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.

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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

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


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.

Why Scrap and Ravel?

Why Scrap and Ravel?


Starting your knitting with waste yarn and ravel cord is a machine knitting staple technique.

Why Scrap and Ravel?

  • Use waste knitting to hang cast on comb and/or weights
  • Protect delicate/fine yarns
  • Immediately start patterning (tuck, lace, etc) with weights in place
  • Leave waste knitting in place to make blocking easier – especially for edges that roll

Scrap and Ravel Cast on

  1. Chose a yarn that is appropriate for your machine
  2. Cast on with any method
  3. Knit a few rows – end with the carriage on the left.
  4. Knit 1 row of ravel cord (smooth, slippery yarn – crochet cotton works great)
  5. Cast on over the ravel cord with your garment yarn
  6. Knit your piece
  7. After blocking, pull out the ravel cord and remove the waste yarn.
When non-machine knitters hear the term waste yarn, they often cringe.  Spinners especially are uncomfortable thinking about “wasting yarn”.  I’ve even known machine knitters who unravel and re-use waste yarn (even though they have dozens of cones sitting in their stash) … .but that’s a topic for another soapbox post.
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Scrap and Ravel Cast on for Machine Knitters

Ravel Cord – Machine Knitter’s essential tool

Ravel Cord – Machine Knitter’s essential tool

The most common use of ravel cord is to separate waste (scrap) knitting from your main knitting.

OK, I know that caps is considered “yelling” on the web … but I’m on my soapbox.

Scrap and ravel for machine knitting  ravel_cord1


I recently had a friendly discussion with 2 very experienced machine knitters who told me that they are still using the original ravel cord that came with their machines.  One confessed that she washes her cord when it gets grungy. Yikes!

I love the freedom of using any suitable yarn as  ravel cord and having the ability to cut it.  I’ve never been able to keep track of those little pieces that came with my machine.

Crochet cotton is my go-to for scrap and ravel.  It’s inexpensive.  Ecru or white colors seems to work with most yarns I use.  It’s smooth, strong and slippery … and I can toss the scraps when I’m done!

I’m not saying you need to go out and buy a cone of ravel cord, but perhaps there is something in your stash that you could use. I use the yarns shown (the first one I can locate when I’m in a hurry).

Characteristics of Ravel cord

  • Similar weight to your garment yarn
  • Contrasting color
  • Smooth and slippery
  • Strong (you have to cut it and can’t break it with your hands)

machine knitting ravel cord

Ravel Cord Options – click for larger image

OK – Off my soapbox … back to knitting 🙂

2 Hour, machine-knit Child Sweater

2 Hour, machine-knit Child Sweater

There are so many things you can do with the 2 hour sweater!
Hacks in this version:

  1. Used 2 colors and added stripes
  2. Eliminated the 1″ front rolled edges (I cast on and bound off with waste yarn)
  3. Picked up the neckline, front edges (from the waste yarn) and hem on a large circular hand knitting needle
  4. Hand knit garter stitch around the entire opening, adding mitered corners with increases
  5. Added garter stitch to the cuffs as well

I have to confess that the hand knitting took longer than knitting the sweater! But the results are well worth the time. If you want a fast project, stick with the machine knit rolled edges in the pattern.

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