Saturday, October 1, 2011

i {knit} frank tell

Last February
while I was craving for the spring to finally make an appearance, 
I saw Frank Tell's ready to wear collection 
Fall/Winter 2011/12.
I started to knit a chunky boxy sweater

left picture: - right picture:

... and despite the fact that I really don't do well with cold weather, I (guilty!!) hoped that the cooler days  could be around just a little longer to let me finish this sweater and wear it at least a couple of times.

...Be careful what you wish for, since the cold lasted for much longer than I needed!

My version is simpler, 
with sleeves that actually fit. 
I wanted to be able to wear it under a coat, and in fact... I did. 
More than once ...

This knit is a great stash buster! 
can you see all the different yarns and textures?

This is my second attempt in re-creating a Frank Tell sweater (see previous one here ).
I had most of the yarns as leftovers from previous projects (a new sweater for close to 0$?? sign me in!!). I double and even triple some of the yarns not only to make it thicker,  but also to have a wide variety of mélange colors.
...And I started to knit, without a pattern, just randomly switching yarns and stitches.
I made a "square" shaped, with a deep scoop neck.
There are no decreases for the armholes, just a boxy chunky knit.

I know it looks a little on the "crazy" side, but what can I say?
Sometimes I am in a twin set and look like I could have jumped out of a JCrew ads, but most of the time I like things a bit "not-so-preppy".
This is definitely a "preppy-me-not" sweater!!

xox, d.

will party here


  1. wow, it looks amazing.... I am not too good at knitting... guess it is a bit out of my league... but if you happen to have any spare wool you don't know how to use...

  2. That looks awesome! I am rubbish when it comes to knitting (can't even knit a scarf evenly!)

  3. I. AM. SO. IMPRESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Love, Love, Love the sweater. You have done an amazing job with no pattern. You have blended the colours and textures like a pro.

  5. This sweater is awesome!! Love that it's a great stashbuster too! As always - I'm in awe of your talent!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. Wow, Donatella! This is beautiful! I'm so glad you linked up at Etcetorize~

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  9. Wow! You did an amazing job! I am so impressed you did that without a pattern! It looks so much like the original. What a great way to use leftover yarn too! I have a party going on over at my blog that is dedicated to using your craft stash items. The link is open for most of October and I would love to have you join! Here is the link if you are interested:

  10. love the sweater perfect for fall and the colors are awesome come see me at

  11. Wow! Incredible! You are so talented :-)

  12. How cool is that!? What a great sweater! And I love your inspirations!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing this at the Stache Party! You are so talented! I hope you'll come back next month to link up!

  14. e' fantastica cara...piu' bella la tua di versione


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