Not enough needles? Need more width on the machine?

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Knitting Machine Needles

Do you need more width for your knitted pieces?

Being limited to the number of needles on your needlebed doesn’t mean you can only knit sweaters that are 36″ around!

You could put a seam down the center back to make a wider sweater back piece, but you do have options.

  • Did you know that tuck stitch creates wider fabric?
  • Make seams a design element
  • Knitting a color block sweater will camouflage seams
  • Knit the sweater in pieces, hiding seams under the arms

Same yarn, same tension, 40 stitches x 60 rowsTop swatch is tuck, lower swatch is plain knitting.

Still need more width?  Subscribers: Watch these 2 tutorials for tips for knitting sweaters in larger sizes:

Not Enough Needles? (part 1)

Not Enough Needles? (part 2)

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One thought on “Not enough needles? Need more width on the machine?

  1. Diane C Turner

    June 3, 2017 at 11:20am

    For a wider knit garment, sideways knitting comes to mind. Also, I have made cardigans where each of the two fronts was wider than half of the back (does that make sense?). Works great for someone who carries their weight around their midsection. Folding the garment is admittedly a little weird, but it works out very well in all other respects. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And machine knitters are among the brightest and most resourceful problem solvers I know!

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    Knit it Now

    June 4, 2017 at 6:33am

    Great tip, Diane!

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