Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Technique - Broken Toe Cast On

  1. Push forward every 2nd needle on the top bed, and every alternate needle on the ribber bed with the 1x1 needle pusher, making sure that the last needle on each end is on the top bed.
    For example, if you were casting on 9 stitches, there would be 5 on the top bed, and 4 on the ribber. You always cast on an odd number of stitches when using the ribber.
  2. Thread the yarn and set the up the carriages like this: 
  3. Bring the carriage across from right to left, and the yarn should zig-zag between the needles like this:

  4. Put your finger through the middle hole of the cast on comb, bring it up underneath the beds, and line up the middle hole with the '0' mark on the needle beds. The teeth of the comb should be where the green dots are in this diagram: 
    Once the comb is in position pull out the wire out and push the teeth up between the zig-zagged yarn and push the wire back in to lock it in place.
  5. Hang the weights, then disconnect the ribber carriage and bring it across from left to right and back again. This will leave the cast on comb hanging from the top bed only.
  6. Reconnect the carriages and bring both across from left to right to knit another zig-zag row. 
  7. Adjust the  carriage settings:
    then knit 3 rows. 
  8. Adjust the carriage settings:
    and then continue to knit in rib the number of rows you require.
  9. When the work is complete, the first zig-zag row can be removed by pulling the first loop and drawing the end of the yarn back through the piece. 
  • You may also find it helpful to watch Diana Sullivan's excellent video tutorial.

1 comment:

  1. Two more hints.

    To position the comb bring forward 1 needle corresponding to the left or right-most tooth on the comb and temporarily hang the comb on that needle. For instance, if you have a 100 needle comb, bring 50R to HP and hang the comb.

    After knitting the first zigzag row, reach under the beds and pull the working yarn down to create a bigger loop. It'll be easier to pull that first row out.