Going straight up: color blocks in the chart below illustrate needle groups that get picked up and transferred onto the next colored row on the machine, with no specific references to needle tape or any other markings. When repeating the operation in the same needle locations, having NOOW, thus creating ladders, makes it easier to keep track of groups. The yellow lines represent needles taken completely OOW at the start of knitting. Any of these fabrics may be made in a single color or varied color sequences. Sometimes changing the color in swatches, and using sharply contrasting ones in tests helps one understand the structure of the resulting fabric a bit more easily an illustration of what part of the stitches to pick up playing with spacings and rows, no ladders playing with ladder spacing using the FI setting in addition. Some tips on ruched FI knitting: the fabric will shrink considerably in length, so most motifs will need to be elongated to accommodate that. Having a pattern that may be tracked easily by watching the floats on its reverse is helpful as may working in bands where the colors swap spaces (changing yarn feeder positions). Because of the fabric bubbles, knitting rows in only one color at intervals may track hook-up row, while not visibly disrupting the pattern on its knit side. If small groups of stitches are to be picked up and rehung, markers with segments of nylon thread or yarn may be placed on the corresponding needles and be temporarily knit in. In addition, the needle tape or needle bed may be marked with a water-soluble pen to indicate locations for rehanging. Depending on the pattern, the number of stitches involved, and personal preference in terms of floats, needle selection in brother machines may have to be restored “by hand” to keep the design uninterrupted.
A few more: playing with striping and segment sizes the red squares indicate a row of additional ruching in the center of solid striping going all one color in the middle all on one edge hooking up smaller numbers of stitches going partway, gathering one side, using thick and thin yarns as design bands going mini