Things I’ve learned about ribbing on a CSM

posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008

  • If it doesn’t work, take it apart, clean everything (again) and keep trying
  • If the stitches don’t clear the latches (easily, on their own), and you’re using plenty of weight, your ribber dial is TOO HIGH.  It’s not a tension issue or a needle issue, it’s simply because the dial isn’t adjusted properly.  It seems counter intuitive to lower it, but it has to be lower for the needles to work correctly
  • Stitch tension adjustment is very touchy – a small adjustment makes a BIG difference!  It’s not like the v-cam tension at all
  • Ribber timing is tricky – just when you think you have it, you have to tweak it again.  Make TINY adjustments.  A quarter turn of that screw can make a big difference.  An entire turn might be WAY WAY WAY too much!
  • If you yarn carrier is not where it needs to be, that can cause all kinds of problems
    • You might break/bend latches (and possibly destroy needles entirely)
    • Latches won’t open
    • Your timing will seem off, when it really isn’t, the needle just can’t grab the yarn

When you get it all right, it sings 🙂  You can crank out an entire ribbed sock with no trouble at all… amazing!

Ribbed Sock

Ribby Socks!

posted Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

I got brave and tried a pair of ribbed socks this morning. I only dropped one stitch, and that was when I was transferring the ribbing stitches on the first sock onto cylinder needles – I didn’t make sure the last one had an open latch, and thus it dropped when I went around and attempted to knit it. BUT, being a purl stitch, it was super easy to pick those stitches up (since those are knit on the inside), so it wasn’t a problem at all.

Rib Socks

I’m quite happy with them, and it was WAY easier than I expected! Maybe tomorrow I’ll try a pair with a ribbed foot too 🙂

Rib Socks

The yarn is the new Imagination sock yarn from KnitPicks – it’s really nice, very soft, and the colors are pretty neat too!