Machine Knitting Knitting Blueprints – choose your own adventure

Machine Knitting Knitting Blueprints – choose your own adventure

Fellow knitter, Cynthia was knitting the Freesia Pullover pattern and recently asked: “How can I start the decreases immediately after casting on?”

The like many of the Basics, the Freesia Blueprint instructions start AFTER your choice of hem, ribbing or cast on method.

The Knit it Now Dynamic “Basic Blueprints” give you all the  math you need to create sweaters in ANY yarn, ANY Gauge, with ANY machine and ANY Stitch Pattern!

Unlike traditional patterns the Blueprints don’t tell you what cast on or bind off methods to use.

Want add hand manipulation?   It’s your “Adventure”!

Want ribbing … go for it!  Maybe a pretty picot hem is what’s needed.

Your sweaters, knit the way you want them!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”youtube” wrap=”i”]  Dynamic Patterns in Action

Scrap off and Rehang – Machine Knitters Friend

Scrap off and Rehang – Machine Knitters Friend


New knitter Maryanne was frustrated with “scrap off and rehang”.

It’s important for new knitters to understand this concept, it’s used quite often in machine knitting.

  • Working each side of a neckline separately
  • Holding shoulder stitches for joining later
  • Knit bands to re-hang and join

We suggested:

  • Use a highly contrasting color scrap yarn
  • Learn to identify the knit an purl sides
  • Focus on picking up the garment yarn (grey) NOT the scrap yarn (yelow)








Here’s another use for “scrap off and rehang”:


Scrapping off your work before starting a new section or just to preserve a section of your knitting is worth the extra effort.
If (when) mistakes happen give yourself the gift of being able to rip back to your lifeline and not have to start again.

Watch the video


Can you keep a secret?

Can you keep a secret?

I  had to wait for everyone to be out of the house.  Snuck the package into my studio.  Had to hide the packing material evidence.

Shhhh…..Don’t tell my better half …. I adopted a new machine!

My new-to-me Brother KX 350 is so much fun!  The 350 is a lighweight (translated: plastic bed) mid-gauge machine.  No patterning, minimum of levers and buttons and knits like a dream!

Reasons for the addition:

  • I “loaned” my Silver Reed LK150 to a knitter
  • I NEEDED a mid-gauge machine
  • It was such a deal!
  • I can take it with me when I travel
  • I needed a mid-gauge to test some new hand knitting yarns that we are promoting with Laurel at
  • Did I mention it was a great deal?
  • Does any of this sound familar?  LOL
  • #NeverTooManyKnittingMachines

BTW – I picked up my new machine from listing our the Knit it Now Classifieds pages.  This service is free and has found new homes for many machines, books and accessories.


My first test with my new machine:

Seraina from Lang yarns

The unusual construction of this yarn appealed to me, plus it’s a closeout $5 off per ball!


Seraina: Unusual construction – great colors!

Seraina: Swatched with both the mid-gauge and standard


I plan to knit a machine knitting version of this summer top.  What will  you knit with this interesting yarn?

Stay tuned! (Mine will be pink and purple .. .can’t wait!)



Dragon Shawl – Kit and Machine Knitting Course

Dragon Shawl – Kit and Machine Knitting Course

The Kit Kit Details

Based on the Lang hand knitting pattern, the kit includes:

  • 3-100 gram balls of DiPinto yarn
  • Your choice of colorway
  • The original Lang HK pattern


The Yarn: Yarn Info

This is a high-quality, beautiful yarn from Lang (in balls)

  • Easy care – washable wool and Acrylic
  • 100 gram balls
  • 8 Gorgeous colorways

Machine Knitting Course: The Course

  • A complete Knit it Now step-by-step Course is available for knitting your shawl on the standard gauge machine or mid-gauge machine.

Use any machine to knit your Dragon!
On the bulky machine, just cast on half the number of stitches in the pattern and work the shaping over half the number of stitches as well. You may want to invest in a extra ball of yarn … just to be sure
Standard Bulky
29 sts / 43 rows
Tension 8
20 sts/ 32 rows
Tension 1



Bulky tension 1 on left – Standard tension 8 on right


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