Pattern: Franklin by Jane Ellison
Book: The Queensland Collection Book 9

Yarn Brand: Jo Sharp
Yarn Name: Silk Road DK Tweed
Yarn Colorway: 402 Serpentine
Yarn Content: 85% Wool, 10% Silk, and 5% Cashmere
Yardage: 50g; 147 yards
Quantity: 11 balls (1617 yards)
Needle: Size 6 US (4.0 mm)
Size: Small
Recipient: Me

Trim Yarn
Yarn Brand: Classic Elite Yarns
Yarn Name: '03 Tweed
Yarn Colorway: #5903
Yarn Content: 65% wool, 20% nylon, and 15% acrylic
Yardage: 50g; 143 yards
Quantity: 1 ball

Project Notes:
Awesome patterning. That's what I can say about Franklin. Much attention was given to the raglan detail and how it seamed up. Looks so good on the model and that's why I actually chose to make it.

Wonderful addition of the contrasting colored trim. I think the trim makes the sweater pop.

The sizing information in this book really needs to be revised. The MAJOR complain that I have, actually MAJOR enough for me to chuck this sweater and never wear it at all.... is how tight the armcye is! The armhole depth needs to be deeper. A LOT deeper. So, I looked through the book and found that Jane sized ALL her sweaters with the same sleeve length and body lengths. So, I am going to assume that every sweater in the book is going to feel VERY tight under the underarm.

I do not like the way the gray trim was attached to the sweater. It just says to bind off with the different color. That to me is not enough. You can see the purl bumps on the other side and you can see the blue through the gray bind off.

Changes that I've made
I tubularly cast on for the sleeves and the hem of the sweater. Much more professional finish look. However, I was dissapointed with the trim around the color and the placket. I couldn't really figure out another better way of attaching the trim so that it looks more professionally finished.

Things that I would change
I would definitely look at row gauge the next time. I love all the sweaters in the book, but I would really need to revise how deep her arm holes are. So for example, I need to make a size SMALL for the body, but like a size LARGE for the sleeves, but at the same time, not make the whole sleeve baggy, but retaining the depth of the armhole. It's all hind sight now, but I would love to embark on another of her sweaters (Beck..... :) )


Bill's picture

quite handsome!
I wonder if you could "duplicate stitch" an edging to mask/blend the bumps of the trim?

Kenny's picture

You know what!!! that's a great idea... but a whole lot of work! LOL

Bill's picture

sure it's a whole lot of work...but nothing compared to what you've already done!!! LOL

mrossnyc's picture

I had major problems with the armholes on Carey as well. But, you did a great job!

fuzzed's picture

It's kinda funny that you mention being dissatisfied with the edging treatment because in today's Knitting Daily newsletter there was a tip about edging that showed how to do a "reverse single crochet". If you know how to crochet, you might want to give that a try.

What's even more coincidental is that the sweater you knit is called Franklin, and there's also a blurb in the newsletter about Franklin Habit's article for Interweave Crochet. :)

You can find the newsletter on the Knitting Daily website here:

Kenny's picture

gee golly, that is strange. but it's all too late. I'm not ripping. LOL

Asplund's picture

That's a really nice sweater!

A couple of times when I've had problems with too tight armholes, I've managed to solve it by knitting two gussets separately, unpick some of the side & sleeve seams and sew the gussets in place.

At first it was difficult making it neat, but when I realized it wouldn't show unless I raised my arms really high I relaxed and then it turned out well. And the sweater became comfortable! A little bit lumpy perhaps, but infinitely preferable.

Photo here to make it clearer:

Kerry's picture

That's a beautiful sweater Asplund. What yarn did you use?

Asplund's picture

Thanks, Kerry! The yarn is Norwegian "Peer Gynt", sport weight wool from Sandnes Garn ( Very good quality - the sweater is almost ten years old and I wear it often - and as far as I can remember not very expensive yarn.

mrossnyc's picture

That's a great idea.

cashmere knight's picture

That is a very smart looking sweater. The colours together seem to lend just the right accenting. With all that you worked through...beautiful job!

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Kerry's picture

A nice looking sweater, well done. Shame about all the problems that the designer put into the pattern.

ronhuber's picture

It is a beautiful sweater and such a shame that you spent so much time on it and not feel satisfied.

ksmarguy's picture

Looks Awesome! I really like that. I am working on Ansley from that book... Thanks for the headsup on the armhole issue, perhaps I can do something there.

kylewilliam's picture

what a beautiful job - I agree - the armholes are not deep - but it's a gorgeous sweater... congrats on another completed project - even if you don't love it at least you learned something from it...