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    Sept. 10, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

    Hi! I am Erica, Ravelry name BrewCityMama. I found out about Phrancko.com in a Rav post and thought I would check it out. I am so glad I did! I have been searching for a saddle sleeve pattern and couldn't believe my luck that one of the styles offered has saddle sleeves!

    I am intrigued by the whole concept of the fit and algorithms; I have my first pattern and am ready to cast on. I am hopeful I will now be able to make a sweater for my husband that he will wear.

    A little bit about myself: I live on a small homestead farm in rural Wisconsin where I tend a flock of shetland sheep, raise chickens for both meat and eggs, raise pigs seasonally, keep bees, and have a good size garden. We tap our trees in the spring and make syrup. We also have two livestock guardian dogs and several barn cats. This year we are trying our hand at growing organic hemp for cbd oil. I am planning to use some of the stems after harvest to see if I can obtain hemp fiber.

    I am excited to be here and see what is in store!

  • Sept. 10, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

    I'm very happy you found us also! Let me know if you have any difficulty or any questions as you work through the pattern.

    The saddle shoulder pattern is only a little bit more complicated than the crew neck one, but either one could be done by an intermediate knitter. The trickiest part comes when you start knitting around the sleeve caps the first few times. The cable can get a bit tight as you work across those first few rows. But if you pull a loop of your cable out of the middle of the stitches (or divide the work there if using dpns) it works just fine. Just don't try to work both corners of the sleeve on the same needle.

    Now that I think of it, maybe I should write that into a Construction Tip in the pattern. Or is that something most people would understand as they worked around the tight bend? Let me know after you work it if you think that would be a good tip to put into the pattern.

    As you see, I'm still perfecting the patterns. But I don't foresee any major changes as these very same patterns have been used as the starting point for a number of patterns that were published in Cast On magazine already.


  • Sept. 10, 2019, 6:45 p.m.


    I sent you a couple of emails I hope you received. The Saddle Shoulder pattern started with instructions that were probably confusing at best, if not outright incorrect! I have updated the pattern with the correction. Please download it again before you start your Saddle Shoulder sweater.