Helping you be a better Machine Knitter

Not Enough Needles

Not Enough Needles
March 15, 2022
If you're knitting a blanket or a sweater, you've probably already found out that our knitting machines only have a limited number of needles to work with. This means we can only knit things that are a certain size.

Unlike hand knitters, we can't use a longer cable needle and make more stitches. We have to come up with new ways to knit bigger things on the machine.

Let's look at some possible solutions to the "not enough needles" problem.

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Machine Knit Neckbands: Jazz em Up!

Machine Knit Neckbands: Jazz em Up!
March 8, 2022
Bands around necklines, armholes or at hems don't have to be boring!
It's easy to spice up a machine-knit garment by adding a little something extra where the bands meet the garment edge or along the turning row.

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Armhole / Sleeve Choices for Knitters

Armhole / Sleeve Choices for Knitters
March 1, 2022
When you choose a sweater style, the first thing to think about is the armhole or sleeve style.

It's important to be able to tell the basic shape of any knitting pattern or even a sweater that you can buy.

Let's look at some common armhole/sleeve styles and the features of each one in terms of knitting skills and how well they fit.

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Knitting Machine Tension Mast tips

Knitting Machine Tension Mast tips
February 22, 2022
The tension mast on a knitting machine feeds the yarn to a carriage and controls how quickly yarn moves. When you look at swatches made with different tension mast settings, you can see how important this device is to good machine knitting.

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Tubing Your Knitting

Tubing Your Knitting
February 15, 2022
Our knitting is stretched across the needlebed as we machine knit. We also hang weights. This can change the stitches. Many machine kntiters will "tube" their work to "pop" the stitches into place.

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Learn DesignaKnit: There are 2 non-selecting yarns at row ...

Learn DesignaKnit: There are 2 non-selecting yarns at row ...
February 14, 2022
Is this DesignaKnit Stitch Designer warning something you've seen before? "Error in pattern. There are 2 non-selecting yarns at row ..."
Let's translate this cryptic message and take steps to resolve it.

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Knitting Machines Around the World

Knitting Machines Around the World
February 8, 2022
Many different knitting machines have been made and sold over the years. They've been sold in different parts of the world and under different brand names. Here's a quick list of the different names.

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Yarn for Knitting Machines

Yarn for Knitting Machines
February 1, 2022
You don't need to buy special yarn for machine knitting. Most importantly, the yarn must be the right weight for your machine. It has to fit into the hooks of the needles.

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6 Ways to use Ravel Cord

6 Ways to use Ravel Cord
January 25, 2022
Ravel Cord is magical for machine knitters. It's a smooth, strong cord that has many uses. It is also called rip cord or cast on cord.

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Brother KH260 Bulky Knitting Machine

Brother KH260 Bulky Knitting Machine
January 18, 2022
The Brother KH260 is the last bulky (9mm) knitting machine made by the Brother company that used punch cards. It is a workhorse of a machine that has everything you need to make beautiful bulky-weight knitwear.

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