If you are a knitter, a knitting machine might be an interesting machine to have. If you are a beginner in using a knitting machine, it could be intimidating, though. It is not comparable to a sewing machine in which you just sit on it and sew. A knitting machine uses more needles than a sewing machine. A knitting machine consists of a row of needles called latch hooks and a carriage that goes through the needles to make a knitted section.
It might sound complicated, but once you know how to use a knitting machine, it's not that bad. Through a knitting machine, you can now enjoy the benefits of making clothes, hats, and other projects faster and achieve better results than doing it by hand.
- Know the type of knitting machine you need or want to use. If you are using a manual knitting machine, it involves the knitter moving around the pegs by hand to change the pattern. In creating a pattern, the machine needs a punch card. In computerized knitting machines, on the other hand, the user can store the basic pattern to so that the pattern can be saved to memory. There are different sizes types of knitting machine available, depending on the size of yarn they use. Bulky machines are used for bulky sweaters, or sporty yarns. The mid-gauge knitting machine is the most adaptable, and the results look like they were hand made. For fine baby clothes, a standard knitting machine is most appropriate.
- Check the manual and be familiar with your knitting machine. Look carefully and learn to familiarize the different parts of the machine and identify them using the pictures on the manual as reference. Follow the instructions in casting-on stitches and ensure that the needles are in an operational state.
- Choose the garment you would like to make based on the pattern book. Set up your pattern paper and instruction leaflet.
- Organize the yarn and other materials needed. Unwind the yarn into a basket or container and load the yarns through the threads and the carriage.
- Set the needles, stitch dials and row counter. Make a tension gauge by knitting a tension swatch. Position the carriage on the left side of the needle bed and arrange the needles. Hold the yarn between the first two needles on the left using your right hand. Wrap the yarn counterclockwise around the needle. Bring the yarn to the second needle and repeat the procedure. Adjust the stitch dial according to the thickness of your yarn. Lay the yarn on the floor in front of the knitting machine and thread it through the machine. Adjust the row counter to "000" and put the combs on the stitches with the weights.
- Start knitting. Push the carriage across the needle bed from left to right to start knitting the first row. Keep on knitting until you have the correct number of rows completed for the swatch. Be aware of the tension so that the knitted piece is flat and does not have any ladders in the knitting. Take out the weights from the fabric and the swatch. Cut the yarn.
- Increase or decrease the stitch. To increase a stitch on your knitting machine, have the yarn in your hand when creating a new row and pick another needle. Thread around the new needle and start knitting. You can repeat the procedure at the end of every row or wait until you start a new one. To decrease the stitch, place the needle through the stitch and go it over to the next stitch so that you are knitting two stitches at the same time.
Keep on practicing you knitting machine skills and in no time you can make the projects that you have always wanted to make.