• Members 7 posts
    Aug. 25, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

    I wanted just to explore the site. Is there a way to look at patterns and sweaters before having to add yarn and measurements?
    Or start a sweater project but add some details later?
    I can't get any measurements right now but I'd like to take a look. I think it would be a nice feature to have if it isn't there already but purely a nice to have rather than a requirement.

  • Aug. 25, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

    I have just added an introductory video that takes you through the website to show you how it works: Introduction to Phrancko.com Take a look and let me know if you have any questions about it.

    I have posted in other threads of this forum a sample pattern and pictures of two sweaters that were created from patterns created on this website. They were each modified and enhanced and then published in Cast On magazine. My next blog entry will show many more that started the same way. Sample Pattern and Sample sweaters

    There are only two kinds of patterns available right now, a crew neck sweater and a saddle shoulder sweater. The idea of the website is to let you generate simple custom-fit plain patterns which you may choose to modify in a number of ways if you like. It can be as simple as switching yarns to produce stripes or as complex as working the sweater in Fair Isle or complex cables. But every pattern here uses a special technique that I developed for constructing set-in sleeves in the round from the top down. To learn about Phrancko's Seamless Set-in Sleeves, take a look at my latest blog entry.

    Since we are still in the Beta Test Period, you may also generate patterns for free just to look at them and decide if you want to knit one. Just be sure to enter somewhat realistic measurements and gauge so a pattern can actual be generated. Don't, for instance, say the neck size is the same as the waist size. There is no way to knit such sweater! So estimate what you think might be reasonable measurements, enter just a one line description of yarn (for example, "Test Yarn") in the brand name field, enter a realistic gauge like 22 sts & 28 rows per 4", and then enter the test credit card number that is shown on the "Purchase" page. Then you will see how the website works and view a pattern in addition to the one you can see in the forum.

    Let me know if that answers your questions.


  • Members 7 posts
    Aug. 25, 2019, 11:48 p.m.

    Thanks Phrancko. That sounds good.
    I think once it's past beta testing and you'd have to pay, it'd be nice to choose to be able to pick the pattern/design first if possible? From a workflow perspective that seems to be more fun than putting in measurements first. Because I'd have to come back later for measurements and then forget about returning.
    I'd love to try your set-in sleeve method (once I come back with measurements hah). It reminds me somewhat of Susie's contiguous sleeve method from your explanation so I'd like to compare the dfiference.

  • Aug. 26, 2019, 12:18 a.m.

    I'd love to hear what you think after you have worked through the pattern. It is actually quite different than Susie Myer's contiguous sleeve method. From what I can tell (without having worked a pattern as she describes it), the start is completely different as my approach starts like any top down sweater with a shoulder "seam". That first portion is knitted flat in opposite directions from the cast on edge which becomes the shoulder seam while hers is knitted along that "seam."

    It's certainly an interesting idea and I'd like to try it to see if that might be something I would use also. Then she kind of leaves the sleeve cap shaping up to you, I think. Whereas the key to my algorithm is that it tells you exactly where to place increases to create the bell-shaped cap that fits in the armhole with the proper depth and recess for the measurements you enter. And also, she explicitly states that hers "is not a pattern and does not replace a pattern" while these are very definitely patterns that tell you every stitch to make to produce a plain sweater, whether crew neck or saddle shoulder.

    Once you see what is here, let me know if you still think it would be helpful to see something else first. It's hard for me to see why it would be important to see one example of a plain crew neck sweater and another example of a plain saddle shoulder sweater. They are exactly what you think they are from that description. It's kind of like Ann Budd's or Melissa Leapman's sweater pattern books. The patterns produce basic sweaters in a variety of sizes and gauges, but any design variations are up to you. Of course the differences from those books are 1) the construction using "Phrancko's Seamless Set-in Sleeves" and 2) the fact that the patterns are custom-fit to the measurements you enter, rather than standard sizes based on chest/bust circumference.

    Happy knitting, and I look forward to hearing how it goes for you.