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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Rib Tickler Hoodie -- the worsted one

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Rib Tickler Hoodie -- the worsted one
Rib Tickler Hoodie -- the worsted one
Rib Tickler Hoodie -- the worsted one
Rib Tickler Hoodie -- the worsted one
Rib Tickler Hoodie -- the worsted one
Rib Tickler Hoodie -- the worsted one

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • ability to knit in the round

Pattern Description:

03/22/13: a new pdf has been uploaded. There are NO changes to the directions, I just made some formatting changes to reduce the number of printed pages from 6 to 5.

05/27/12: I have updated the pdf (yet again) to include a cowl/hood option so you can "have your cake and eat it too!"

04/13/12: I have updated the pdf to incude a crew-neck version of this lovely, flattering sweater design.

The original Rib Tickler (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/Clothing/Rib-Tickler-Hoodie/1899) used bulky cotton ... and I received a lot of comments to
design a worsted-weight version. So, here you go!

This easy-to-knit hoodie requires very little finishing since it's done completely in the round ... from the hem to the underarms, then the sleeves are knit in the round, than all are joined and worked to the neck with a hood to finish off. All different kinds of ribs are worked for this cotton sweater in comfy silhouette - 6x6 for the hem, 4x4 decreasing to 3x3 decreasing to 2x2 decreasing to 1x1 for the yoke, and 3x3 on the sleeve cuff. The sleeves can be worn cuffed or straight and the cozy hood completes the look. The hood is edged with garter which on it's side looks like a 1x1 rib.

The sample is knit using Kollage's Riveting (worsted), a yarn made from recycled denim, in Forest Denim ... giving the design a clean, natural look in an easy-care yarn knit-up in an easy-wear style.

This one will definitely tickle your fancy!


17s x 22rnds = 4" stockinette knit in the round on #7s

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • XS - 5X


  • 1100 (1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 2000) yards worsted-weight cotton (or cotton/acrylic blend)
  • US #7 circs (24" or longer)
  • US #7 dpns
  • US #3 circs (16")
  • stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

2000 yards of Worsted weight