Whilst hand knitting is the entry point for most knitters, those knitting by hand are often devoted to their craft, making the transition onto the machine can be hugely beneficial, creative and indeed fun. If you are looking to produce garments for your family or use your knitted goods as a source of income, the machine becomes an essential piece in your toolkit. It’s complex, technical and sometimes requires patience, however with this brings great pleasure and satisfaction from your work.
Speed is one obvious advantage with machine knitting. It’s much faster to produce projects on the machine. It also provides a level of accuracy unachievable by hand. No more slipped stitches or crooked cables! This provides a cleaner and more professional look, and allows you to replicate your designs with ease. Moreover, once you get the knack, it allows you to unleash your creativity with limitless possibilities and without slaving over the needles endlessly for each project. The process becomes therapeutic; a creative meditation.
The Right Knitting Machine
Choosing the right knitting machine can feel intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. First, consider the item you’re going to knit and what size of yarn you prefer to work with. Each machine type varies according to it’s gauges or the distance between the needles on the bed. This ranges from fine gauge machines, standard gauge machines, mid-gauge machines to chunky machines. You’ll find smaller hooks for lace yarns on the finer gauge machines, whilst the bulky machines have large hooks to handle heavier yarns. Using too large a yarn on a fine gauge machine could damage it, so this is why it is important to consider what size yarn you want to use before beginning.
Although the process can seem daunting when starting out, another major benefit of transitioning onto the machine is the ability to reproduce favourite basic hand knit patterns easily and efficiently.
At one of our beginner’s classes you can expect to learn how to set up a knitting machine, how to change between different coloured yarns and how to blend and mix different yarns together.
We’ll teach you various techniques, including casting on and off, lace holes, stripes and ladders and you will leave with a better understanding of knitwear yarns, machines and gauges. With the basics under your belt, our classes then explore more challenging and advanced techniques such as E wrapping, fringing, cording, tucking, weaving in and punch-card jacquard. Knitting machines are as flexible as you are creative. So why not give it a go and see what you can create?
If this post has inspired you to get onto the machine, book onto one of our many classes today. Here at Knithub 24, you’ll learn new skills and meet other knitting enthusiasts as we teach you on our Brother Knitting Machines. Whatever your interest or ability, we’ve got something that will cater to you. Find out about our courses here.
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