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|PICOT EDGE||POM POMS||BIND OFF LOOSE YARN||SEWING BUTTONS||RAVEL CORD|
|PUNCH CARDS||THREADING||AFGHAN PATTERN||STEAMING VS BLOCKING||ZIPPERS|
|RKO DECREASE||RIBBING||MARKER ROW||REVERSE DECREASE||STITCH GAUGE|
HOW TO MAKE A PICOT EDGE ON YOUR KNITTING MACHINE
Set tension appropriate for yarn. Pull every other needle of your work area to the farthest out position. E wrap cast on across these needles. Carriage on the right. Knit 10 rows. Carriage on the right. Bring all of the in between needles into work. Knit 12 rows. Hang a hem by picking up the bottom of your work and hanging it on every other needle.
When making pom poms, if you comb them they appear fluffier and fuller. Allows you to use less yarn.
BINDING OFF WITH LOOSE YARN
Sometimes it is necessary to use a loose piece of yarn (one that isnít attached to the garment) to do a bind off. Getting started doing that can pose a problem as there is no tension on the prospective bind off yarn. Usually I will take the yarn piece and let the end go down to the floor. Put my foot on that end and use the remaining part of the yarn to do the bind off. This puts tension on the bind off yarn that makes the first bind off stitch easier to do.
SEWING ON BUTTONS
You can use fishing line or dental floss to sew buttons on to a garment. They stay forever. Cover the floss or line by sewing a few stitches of yarn over the top.
Dental Floss and Fishing line also make great ravel cord.
For those of you using punch cards, remember you can use tape to cover any of the holes on the card that you donít want to select.
THREADING A NEEDLE WITH YARN
This is helpful for the aging eyes. Pull a needle on your machine out to the farthest out position. Place the eye of the needle you want to tread onto the needle of the machine.
Place the yarn over the machine needle on your tummy side of the sewing needle. [When looking at this from your vantage point you have the machine needle all the way out with the yarn over it and the sewing needle behind the yarn.] Lift the sewing needle over the yarn and pull it over the hook of the needle. Keep pulling toward you. Voila, Your needle is threaded.
Here is a way to use up your left over yarn. E wrap cast on from 50L to 50R. Knit 50 rows of one color or a pattern of some kind. Change to another color of yarn and knit 50 rows. Keep changing yarn every 50 rows until you have knit 750 rows. Bind off.
E wrap cast on 50L to 50R. Knit 75 rows of a color or a pattern. Change to another color of yarn and knit 75 rows. Continue changing yarn every 75 rows until you have 750 rows of knitting. Bind off. Make 2 more strips where you change yarn every 50 rows and 1 more strip where you change yarn every 75 rows.
Rehang the strips on the machine along the sides and bind them together to make an afghan.
The best way that I have found to put a zipper into a garment is to glue the zipper into place using a good fabric glue. Let it dry completely. Then sew the zipper in place. No pins are needed once the glue is dry and every thing moves through the sewing machine smoothly and at the same time. Do make sure that before you glue the zipper in place you have treated the knitted fabric so that it will not shrink when washed or cleaned.
STEAMING / BLOCKING A GARMENT
All garments should be steamed as a final finishing touch. Steam locks the stitches into place and gives a smoother finish to your garment or piece. I often steam the pieces, put them together and then steam the seams.
Steam is used to block a garment when you want to change the shape or dimensions of the garment. As you steam you can pull that garment or piece to the size that you want it to be. This usually gives you a drapier fabric.
Not all garments need to be blocked but all need to be steamed.
REVERSE DECREASE- This is a method of decreasing so that your edge stitch, even though moved to the next needle, remains the forward stitch when knitting. It gives you a nicer looking edge and allows you to seam more easily.
Here is how it is done: Letís say you are knitting on needles 10 Left to 10 Right. You are to decrease 1 stitch on the left side. Remove the stitch from needle #9 left. Place the stitch from needle #9 onto needle #10 left. You now have two stitches on needle #10 left. Move the two stitches that are now on needle #10 left, both together, back to needle #9 left. Push needle #10 left out of work.
RKO DECREASE This is usually done when you have more than one stitch that you want to decrease, opposite the carriage. Let say you are knitting on needles 10 left to 10 right. Carriage is on the right. You need to decrease 3 stitches (10-8) on the left side. You take needle number 9 and place it onto needle number 10. The stitch that is already on needle 10 goes behind the latch and the stitch from 9 goes in the hook and you knit 9 through 10. You then move that stitch back to needle number 9. Take 8 and move it to 9. 9 is behind the latch and 8 is in the hook. Knit 8 through 9. Move it back to 8. Take 7 and move it to 8. 8 is behind the latch 7 is in the hook. Knit it through and move it back to 7. This leaves 10-8 empty.
MARKER ROW Marker rows are commonly done when you are knitting down to the bottom of a garment and want to have a row that is more easily seen, from which to hang a hem. Pull every other needle out to the farthest out position. Set the carriage to "Slip" or "Part". Knit 1 row.
When knitting 2 marker rows the second row is done on those needles that were not out the on the first row.
Example: The first row would have Left 10, 8, 6 and 4 in the farthest out position. On the second row Left 9,7 and 5 would be out.
STITCH GAUGE Donít forget that you can significantly change the number of rows in your gauge by hanging weights on your work. So if you have the correct number of stitches per inch that your pattern asks for but the rows are short, try using your claw weights or ribber weights on your swatch and garment to get the correct number of rows per inch.
RIBBING- You only need 1 circular row
of knitting after the initial vvvv row for the stitches to hold and not ravel.
This makes a flatter botton too.
First set up your needles and knit across so you have the classic vvvvv. Hang a cast on comb and weights. Push the right part button on the main bed.
Knit 1 row. Remove part. Knit ribbing.
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