A New Project On The Bond Ribber

My house isn’t very warm in the Winter, even with the heating on, so I always end up wearing extra layers of clothes. The last couple of years I’ve been resorting to wearing what I refer to as ‘my big cardi’ on top of whatever I’ve got on. It’s not really a cardi, it’s an old dressing gown. It does keep me warm but I always feel a bit daft sitting in the house wearing a dressing gown over my clothes.

Anyway, I decided that this Winter I am going to have a proper ‘big cardi’. I went to Boyes in town and bought six 100g balls of their value aran. I realise now that I won’t have enough so I’ll have to go and buy another couple of balls.

I set up the dreaded Bond Ribber. I had intended to knit the cardi in a 4×2 rib but then I decided it might look a bit boring (like it matters when I’m only going to be wearing it in the house) so I did ten rows of 4×2 rib then rearranged the needles so that the two rib stitches were now at the centre of the four main bed stitches and the 4×2 rib was shifted along, like this:

pattern 1

I swatched and created a pattern using Knitware for a thigh length cardigan with a V neck, changing the width of the bands to 4 inches. I don’t really know how the bands will work out as I’m doing them horizontal and there aren’t enough needles on the machine to knit it as the pattern tells me to. I’ll have to do it in sections and hope I can do a neat job of the joins.

Of course, this being the Bond Ribber I didn’t get off to a good start. It had it’s usual sulking fit, wouldn’t knit stitches, dropped stitches, jammed, kept throwing tantrums (the machine, not me although I did invent some new swear words). About a third of the way through knitting the back it finally relented and agreed to co operate which meant I could get the knitting done a bit quicker. It’s still missing the odd stitch every few rows but on the whole it’s knitting as it should.

This is the back:

Cardi back

I pinned it to the dummy so you can see the effect of the stitch pattern. I thought it would be all rectangles but as you can see, where it isn’t stretched it looks almost like cables. That was unplanned but I think it looks quite effective. Please excuse the poor quality photos, it was a bit gloomy when I took them.

Here’s the unstretched pattern close up:

pattern 2

It’s quite time consuming as the needles have to be rearranged every ten rows but I’m getting there. I’ve knitted one front –

Cardi front

and I’m just under half way through the second one. I might get one sleeve knitted before I need to go and buy some more wool. I know the dye lots are probably not going to match but there’s not much I can do about it now.

I’ll post some more photos when I eventually get it finished.

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44 Responses to A New Project On The Bond Ribber

  1. angela says:

    I love it!

  2. Naomi says:

    I like the cable effect! I look forward to the finished cardigan. Thank you for sharing your knitting adventure!

  3. Maggi Bloice says:

    Looks a good pattern – still cannot believe you got that darned ribber to work,,,

  4. Well done Susan. Initially I thought it was cabled and all on a Bond ribber, I am impressed

  5. Leola says:

    Very interesting pattern. I would never have thought to change a pattern up like that. I guess I’m still stuck in my little “thinking” box. I probably would have done a 4×4 rib so it would look “neat” but I like your version better.

    • susyranner says:

      Doing a 4×2 or 4×4 rib would have been a lot quicker but I just wanted to try something different.

  6. Judy Buffalohead says:

    Sorry this was such a hassle, but the result is stunning !

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, Judy. Now that the machine is behaving it’s knitting up quicker and with less swearing.

  7. Lela says:

    That is stunning! Your variation on the pattern is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!

  8. mathom says:

    Very good looking stitch pattern. Makes me wish for a bulky or mid-gauge with a ribber. I have a lot of patience when it comes to hand manipulated stitches, but I don’t know if I could manage that without going batty.

    • susyranner says:

      I must admit when the ribber was playing up I was thinking it would have been easier just to do it on the main bed and convert the stitches.

  9. rb kindon says:

    This long cardi is lovely. In some shops would cost over a£100 . I am so impressed.

  10. Maddy says:

    I love it! I especially like the way it does look like cables, my dear you are a genius, and I love your “story-telling” as you make your way through your project, can’t wait to see more pictures and the “rest of the story”. Thanks again for keeping us in touch with what you are doing, mighty interesting to watch the progress

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks Maddy. Hopefully the rest of the story won’t involve any swearing or temper tantrums!

  11. Yvonne says:

    This is so lovely Susan.An awful lot of work and patience but it will be well worth it and I know we are all looking forward to the finished cardi!
    I would love a cardi like that.

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, Yvonne. I hope it turns out the same as it looks in my head. I also hope that Boyes haven’t run out of the wool when I go for some more!

  12. tildama says:

    You’re the magician Susan! Love it!

  13. Alison says:

    This is a lovely stitch – looks very effective in the aran weight yarn. Looks cosy too!

  14. heike says:

    This is going to be one beautiful cardigan.I really love the faux cable look you created. You gave me an idea for a blanket. Thank you for sharing!!

  15. Morag Walker says:

    Hi Susy this is gorgeous. What a lovely stitch and thank you for sharing it with us! Look forward to it when it’s finished.

  16. Vivianne says:

    I love this! You really are such an inspiration! Thanks so much for all you share.

  17. Jane nell says:

    Do you know if anywere I can buy pstterns for bond sweater machine, as I have small baby boutique and got the machine old but never used, would be handy, someone said use normal patterns but that would not help, so any help on this I would really love thank jane

    • susyranner says:

      In the menu bar at the top of this blog is a link to free Bond magazine downloads. They contain many patterns for both adults and children, you may find them useful.

      I scanned the magazines myself and the first few are not very good quality but the rest of them are fine.

  18. Maureen says:

    Wonderful knitting Suzy. Love the pattern. Can’t wait to see the finished cardigan. What does the other side look like? The same?

  19. Knit for You Designer says:

    Lovely stitch.

    • susyranner says:

      Thanks, I wasn’t expecting it to look like this but I’m really pleased with it.

      • Knit for You Designer says:

        You do excellent work. What is your favorite yarn?

        • susyranner says:

          I don’t have a favourite, I just buy anything that’s cheap! I mostly buy acrylics but I do sometimes find vintage wool bargains on Ebay. I favour acrylics not just because they are cheaper but because I can machine wash them over and over . I have, on too many occasions, accidently machine washed pure wool jumpers on the wrong setting and ruined them.

  20. Cathy says:

    That is gorgeous as usual! Love it 🙂

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