Tips: Ribber Cast on Combs

The prevailing opinion is that you must never pull the ribber COC wire all the way out when hanging it between beds. I have always followed that advice … until now. I’ve been struggling to suspend a full-length COC on a mid gauge SK860 and SR860 when I have 120 sts in place. I freely admit that I begin my hat projects a little different than a lot of machine knitters. I like to crochet cast on on the main bed, knit a row, move stitches into a 2×2 rib configuration, then suspend the COC and large ribber weights. That method gives me the edge I prefer on hats. It also presents its own problems on hanging a COC. Finally, after several frustrating attempts recently, I pulled the wire all the way out and pushed the COC into place where it belonged. It was so much easier! The wire slipped into the holes without any difficulty and all the way through. I have a pretty heavy wire on my COC; it’s not a flimsy little wire. That could be part of the recipe for success also. So my advice to you today is to research a technique, but don’t be afraid to reach out for a new resolution.

Free Machine Knit Patterns

I thought it was time to add some of my free machine knitting patterns to my blog, in addition to their home on So here goes . . .

Deceptively Simple Roll Brim Hat

Designed for standard gauge machines. The pattern isn’t Fair Isle; it is random, determined by the yarn. So simple!

Stars & Stripes Hat

Designed for mid gauge machines. The stars on the top are actually decorative buttons.

Deceptively Simple¬† Hat II¬† — designed for mid gauge machines

Roll brim option
Folded brim option
Nicely shaped top

Rainbow Hat with Cuff

Designed for double-bed standard
gauge machines; requires ribber.

Tri-Color Tuck Hat

Designed for double-bed standard gauge machines with punch card or electronic patterning.