Sunday, August 23, 2009

Taking Stock

In a few days, I'll be travelling and away from my knitting machine. After making all these videos, that'll feel very strange! After my trip, I have plans for more videos.

In winding up the garter bar videos, I tried one last idea - transferring batches of stitches from the ribber to the main bed. It worked fine on my standard, so I tried it twice more without and problems. I need to try that on the bulky, and if I think it's a video, I'll make one. I didn't want to do things that were too difficult, or impractical. I did 1x1 ribbing so I was transferring every other stitch, but it would work for whatever stitch layout you have.

My usual disclaimer: please practice!

The next videos are ribber lessons. An awful lot of this is going to be too simple to people who are already comfortable with the ribber, but since I am trying to help beginners, I want to cover basics.


  1. I have had a consuming desire to find a way to create true seed/moss stitch without a garter carriage. Hearing that you had success with transferring from main bed to ribber and back makes me wonder... Could I transfer every other stitch every row, both ways, to achieve this? It would, of course, be extremely tedious, but no less than hand knitting it. Whad'ya think?

  2. Well, I am doubtful about whether it would be just too much trouble. Right now, I am moving all the ribber stitches to the main bed, and not trying to get part of them or move 'em back. My husband and I were just talking about how I need to be careful in the videos not to suggest anything that might bend needles or frustrate folks unduly.

    You could use the double-eyed needles and just do the stitches one at a time.

    You would love using a garter carriage. It does double moss beautifully. I love all the knit/purl combinations it will do and have spent lots of time making up patterns for it.