Hand to machine symbols 5: lace

The beginning of this thread explores how lace may be interpreted from hand knitting pattern and charts, when hand techniques might be used to make the transfers and create the fabrics on the knitting machine. Going from charts to punchcards will be addresses in later posts. In hand knitting (unless knitting circular), because the work … Continue reading Hand to machine symbols 5: lace

Hand to machine, symbols 4: cables

The following begin to address cable translations. I posted some content on cables January 2012 , but this content follows the present vein. Blue dots continue to represent the hand knit symbol, below them the fabric as viewed on knit side. The pink dots and the images on either side of them the machine knit, … Continue reading Hand to machine, symbols 4: cables

Hand to machine, symbols 3

In following series the blue dots and accompanying diagrams continue to represent the fabric as it would appear on the knit side if hand knit, or after the work is removed from the machine. The pink dots and accompanying graphics represent the matching stitch on the purl side and as it may be executed on … Continue reading Hand to machine, symbols 3

Hand to machine, symbols 2

The symbol below usually represents a single increase. In hand knitting such increases may be achieved anywhere in any one row. In machine knitting however,  this may only be done with any ease at garment edges. Machine knitters may be familiar with calling what is depicted below a full fashioned increase. To achieve the latter, … Continue reading Hand to machine, symbols 2

Hand to machine knitting symbols1

One of the critical differences in viewing work as it progresses on the knitting machine, is that the “front” view of the fabric unless the work is removed from the needles through a variety of techniques and turned over on the needle bed, is the purl side. Early machine manufacturer punchcard book publications made an … Continue reading Hand to machine knitting symbols1

“Camino” bubbles, hand knit

I was written an email asking about the possibility of creating bubbles in hand knitting, this is my attempt, may serve as a starting point for DIY. Below a small sample serves as illustration of my first attempt. It was knit in acrylic,  steamed to the point of death, but shows the type of elongation … Continue reading “Camino” bubbles, hand knit

Hand knit “dragon scales”

A detail of half fisherman machine knit “dragon scales”  MK ribber version of stitch its related posts : http://alessandrina.com/2016/01/09/ribber-pitch-a-bit-on-racking-chevrons-horizontal-herringbone/ http://alessandrina.com/2016/01/13/racking-2-vertical-chevrons-herringbone/ http://alessandrina.com/2016/02/02/vertical-racking-3-automating-half-fisherman-in-pattern-2/ My last experiments led to a search for possible hand knit “scale” version. Similar shapes may be achieved through holding, but here the effect is created through use of increases and decreases. The test for the … Continue reading Hand knit “dragon scales”

Zig Zag ladder lace 2: hand knit

I work primarily on a Mac, Maverick OS. Intwined software has had some issues operating in Mac consistently in the latest OS versions. The chart to text can be a really nice feature. The repeat, drawn here with symbols in the built in stitch library, shows errors in row 2 and 4 of the accompanying text. On a … Continue reading Zig Zag ladder lace 2: hand knit

A bit on ribbers: Japanese KMs, alignment, and symbols

Before approaching using ribbers in relationship to cables I thought I would mention a bit on alignment. Online sources reviewing the topic with downloadable PDFs: Brother bulky , Brother standard . Studio machines’ how to may be found on youtube video by Roberta Rose Kelley. Before making any adjustments check that the clamps that hold the ribber in place … Continue reading A bit on ribbers: Japanese KMs, alignment, and symbols

Machine knitting cables: single bed, 1

In hand knitting complex crosses are often worked on the same, knit side of the fabric, making them a bit easier to visualize and track. Knit and purl combinations in surfaces on either side abound. In machine knitting, one is always facing the purl side. If one is attempting to duplicate a hand knit pattern and the … Continue reading Machine knitting cables: single bed, 1