Thursday, July 26, 2012

Knitting Again with the Knit Leader

Felt so good to machine knit today.  It's been a very long time.  Our Sacramento Guild was having a lesson on Knit Leaders.  I've seen them used, but have never used one.  I have one built into my machine for gosh sakes I should find out if it works and find out how to use it.  Carolyn gave a great explanation.  I didn't know I had to have a swatch, but we decided to use her swap and pretend it was mine.  That way I learned out to measure it and how to use the stitch guide, the rulers, the patterns, and the built in knit leader.  I should look up in my manual what exactly everything is called.  I brought the wrong manual to class.  Fortunately, Carolyn has my exact machine at home and knew how to use it.

Here I am all set up.  I just did a small portion of the pattern to get an idea of how it worked.  I did from about 2 inches below the arm hole shaping on up to the neck line.  It really worked out great.  Not a lot of thinking needed to be done with the knit leader in action.  It told me where to decrease and what needles to do it on.  I found it quite fascinating.

Here's my little sweater experiment armhole.  I was quite impressed.  I also loved this little gizmo Carolyn's husband made her.  I'm talking about the board that is under my knitting.  It is a piece of wood with a piece of sandpaper glued to it.  It was too terribly rough, but had enough traction that when you lay a swat or in this case my sweater experiment it holds the knitting out rather than it rolling.  I liked that I could see what was going on without having to block it.  It's just an experiment and I will be unraveling it.

It felt so strange to be knitting.  My cast on and cast off skills were definitely week, but by hour 2 I was feeling like a pro again.  Time to knit myself a sweater.


  1. Qué maravillosa idea de hacer los patrones así, te felicito por tener esta máquina, ojalá algún día llegue a Perú. Cuando hayas realizado tu sweater nos los muestras? Tu blog me ha servido de mucho en mis proyectos. Si gustas puedes verlos en

  2. The sandpaper board is a genius idea. I may have to make one of those. I'm glad you are enjoying your machine. Love the red, is that what you are going to make your sweater out of?

  3. Ok Lynne, its now October, where's the finished sweater?
    How have you been doing babe? sorry to hear about your KS650, but glad to here that you have got new machines :)

    *hugs* Heather x

  4. Thank you for writing about machine knitting! Such rare hobby we chose!
    I just received Extension Rails for my Brother260, need to install them. Yay!