up to chest height.