The Ravell'd Sleeve

Originally, The Ravell'd Sleeve was a journal. Unique among knitting publications, it was devoted to the technical aspects of knitting, construction, design and fit as they relate to couture knitting. The first issue appeared in the spring of 2002, the fourth and last issue was mailed to subscribers in September of 2008. Each issue examined in depth a technique or element of couture knitting, explored a practice, tenet or theory fundamental to this approach to knitting, and, beginning with the second issue, offered a pattern for a small project that served as an exercise in the couture technique that was the prime focus of the issue. After the appearance of the last issue, interest in the journal was sustained and we decided to make the complete journal available in book format.

The new, single volume of The Ravell'd Sleeve collects the contents of all four of the original issues. The articles have been organized according to their subject and the patterns have been revised with an eye to consistency in the form and language of their text and presentation. In some cases, the articles have been edited and expanded in the spirit of clarity and completeness, but the goal of the edits has been to preserve the original journal without undertaking a complete revision. The introductory discussion of couture knitting has been considerably revised to reflect the evolution in our thinking and the way the practice of couture knitting has sharpened in focus and broadened in scope.

For readers within the US, The Ravell'd Sleeve may be purchased in our shop. It is available for both domestic and international shipping from

Articles on Couture Technique and Design

“Using Short Rows for Creating Stripe Patterns” Vogue Knitting Magazine, Fall, 2003.

“Fine Finishing: Picking up Stitches” Vogue Knitting Magazine, Winter, 1999/2000.

“Fine Finishing: Bound Edges” Vogue Knitting Magazine, Fall, 1999.

“Fine Finishing: Selvages” Vogue Knitting Magazine, Spring – Summer, 1999.