Thursday, October 15, 2009

Child's English Rib Sweater

I now have this little sweater in three weights - fingering (well, 2/12), sport weight, and sport weight on the bulky. I found that I couldn't get the same gauge on the two different machines - no surprise there, so two sets of instructions are needed.

There are two videos, because that's what it takes to go over the basics. Of course, virtually everything was covered in the ribber lessons, but sometimes you just want to knit and not go back to the lessons and review, so the instructions are in here all over again.

You do not need patterning for this project. You need either a bulky or a standard gauge machine with a ribber. This photo is Barbara's granddaughter Tiffany in one that Barbara made, and Barbara decided to crochet around the neckline.

Even though the pattern is just rectangles, we were very pleasantly surprised at how good it looks on the body. It's all ribbed, so it moves with an active child. It's an elbow-length sleeve, again, for a busy little critter. It could be a warm wool sweater, though, and if you want a long sleeve, you'll have to adjust it. The sport-weight sweater I knitted is much warmer than the 2/12 Tiffany's wearing. If I lengthened the sleeve, I'd do some shaping to make it narrower toward the wrist.

I was using the pattern as a stash-buster, and for knitting sweaters for charity, and for using small amounts of leftover variegated sock yarn.

1 comment:

  1. a lovely sweater! I was hoping to find a sweater in English rib shaped with short rows.
    Is there any help around how to do it?