Ravi’s Construction, an Overview

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Ravi KAL

Ravi’s Construction, an Overview

Our Ravi Knitalong starts this Sunday, September 15 at 4. What makes Ravi such an interesting sweater and fun knit is its unusual construction. Let’s walk through it.

Ravi begins with the yoke which is knit from side to side.

The yoke is made from wedges knit from the neckline to the bottom of the openwork pattern and is shaped using short rows. So each wedge begins with the full length of the yoke then is knit back and forth on fewer and fewer stitches.

When enough wedges have been knit to complete the full yoke, stitches are picked up along the bottom and the body is knit in garter stitch. The sleeves are separated, like a typical top-down sweater, and knit in the round down as well. This allows the knitter to decide on how long to make the sleeves and the body of the sweater. You can try it on as you go to find the length that you prefer.
The lower back hem is given a lovely, flattering curve with short rows as well.
The body and the sleeves both end with an i-cord bind off. It creates a beautifully finished edge.
Don’t be scared if you have never knit short rows before. They are simple to do and allow for lots of wonderful shaping in your knitting. Carol Feller, the designer of Ravi, teaches an excellent free class online class on short rows. And she’s wearing Ravi in the video too! 
We look forward to seeing you at the Ravi Knitalong Kickoff this weekend.