Quick Ribber Tip for Machine Knitters

Quick Ribber Tip for Machine Knitters

Sometimes you need to add a new end of yarn when working in ribbing.  Getting those ends between the beds can be a challenge …  a little puff of air works … sometimes ….  here’s a better way.

Have you seen our  “Swatching on the Double Bed” Tutorial?  It shows you how this trick can come in handy.

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Dust off that ribber and discover all that you can do with this wonderful accessory!

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Brother Stitch World Books

Brother Stitch World Books

One extremely valuable resource for machine knitters are the Brother Stitch World Books. They display a treasure-trove of stitch patterns that can be the source of inspiration for any knitting machine.

If you have an electronic machine and are lucky enough to use DAK, you can download the patterns.

Don’t forget to bookmark the manuals you use all the time

Troubleshooting tuck on the knitting machine

Troubleshooting tuck on the knitting machine

Has this ever happened to you?

It’s been a while since you’ve worked patterning on your knitting machine. You sit down to work a simple tuck stitch. In my case I downloaded a new stitch pattern from DAK… so far so good.

Run the carriage across the bed and select the first row of needles for tuck …. then knit back and arghhhh!!!! Loops and mess!
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Knitting machine carriage lock

Here’s a nifty little piece that you may have …. but not use. It’s called a carriage lock.

As the name implies, it’s used when you are packing your machine to keep the carriage secure.

The different brands and models of machines have different styles … let’s take a look.

Swatching is NOT Optional

Swatching is NOT Optional

How many times have you knit something that just didn’t fit?  Have you ever had colors run or fade when you washed your sweater?

So many knitting disasters can be avoided by swatching and dressing your swatch.  Machine knitters have NO EXCUSE for not swatching!  We can knit multiple swatches quickly, testing stitch patterns and tensions.  Since we don’t have a lot of time invested, we can do the “throw-it-in-the-wash-with-jeans” test to see if a washable yarn will hold up. Continue reading

The best Yarn Clips EVER

The best Yarn Clips EVER

Need a 3rd hand?

Tame that yarn tail when you are casting on or changing colors with your knitting machine.

Put a little extra weight on the tail with a clothespin or clip of some sort.  Not only will the initial cast on row be neater, the first few stitches of the next few rows will form properly, making seaming easier.
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Triple Take on Tuck

Triple Take on Tuck

Sometimes you just want a little texture to your knitting.

When making the fabric for my baby shoes, I used an iron-on interfacing to firm up the fabric version. For the knitted version, I wanted a stitch pattern that was more “shoe-like”. I immediately thought of tuck.

As it turned out, the shoes are so tiny, and my yarn was pretty thick, so I didn’t need tuck, but it took me down a path looking at different variations on the humble 1×1 tuck. I love 1×1 tuck because it can be worked on any machine, no programming necessary!

Here are 3 variations, I’ll bet you’ll be surprised (as I was) to compare the knit side of these tuck samples)

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