The back is ribbed, the front is ss wiht a cable on either side. The cable is not set off by purl stitches which is a different look, sort of a more natural look, and I like it.
I used cotton ease on size 4 needles, and got a gauge of 16 stitches and 28 rows per 4 inches. IT's a crazy gauge, but it works.
I just received a couple new books: one on knitting sweaters sideways, one on spinning (the new JMM book) and an older Mission Falls pattern book called "IN Living Colour". I think I'll make one more tank with my ce stash and then use all the leftover ce for a sideways sweater. Did you check the stash total on the sidebar? I'm doing well. I haven't bought any yarn this year other than sock yarn and some discounted brown sheep cotton fleece that someone onKR was selling (and yes, I need to show you pictures of that).