Monday, March 23

Ribber cast ons - what do they look like?

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Standard 1x1 cast on, 3 circular rows

Basic principles of ribbing (tubular cast on)

  1. Set up needles as required
  2. Optional: rack 1.5 positions to maintain alternate needle rule & add ns if necessary
  3. Knit 1 row T0/0 (zigzag row); hang comb and weights
  4. Knit 1 - 5 circular rows at T1/1*
  5. Optional: rack back to original position and decrease any extra stitches made
  6. Set machine to rib tension, RC000, knit the ribbing.


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Variation: (3) Hang comb but not weights, knit the circular rows, hang the weights.

3 rows is recommended for 4ply. 1 row is enough for chunky yarns. 5 rows might be better for very fine yarns.

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E-wrap method 1

  1. E-wrap required stitches on main bed, knit 1 row on main bed
  2. Transfer stitches to ribber bed, hang comb and weights, RC000, knit the ribbing.



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E-wrap method 2

  1. E-wrap required stitches - wrap main bed CCW, ribber bed CW
  2. Knit 1 row (RT), hang comb and weights.
  3. Set machine to rib tension, RC000, knit the ribbing.



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Knitted back e-wrap cast on

  1. E-wrap first stitch, loop around next stitch, knit first stitch back. Repeat across the required needles. 
  2. Knit 1 row and transfer to 1x1 rib



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Latch tool method

  1. Latch-tool cast on required stitches, knit 1 row on main bed at RT
  2. Transfer stitches to ribber bed, hang comb and weights, RC000


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Ravel cord method

  1. Set up needles as required
  2. Knit 1 zigzag row T0/0 with ravel cord from right to left, hang the comb and weights.
  3. Set ribber to HOLD
  4. Put all ribber needles to HOLD position
  5. With MY knit 1 row left to right.
  6. Cancel ribber HOLD, set machine for circular knitting, T1/1 knit 2 rows
  7. Set beds for ribber tension, RC000, knit the ribbing.


Note: to use this on a 2x1 arrangement, add empty needles on main bed after step (1). After knitting the first circular row, drop these extra stitches and return those needles to A position

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Broken toe cast on 1

  1. Set up needles as required
  2. Knit 1 zigzag row T0/0. Hang the comb and weights in such a way that the comb will still be supported when the ribber stitches are dropped, ie a prong is inside each V opposite a main bed needle
  3. Pass the ribber carriage only across the bed and back; ribber stitches will drop
  4. Reconnect the carriages and knit across 1 zigzag row.
  5. Knit 3 circular rows T1/1
  6. Set beds for ribber tension, RC000, knit the ribbing.
  7. When work is complete, pull on the yarn tail and the rib edge will tighten up.


Variation: As above, but hang the comb in the V opposite a non-working main bed needle. Use the main carriage alone to drop the stitches in step (3)

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Racking cast on

  1. Set up needles for 1x1; rack 2 whole pitches
  2. Knit zigzag row T0/0
  3. Rack back to original position, hang comb and weights
  4. Set beds for ribber tension, RC000, knit the ribbing



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Industrial 2x2 cast on (can be used for FNR)

  1. Set up needles for 2x1 so that 2 needles in work straddle the out of work needle; rack 1 whole pitch
  2. Knit zigzag row T0/0, hang comb and weights
  3. Knit 2 circular rows T1/1; rack back to original position.
  4. Set beds for ribber tension, RC000, knit the ribbing
  5. On completion of the ribbing, bring up the empty needles. Knit two circular rows and continue in pattern.


Hints for taming the wavy edge

  • After the zigzag row, hang a piece of ravel cord across the width of the knitting. Weight the ends with pegs if necessary. When piece is removed from the machine, tug both ends of the ravel cord to set the stitches before removing it
  • Insert the ribber comb wire into the edge stitches, and give it a quick blast of steam.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting post.What machine were the samples made on.I wonder how feasible ( without bleeping) some of them will be on the Passap?

steel breeze said...

These were all knitted on a Brother KH950i. Most would be possible on a Passap - not sure about the ewrap and latch tool ones though. Might be hard to knit the first row.