Machine Knitting with Linen

Machine Knitting with Linen

Have you ever knit with Linen yarn?  Hand knitting with linen can be a challenge. At first, the yarn feels stiff and not something you would want to wear … BUT … if you’ve ever owned a linen sweater, you know that it just gets softer and more beautiful with washing and wearing.

There are no challenges to machine knitting with linen, but the difference between “right off the machine” and washed a few times is SURPRISING! Continue reading

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.

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