• Members 3 posts
    Jan. 21, 2020, 7:13 p.m.

    Hi! My name is Cindy and I am a grandmother of 8 and live in the Seattle area. I learned to knit many years ago but didn't knit much at all during the years the kids were growing up and I was working. After things settled down, I came back to it and have been enjoying the challenge and discovery of learning new things.I am a spinner but am currently spending more time knitting as I am having a great time with all the hand dyed yarns available in my area.My Ravelry name is redwingranch.

    I saw an interview that Frank did with Suzanne Bryan and was intrigued with the patterns he created and the idea of getting a custom fit with whatever yarn my heart desires. I look forward to making my first Phrancko sweater - I will probably start with one of the smaller grandkids. I have a 9 year old that is next in line for something hand knit.


  • Jan. 23, 2020, 10:53 a.m.

    Welcome, Cindy! I'm so glad you saw the interview and decided to give my pattern a try.

    In shameless self-promotion, may I ask that you also post your project on Ravelry and maybe provide a link to Phrancko.com? I'm trying to get the word out because I'm excited to share my Seamless Set-in Sleeves technique with everyone, as well as provide custom-fit sweater patterns.


    Phrancko (Frank)

  • Members 3 posts
    Feb. 10, 2020, 8:31 a.m.

    Frank - I just added my project to Ravelry along with a picture of my progress. I am getting ready to begin the Sleeve Cap Shaping. I also posted to Knitting with Suzanne Bryan on Facebook and sent a picture and message to my LYS (Quintessential Knits) too. I have been talking about your unique sweater pattern with them and hope to take the started sweater with me to knitting at the store on Wednesday afternoon. I will also post to my FB page. I also messaged my sister-in-law in Idaho and sent her pictures and the website. She is quite active in the knitting guild there.

    I have a couple of suggestions as I have gone through the pattern. Include a definition of w&t in your abbreviations. I had never done a w&t before (but watched Suzanne's video and figured it out just fine). Also, in the Neck Shaping section, it would be helpful if you specified that the CO be a cable cast on. I have read through all the forum posts and all of the blog and remembered that it said something about the cast ons and was able to figure it out, but not everyone reads as much as me. The little shoulder shaping diagram and the picture of how to begin the Front Shoulders was very helpful.

    I am really enjoying the pattern and it is interesting and new without being so difficult/hard that I can't do it. Well done!

  • Feb. 10, 2020, 10:40 a.m.

    Thank you so much for helping spread the word about the website and my new way to knit sweaters! I need more ambassadors like you. Just this past weekend, I have created a specific pattern on Ravelry for people to use as their project while working a Phrancko Sweater. Here's the link if you'd like to connect it to your project page: Phrancko Sweater on Ravelry.

    In fact, I am going to change your membership to Premier status for doing that. You'll see a discount for a while in future patterns you purchase.

    I am adding some how-to videos very soon. You're right, it would make sense to add one on w&t as well. As for the cast on, I did not specify one because it is open to your choice. I use the Standard Long Tail cast on myself. But the cable cast on or the knitted cast on would also be good choices. I'm told that if a cast on method is not mentioned in a pattern, the default is always the long tail cast on. But I guess it would not hurt to specify that in the pattern. Some people only know how to do the knitted cast on, however, so I don't want to limit what people do to one type.

    By the way, you probably noticed that the pattern specifies the cable cast on for the joining of the neck back and front and the provisional crochet cast on for the underarm. Those are specified because they work the best in those locations.

    I think I should provide a link to the shoulder shaping diagram in the pattern. Thanks for that suggestion as well.