Slinky, Silky Ribs

After I finished my honeycomb vest, I was inspired to immediately start a new garment for myself. After musing it over a little, tweeting about it with E (PokingMyEyesOut), and eyeing the stash, I finally started Slinky Ribs from Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard (Knit and Tonic).

sleeve cap
sleeve started

The construction of this sweater is the big reason I was drawn to it (well, ok, I love ribbed, fitted, henleys too). It is knit top-down with set-in sleeves.

First you provisionally cast on the stitches across the shoulders and knit down the back to the bottom of the armhole. Next you pick up the stitches at the top of the shoulders and knit down the fronts, working the neckline and armhole shaping. Note that when you do this, you are knitting in two different directions from the same starting point, so the 2×2 ribbing will actually be offset by 1/2 stitch — TechKnitter explains why here.

Once both front and back are at the bottom of the armhole and the henley is however long you want it, you join the body in the round and knit it down.

I finished knitting one ball of yarn and put the body on waste yarn. Partially to try it on and make sure I hadn’t made a too scandalous neckline, partially because I wanted to see how long it was, but mostly because I wanted to start one of the sleeves!


For the sleeves, you pick up stitches around the entire sleeve cap and work short rows back and forth starting at the top of the sleeve cap, slowly increasing by adding in the stitches to make longer short rows. I’m not explaining it well!

It’s hard to see here, but the sleeve hole and sleeve itself actually fit me very well. Proportionally I have small shoulders to proportionally large bust (ahem!). Store-bought shirts are usually too wide across my shoulders. Raglan style handknits I never knit to the raglan length suggested. It’s a little more difficult for me with set-in sleeves. They’re always a bit too wide for my taste. This is the first one that I really, really am happy with (even though picking up stitches evenly around the armhole was less than fun).

Can’t wait until this is a wearable item!

3 Comments so far

  1. Sara on January 19th, 2010

    it looks great so far!

  2. Lorena on January 19th, 2010

    I was just eying this pattern with some stash in mind – I will watch with interest as you finish it. So far it looks fantastic!

  3. Jess on January 22nd, 2010

    Ooh – I like it! I also have a bunch of that yarn in my stash and I’m pretty sure I’d rock the heck out of that sweater, as will you.

    Can’t wait to see the finished item!