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May 17, 2017 12:22:38   #
lindawmn
 
I am SO in over my head - LOL - but enjoying every minute of this journey! I'll put it aside until I am more proficient, but the price was good enough to pull the trigger.

I started my first sweater for me (stockinette stitch) on the standard bed. It's the Knit It Now pattern "Summer Top", and I'm knitting it using Queensland Urulu in the Mary Ellen Jasper shade. It's a cotton blend, but seems to knit fine using tension 10 for a looser fabric, due to the bumpiness of the yarn. Cast offs seem to give me the most difficulty, weirdly, and I find myself re-looking at the how-to videos a lot. Cast-ons seem to go much more smoothly. Decided to do a mock rib to keep it simple, so needed to get one more ball of yarn - forgot to include another ball to cover gauge swatches, etc. I'll post when it's finished.

I did make a baby sweater but need to put on the i-cord ties. It came out well, save for my messy hand-finishing - need to work on that. I also had difficulty seaming on the machine as when I re-hung the stitches from waste yarn, managed not to hang the live stitches and hand to go back and catch them all. Need to practice that, but in the meantime, stitch holders might be better than waste yarn.
 
May 17, 2017 12:32:36   #
Reba1
 
I have done that in the past - hung the wrong part of the stitch. We live and learn. Be sure you use a waste yarn with high contrast to your main yarn (MY). I always have to remind myself to grab the MY bump that goes up into the waste yarn, not the MY bar at the start of the waste yarn.
May 17, 2017 15:03:34   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
sounds like you're getting on great!
May 17, 2017 15:48:45   #
sharronaw
 
You will love the garter carriage! They are the neatest invention. Are you making the summer retro top? If that is the one my knitting friend and I are making it also. Have you tried the behind-the-gate-pegs bind off? It has a lot more give and looks clean when you are done. Sharron
May 17, 2017 16:56:25   #
lindawmn
 
sharronaw wrote:
You will love the garter carriage! They are the neatest invention. Are you making the summer retro top? If that is the one my knitting friend and I are making it also. Have you tried the behind-the-gate-pegs bind off? It has a lot more give and looks clean when you are done. Sharron


Yes!! that's the one I'm making! I just watched the bind off video on Knit It Now, now that I know more and it was a HUGE head-slap moment! I totally get it! How could I not? SO easy!! I'm going to try that behind the gate peg bind off!

I saw a video that said when you put needles on hold to shape neck and shoulders, you risk leaving marks on the yarn due to the carriage passing over and over. I took it off onto waste yarn and re-hung, which seemed to work fine. I did forget that the neck stitches were live after I removed the waste yarn, but after grabbing a stitch holder and doing a lot of cursing, I successfully recovered each stitch. I just wound the new ball I got onto a cone, and will knit the front tomorrow.
May 17, 2017 16:57:45   #
lindawmn
 
Reba1 wrote:
I have done that in the past - hung the wrong part of the stitch. We live and learn. Be sure you use a waste yarn with high contrast to your main yarn (MY). I always have to remind myself to grab the MY bump that goes up into the waste yarn, not the MY bar at the start of the waste yarn.


Good to hear I'm not the only one. I think that was my mistake - not using a high enough contrast yarn. I was just given a ton of coned yarn, some in awful colors - I'll use some of that when I do the front. I can also use that yarn to practice.
 
May 17, 2017 16:58:41   #
lindawmn
 
aprilla wrote:
sounds like you're getting on great!


Thank you! It's a huge learning curve but I'm enjoying it. My husband came downstairs and I was in the guest room dubbing a knitting video to CD and he laughed and asked me if I was hiding and watching 'knitting porn'. LOL.
May 18, 2017 06:23:43   #
christmastreegal
 
I guess the question is for all of you, I haven't joined "Knit It Now" but was waiting until I had more time to devote to learning the technique of machine knitting. I have purchased the Craftsy class for machine knitting. It the "KIN" more for patterns, learning how-to's , or exactly what and is it worth the cost in your opinion? thanks!
May 18, 2017 10:48:26   #
lac
 
I have been a member of Knit It Now for several years and yes, I think it is worth the price. I love it.
May 18, 2017 10:50:00   #
lac
 
lindawmn wrote:
Yes!! that's the one I'm making! I just watched the bind off video on Knit It Now, now that I know more and it was a HUGE head-slap moment! I totally get it! How could I not? SO easy!! I'm going to try that behind the gate peg bind off!

I saw a video that said when you put needles on hold to shape neck and shoulders, you risk leaving marks on the yarn due to the carriage passing over and over. I took it off onto waste yarn and re-hung, which seemed to work fine. I did forget that the neck stitches were live after I removed the waste yarn, but after grabbing a stitch holder and doing a lot of cursing, I successfully recovered each stitch. I just wound the new ball I got onto a cone, and will knit the front tomorrow.
Yes!! that's the one I'm making! I just watched th... (show quote)



I would love to see a photo of your sweater.
May 18, 2017 18:05:03   #
lindawmn
 
lac wrote:
I would love to see a photo of your sweater.


I'll post when I'm done. Plan to make the front tomorrow. My husband and my son had back-to-back birthdays this week.
 
May 18, 2017 18:06:22   #
lindawmn
 
christmastreegal wrote:
I guess the question is for all of you, I haven't joined "Knit It Now" but was waiting until I had more time to devote to learning the technique of machine knitting. I have purchased the Craftsy class for machine knitting. It the "KIN" more for patterns, learning how-to's , or exactly what and is it worth the cost in your opinion? thanks!


1000% worth it. I could NOT have learned without it. And their dynamic patterns allow you to use any yarn, any gauge. You knit a swatch you like, measure, plug in the gauge and a pattern is generated for you to that gauge. You get information on how much yarn you need and it gives very clear directions. Fabulous!!
May 19, 2017 00:58:19   #
lindawmn
 
lindawmn wrote:
I'll post when I'm done. Plan to make the front tomorrow. My husband and my son had back-to-back birthdays this week.


Well, never knit and party! Got the front finished only to see it's too short! After ripping back, realize I marked the armholes in the wrong place. I ripped back to the original set of stitches (before the shapings) and marked the armholes at that point (where they were supposed to be). Tomorrow I'll rehang the 134 original stitches and continue from there.

Another note: I put all the stitches on holders, not waste yarn and had a devil of a time getting them onto the hooks. I'm going to first hand knit about 10 rows of waste yarn, then hang the stitches - much easier! Good thing the yarn is a bit nubby and variegated as I can hide the little flaws. I will probably hand-knit the neck and arm bands, rather than machine-knit them. I think they will look nicer than in a mock-rib. The bottom can fall a bit looser than the arm and neck bands without looking funny.
May 19, 2017 06:27:56   #
Weenetty
 
Hi, I take stitches off on very fine cirular needles. Putting back on the machine is so easy. I could never get the hang of waste yarn. Looking forward to seeing your completed project. The garter carriage is great to have. I just love mine.
May 19, 2017 06:35:23   #
lindawmn
 
Weenetty wrote:
Hi, I take stitches off on very fine cirular needles. Putting back on the machine is so easy. I could never get the hang of waste yarn. Looking forward to seeing your completed project. The garter carriage is great to have. I just love mine.


Circular needles!! OMG, such a great solution!!!! The flexibility is what I was lacking and I just never thought of it!! Thank you!
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