Sun-Ray Ribbing by Susan Crawford

Sun-Ray Ribbing

March 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in rib pattern using 4mm needles.
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
696 - 1044 yards (636 - 955 m)
To fit bust sizes 28-30, 34-36, 38-40, 44-46, and 50-52 inches.
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This stylish garment is knitted in separate pieces, which are each knitted from the bottom up. The vertically diminishing ribbing cleverly brings the pattern inward, creating a sun-ray effect. The raglan shaping creates a well-fitting neckline whilst continuing the rib pattern. The raglan sections of the sleeves and body pieces are joined together, then a circular needle is used to knit the neckband, creating the fiery tips of the rays encircling the collar bone and drawing the eye upwards.

It is knitted in Excelana 4ply 100% british wool, which is soft against the skin and also has great elasticity and definition, both of which are essential for this form-fitting, ribbed garment. The shade is Siren, a warm, pillar-box red, which really sets off this fabulous design.

The sample shown in the photographs is the third size, worn with 2.5cm (1in) of positive ease. It is suggested you choose a size with 0-2.5cm (0-1in) of positive ease at the chest to achieve a similar fit to that shown.

This single pattern is available as a PDF Download only.
Currently available in English only.

It is also available in A Stitch in Time, Vintage Knitting and Crochet, vol. 1


The pattern includes 5 sizes to fit the following chest measurements: 71-76cm(28-30in), 86-92cm(34-36in), 97-102cm(38-40in), 112-117cm(44-46in), 127-132cm(50-52in).


Excelana 4 ply from Susan Crawford, 100% British wool, 159m/174yds per 50g
4 (4, 5, 6, 6) skeins shade Siren


26 sts and 32 rows to 10cm(4in) measured over rib pattern knitted flat.

Suggested Needles:

3mm (US 3) circular needle, 80-100cm long
1 pair 3mm (US 3) needles
1 pair 4mm (US 6) needles


Stitch holders or waste yarn

2 buttons

Techniques used:

Simple knit and purl stitches, knitting in separate pieces, sewing up.