It would be a lie if I told you that this pattern was difficult. Any knitter who can knit in the round, do some basic decreasing/increasing and is brave enough to pick up stitches (for the cowl) can knit this sweater. And the best part? It's totally *my* style. As pretty as Fair Isle and highly detailed/cabled sweaters can be, I'm really a basic knitwear sort of girl.
Pattern: Francis Revisited
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, in Potting Soil. I used all but about 3 yards of 3 skeins (~640 yards)
Needles: Size 10 for the most part, Size 7 for the start of the cowl.
- I tend to knit tight enough to be off about one needle size when looking for gauge. Instead of changing my needle size for this one, I knit a medium instead of an extra small (I'm a pretty little girl). I liked the fabric I was getting on the 10's and didn't want an overly airy material that I had to be concerned about wearing something underneath.
- I knit the sleeves about 10 rounds longer then the pattern called for.
- I knit the cowl about an inch shorter
I've already bought the yarn to make another one. (Aside: I got this yarn for another one from The Dizzy Sheep, it's a fun website with great prices. One deal a day.) Next time, I may not do the increases on the sleeves, may make them a tad longer and I may mess with the neckline a bit. I've come to the conclusion that the Francis, Revisited may be my go-to pattern or springboard to start playing with customizing.