Open Cast on vs Closed Cast on
There are many ways of getting your knitting started. Each method has it's uses, and falls in 2 categories; Open cast on and Closed cast on. Being familiar with multiple cast on methods is essential for all machine knitters.
Intarsia on the Machine
Intarsia (picture knitting) is a technique that allows color changes in the middle of the row without having floats across the back of the knitting
Not Enough Needles
Whether you are knitting a blanket or a sweater, you probably have discovered the fact that our knitting machines have a limited number of needles to work with. This means we can only knit pieces that are a limited size.
Unlike hand knitting, we can't use a longer cable needle and add more stitches. We have to get creative to knit larger pieces on the machine.
Let's explore some options for the "not enough needles" dilemma.
Machine Knit Neckbands: Jazz em Up!
Bands around necklines, armholes or at hems don't have to be boring!
Machine knitters can easily add some interest by adding something extra where the bands meet the garment edge or along the turning row.
Armhole / Sleeve Choices for Knitters
When choosing a sweater style the first consideration is the armhole / sleeve style.
Looking at any knitting pattern or even ready-to-wear sweaters, it's important to be able to recognize the basic shape.
Let's explore some common armhole/sleeve styles and the features of each in terms of knitting skills needed and fit.