• Dec. 15, 2019, 7:50 a.m.

    If you have questions and cannot post here for any reason, please email Frank (Phrancko) at this email address: frank @ phrancko.com.

    (I just discovered I wrote my email address incorrectly but now I have corrected it. If you sent an email to the previous address, please try again as I did not receive it.)

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  • Members 3 posts
    Dec. 29, 2019, 5:39 p.m.

    Hi Frank,

    I was trying to get my pattern before the end of year :) with the yarn I chose at The Twisted Skein after our class. I get an 500 Error when I try to purchase the pattern. Thanks - Beth Berchtold

  • Dec. 30, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

    Thanks for reporting the problem, Beth. I have responded to your registered email address. Please help me figure out what is going wrong.


  • Members 9 posts
    Jan. 3, 2020, 1:02 p.m.

    Question: Will another purchase be required if you knit a sweater for the same person/dimensions, but a different gauge/yarn?

  • Jan. 3, 2020, 1:41 p.m.

    Yes, that is considered a new pattern as all the numbers will have changed. If your gauge was not entered correctly and you don't plan to knit that pattern, and you want to generate a new version of the same pattern with corrected gauge numbers, I will be happy to make the change for you. Just let me know your correct numbers and I will enter them into the database myself. But it is considered a different pattern if it is really for second sweater with a different yarn and needles.


  • Members 9 posts
    Jan. 4, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

    Hello. I am at the neck shaping section and do not have the correct count per the pattern. This is my second try. It says that I should have "36 sts across front" and instead I have 40 sts. Row 1 begins with 9 sts each for 18 and adds 2=20. Row 2 adds 2 sts for 22. Cast On Rows adds 8 for 30 sts total and Neck Joining Row adds a final 10 for 40 total. Thoughts on what the error might be? Also, I am not sure I understand the Sleeve Caps. Do you have more detail? The blog helped tremendously for the Front Shoulder section. Thanks in advance.

    Also, if I had not had experience using some of these techniques, this would have been a very difficult pattern for me (knitter since 2017). Some of the challenging parts for a newcomer may be:

    1) Using two balls of yarn, then switching to one ball, then back to two balls.
    2) M1R and W&T - I still struggle with these a little
    3) Crochet Cast On
    4) Managing all the ends and the circular needles, I ended up using two sets of circulars (both same size) for a portion.

  • Jan. 4, 2020, 12:38 p.m.

    It appears that you are correct. This pattern has been checked a million times but somehow you have generated one that has errors in it. Not only is that count wrong, but the number of rows reported on both the back and the front appears incorrect also. Yikes!

    I will explore these problems and find out what is wrong. I'm so sorry!


  • Members 9 posts
    Jan. 4, 2020, 12:52 p.m.
  • Jan. 4, 2020, 1:02 p.m.

    I have discovered that the problem is the gauge you have entered. The program should have told you that the sweater could not be generated at that gauge so this is a problem with the program. I will have to find a way to fix that. So I'm glad you reported this problem to me.

    However, I have to ask how you could possibly get the gauge you reported. Worsted weight yarn knitted on size 7 needles should give you a gauge of about 20 stitches to 27 rows per 4", not 15 and 19. You are either knitting entirely too loosely or you did not measure or count the gauge properly in your swatch. (You DID knit a swatch first, right?)

    If you redo the swatch or recount and remeasure and find more reasonable numbers, I will modify them in the database and you can download a corrected pattern for free. I'm sorry but this means you will have to start all over again. :-(

    Please email me a picture of your swatch with a ruler lying next to it so I can see if the gauge is truly off. Send it to frank @ phrancko.com (removing the spaces of course).


  • Members 9 posts
    Jan. 4, 2020, 7:29 p.m.

    Yes, I did complete a swatch and emailed pictures for you. Glad to have someone double check because I am not confident of my swatch abilities.

  • Jan. 6, 2020, 7:12 a.m.

    Unfortunately, I have not yet received that email. Please make sure you spelled the address correctly.

    For instructions about swatching, see this blog entry and this one.

  • Members 9 posts
    Jan. 6, 2020, 1:42 p.m.

    This is the email that I have been using: frank@gmail.com Is this correct?

  • Jan. 6, 2020, 3:03 p.m.

    No, that's why I'm not receiving it. I posted that email address first by mistake and corrected it a few days later. Sorry.

    The correct email is frank@phrancko.com (but you can't just click on it even though it looks like you can).

  • Members 3 posts
    Feb. 7, 2020, 4:58 a.m.

    Frank - So excited to get going on my first Phrancko sweater. The swatch is drying and I have the measurements needed from my granddaughter. My question is about how I should input the yarn information. I am using 2 strands of fingering yarn held together which gives me close to a worsted size yarn. Should I input the actual yarn name? Or should I input it as handspun or custom?

    I will email you too, but wanted to post this here in case anyone else has the same question. One of the ladies at knit night was doing a sweater with a strand of wool and one of mohair so I think other people might want to know too. Thank you.

  • Feb. 7, 2020, 7:41 a.m.

    The first field on the Yarn description form is free form. You may enter any thing you like. So perhaps you would say, “Using two strands of yarn”. Then on the Sweater description form you may use the Color field, which is also free form, to describe your to describe both of your yarns. Here’s an example of how that will then look in your pattern:

    Yarn: Two Strands Of Yarn : Required length 1532 yards or 1401 meters [estimated]
    Cascade 220 natural
    Silk Dream black

    Thanks for asking,


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