Last year, I combined my hand knitting and my knitting machine in the simplest way, to get through 8″ of stockinette (Read about it here). This year, I wanted to get into shaping on the machine, so I watched this amazing new DVD. It takes you through every step of making a sweater on the Silver Reed LK 150. I loved it so much, that we now carry the DVDs in the Studio.
I picked out a simple pattern in Knitscene magazine that would have simple shaping in the shoulder and arms. I decided I would do the ribbing by hand.
The first thing I did was do a gauge swatch on the machine. Then I drew myself out a little schematic of what I wanted, and made some pattern notes on how many rows (based on my row gauge) I would be doing between each increase or decrease.
Next it was time to cast on. I was using Alpine Wool, which is a bulky weight yarn, and I was thrilled that I was able to knit it on the machine.
Here’s the machine set up with my sweater back right after I cast on for the sleeve
Here’s my sweater back done on the blocking board. The white cotton yarn is waste yarn, keeping those stitches live.
I used a provisional cast on to keep the stitches live on the bottom. After seaming the front and back together, I hand knit the bottom ribbing in the round. I then picked up stitches for the ribbed cuffs as well as the cowl neck.
I loved doing shaping on the machine. I enjoyed that you make the same types of decisions you do when hand-knitting, do I want the decrease 1 stitch in from the edge, 2 stitches, do I want to do short row shaping for the shoulders, or a series of bind offs. I also liked that each increase and decrease was hand manipulated. I can’t wait to learn more about fun with the machine.
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