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February-March Monday Knit-along: Franca Cardigan

Course by Jody James

  • Advanced Beginner




Franca is a comfy-casual cardigan with a perfectly slouchy shape. Everything is knitted as you go, including the front band and the free-hanging, kangaroo-style pockets, which means after binding off, you just have a couple gaps to close before blocking and curling up in it. This cardigan is worked using the Cocoknits Method, a commonsense system for knitting seamless, tailored sweaters from the top down. The Cocoknits Method is explained in detail in Cocoknits Sweater Workshop by Julie Weisenberger. All of the page numbers in this pattern refer to the pages in Cocoknits Sweater Workshop, where the techniques are explained in detail. We recommend getting the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop for total success and ease with knitting the Franca (and many more future Cocoknits patterns). Once you learn this method, you'll be hooked! We will provide a project timeline for Franca and go over the techniques and pattern notes at our weekly Zoom gatherings. Knit-along participants can enter to win prizes at the end of each section by posting to Instagram with the hashtags #cocoknitskal, #cocoknitsmethod, and #cattywampuscrafts, as well as by tagging Cattywampus and Cocoknits. There will be a grand prize and $100 Cocoknits gift card announced at the end!

When you join our knit-along for the Franca, you can also connect with Cocoknits's creator Julie Weisenberger! Julie is hosting 3 Zoom gatherings for local yarn store participants: February 13, February 27, and March 13 (1-2 pm PST, Saturday). We'll send out that Zoom info after you register.

Every month we like to start a new knit-along project at Cattywampus. These are fun, casual gatherings with the support of our resident knit pro Jody James and a gaggle of fellow knitters. It's a chance to enjoy knitting a common project along with others. It's not really a class, so you should have some knit skills already. If you want to knit along with us, but need extra help, then please contact us to schedule a private lesson (in person or virtually). All are welcome here and questions are encouraged. Our official knit-along meetups for this project are on Monday afternoons 3-5 pm, but you are welcome to knit anytime and at your own pace. Our gatherings are virtual so that we can be together wherever we are!

Zoom info:

Join us on Zoom meeting ID 830 5081 7801 with passcode "catty".
Every Monday, 3-5 pm

Pattern Details & Materials Required


Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)

Finished Measurements:

  • Finished Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 51, 55) inches
  • Fronts overlapped 4.5 (4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4, 4) inches which adds a total of 9 (9, 9, 9, 8, 8) inches to the finished circumference of sweater.
  • Finished Width of Back at bust: 15.5 (17.5, 19.5, 21.5, 23.5, 25.5) inches
  • Finished width each Front at bust: 13.75 (14.74, 15.75, 16.75, 17.75, 18.75) inches
  • Length: 28.5 (29.5, 30.5, 31.5, 32.5, 33) inches


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