Classroom: Not Enough Needles?
Patterns with Panels for Extra Width
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)