Going Vertical with Slip (Sneak Preview)

Going Vertical with Slip (Sneak Preview)

Slip stitch is such an easy way to add texture to your knitting. (Take THAT hand knitters!)

I’ve had this slip stitch pattern in mind for some time and finally found a use for it!

This stitch pattern is from Stitch World III – number 299. It’s 28 sts x 30 rows. It’s a fairly simple geometric horizontal design. But every time I looked at it, I envisioned it vertically.


This stitch pattern is the inspiration for our newest pattern (yet to be named).  Here’s a sneak peek at the front.

2 swatches – (Math Alert)

In addition to entering in the gauge for both stitch patterns in my new sweater, I’ll need to do a little math to incorporate the 28 sts / 30 row stitch repeat.

Let’s pretend the longest edge of my center front panel is 142 stitches.  142/28 = 5.07 ( that’s 5 repeats plus 2 stitches) So I’ll “fudge” a bit and cast on 140 stitches.  Although with this stitch pattern, 2 stitches wouldn’t make any difference.

Let’s pretend the width of my front panel is 124 rows.  124/30 = 4.13 (that’s 4 repeats plus 4 rows).  If you look closely at the stitch pattern, there are 4 plain rows included.  For this example, I’d simply knit 4 plain rows before starting my stitch pattern.  This would center the stitch pattern rows perfectly over my 124 rows.


Stay tuned for our newest pattern, it’s based on a “retro” pattern – it will be available in both Plus and misses sizes … with lots of options for customization!


Machine Knitters Stitch Library

Machine Knitters Stitch Library

There are probably a zillion different stitch patterns that machine knitters can use. Why limit yourself to the stitches that came with your machine?

The Knit it Now Stitch Library is more than just “eye candy”


  • DAK Stitch Pattern Files
  • Printable Full Size Punch Card diagrams

We’ve also included Black and White versions of the images so you can see the stitch without being blinded by our choice of colors.


Not too high, not too low … just right …

Not too high, not too low … just right …

Everyone has their “Goldilocks Zone” when it comes to the front neck depth of sweaters and shirts.

Our “basics” scoop neck patterns previously had a default 6″ depth. The crew neck default is 2″. Somewhere between there is your “Goldilocks Zone”.

We’ve just added a feature to these patterns to allow you to adjust the front neck depth.  Enter in exactly how low you want your neckline. This feature is now available on any Basics Dynamic Pattern with a scoop neck.

 Machine knitting basics patterns

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Your favorite basic sweater styles in one place!

  • Choose the most flattering style for you
  • Mix and match sleeve styles, necklines and body shapes
  • Knit at YOUR gauge
  • Use ANY yarn
  • Use ANY stitch pattern
  • Use the patterns again and again
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Skinny Knitting

Skinny Knitting

knitting machine ribber weight hanger


When knitting narrow bands on the ribber, it doesn’t make sense to use a 100+ stitch ribber cast on comb.

Try using the “7” weight hanger that comes with most ribbers.

Simply hook the hanger over your zig zag row to weight the work.  Hang a weight, or just hold the hanger to add weight to your knitting.

TIP: If you knit this style of band often, it would be worth investing in a spare ribber cast on comb and have it cut into small widths.

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A mess with a purpose

A mess with a purpose

flat_rib_joinI’m using a 1×1 flat rib for my current project. In planning ahead I realized that I couldn’t visualize how the needle setup should be so the side seams will match.

I went to my machine and knit a small (4″ wide or so) swatch. I used this needle arrangement.

I then cut the swatch in half and joined the “seam”.  Perfect join!  Worth the little bit of time it took to plan my seam joins.

Subscribers, have you seen our video “Seaming Ribbing – Plan Ahead”?

It shows tips for seaming “normal” ribbing for beautiful finishing.

matching ribbing at seams

Video: Seaming Ribbing Plan Ahead

Does “cheating” bug you?

Does “cheating” bug you?

Coming Soon! Watch for our new Home Study Course that will walk through the process of copying the design of a RTW (ready to wear) sweater on the machine.

I’ve been working from a photo of this RTW  sweater.

Can you see how they stopped the stitch pattern at the underarm shaping?

The hand knitter in me would have taken the time to TRY to carry the stitch pattern while shaping and not leave a blank space.

The machine knitter in me says “If someone is looking that closely at my armpit, they are standing TOO close!” LOL!
What about you?

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.


Subscribers: Did you know that we have over 40 tutorials for the ribber?

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

knitting machine ribber tutorials



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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