Needlebed Limitations
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Only so wide .....

Whether you are knitting a blanket or a plus size garment, 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.


Options for machine knitters:
  • Use a stitch pattern (like tuck) that knits at uses fewer stitches per inch.
  • Knit in panels
  • Use a ribber and "U" knitting (stockinette or hand-manipulation only)

How wide can YOU go?

How many needles do you have?
needles

100 110 150 200 272
Stitch Gauge 4" / 10 cm

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How many needles do you have on your machine?


Tips

Explore the ways of working around our needlebed limitations.

Not Enough Needles? - Tips for Plus Knitters

Not Enough Needles? Part 2

Stitch Types and Yarn Usage

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Oh no! Your Dynamic Pattern (or hand knitting pattern) tells you to cast on 224 stitches? Or maybe you want to knit a blanket for a king size bed?

Whether you are knitting a blanket or a plus size garment, you've probably discovered the fact that our knitting machines have a limited number of needles to work with. 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.

From a change in tension or stitch pattern to knitting and joining panels, this course offers options for working around the needlebed limitations.

Tips and Suggestions:
  • "Think-outside-the-box" techniques
  • Printable exercises

    for "hacking" a knitting pattern to add panels
  • Don't just watch .... follow the practice exercises .. get knitting and add some new techniques to your machine knitting bag of tricks.