Francis by Julie Weisenberger


March 2015
Shibui Knits Maai held with shibui silk cloud
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
10 stitches = 4 inches
in fisherman rib
US 11 - 8.0 mm
1000 - 1250 yards (914 - 1143 m)
small, med, large
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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.

Small (Medium, Large)

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.

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


1000 (1100, 1250) yds/ 914 (1006, 1143) m worsted to aran weight yarn that gets gauge

Note: you will need less yarn for the shorter version.

Shown in:

A Verb For Keeping Warm Big Sky

(Discontinued worsted weight yarn) 160 y / 100g per skein
Woolfolk Får

100% Superfine Merino wool. 142 yards / 130m per 50g skein
8 (8, 9) skeins in color 27 Dark Pollen
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)

US 11/ 8 mm

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

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