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Master your knitting machine in 30 days! Learn and practice the basics that every machine knitter should know.
You have to walk before you can run. Yes, you want to make that gorgeous sweater on the cover of Vogue Knitting magazine ... but without a firm foundation, you will not be happy with the results.
Be patient, start at square one and take it one step at a time. Each day's tutorial builds on the previous day. You will knit 3 caps, each using techniques you've learned.
When you complete this course, we guarantee that you will be ready to knit garments.
NOTE: This is an online class only. DVD's are not provided
The focus of these tutorials is on Japanese machines. It is not specific to one brand or model, but the information provided does not apply to Passap machines.
Introducing ... Your Knitting Machine!You have to walk before you can run. Take time to get familiar with your machine and some of the terms you will be using.
Yarns for Machine KnittingYou can machine knit with any yarn, but you need to know what yarn you need for YOUR machine.
Helpful, Essential TipsTips for getting started with your machine.
Open Cast OnThere are many ways of starting your knitting. Open cast on methods are usually quick and temporary.
Closed Cast on BasicsClosed Cast on methods are permanent and suitable for the edges of garments You'll need to know different methods. Which cast on is stretchy? Which one will be firm? . We explore a few closed cast on methods.
More Closed Cast On MethodsOnce you master the basics, explore more decorative cast on methods.
Troubleshooting Cast OnsIf you are struggling with your cast on, or it just isn't turning out as you imagined, try some of the tips offered.
Needle PositionsThe mechanics of a knitting machine are simple. A needles slide out, catch the yarn in a hook and pull the yarn back to form a stitch. The position of the needle as the carriage passes it determines how and when the stitch is formed. Understanding the needle positions on your machine is essential.
Binding offAs you are knitting, if you remove the yarn from the yarn feeder and pass the carriage across the work, everything drops off the machine! Learn 3 bind off methods that are a must in every knitters's bag of tricks!
Scrap OffSometimes you need to hold stitches to pick up and knit later. You don't want to bind off, you want the live stitches available. Get familiar with this technique. Machine knitters use scrapping off with waste yarn quite a bit.
Importance of GaugeIf you are a hand knitter, you probably understand the importance of knowing the stitch and row gauge of your knitting. Explore how just one stitch difference can make a huge change in the size of your garment.
Knitting a Gauge SwatchKnitting a proper gauge swatch is critical for success. Because machine knitters can knit swatches quickly, there is NO EXCUSE for not knitting a gauge swatch.
Using WeightsAdding weight to your knitting helps the machine form stitches correctly. Understand weighting your knitting and you won't get caught up in spending too much time worrying about it.
TensionsLearn to control your stitch and row gauge. Experiment with the tension dials on your machine and explore how they impact the gauge of your knitting.
How much yarn do I need?One of the most often asked questions in knitting is "How much Yarn do I need?" Determine the dimensions of your garment and estimate the yarn needed.
Seaming on the Knitting MachineAn alternative to mattress stitch for seams in your knitwear is using the knitting machine. This fast method of joining seams may become your favorite
Project: Beginners HatAre you ready to make something useful (other than swatches). At this point you can cast on, work some plain knitting, bind off and join a seam. Try this simple hat. You will chart your own pattern. Don't worry, it's simple math!
Knitting StripesStripes can add a lot of interest to your knitting. Here are tips for adding stripes, dealing with the yarn tails and working "jog-less" seams.
Slip Cord (I-Cord)The knitting machine makes fast work of slip cord. Also known as I-cord, this technique can be used for straps, belts and embellishment. It can also be used to finish the edges of your knitting.
HemsHems can add a beautiful, professional alternative to ribbed edges and cuffs. But the hem technique has lots of uses. Learns different methods of hanging hems and get ready for your next project.
Project: Double Warm HatImprove on your beginner's hat with techniques you've learned. Again you will chart your own pattern. This time, the hat is doubled with a hung hem, making it extra warm. We will eliminate some of the bulk at the top and learn some new finishing techniques.
RibbingCreating ribbing on a single bed machine involves reforming stitches. Learn how this is done and share a small secret about using hand knit ribbing on your machine.
Mock RibbingA MUCH easier way of getting a ribbed look on your machine is by using mock ribbing. Practice working this practical, versatile technique.
Reading Machine Knitting PatternsMachine knitting patterns differ from hand knitting patterns in one basic way. Explore some of the different pattern styles that have been used over the years.
Speed RippingOops! We all make mistakes. Learn to rip out rows and keep track of your row count ... before you start a big project.
Stitch TypesSo far, we've focused on the basics ... it's time for a bit of fun! Discover some of the stitch types that knitting machines can create. This is a generic overview of slip, tuck, lace, etc ... but it is essential that you understand the construction of these stitches, while exploring them on YOUR machine.
Increasing on the MachineUnless you are only going to knit blankets, you need to master increasing and decreasing. There are many techniques available - comfort with the basics will take you a long way!
Decreasing on the machineAdding and removing stitches neatly is key to shaping professional looking garments. Master basic, full-fashioned, and decorative decreases.
BlockingBlocking your knitting gives a professional finish. Consider a few different blocking techniques. You'll learn steaming, wet blocking, using wires and blocking different types of fibers.
Project: Watch CapPut it all together with this shaped watch cap. Knit some ribbing, take your work off on waste yarn, increase stitches, decrease stitches, sew neat seams . This time you will use the included Knit it Now Dynamic pattern instead of charting your own. Use any yarn and make it your own! Once you master this hat, you will be ready to take the next steps on your knitting journey!
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