“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 an illustration of my first attempt. It was knit in acrylic,  steamed to the point of death, but shows the type of … 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 : https://alessandrina.com/2016/01/09/ribber-pitch-a-bit-on-racking-chevrons-horizontal-herringbone/ https://alessandrina.com/2016/01/13/racking-2-vertical-chevrons-herringbone/ https://alessandrina.com/2016/02/02/vertical-racking-3-automating-half-fisherman-in-pattern-2/ My last experiments led to a search for a possible hand knit “scale” version. Similar shapes may be achieved through holding, but here the effect is created through the use of increases and decreases. The test … 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 1

Before approaching using ribbers in relationship to cables I thought I would mention a bit on alignment. An online source reviewing the topic with downloadable PDF: http://machineknittingetc.com/brother-kr120-kr710-kr830-kr850-kr230-kr260-service-manual.html. 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 are … Continue reading A bit on ribbers: Japanese KMs, alignment, and symbols 1

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

More on charting, foreign symbols, and cables

This topic has come up as part of previous posts. I recently reviewed links and thought I would re-group them a bit differently here, adding some new.  Please click on continue reading to have the list appear as active links if they do not immediately do so in your browser. The latest additions are at the post … Continue reading More on charting, foreign symbols, and cables

A hand knit stitch tale 2: a bit of cables and lace, charting, hk to mk

For a while there was agreement on “international symbols” for charting knits. With the proliferation of programs now and methods for self charting and publishing using fonts and personal icons things can get a bit confusing. Hand knitting in the circular akin to machine knitting, results in stitches always worked on one side of the … Continue reading A hand knit stitch tale 2: a bit of cables and lace, charting, hk to mk

From punchcard to hand technique or hand knit

Emulating the repeat in the previous post here is a tentative chart for reproducing it as a hand knit, genereated in intwined the accompanying text generated by the program executing ssp from Knitters Brewing Company I tried the pattern as a hand knit and had difficulty keeping track of the reversals of twists front and … Continue reading From punchcard to hand technique or hand knit

Machine knitting symbols

Brother early “home study”  images and explanations relating to machine knitting symbols, a bit clearer than some of the explanations that were published with the later punchcard books anyone trying to work from charts such as these in hand knitting, would need to consider appearance of the resulting fabric on the reverse, knit side,  and … Continue reading Machine knitting symbols

From hand knit lace chart to punchcard 1

I have posted previously on lace punchcards, their use, and traveling between machine models. There is extensive documentation in manuals and literature on the mechanics of their patterning. This series will attempt to follow my most recent post and to visually address the transitions from a charted repeat to a corresponding punchcard. The illustrations may … Continue reading From hand knit lace chart to punchcard 1