“I don’t want ribbing on my sweaters”
Have you heard that before? The hems on today’s fashions are straight and “unfinished”. If there is ribbing, it is loose and blocked out.
Here are 6 Alternatives to ribbing at the bottom of your sweaters
Keri recently asked during a Live Q&A session….
“How much yarn do I need for a woman’s XLarge / 1X tank top or shell?”
There isn’t a simple answer for that question, Keri! Immediately, my brain started asking more questions. Continue reading
You don’t need to use yarn on cones for machine knitting ….. but it is easier! Less ends to work in and often coned yarn is waxed (or treated) to pass more easily through the knitting machine.
We recommend beginning knitters start with yarn on cones. It saves you time in re-winding or dealing with difficult yarns in balls.
Fellow knitter, Cynthia was knitting the Freesia Pullover pattern and recently asked: “How can I start the decreases immediately after casting on?”
The like many of the Basics, the Freesia Blueprint instructions start AFTER your choice of hem, ribbing or cast on method.
The Knit it Now Dynamic “Basic Blueprints” give you all the math you need to create sweaters in ANY yarn, ANY Gauge, with ANY machine and ANY Stitch Pattern!
Unlike traditional patterns the Blueprints don’t tell you what cast on or bind off methods to use.
Want add hand manipulation? It’s your “Adventure”!
Want ribbing … go for it! Maybe a pretty picot hem is what’s needed.
Your sweaters, knit the way you want them!
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The back and front of our sweaters don’t have to match!
- Yes, the side seam lengths should match
- Yes, the armholes and shoulders must match
If we are knitting to cover a body shape that isn’t perfect … we may need to add BOTH LENGTH AND WIDTH to the front only.
New knitter Maryanne was frustrated with “scrap off and rehang”.
It’s important for new knitters to understand this concept, it’s used quite often in machine knitting.
- Use a highly contrasting color scrap yarn
- Learn to identify the knit an purl sides
- Focus on picking up the garment yarn (grey) NOT the scrap yarn (yelow)
Here’s another use for “scrap off and rehang”:
Scrapping off your work before starting a new section or just to preserve a section of your knitting is worth the extra effort.
If (when) mistakes happen give yourself the gift of being able to rip back to your lifeline and not have to start again.
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The gauge of a hand knitting pattern will indicate what machine you should use with the recommended yarn.
This stitch gauge is a very popular gauge for hand knitting with “worsted weight” yarn.