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16 November 2012 / freakapotimus

Francis Revisited

Cowl-neck sweater and plaid skirt

In my last post, I mentioned a couple of the sweaters I would be working on for the upcoming cold-weather season, and here one is! The pattern is Francis Revisited, it’s free, it’s quick, and I absolutely love it.

No, seriously, this pattern is quick! I bought six skeins of Ultra Alpaca at All About Yarn on September 5, I cast on for the sweater on September 6, and I finished weaving in the ends on September 15. I would have worn it on September 16, if the weather had cooperated with my ideas for fall clothing.

My intentions were to wear this outfit, as seen above, when we visited Rhinebeck for the NY Sheep and Wool festival last month, but with temperatures in the upper 60s (F) that weekend, there was no way I was going to wear an alpaca/wool blend sweater! Instead, I wore my Red Marigolds cardigan over my favorite flower-print dress.

Copper and blue earrings

Top-down raglan sweaters are my preferred to knit, and this one was an absolute dream. Mostly stockinette, with seed stitch detailing in the hem, cuffs, and cowl. I added 4 of short rows at the bust, for added length, but didn’t increase any in the width. I then moved the decreases for waist shaping to the back instead, and did additional increases at the side and back for hip and butt shaping. In the end, I only used four skeins of Ultra Alpaca for this sweater.

You can view my Francis project on Ravelry. You can also download Francis Revisited pattern from Ravelry.

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4 Comments

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  1. inappropriate1967 / Nov 16 2012 5:17 PM

    Pretty! Love the color and the sleeve length! May I ask how many sweaters you have knitted? I am very impressed with your ability and skill.

  2. freakapotimus / Nov 16 2012 5:23 PM

    Sweaters that I would actually wear? Probably three. I have knit a few others that are lacking in one area or another–hem too short, armholes too big, etc. I’ve gotten good results modifying (mostly) stockinette stitch patterns. I’ve also knit sweaters for my parents, although they could be biased about the results.

  3. MontanaDesigns / Nov 16 2012 9:58 PM

    I like the comfort look of this sweater as well as the colour. Plus it matches your shoes and socks, bonus!

  4. daisy liddell / Nov 20 2012 12:23 AM

    The sweater is perfect! I love it!

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