Ribbing success

Last night, I was so excited when I finally got through a ribbed cuff on the knitting machine.  Until now, I kept dropping stitches.  The way the ribber attachment is placed on the machine blocks the view of the sock until you remove it.  By then, you’re usually pretty far into the sock and it’s so disappointing when you find it didn’t turn out and you’ll have to manually fix it.But, I took my time and watch every dang needle grab at the yarn trying to figure out why I kept dropping stitches.  It was painful and slow, but I got through the whole ribbing section without any issues.  So maybe I just need to go very slow.successful ribbing on a sock machine.In case you were wondering this yarn is Red Heart’s heart & sole – jelly beans.For lunch today, I stitched up the toes and hid all the loose ends.  Tomorrow, I will have some jelly bean colored socks on my feet and I’ll get to test how much of a difference the ribbing makes.  The colors aren’t really my style, but they’re the first with ribbing at the ankle, so I’m wearing them! Just visually comparing the two styles of a hung hem and a ribbed hem you can see a pretty big difference.  I know it’s hard to tell from the photo but that’s about a 2″ difference.  The bottom one is about the actual size of my ankle, so the ribbed one should grip on pretty well.  But then again, I’m comparing two different yarns, which by the size of the stitches look to be pretty different…. so who knows.Once I get some more practice in on these hems I’ll be moving on to the next item on my checklist: rounding out the heels and toes better.  I’ve been watching YouTube videos on it and it looks pretty simple, so hopefully, that goes quickly and easily.

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