Monday 22 July 2013

Last week I was at machine knitting camp and I made this. . .
on a knitting machine.

My friend Monika, a machine knitting instructor extraordinaire, aka Mss Rainbows, pointed out to me that I could try out ideas I have about construction and design on the knitting machine in a fraction of the time and then apply them to my handknitting. So that's why I was at her class last week at the Haliburton School of the Arts in Haliburton, ON.

It's facinating to look at knitting from a different angle. The machine rules. Don't fight the machine! Use it for what it does well. On the machine I have to think in pieces again. It's been a long time since I have done so, another shift in my view. The machine dictates how I can do this but I am learning techniques that get me that much closer to using the machine to my advantage so I can make the conversion to handknitting in the round.

I'm experimenting with circular yokes. A new direction for me so lots of experimentation is required.
Starting with what I know, can I make a raglan look like a circular yoke?
I worked a huge gather at the base of the neckband and worked short rows in the neckband, the gathering gives it a circular look when it's on. The raglan lines are not so prominent. Interesting.
More experimentation needed. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Just curious as to how long it takes to knit an average size sweater by machine,Deb.


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