Lace on the machine

Lace on the machine - Classroom
Lace knitting on the machine comes in all flavors. Think of "organized holes" - random or structured, adding eyelet holes to your knitting opens a world of possibilities.

From automatic patterning with a lace carriage on a standard machine, to manually transferring stitches, to knitting with xtra fine yarn on any machine ... YOU CAN KNIT LACE!

Brother 970 Tips

Brother 970 Tips - Classroom
The Brother 970 CB-1 Box is unique in the machine knitting world. Although the technology was advanced for it's time, today it's dated. But it isn't hard to use if you take things step by step.

Babies, Babies, Babies

Babies, Babies, Babies - Classroom

Knitting for babies is a fast and fun way to polish your knitting skills.
Imagining a little cherub in your creation makes it even sweeter!
From simple all-in-one designs to traditional construction, use our baby inspiration as a canvas for your creativity.

Bind off Methods

Bind off Methods - Classroom

There are many bind off methods. Explore different techniques and expand your finishing skills.

Fixing Mistakes - (We all make em!)

Fixing Mistakes - (We all make em!) - Classroom

You are not alone. EVERY machine knitter makes mistakes. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Dry your tears, and explore some tips for fixing things, picking up stitches and preventing boo-boos!

All About Short Rows

All About Short Rows - Classroom

Short Row Shaping (AKA Partial Knitting) is an essential skill for all machine knitters.
Instead of knitting just squares and rectangles, short row shaping is used to shape your knitting.

Knitting in Circles

Knitting in Circles - Classroom

As machine knitters, we spend a lot of time knitting rectangles and squares. Knitting circles opens up a world of design possibilities.
Let's explore some circular inspiration!

Yarn for Knitting Machines

Yarn for Knitting Machines - Classroom

Cones, balls, hanks, skeins ... you don't need special yarn to use on your knitting machine.
BUT you must understand what yarns work with YOUR machine.

Scarves

Scarves - Classroom

Warm scarves are always a welcome addition to anyone's wardrobe.

As machine knitters, it's easy for us to quickly finish beautiful scarves. At the same time we build confidence and knowledge of our machines.

Cast on Methods

Cast on Methods - Classroom

So many options to get our knitting started. Do you have a "go-to" favorite? Maybe it's time to try something new!

Bite-Size DAK

Bite-Size DAK - Classroom

One-Minute tips to help make DesignaKnit easier

Hats for Everyone

Hats for Everyone - Classroom

One of the more rewarding projects for machine knitters is hats.
Keep your loved ones warm and polish your knitting skills without a huge time investment.

Basic Socks on your Machine

Basic Socks on your Machine - Classroom

Knitting socks on a flatbed machine shouldn't be intimidating. Master short row shaping and you can knit lots of variations.
Toe up, cuff down, yoga socks, socks for kids and adults ... the sky's the limit!

Knitweave

Knitweave - Classroom

Weaving on the knitting machine is an often overlooked technique that has lots of possibilities. The idea is to carry strands of yarn across the purl side of the knitting, creating decorative floats.

Hems for all Occasions

Hems for all Occasions - Classroom

Hems are the finishing touch for any knitted item. Sure you can add ribbing or just let the edges roll. But ...adding a hem creates a stable edge, adds interest and gives your item a designer touch.

Here's a challenge: Plan and knit a hem on your next project!

DesignaKnit Standard Garment Styling

DesignaKnit Standard Garment Styling - Classroom
Get knitting FAST with Standard Garment Styling. Choose from a huge selection of pattern templates. Use the built-in sizing or customize the fit.

Fearless Cut 'n Sew

Fearless Cut 'n Sew - Classroom
As machine knitters we can create raw knitted "fabric" fairly quickly. Thinking of our knitting as fabric opens new possibilities for creating garments.

Add a Hood to any Pattern

Add a Hood to any  Pattern - Classroom
Hoods add a decorative and practical touch to any sweater. Knit your own hoodie with any knitting pattern.

LK-150

LK-150 - Classroom
You can do so much with the Silver Reed LK-150 machine. This manual machine has so much going for it, that many experienced machine knitters are giving their metal bed, automatic patterning machines a rest and using the LK for fast, fun projects.

Seaming Perfection

Seaming Perfection - Classroom

Unless you only knit scarves, you are going to join the edges of your knitted pieces. Choosing the right technique will elevate your knitting from "home made" to "hand made"

Punchcards

Punchcards - Classroom
Automatic patterning with punchcards (or electronics) can seem mysterious. Understanding how they work is critical to successful knitting in pattern.

DesignaKnit Stitch Designer

DesignaKnit Stitch Designer - Classroom
Use DesignaKnit Stitch Designer for both Punchcard or Electronic machines to easily create your own stitch patterns.

Buttonholes

Buttonholes - Classroom
Knitters often get overwhelmed with the thought of adding buttonholes to their knits. Although there are many tricks for professional buttonholes, remember they are just holes.

Slip Stitch

Slip Stitch - Classroom
Slip Stitch is a very versatile stitch pattern available on any knitting machine.

Garter Stitch on the Machine

Garter Stitch on the Machine - Classroom
Be default, knitting machines knit stockinette stitch. Stockinette has a smooth side (knit) side and a bumpy side (purl side)
In hand knitting terms this is knit 1 row purl 1 row.
Hand knitters can easily knit garter stitch by knitting every row. The "purl bumps" are visible on both sides of the knitting.

As machine knitters we have to take steps to show the purl bumps on the opposite side of our knitting.

Blankets

Blankets - Classroom
One of the more rewarding projects for machine knitters are blankets. Call them afghans, throws ... whatever ... they add color and texture to your home and keep loved ones warm and toasty!

Instead of hand knitting for weeks (or months) machine knitters can finish FAST!

I-Cord on the Knitting Machine

I-Cord on the Knitting Machine - Classroom
I-cord (or slip cord) can be used in many ways to embellish your knitting.
It can be used as shoulder straps for girls dresses, belts and decorative ties … the list is endless!
Machine knitters can quickly make I-cord and
it is an essential technique for beginners to learn.

DAK- Original Pattern Drafting

DAK- Original Pattern Drafting - Classroom
DesignaKnit Original Pattern Drafting is a very powerful CAD/CAM style software that is so powerful! But .. with power comes complexity.

Even the most experienced DAK users can get overwhelmed with all the various ways of accomplishing the same tasks. Here is a collection of Tutorials that we've created over the years to help knitters. From the most basic of tasks to creating an entire garment from scratch, it's critical that you understand the logic and tools of Original pattern drafting.

Tuck Talk

Tuck Talk - Classroom

Tuck is one of the most versatile stitch patterns available to machine knitters.
Once you understand how tuck stitch is created on your machine, the sky's the limit!

Swatching is not Optional!

Swatching is not Optional! - Classroom

No matter what you want to knit, making gauge swatch is NOT OPTIONAL!