Mosaics and mazes charting meet Numbers, GIMP, and DBJ

A category search for machine knitting/mosaics and mazes design will lead to my previous blog posts on topic. Previous posts on working with Mc Numbers include: knit charting using Numbers 2  which covers basics, keyboard shortcuts, and more, Numbers to GIMP for creating images for electronic download  , charting knits color separations 2, charting knits, color … Continue reading Mosaics and mazes charting meet Numbers, GIMP, and DBJ

Mosaics and mazes: drawing motifs

Knitting any fabric on the machine becomes easier if one thinks of black squares as knit stitches (selected needles on Brother), white squares as in this instance as either slipped, or at times tucked stitches (non selected needles). Each number on the grids below represents 2 consecutive rows of knitting. The design may be elongated … Continue reading Mosaics and mazes: drawing motifs

Mosaics and mazes: machine knits_ from design to pattern

Maze patterns have long vertical and horizontal lines broken by regular gaps and the pattern lines change course from the vertical to horizontal, and vice versa. Maze cards can be identified by completely punched sections, some alternating with every other square marked for two rows, usually geometrically shaped. Areas of stocking stitch produce horizontal colored … Continue reading Mosaics and mazes: machine knits_ from design to pattern

Mosaics and mazes from “FI” “universal” patterns

Many punchcards that obey the usual restrictions for tuck, in particular, may be used to create “random” mazes and mosaics, with color changes happening every two rows. Test swatches will show differences in surface texture, patterning, width, and height of the knit. It is useful to use clearly contrasting colors to study how the structure … Continue reading Mosaics and mazes from “FI” “universal” patterns

Mosaics and Mazes: knitting on the machines

Two great books on the subjects by Kathleen Kinder: another article/printable PDF resource by Susan Guagliumi (this link no longer works, subscription and login are presently required on her site for access to her free pubs) Susanna Lewis:  “A machine knitter’s guide to creating fabrics” pp. 71-78, 1986. “Designing your mosaics” and “Figurative designs in machine knitting” … Continue reading Mosaics and Mazes: knitting on the machines

Mosaics and Mazes: Hand Knitting

Interweave knits (HK) offers 2 events a year in their KnittingLab per year, and they are upcoming in the next couple of months. Of late in print, runway, and online another fabric getting lots of attention is that created by knit mosaics and mazes. A workshop is offered by Interweave at their seminars. Some books on … Continue reading Mosaics and Mazes: Hand Knitting

Single bed tuck and slip stitch fabrics 2: adding color

Any tuck repeat may be used in the slip stitch setting. The results for “safe” repeats executed in slip stitch may not be very textural or dramatic. Though at times presented in color, the same patterns can be very effective in single colors as well. Prior to testing multicolor patterns, I like to start the … Continue reading Single bed tuck and slip stitch fabrics 2: adding color

Punch cards to electronics: book symbols and samples

A number of variables need to be considered when adapting punchcard patterns for use on electronic knitting machines. These images pertain to Brother use, but the principles are shared between KM brands. I will add more information as time goes on. Online free downloads for magazines, manuals, etc. may be found at http://knittsings.com/knitting-machine-manuals/ http://toyotaknitting.blogspot.com/ http://www.aboutknittingmachines.com/ … Continue reading Punch cards to electronics: book symbols and samples

Working with generated mazes: GIMP charting 2

My previous posts on using gimp to generates charts and images suitable for knitting: 1, 2, 3, 4 . I am working in Mac OS 10.10 now, so there may be some variations in results from earlier OS or for Windows versions users. the edited repeat from the previous post It is possible to knit this design in DBJ with the … Continue reading Working with generated mazes: GIMP charting 2

Working with generated mazes: GIMP charting 1

Laura Kroegler shares an online generator for “mosaics”, unikatissima offers them for mazes and cellular automata. Representations of such patterns have cropped up in relation to hacked knitting machines and electronic downloads such as those seen in the Claire Williams blog, and in published information by Fabienne, who of late also has a kickstarter project. Such patterns may be … Continue reading Working with generated mazes: GIMP charting 1