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Apr 2, 2012 09:31:06   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
This unit is brilliant.
Draw and knit!)
The dry erase markers work without smudging, and when you need, the lines come right off on a damp paper towel.
I am knitting a HK pattern for a long cardigan. First time knitting this pattern and only needed the skematics:) I chose a threadlace stitch; the sections all line up perfectly, Hats off to the KL:)
I drew the sleeves on the mylar but think I'll hang the shoulders and knit down, so I'll insert the mylar upsidedown; no "magic formula" calculations for one more great big:thumbup:
 
Apr 2, 2012 14:42:32   #
tpmcgoo2
 
WOW!! that sound so cool!! I want one!
Apr 2, 2012 14:49:46   #
jkruse1971
 
Hats off to the knitter too! :-) Don't forget to post pics!
Julie
Apr 2, 2012 15:59:33   #
Entity
 
Kate, your enthusiasm is making me want to put up mine and try it out too :o).
Apr 2, 2012 17:19:40   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Thanks ladies, to quote Nike, Just Do It:)))
Apr 3, 2012 09:01:37   #
ptober
 
can someone post a picture of the knitleader?
 
Apr 3, 2012 09:37:01   #
GrammaAnn
 
KateWood wrote:
This unit is brilliant.
Draw and knit!)
The dry erase markers work without smudging, and when you need, the lines come right off on a damp paper towel.
I am knitting a HK pattern for a long cardigan. First time knitting this pattern and only needed the skematics:) I chose a threadlace stitch; the sections all line up perfectly, Hats off to the KL:)
I drew the sleeves on the mylar but think I'll hang the shoulders and knit down, so I'll insert the mylar upsidedown; no "magic formula" calculations for one more great big:thumbup:
This unit is brilliant. br Draw and knit!) br T... (show quote)


My Knitleader makes knitting so much easier for me than trying to follow the patterns that I started out doing! Love it!! :-D
Apr 3, 2012 15:54:41   #
boots
 
Got my KL out today. Kate's enthusiasum IS contagious.
First time I've ever used it and it is "brilliant".
Apr 3, 2012 16:53:52   #
Wrenmuzz
 
The KL is also brrrrrrrrilliant for picture knits. I did my kids nursery rhyme characters on knitters when they were young (both ib their late 30's now) but they were so easy to do. Even did a Harley on a bike fanatic's jumper (adult). Enjoy having fun and experimenting.
Apr 3, 2012 16:57:05   #
bamster
 
i have seen a lot of talk lately about knitleaders can someone tell me about them and what they do i am very interested ty Bam
Apr 3, 2012 17:11:19   #
Wrenmuzz
 
bamster wrote:
i have seen a lot of talk lately about knitleaders can someone tell me about them and what they do i am very interested ty Bam


Make a tension (guage) piece. Draw your pattern pieces on the Mylar sheet, it rolls and gradually unwinds as the piece progresses. Adjust the dials to match your tension and off you go. My machine is a Brother but I should think the principal is the same whichever machine is used. I found that when knitting for my Mam after osteoporosis made her stooped that being able to alter the length of the back armhole to shoulder sections was much easier using this and made her knits look so much nicer instead of the 'rising' at the back.
 
Apr 3, 2012 17:15:03   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Go on ebay and see if any are available for sale at this time, you'll likely want the KL116 if you have a Brother KM that can use it.
daisyknits.com has a brother comp chart that lets you know which machine uses which accessory.
The KL is a devise you set according to the measurement of your knit swatch, draw a pattern on a mylar sheet and put it in the roller. There is a rocker arm that gets moved with every carriage pass by either a KL arm or the row counters arm, both in the case of the Brother bulky, which makes the mylar advance up by each row knitted.
You select the appopriate needle/stitch ruler, by the number of sts/rows in your swatch, to put in the kl and this shows how many Ns to cast on and bind off for the shape of the garment as you knit.
This makes it simple to knit anything that fits on the sheet with any stitch pattern.
Apr 3, 2012 17:20:19   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Hi Wrenmuzz, I bought a ruler at the LCS that has an arc in it for hips, neck & sleeve openings and backs, do you use something like that for your mothers sweaters? I went in search of a heavy bendable cable but there wasn't one to be had and I got this ruler instead, it works pretty nice.
Apr 3, 2012 20:56:11   #
Entity
 
Kate, is there a JoAnn nearby you? Those bendable ruler are normally sold by the quilting supplies.
Apr 3, 2012 21:19:38   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Thanks I'll have another look.
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