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.
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.