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.