2009 #1 Machine knitting sampler – part 1

One of my goals this year is to master the knitting machine. I figured the best way to familiarize myself with all it has to offer would be by making samples. I started with fairisle because all punchcards that come with the machine are suitable for fairisle. Here’s how it turned out:

Cards 1-4
Fairisle: cards 1-4

Cards 7-10
Fairisle: cards 7-10

Cards 11-14 (love the houndstooth – such a classic)
Fairisle: cards 11-14

Cards 15-17
Fairisle: cards 15-17

Cards 18-20
Fairisle: cards 18-20

As you can see, I skipped cards #5-6. That’s because card #5 is a large flower not suited for all-over patterning and card #6 is a row of smaller flowers that look like a late 80’s/early 90’s throwback. Seriously, does anybody remember the huge sweater with a large floral motif smack-dab in the middle of the front? Once was enough!

As the card numbers get higher, there is a definite progression from simple 1-2 row patterns to more complex multi-row repeat patterns. For the swatches, I knitted 40 rows of the pattern, followed by 8 rows of plain color. Starting with card #15, several required a longer swatch to show the full effect. Note: card #19 leaves very long floats that will have to be protected by lining or fusible interfacing.

The whole sampler is over 2 1/2 yds long and had to be blocked in sections. It will soon be joined by samplers of other techniques, such as tuck stitch and weaving. Not all cards are suitable for these techniques so these other samplers should be considerably shorter.

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7 responses to “2009 #1 Machine knitting sampler – part 1

  1. It’s a very beautiful collection of tests, that gives me inspiration to also starting my own collection.

  2. Wow! I love this! Just think of all the beautiful fabric you can make up for cardigans, shells and sweater dresses. I can hardly wait to see what you do.

  3. That is SO cool!!! I look forward to your projects that you create with it.

  4. Very nice…makes me want to get a knitting machine now, but where would I put it? Nice dresses too…love the cowl/turtleneck dress! Mary

  5. The samples look TERRIFIC!!I have a knitting machine too but it’s at my sister’s because I don’t have the space to set it up in my small apartment.

  6. I’m catching up with your blog! All of your sewing is, of course, fantastic and inspiring :)I saw the sampler on the KL group but wanted to post a comment here. I’ve never seen a knitting machine sampler until now and yours is a very impressive study of your machine’s capabilities (the houndstooth is my favorite, too). I see you mastering the KM in no time!I’ll e-mail you soon … I have a spindle that belongs to you! Happy belated New Year!

  7. hello there, i just happened to be searching for some help with my knitting machine and i came across your blog… I was wondering if you could give me a lil help?would be much appreciated! 🙂

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