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Machine Knitting?
Anybody here do it?
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Date: 3/21/13 3:31 AM

I have a had a machine knitter under my sewing desk now for about 10 years. Today I finially joined the local machine knitters group and spent a couple of hours casting on, doing a few rows, decreasing and then casting off.

Gosh, it's hard taking up a new hobby!

Any tips on good first projects?

Any good internet resources or blogs?

Thanks!

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Date: 3/21/13 9:40 AM

I would be curious to know too. After 20 years away from it I set up my LK150 manual machine in the hall for the daughter to try who wanted to make a scarf. The scarf is half done just sitting there and she's lost interest in what was just plain whack it back and forth knitting. The biggest problem was putting the yarn on a cone, I couldn't find the cone winder.

I used to do picture sweaters, oh so 1980's but there's got to be something modern I can do with machine knit.
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Date: 3/21/13 2:25 PM

I had a sewing buddy in Knoxville who sometimes machine knit yardage that she later cut and sewed.

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Date: 3/21/13 2:30 PM

I have 2 machines that I've had for several years and still consider myself a real beginner. I belong to a local guild and that's helped. I've sewn for 35 years, from bridal to home dec, and have done every type of needlework....but learning this knitting machine is one of the hardest things I've ever done. For that reason only, I won't give up! lol I know there are several extrememly talented machine knitters on this board, maybe they'll join in.

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Date: 3/22/13 3:46 AM

There are tons of videos on you tube, just search machine knitting and you will find the. there are also many yahoo groups that discuss machine knitting and offer a variety of free patterns.
here is a link to some videos:

http://knittsings.com/free-knitting-machine-videos/
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Date: 3/22/13 9:11 AM

I've considered getting a knitting machine just so I could knit panels and then felt them!
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Date: 3/27/13 10:24 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one looking at their knitting machine and scratching their head!

I must admit I find the increasing/decreasing fiddly and are very tempted to skip it and simply make yardage or felt it to make yardage. But I'm trying to keep that idea(s) in my back pocket as a "get out of jail free" card if things don't work out.

When I bough my machine, it came with a stack of knitting magazines from the 70's. It makes the garments from a knitting machine look very dated and I definitely agree it's going to be a challenge to get a modern feel. I suppose I'll just look to RTW for inspiration like I do my sewing.

Thanks for the you tube idea. Unfortunately my internet connection is lousy and I have no sound. Bummer.

Anyways, I have got as far as clearing my sewing desk with the idea of setting the machine up. Baby steps!

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Date: 3/27/13 10:26 PM

Ok. First question:

When my machine is set up it does stocking stitch. My understanding is that if I want to do say garter stitch or lace, I have to change the carriage?

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In reply to Sarsez

Date: 3/28/13 9:45 PM

It depends on what kind of machine you have. For instance with my basic mid gauge Brother, you do all the patterning manually including lace and use the same carriage.
On my punchcard Studio machine, it comes with a lace carriage.
I believe the higher end Brother is the only machine that's capable of a true garter stitch, with the other machines the stitches are manipulated with a garter bar. (feel free to correct me)

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Date: 3/31/13 7:26 AM

Hmmm. Thanks for the info. It seems I have a lot to learn because I can barely tell you what my machine is.....

I'll get it set up and take a pic. Matbe someone here could tell me. I thing I do know it is has a ribber.

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