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Machine Knitting
Converting hand knitting to machine knitting
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Jan 21, 2013 17:13:19   #
Can anyone help me, I want to learn how to convert hand knitting patterns to machine knit and I have no idea how to even start to do it.
Jan 21, 2013 23:17:44   #
Susan Guagliumi has several books on hand manipulated stitches that make good reference books. Not all HS can be converted into MS.
Jan 21, 2013 23:36:56   #
A good way to learn how to convert hand knitting to machine knitting is by learning how to read stitch chart/schematic.

There are several software that can convert written instruction over to charting. With the chart, you can apply it for machine knitting. There are a few differences between hand knitting chart and machine knitting chart and they're minor. Overall, if you understand the chart, you can apply it to machine knitting. You can even use the stitch chart to create punchcard & program into the electronic stitch pattern unit.

Hand written instruction ===> Chart/Schematic ====> Machine knitting

So, in short term, buy books that explain how to read stitch chart for learning. After that, Susan Guagliumi's book "Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters" will help to bring altogether. But Ms. Susan's book alone may not do much.

Keep in mind that machine knitters look at the fabric from the purl side and hand knitters from the stockinette side. Stitch patterns need to be mirrored when reading for machine knitting. Although, most of the time, it won't make much of a difference because the stitch patterns repeat the same way both left & right.
Jan 22, 2013 00:21:02   #
I prefer to write the instructions row by row.
Then I number each row, so I know where I am in the pattern My row counter tells me what line I am on.

When you are asked to knit so many inches, I know my tension (number of rows per inch) so it's easy to do the math to find out how many rows to knit.

Jan 22, 2013 11:02:58   #
KateWood (a regular here)
I just use a knitleader:)
Jan 22, 2013 13:48:37   #
I have one of those, how does it help covert the patterns?
Jan 22, 2013 13:51:18   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
KateWood wrote:
I just use a knitleader:)

I'm with you Kate. :thumbup: It's saves all the maths and you are sure of a good fit.
Jan 22, 2013 13:52:38   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
mamatina wrote:
I have one of those, how does it help covert the patterns?

Are you talking about stitch patterns or garment designs?
Jan 22, 2013 15:05:48   #
I'm not sure what you mean? I just want to be able to convert a pattern like out of a magazine if I really like it and if it can be done with the pattern.
Jan 22, 2013 15:56:50   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
mamatina wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean? I just want to be able to convert a pattern like out of a magazine if I really like it and if it can be done with the pattern.

You can convert a hand knit pattern to a machine knit without much difficulty.
What I was asking is, did you want to use just the style of the garment (long sleeve, v neck, round neck etc) or did you want to use the stitch pattern ( Fairisle, tuck, slip, lace etc.) Or is it a case that you need to convert it fully.
I don't know what machine you have, or if you have a charting device. If you have the latter this will make knitting the style/shape of garment so much easier. With a charting device you can use any yarn and any stitch pattern that you want, and providing that you have done the swatch correctly, you are guaranteed a perfect fit.
Jan 22, 2013 16:25:22   #
I am using my Brother KH 930 and I have a knitleader KL 116, but I just got that so I have never even used it before. Is that what you are talking about?
Jan 22, 2013 16:44:35   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
mamatina wrote:
I am using my Brother KH 930 and I have a knitleader KL 116, but I just got that so I have never even used it before. Is that what you are talking about?

With the machine and knitleader that you have, I would say you never need to look for a printed pattern again.
On most modern knitting patterns (hand or machine) you have the drawings of the pieces of the garment. You can copy these onto your Mylar knitleader sheet.
With a water washable pen draw half a back one side the center line, half a front the other, and half a sleeve further up. Follow the instructions regarding doing a swatch and setting up the knitleader.
Your swatch can be in any yarn and any stitch pattern.
As the sheet goes through the knitleader you follow the lines that you have drawn. In my opinion it's the best way of machine knitting.
Kate, Entity and Beth will back me up here, I'm sure.
Jan 22, 2013 16:45:48   #
Mamatina, to explain what you're trying to do, please go to the link below.

You will see a lace sleeveless top that I machine knitted using a hand knitting pattern. Then, look at the photo on the actual pattern at the link given. Notice that the style and lace stitch patterns are the same but the actual layout of the lace stitch are not exactly the same. So, here how I did it.

I used the knit leader to draw the outline of the garment to fit my size. As for the stitch patterns, I modified the charts given to apply for machine knitting (as explained earlier). Then, I did a swatch according to the knit leader manual with the laces included. I entered the information that the swatch gave (#rows & #stitches) and set up the knit leader accordingly. Now, I didn't entered the stitch chart information into my Brother electronic unit. I chose to hand manipulated the lace stitch patterns for learning purpose. Of course, you don't need to do so if you have the 930.

In other words, it was a combination of things that Kate, Sue and I had posted here. Therefore, you should set up the knitleader and begin to use it. It isn't hard to use it and you'll like it once you created garments that fit you.
Jan 22, 2013 17:06:28   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
These are some of the things that I have done, none were done using a printed pattern.
These were knitted using the garment design feature in my KH970 but this works more or less the same as a knitleader.
The beaded top and the cream shrug I had done before, in different yarns and different stitch patterns, using my knitleader with my KH965. Each time that you do the same style garment it can look totally different because of the yarn that you choose and the stitch pattern. No one will ever have the exact same sweater/cardigan/jacket as you. You will be the designer and it will be a one off.
Jan 22, 2013 18:09:26   #
Ok I will set up my knitleader and let you know how it goes. Thank you so much for all your help everyone!
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