Adding the ribbing is a magical moment in knitting a sweater vest. If you're a newbie, it's perhaps a bit terrifying, too. Maybe it's that I'm knitting from the top down. Maybe it's that I'm knitting clothing for a finicky recipient. Whatever the reason, as I finished the neck ribbing, I began a restrained panic. What if the neck is too shallow? And then I took the scarily-too-long armholes and did the ribbing on one, and began to fear it had suddenly become too small as well. To allay my fears, I borrowed a vest my Dad wears. You can perhaps see that my sweater incorporates a distinct slope in the shoulders, and a bit more of a dip under the arm. I'm really interested to see how this bugger fits him.
Like I said, knitting the ribbing of a sweater vest is magical. A shapeless piece of fabric suddenly begins to declare that it is, in fact, a sweater, and your labors may yet pay off. I am surprised how much I dreaded picking up and knitting the stitches; it's almost fun. As a person who sorts his Skittles by colors and eats the excess of any particular color first and the rest in sequential, measured decreases, I find great satisfaction in seeing the fabric over the shoulder beginning to behave, simply because I have added more stitches to it.
I'm loving working with this fabric. I only miss having small projects to tote around. One armhole left, then the rest of the body! Whoo hoo!