Over the years, automatic patterning on knitting machines matured. Early machines had buttons to push to create stitch patterns. Later, punchcards mechanisms were introduced and finally, electronics were added. If you have an 8 stitch, 12 stitch, or 24 stitch punchcard machine … or even…
Do you use Cut ‘n Sew for shaping? Once you get over the fear, there are so many times this technique comes in handy for machine knitters. We recently explored using stabilizers to improve our cut ‘n sew skills … and we were pleasantly surprised!…
“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
When knitting in ribbing, sometimes the edge stitches don’t knit correctly. Adding a little weight can help. 2 styles of weight hangers are specially designed for our machines.
You’ve run out of yarn, or you’ve ripped out some rows … your carriage is on the left and the working yarn is on the right …. how do you get your carriage back to the right – without dropping stitches or removing the carriage from the needlebed?
A fellow knitter recently commented that her set in sleeve pattern instructions looked “wonky”. There were 74 rows in the armhole opening and 62 rows in the sleeve cap. She thought the sleeve cap was “too short”.
Hand knitters often talk about “reading your knitting”. Once you’ve mastered the basic knit and purl stitches and are ready to branch out with your knitting, this skill is essential in keeping track of stitch patterns and for more enjoyable knitting without laboriously following a pattern row by row.
Hand knitters can change needle sizes to adjust the gauge of their knitting. Another of the many advantages of machine knitting is to quickly make tension changes with BOTH the carriage tension dial and the mast tension setting.
Bulky seams can ruin a beautifully knitted sweater. Here are some tips for eliminating the fat.
I have to admit, I don’t use punchcards much … OK – that’s my excuse for today’s boo-boo. Can you see how the punchcard jammed as I was knitting? Not only did I put it in upside down (notice the numbers on the left), but…