Fearless Cut ‘n Sew

Fearless Cut ‘n Sew

fearless_cut_n_sewDo you remember the first time you cut into something you knit?  That moment of panic?

Watch as clothing designer Peggy Sagers of Silhouette patterns re-fashions a ready to wear sweater with cut ‘n sew.

Not only does she chop off the sleeves of this expensive sweater, she adds french darts as well.  The before and after photos are amazing!

You will be inspired.


Plus Size Cardigan on the Knitting Machine

Plus Size Cardigan on the Knitting Machine
Using the Cabin Fever Book, the

Knit it Now Home Study Course

guides machine knitters through creating their very own top-down, plus size, raglan cardigan.
The authors, Deb Gemmell and Robin Hunter have spent quite a bit of time interviewing, measuring, teaching and working with knitters of all shapes and sizes. The result is an excellent book that allows you to custom fit your cardigan for your shape!


The instructions are written for 6 gauges (from 14 – 24 stitches in 4″) – so you can use your standard, mid-gauge or bulky machine for your project.

This course includes 11 video lessons and 54 minutes of video.

Need a Plus Cardigan? from KnitItNow

Santa’s Stocking Workshop

Santa’s Stocking Workshop

Christmas is right around the corner! Eileen Montgomery has a treat for machine knitters of all skill levels.Use your creativity and imagination to knit unique Christmas stockings.  There are no limits to the design possibilities!

  • You choose – quick and easy or more time intensive construction techniques
  • Variety of stitches – fairisle, tuck, intarsia, motifs, color blocks, lace, you name it!
  • Beautiful embellishment ideas are included
  • Also included are Christmas themed stitch charts that can be used for all of your holiday knitting
  • ELEVEN patterns
  • FIVE construction methods
  • THREE sizes for each method
  • Diagrams, stitch charts, clear instructions and photos
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Written for standard gauge punchcard or electronic machines they can be easily adapted for use on mid-gauge or bulky machines
  • Printed Book – 30 pages

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Use that mystery yarn from your stash

Use that mystery yarn from your stash

All of us have “mystery” yarn. The label is gone and you don’t even remember why you bought it!

Put those partial cones to use!

Stripes or fairisle are great ways to use smaller cones, but you probably want to put yarns of similar weight together.  Just looking at a strand doesn’t tell you enough.

Here are 3 methods for judging if 2 yarns will work together.

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Troubleshooting Tuck

Troubleshooting Tuck

tuck_issues5Has this ever happened to you? You want to knit in tuck and end up with a bunch of sloppy loops instead. Arghhhh!

Remember the construction of a tuck stitch. The tuck needle is skipped and the yarn loops over it.


What happens when you try to tuck more than one needle side by side?  You’ll get large, sloppy loops.

With automatic patterning machines, you need to instruct the machine which needles will be knitting and which ones will be tucking.


Check the “negative” variation setting on your machine.

Fast and Easy Machine Knit Vest Pattern

Fast and Easy Machine Knit Vest Pattern

Simple knitting … Misses vest with turned back collar and square armholes.
Designed to be knit with a reversible stitch pattern. Great for the g-carriage or tuck. (Shown in garter stitch)
The collar is knit in one piece, wraps around the back neck and there is no collar seaming.
The vest meets at the front, use buttons and buttonloops, decorative clasps … how about a separating zipper?

Aubrie’s Vest


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Oops! Machine Knitter’s Rescue Row

Oops!  Machine Knitter’s Rescue Row

Prevent dropped stitches and disaster!
You’ve ripped out a row or rehung stitches and now the stitches on the needlebed are behind the latches and not in the hooks. If your next step is to transfer stitches or do some hand manipulation, you may find it difficult.
Use this tip to “clean up” the needlebed and prepare the needles and stitches for the hand manipulation.