>More Machine Knitting Practice

>Today I decided to have a go at the next technique in the Mary Weaver Ribbing Attachment book which was fisherman rib and weaving.
This is the only clue as to how it should have looked:

I wasn’t going to knit a full sweater, just a sample of the different techniques so I just cast on 61 stitches.

I knitted about 10 rows of 1×1 rib then set up the machine for fisherman rib as instructed. I knitted about 50 rows and all was going well, as you can see:

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Next I had to transfer all the ribber stitches onto the main bed. I did this using the transfer carriage and managed to do it without dropping a stitch. Things were looking good.

Then the instructions said “set carriage so that it will not knit and move it across the needlebed twice to set first row of punchcard.” I had to have a look at my machine’s manual for this as I wasn’t sure how to do it. I thought I’d set it right, then I started moving the carriage along and the stitches were dropping off the needles. I hadn’t set the carriage to slip like I should have. This is where it all started to go wrong.

I put the stitches back onto the needles and set up the carriage for weaving. I have never done any weaving with this machine before now and this is what happened:


It’s not good is it? I don’t know why the dark brown went like that, I followed the instructions but it just wasn’t weaving. The light brown was a little bit more successful and the blue was better still.

Then I had to transfer the stitches for fisherman rib again and knit another 50 rows or so. It would have been alright if I’d remembered to remove the punchcard but I didn’t so it started tucking some of the stitches:

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Anyway, I took the punchcard out and finished the fisherman rib without a problem apart from a couple of dropped stitches at one edge.

Then I decided to have another go at the weaving. I couldn’t understand why it had gone wrong the first time. So I put the punchcard back in and gave it another go:

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Well, the second row went wrong but after that it seemed OK. There are another two rows that went wrong as you can see but that was my fault – I’d punched two extra holes in the punchcard where they shouldn’t have been.

So I’ve now learned how to do fisherman rib and weaving on the 321. I think tomorrow I’ll have a go at drive lace and pile knitting, I’ve been wanting to try those for a while. I haven’t finished the striped sweater yet – I’ve got the neckband knitted so I just need to sew it all up. Maybe I’ll do that next week.

Talk to you later,

Susan.

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