Friday, 29 July 2011

Thanks to Alex - me and my ribber are now friends!

I discovered a few days back that the SRP60 was not designed to be used with the auxilary plates that are used with other ribbers including the SRP50. This was why I was having enormous trouble with using my SRP60 ribber with my Knitmaster 700. I don't know where the brackets had been put as I know my aunt would have used the ribber on a regular basis, but they have been no where to be seen.

A couple of days ago I received the long needed brackets for my 700 machine so that I can use the SRP 60 ribber without the two machines falling out with each other. Alex from Alex's Machine Knitting was very kind enough to send me the brackets as he had a spare set - many thanks again Alex. Today I attached the brackets and set the machine up with the ribber.

The ribber brackets fit into the ribber slots perfectly now and don't move allover!

I was so pleased the ribber and machine seemed to fit better together with the new brackets - much more sturdier. However I still had to make sure the ribber actually worked when knitting so i decided to knit a little swatch of 1 x 1 rib. As i knitted the initial zig-zag row i closed my eyes and hoped for the best. Here's what I got:

A ZIG ZAG!!!!!! Hurray! It worked for once. The problem I was having before was that when i knitted the zig zag row the ribber needles were not picking up the yarn in the hooks and only certain knitter needles were catching too. Now i had a perfect zig zag!

I continued with the cast on and knitted some 1 x 1 rib. This is the result...

Perfect ribbing!

I am so pleased I now have a ribber that works with the standard gauge machine. I cant thank Alex enough for sending me these brackets.

Thanks to him - me and my ribber are now friends!


  1. I am so pleased you and the ribber are now friends, those brackets were just sitting there in my knitting box while you were struggling on with the machine and ribber I would of sent you them sooner if I had realised it at the time It was only the other day I found that I had a spare set but never mind lol I am so glad to be of help to you and the machine happy ribbing.


  2. It always helps to have the right equipment!! I am so happy that you were able to solve your problem with some much needed help from a super MK like Alex. He is generous to a fault. Sheryl

  3. Thanks Alex and Sheryl for comments. I am so pleased its working properly now. Ive been going through the ribber instruction book this afternoon and I've done Drive Lace and Punch Tuck Rib - both have worked fantastic. :-) Happy happy!!

  4. A whole new world is opened up once the ribber is working. I remember how excited I was when I made my first ribbing. Enjoy!!

  5. Great that you have it working. Look forward to seeing your next work.

  6. Hey you made a Barbie dress!!!!!! lol. Left a reply to your comment on my blog if you get chance to look at it and answer. Did your new things arrive yet?

  7. Hi Phil,
    I have the same machine+ribber, but have had nothing but trouble with the brackets like yours. I always had the mainbed raised, and the brackets won't hold the ribber up in its place, it sags.
    On your photo it seem you have the main bed flat and the ribber hanging straight down, is that so? If so, what do you do with the ribber brackets on the back, the ones that folds out and normally are clamped on the table?
    Kathe, Denmark