Intro to Knitweave
Knit Weave up close
Knitweave Projects
Other uses for weaving
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Knitweave Overview

  • At no time does the weaving yarn actually knit a stitch (or enter the hooks of the needles). The weaving yarn is carried over or under each needle to create the design.
  • Set your tension to 1-2 numbers higher (looser) when working knitweave
  • Automatic patterning (punchcard or electronics) is used to select the needles and create the knitweave pattern design
    Weaving brushes position the weaving yarn, but or machines without brushes, the yarn can be manually woven under and over the needles.
  • Although automatic patterning is used to select needles, the carriage is set for plain knitting. Positioning the weaving yarn creates the pattern.
  • Unlike other 2 color techniques, the weaving yarn is not threaded in the second yarn feeder. It is positioned so it is taken across the needles ahead of the main yarn.
  • Position the yarn
    • On older machines, the weaving yarn is carried across the needles in work.
    • On newer machines, the weaving yarn is positioned in a specially shaped section on the end of the carriage or between 2 metal arms on the end of the carriage
    • The weaving yarn must be transferred after knitting each row. (keep in mind that as you knit a row of Knitweave, the weaving yarn is carried AHEAD of the working yarn in the yarn feeder)
      • Carriage on the right - position the weaving yarn on the left side of the carriage
      • Carriage on the left - position the weaving yarn on the right side of the carriage
  • Don't forget when the carriage is passed, the weaving strands are "enclosed' and NOT knit
  • Try the knitweave technique with needles out of work. Having extra space between the knit stitches allows the knitweave yarn to "peek" through to the knit side of the knitting. You may prefer the knit side as the right (public) side with this technique
  • To secure the weaving yarn on the edges of your knitting, pull the edge needle all the way out on the carriage side every row. In other words, ensure the weaving yarn wraps around the end needle.
  • When removing the weaving yarn from the weaving feeder to position it on the opposite side, it is helpful to give the carriage a little push back and forth to release the strand from the weaving brushes and allow it to flow freely to knit the next row

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