Modification Monday: Carbeth

Original Pattern: Carbeth

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nell (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Adjusted the yoke and sleeves to be ribbed instead of stockinette, and adjusted yoke increases and sleeves for stitch counts and slightly different gauge. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This pattern already had a really interesting yoke construction, but swapping the stockinette for ribbing really amplifies the design detail and makes this sweater even more visually interesting. Ribbing is an unsung hero of knitting fabric- sure, we love ribbing on cuffs and hems and necklines, but all over ribbing is actually super simple but so visually impactful. Now I’m craving ribbed details on sweaters, because this is just SO gorgeous.

The next time you are considering a pattern but it has some elements you’d like to change, consider ribbing- would it look really great with ribbing all along the sleeves? At the side seams? ribbed sleeves to the elbows? So many options!


  1. Barbara   •  

    The cardigan version of this pattern will be my next big project. I have some soft and cozy cotton/alpaca yarn in speckled grey that I hope will go with everything! After seeing this, I’m imagining it with longer ribbed cuffs and hem. I have a pullover with long ribbed cuffs which is so comfortable, because they stay put, and keep my arms nice and warm in the winter.

  2. duni   •  

    This sweater is especially tremendous, because she reduced the 2×2 ribbing from the arms at the neckline by 1 on each side so the 2×2 ribbing of the neck would still be in sync and you can hardly even see it! It’s such a simple detail that really shows an understanding of the pattern and knitting itself.

    • Nell   •  

      Thank you duni, that is so kind. This project was a pleasure, and one that I might do again with a drapier fabric, longer like the swan version.

  3. Anya   •  

    If you look at the Elizabeth Zimmerman Hurry Up Last-Minute Sweater (Knitter’s Almanac 1981, December), it’s basically the same as Carbeth, or extremely similar, and there’s a knitter who has done this same modification to it. 🙂

  4. miss agnes   •  

    I love Carbeth, and the multiple interpretations of it. Kate Davis did a post where she showed them in all colours, so beautiful ! Ribbing is a nice way to create emphasis on her shoulders and arms, a clever mod.

  5. Snow   •  

    In my mind, I am a cropped sweater kind of gal, but in my mirror, I am definitely a tunic sweater kind of gal. Nonetheless, Carbeth holds a fascination for me (as does Kate Davies-brilliant woman).
    Great natural mod Nell- makes it look like the original Carbeth was a mod of your sweater.
    A luxury yarn skein salute!

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