Monday, April 12, 2010

Making: The Francis Revisited Sweater

This is what you end up with when you're trying to get a shot in the sunlight of your knitted thingy... and you're all by yourself at home.  Yes, that is the shower curtain behind me.  At least it gives you an idea of the stitches up close: mostly stockinette, with a hem of seed stitching on the cowl, sleeves, and bottom hem.

This was the first garment I ever knitted - finished about a month ago.  It's based on the original Francis Revisited (Ravelry link) created by Beth Silverstein and blogged about here.  It really is a simple, lovely pattern: top down, raglan, knit in the round with no seaming - yay!  I couldn't have asked for a better first sweater pattern.

I knit this with a bulkier yarn than called for - more of an aran weight.  It made for a bulkier and stiffer fabric, but I like that it keeps me quite warm.  Of course, the short sleeves are at cross-purposes with warmth . . . but I like the way it looks with a white long-sleeved tee underneath.  Raveled here.

I'm off to buy more yarn.  I'm thinking: how about this in a dark blue merino, this time with long, slightly flared sleeves?


Lucian said...

I'm still impressed that that sweater was your first garment. No one would have guessed that.

Marianevans said...

Well, I try to ignore the slightly curled sleeve edges and the overall looseness of the fabric... ahem, haven't blocked this, don't intend to because of fear of it growing monstrously...

Inough self-deprecation. I do love it :)