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  • Francis is a cocoon style vest — somewhere between a wrap and a garment. She’s fast and easy to work up, knitted top-down and seamless.

    Skills Needed

    General knitting.


    small (medium, large)

    Note about sizing: You will begin garment at neckline edge and repeat a series of increase rows. To make a smaller size, work fewer repeats of these rows. To make a larger size, work more repeats of increase rows until circumference is desired measurement, keeping in mind the more increase rows you work, the lower your armhole opening will be.

    Finished Measurements

    • Circumference (around body and arms at approximately elbow level): 43 (46, 49)". Note that due to stretchy nature of Fisherman rib, the finished garment will have plenty of ease.
    • Length: as desired (you are knitting top-down) Sample measures 28" from back neck to bottom BO. Note: You can also knit a cropped version by binding off a couple inches below the armholes. This would require much less yarn.


    Yarn Options

    • Two strands held together
      • 5 (6, 7) skeins Shibui Maai (70% superbaby Alpaca, 30% fine merino, 175 yds/50g)
      • 3 (4, 4) skeins Shibui Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair, 40% silk, 330 yds/25g), or
    • 8 (8, 9) skeins Woolfolk Får (100% merino, 50 g/142 yds), or
    • 1000 (1100, 1250) yds worsted to aran weight yarn that gets gauge


    • US 11

    Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


    10 sts in 4 inches over Fisherman Rib stitch. Row gauge not important.

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