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Friday, April 9, 2010

Full Needle Rib Tuck Stitch scarf

I took Diana Sullivan's advice and tried a full needle rib tuck. Isn't this pretty? I used her example from Stitchworld. Easy enough to enter into the machine. Didn't check to see if it was in my Stitchworld III book because it only took a minute to enter the 8 stitch 7 row pattern. Here it is on Diana's blog:

This is some thread-thin mill end stuff, probably acrylic. But it's really soft when knit up and thread-thin worked fine for this scarf. It has a dressy look to it and is as light as a feather. What I like is that both sides look really similar. You'd have to study hard to distinguish one side from the other. I also liked the borders on the sides that it automatically made. And they don't roll. This color wouldn't be the best on me but maybe would work for someone else. Unfortunately, I don't think I can dye it.

Here are directions in case you want to make a similar one. I cast on 40 stitches in full needle rib at T 0/0. Did the circular cast on, knit 10 rows at T 1/1. Then I transferred stitches according to Diana's pattern, putting every 4th needle out of work on the main bed. (Those are the stitches that were transferred to the ribber.) Then I did my KC row to select needles, turned on the electronics, pushed in my tuck buttons and knit 500 rows. At the end, I switched back to fnr (every needle in work both beds by borrowing purl bumps to fill in), T 1/1 knit 10 rows, one row T 7/7. Transferred rib stitches to main bed and chained off. It dawned on me after all was said and done that I didn't engage the tuck brushes. Didn't seem to matter since I weighted it well and moved the weights up every 80 rows or so.

I think I'll make some charity shawls with this pattern. I certainly have enough yarn for several and I think they'd make a nice cover-up in air conditioning in the summer. Thanks, Diana!


Diana L. Sullivan, CPA said...

Hi, it's Diana...been really busy at work lately and am coming up for air at last.

Why, your scarf looks just like mine! Isn't it great to get something off the machine, and it's completely finished?

I actually think shawls would be a great way to use these lacy tuck ribs. The other thing I like them for is baby blankets. My friend is packing baskets for single moms at her church, and they like to line the basket with a pretty blanket.


Mar said...

Yes, it's satisfying to have something be DONE when it comes off the machine. Fits my mental state these days, not having to do anything really complicated. Thank you again for the pattern.

Jemajo said...

I tried yours and failed, so I'll try again when I can figure out what the punchcard should look like.
Maybe I need a lot more experience in machine knitting?
Yours is so light and delicate looking.
Very nice!

Laritza said...

I love it!
I agree with Diana the best part, it comes out of the machine ready to wear.

Mar said...

Thanks! I think I need to try it again with a yarn that I'm more fond of...

Alysha in KY said...

Can you elaborate further on which needles on the MB are out of work? According to the diagram I put the 3rd needle from the left out and every 4th from there. Every matching needle on the RB had doubled sts. All I got was a mess. :-(

Mar said...

I think you transferred correctly. Did you put the main bed needles that you transferred to the ribber out of work?

It's been a long time since I've made this, but, one thing came to mind. Sometimes when you get a mess it's because the wrong needles are tucking. So in that case you have to hit the negative key. You can do a dry run without yarn to check it out. With the pattern entered, run the carriage back and forth. Watch the needles and if two needles are tucking side by side, you have to do the negative.
Good luck!

Alysha in KY said...

I may have to redraw the pattern. All my needles are coming out (even changing up the first two button settings on the EC-1) when I did a trial run, after taking off the connector arm. It does appear that the needles are just collecting floats. I know tuck rib works, I just did another sample with one of my pre-printed mylar patterns. Don't care for it in a scarf, so back to trying another. LOL Maybe my just doesn't like tuck lace with the ribber engaged. LOL

Nicole said...

Beautiful pattern. I will try it on a summer dress too.