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.
I’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 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.
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?
Coming soon …. A NEW Home Study Course.
Start to finish … copying a RTW sweater, selecting your own stitch pattern, using a Knit it Now Dynamic Pattern and adding your own machine knitting techniques for perfection.
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!
My trusty ribber recently was really difficult to push. I wasn’t doing anything fancy and immediately checked the following:
- Was the tension too tight on ribber or main bed?
- I’d used this yarn many times, so I knew it wasn’t the yarn
- Was the yarn hanging up?
None of these provided an answer.
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!
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.
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
I wholeheartedly agreed that this style of dart is much more flattering when sewing.
But I had never considered it for knitting. After “noodling” for a while, I realized why knitters don’t use French Darts.