Hand Knit to Machine Knit

A session on ‘translating’ patterns and designs

The session was introduced by pointing out various decisions to be made regarding yarn weight,

as well as factors such as suitability and feasibility of using a machine to emulate hand knitting patterns.

Various patterns on this site were shown, which were adapted from hand knitting patterns and designs.

This one was the inspiration for the Swirl patterns,

the garment shown being my handspun attempt at hand knitting the garment.

Then we looked at one hand knitting pattern in particular, a baby cardigan by Martin Storey, available here.

It is designed for a DK yarn.

I [Lynda] had knit the original by hand.  It is a fairly straightforward raglan cardigan with a hood.

I chose to knit it as a seamless cardigan, knitting the sleeves first on four needles in the round, up to the armholes.

Then I knit the back and fronts together on a circular needle up to the armholes, then combined those with the sleeves,

and continued upwards all-in-one.

The hood is a continuation of the cardigan, but has mid-row increases and decreases

[to accommodate the shape of the head], which are more challenging for machine knitters.

The garter stitch bands are also a factor to consider.


Kathy used her calculation skills to adapt the original pattern to her new, machine, tension.

She showed us how to use the garter bar for the mid row shaping,

and how to use it for doubling up the top of the hood for casting off.


Pat used the Knitradar on the Knitmaster to knit her copy.

She explained how to calculate the scale using graph paper,

and how she turned her tension swatch readings into instructions on the machine.


Lynn had brought in a machine knit copy of a hand knitting jumper,

which she said she would not have had the patience for hand knitting.

However, she did say she used a lace pattern which included a huge number of lace carriage passes for every 6 rows,

so I think she has more patience that she imagines!

 

 

Finally we had another yarn sale, although our stocks are happily depleting.

All Kinds of Machines

This meeting was a little different from our usual format.

We did have demonstrations, but they were short,

and we invited members to try out a variety of different machines:

Standard gauge: – Brother 950 electronic with garter carriage

[which chugged away in the background for the rest of the meeting!]


Fine gauge:

Brother KH120, which is not only a fine gauge machine,

but also uses a different patterning mechanism, push button 8 stitch repeat.

Unfortunately, my photo of this failed to appear,

but the machine was there, honestly!

Knitmaster F370, which is a fine gauge punch card

very similar to Knitmaster and Silver Reed standard gauge machines


Mid gauge:

Knitmaster HK160 and a folding version the MK70,

both with punch card mechanisms


Silver LK150 a manual machine with lots of scope for mental technology!


Convertible [standard to chunky] Brother Kx395 –

pictured with a KX390 carriage [without the intarsia feature,

although the correct carriage is on the table behind]

 

There was plenty of food for thought, and a few people now on the lookout

for alternative machines, I think!

June 2015

Rectangle Riot

This meeting was all about easy knitting: take a piece of straight, rectangular knitting and see what you can do with it.


Committee members demonstrated what they had made:

Pat had a headband and a cowl, as well as our handknit pattern this month, Hand Knit Cowl.

She also showed fingerless gloves knitted according to a Liz Holness pattern for the Guild of Machine Knitters.

Lynda had a lambswool wrap, knitted as a rectangle, then cut and sewn.


Kathy had a shrug, made of two rectangles, and she showed how to put them together.


Club member, Sue, had brought a wrap knitted according to a Denise Musk pattern featured in the Guild newsletter.


Club member, Fran, had knitted a Grigna Swirl from the pattern on this website, which starts with a rectangle.


 

We finished with a discussion and survey of opinion about the club’s structure, then had a yarn sale!


May 2015: Hems and Edgings

I was absent [on holiday] for the first time for many years, so Mary Stephens' account on Facebook is transposed here:

 

This afternoon's meeting of our group was all about edging and hems. Club members Pat and Cathy showed us lots of different techniques to create different edgings and even I felt I could do some of them (i.e not too difficult)!

Club member, technical expert [??? not my opinion!] and all-round creative Lynda missed today's session, but she still managed to contribute by sending us some helpful videos to watch, one of which I've attached below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XztMJV4ERBo

I'm still feeling inspired by our last meeting with Bill King and have been using my knitting time to experiment with using hold position. I've managed to create some "interesting" shapes that will be of no use whatsoever - but they were fun to make and now I'm looking forward to adding hems and edgings to them! wink emoticon

 

April 2015

Bill King

A Case for Knitting

Bill brought not one, but several, cases full of his swatches to share with us.

As these are the ones which have been rejected by his buyers, we were left wondering what the others are like, since every one of us was full of admiration for the design techniques and overall effects.

He demonstrated some simple but amazing effects on the machine, and passed the swatches around in huge numbers for us to feel, admire and examine.


 

The follow-up workshop the next day was just as inspirational, and resulted in quite a few tired but happy faces.