Monday, May 12, 2008

The Rib Warmer by Elizabeth Zimmerman

There is something extremely elegant in the simplicity of Elizabeth Zimmerman's designs. I've always been captivated by how different yarns capture the texture of garter stitch. This rib warmer, as EZ calls it, takes full advantage of the most primary of knitting stitches.





Knit on 5.5mm needles, in Briggs & Little Heritage, it took just under two and a half skeins of yarn (about 500m), but turned out considerably larger than I hoped. It just goes to show you that one should always check one's gage, no matter how simple the pattern or how excited one is to knit it. If I were to knit it again, I would knit it in a smaller gage.





Over all, I really like how it turned out. It is surprisingly warm to wear, extra comfortable and only took a week to knit. I think I might add a clasp so that it doesn't look quite so large on me.

Now, I'm off to make something out of rhubarb.

6 comments:

TinkingBell said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous - I've been havering about whether or not to knit one - but now you've sold me!

Josiane said...

It looks great! I have to give this pattern a try, espacially considering that I have the perfect recipient in mind: my mom would love such a garment. Thanks for the inspiration!

WorldCitizen said...

Sorry for the length of these questions and comment.

I have three skeins of Lionbrand Fisherman's Wool Yarn. At 465yds per skein, I think I'll have enough yarn for a ribwarmer, wrist warmers, a hat, pantyhose and a dining room rug! http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/fisher.htm

I lost 65 lbs while winning my battle against breast cancer. During that time I couldn't knit. I've kept off the weight, have no idea my size. I simply measure clothing on the hanger or lied out flat to judge its true size.

I've a small wardrobe of longsleeve tops, hand-me-downs from kind friends. The ribwarmer will work well to add a layer over everything and the color I've selected matches yours.

EZ's comment about the vest's size 'fits most average adults'.

While undergoing treatment, I was so preoccupied I didn't even knit a dishcloth. Now that the desire has returned, the ribwarmer was the 1st thing to pop into my mind for my 1st project. I've kept off my weight loss, but don't know my size, I simply measure clothing on their hangers.

I'd like mine to fit close to my body and hang slightly open at the front.\

You mentioned that this lovely ribwarmer was larger than you wanted. What size are you? I've read that comment from many knitters, so I don't think it was entirely a gauge fiasco on your part.

Maybe your oversized vest would fit me perfectly.

If you haven't gifted this piece, would you help me by measuring
1. from shoulder to shoulder across the top?
2. the width across the bust from the lower armhole to lower armhole (armpit to armpit)? Where does the lower armhole lie, at the point of bust? above the bust line?
3. the back length from collar to lower edge?

My measurements are 38bust/29waist and 18+" shoulder width

With gauge of 4stitches to 1 inch, could I get gauge and then decrease my needle size?

Maybe the size of your completed ribwarmer would fit my new frame perfectly.

Any advice from you or your gracious readers would be celebrated.

Love,
Ruth

FiberGirl said...

Sorry for the length of these questions and comment.

I have three skeins of Lionbrand Fisherman's Wool Yarn. At 465yds per skein, I think I'll have enough yarn remaining for wrist warmers, a hat, pantyhose and a dining room rug!

I lost 65 lbs while winning my battle against breast cancer. During that time I couldn't knit. I've kept off the weight, have no idea my size. I simply measure clothing on the hanger to judge its true size.

I've a small wardrobe of longsleeve tops, hand-me-downs from kind friends. The ribwarmer will work well to add a layer over everything and the color I've selected matches yours.

EZ's comment about the vest's size 'fits most average adults'.

While undergoing treatment, I couldn't even knit a dishcloth. Now that the desire has returned, this ribwarmer will be my 1st project. I've kept off my weight loss, but don't know my size, I simply measure clothing on their hangers.

I'd like mine to fit close to my body and hang slightly open at the front.

You mentioned that this lovely ribwarmer was larger than you wanted. What size are you? I've read that comment from many knitters, so I don't think it was entirely a gauge fiasco on your part.

If you haven't gifted this piece, would you help me by measuring
1. from shoulder to shoulder across the top?
2. the width across the bust from the lower armhole to lower armhole (armpit to armpit)? Where does the lower armhole lie, at the point of bust? above the bust line?
3. the back length from collar to lower edge?

My measurements are 38bust/29waist and 18+" shoulder width

With gauge of 4stitches to 1 inch, could I get gauge and then decrease my needle size?

Maybe the size of your completed ribwarmer would fit my new frame perfectly.

Any advice by you or your readers would be celebrated.

Love,
Ruth

TrampledbyGeese said...

Hi Ruth, thanks for the comment. Sounds like a challenging time. Glad to hear that you are feeling better enough to knit again.

Actually, I've been wearing the rib warmer a lot lately. It's really great for keeping the body core worm while working in the snow.

The rib warmer fit me when I was size 14, and it fit me when I was size 2. Keep in mind, the size of each vest varies depending on yarn and gage, but it is very forgiving. There is a site called Ravelry.com where you can see many different knitted projects, But I think you have to be a member to view it, it's free but needs an email. Here's the direct link to the rib warmer http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rib-warmer-wg07-so17/people

One of the tricks with the rib warmer is that you can adjust how wide or narrow it looks when you block it. Making the shawl collar wider makes the vest narrower, and smaller collar, wider vest. It took a while to figure this out, but really helps make it sit right.

I think at the time I knit this I was probably size 6 or smaller, and still losing weight due to illness.

1. shoulder to shoulder across the top - 16 inches, ish.
2. 14 inches
3. 19 and a half inches.
all measured laying flat.

I hope this helps a bit. I enjoyed knitting this, but to be honest, I had no idea how these strange shapes were going to make a vest until I finished sewing it.

Hope things continue to improve for you.

WorldCitizen said...

I have a Ravelry account and searched for one piece vests and ribwarmers and there were some very nice patterns.
I wanted to knit the EZ ribwarmer when I picked up my needles again, it's all done in garter stitch and there's something about that quote of hers that begins with "Knit on..." that gave me a lot of strength during dark nights.
My surgeon, oncologist and radiologist have all given me the thumbs up. Thank you for you kind words and your detailed description of your ribwarmer. The blocking info made me laugh.
I'll probably contact you for project number two!!
Love always (life's easier that way)- ruth