Skinny Knitting

Skinny Knitting

knitting machine ribber weight hanger


When knitting narrow bands on the ribber, it doesn’t make sense to use a 100+ stitch ribber cast on comb.

Try using the “7” weight hanger that comes with most ribbers.

Simply hook the hanger over your zig zag row to weight the work.  Hang a weight, or just hold the hanger to add weight to your knitting.

TIP: If you knit this style of band often, it would be worth investing in a spare ribber cast on comb and have it cut into small widths.

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A mess with a purpose

A mess with a purpose

flat_rib_joinI’m using a 1×1 flat rib for my current project. In planning ahead I realized that I couldn’t visualize how the needle setup should be so the side seams will match.

I went to my machine and knit a small (4″ wide or so) swatch. I used this needle arrangement.

I then cut the swatch in half and joined the “seam”.  Perfect join!  Worth the little bit of time it took to plan my seam joins.

Subscribers, have you seen our video “Seaming Ribbing – Plan Ahead”?

It shows tips for seaming “normal” ribbing for beautiful finishing.

matching ribbing at seams

Video: Seaming Ribbing Plan Ahead

Does “cheating” bug you?

Does “cheating” bug you?

Coming Soon! Watch for our new Home Study Course that will walk through the process of copying the design of a RTW (ready to wear) sweater on the machine.

I’ve been working from a photo of this RTW  sweater.

Can you see how they stopped the stitch pattern at the underarm shaping?

The hand knitter in me would have taken the time to TRY to carry the stitch pattern while shaping and not leave a blank space.

The machine knitter in me says “If someone is looking that closely at my armpit, they are standing TOO close!” LOL!
What about you?

Quick Ribber Tip for Machine Knitters

Quick Ribber Tip for Machine Knitters

Sometimes you need to add a new end of yarn when working in ribbing.  Getting those ends between the beds can be a challenge …  a little puff of air works … sometimes ….  here’s a better way.

Have you seen our  “Swatching on the Double Bed” Tutorial?  It shows you how this trick can come in handy.


Subscribers: Did you know that we have over 40 tutorials for the ribber?

Dust off that ribber and discover all that you can do with this wonderful accessory!

knitting machine ribber tutorials



Troubleshooting tuck on the knitting machine

Troubleshooting tuck on the knitting machine

Has this ever happened to you?

It’s been a while since you’ve worked patterning on your knitting machine. You sit down to work a simple tuck stitch. In my case I downloaded a new stitch pattern from DAK… so far so good.

Run the carriage across the bed and select the first row of needles for tuck …. then knit back and arghhhh!!!! Loops and mess!
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Knitting machine carriage lock

Here’s a nifty little piece that you may have …. but not use. It’s called a carriage lock.

As the name implies, it’s used when you are packing your machine to keep the carriage secure.

The different brands and models of machines have different styles … let’s take a look.

Swatching is NOT Optional

Swatching is NOT Optional

How many times have you knit something that just didn’t fit?  Have you ever had colors run or fade when you washed your sweater?

So many knitting disasters can be avoided by swatching and dressing your swatch.  Machine knitters have NO EXCUSE for not swatching!  We can knit multiple swatches quickly, testing stitch patterns and tensions.  Since we don’t have a lot of time invested, we can do the “throw-it-in-the-wash-with-jeans” test to see if a washable yarn will hold up. Continue reading