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.

Lifelines: A Machine Knitter’s Best Friend

Lifelines: A Machine Knitter’s Best Friend
Has this happened to you? You are knitting a complicated stitch pattern or you’ve just worked a very detailed hem.

The power goes out, or you drop a stitch, or your yarn breaks or something catastrophic happens.
What do do? Drop the work from the machine and start over?

Heavens no!!!

Lifelines for machine knitters

Subscribers: Watch the video for more lifeline techniques

machine knitting tips Plan ahead! Add lifelines at regular intervals
Use a double eye needle or a tapestry needle and a smooth, contrasting color yarn.

Run it through each of the stitches of a row. Note the row number or place in the pattern repeat.

machine knitting tips
machine knitting tips If (when) disaster strikes, you may have to rip … but only to the point of your last lifeline.
With each live stitch “secured” with the lifeline, you can pick up stitches and re-hang them on the machine.

Then continue knitting.

machine knitting tips
Fewer tears …. guaranteed!
Saved by the lifeline!
machine knitting tips


For more lifeline techniques, please watch the video “Lifelines: A Knitter’s Best Friend”

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
  • No software to buy, install, learn or update

See what everyone is talking about – Knit it Now “Basics”

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

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