Ripple Henley Sweater by Frank H. Jernigan

Ripple Henley Sweater

February 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
3.5 mm (E)
1760 - 2200 yards (1609 - 2012 m)
Man’s M (M+, L, 1X, 2X)
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Swatching knit patterns has become a favorite pastime of mine, at least when I’m not actually working on a garment. About a year ago, I found myself fascinated by the Feather and Fan Lace pattern and how it produced a natural ripple in the fabric. As much as I would love to work lace into a sweater, I think it would not be very popular for the men I design for. So I wondered what would happen if I worked the pattern using closed make-one increases instead of yarn-over increases that produce the lacy holes. The result was the ripple you see in the middle of this sweater. It took several iterations to work out how to incorporate the ripples into the middle of the sweater, in between even rows above and below. It could have been done with short rows, but I liked the effect of using decreases and increases to introduce the ripples and then return to straight rounds afterwards. Wet blocking works well to make the fabric lie flat, rather than the cupping it tends to create, so do not skip that final important step. And by the way, I’ve been wanting to work out a Henley collar for some time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to add that touch to an otherwise basic sweater with a single band around the middle. Have fun and happy knitting.