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Ribbing Troubles

Posted by mtmom on January 1, 2009

I’m having a crisis of knitting-confidence . . . about my ribbing.  The harder I try to correct this (relatively new) slanting problem, the worse it seems to get! 

This is for my level 2 Master Knitter work — the widely-dreaded Argyle sock.

Is blocking going to help this?  I’ve tried fiddling with a needle tip to straighten these guys, but they don’t stay fixed.

I’m considering whether I might rip this part out later,  and either (1) work a second band bottom-up from the freed stockinette stitches — but then I’d be 1/2 stitch off at each end for later seaming — or (2) work a second band from top-down and graft the 2 pieces together with a row of MC stockinette before the intarsia begins — challenging.  Either way, I’ll have to be making nicer ribs before I replace these.  Meanwhile, I’m pressing ahead with the intarsia, waiting for inspiration.

Ufff.  I’d like a knitting “fairy” to drop in, sit by me, and patiently guide me through this!

Insights, encouragement, and/or constructive suggestions welcome.


4 Responses to “Ribbing Troubles”

  1. Emilee said

    I’ve had that problem too and I’ll be darned if I know what to do about it. I’ll check back to see if anyone else could be more helpful!

  2. Kate/Massachusetts said

    It looks like you might be twisting either your knit or your purl stitches. It looks like twisted rib to me. Watch the mechanics of how you are making each stitch. The finished stitch should not have its “ankles crossed”. I wish I could find better words to explain it. Hopes this helps!

  3. I know just what you mean, Kate. But that’s not what’s happening here; it’s something more subtle. I’ve tried different amounts of “tug” between stitches. My next try will involve changing the tilt of my needles as I form and pull off the stitches.

  4. mtmom said

    We’ve been having a lively discussion of this over on the TKGA board on Ravelry. Check this thread, beginning with post #143 (near the bottom of page 6): .

    Seems it has alot to do with how a yarn is plied. . . .

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