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Apr 25, 2013 20:33:18   #
Verdstela
 
My cat with a hat.

First proper thing I've done with my knitting machine other than practice swatches.

Natalie Langkilde's reversible hat, with one of the punchcards that came with the machine (pattern is at nataliesknitting.com). Super easy and a nice way to use fair isle practice. ;)


 
Apr 25, 2013 20:34:30   #
Nanxy (a regular here)
 
Verdstela wrote:
My cat with a hat.

First proper thing I've done with my knitting machine other than practice swatches.

Natalie Langkilde's reversible hat, with one of the punchcards that came with the machine (pattern is at nataliesknitting.com). Super easy and a nice way to use fair isle practice. ;)


Very well done, what machine do you have?
Apr 25, 2013 20:34:55   #
Verdstela
 
Knitmaster 360.
Apr 25, 2013 21:00:48   #
JuneS
 
Very professional! Love the color.
Apr 25, 2013 21:05:58   #
Woody
 
WOW! Having had a knitting machine myself years ago, I never tackled anything that difficult, and for your first project, it's marvelous! You will become very adept at using that machine, I can see that! Thanks for sharing the picture.
Apr 25, 2013 21:14:05   #
martina (a regular here)
 
Glad that you were able to fix your machine. That is a very nice hat.
 
Apr 25, 2013 21:17:37   #
Swtthng
 
Gorgeous! So, are you able to estimate the time it took to knit this on the machine with set up etc. vs hand knitting?
Apr 25, 2013 21:54:11   #
Helgajr1
 
great job . :thumbup: :thumbup:
Apr 25, 2013 21:56:13   #
transdolly
 
Love the color!!!!
Apr 25, 2013 22:18:12   #
maureenb (a regular here)
 
Beautiful!
Apr 25, 2013 22:36:55   #
Naneast
 
Great job!
 
Apr 25, 2013 22:42:00   #
brdlvr27
 
Wow - you can send me your practice pieces anytime lol
Apr 26, 2013 04:41:28   #
Verdstela
 
Thank you; as for timing, I think it took me maybe a couple of hours. It's done as a long strip, so about 70 rows of pattern, 60 rows of brim and another 70 rows of another pattern. Then you gather the stitches, also gather up the cast on end, then sew up the seam so you have a long "sausage". Bring the two gathers together then sew them together, brim up, all done. :)
Apr 26, 2013 06:57:30   #
Woody
 
Swtthng wrote:
Gorgeous! So, are you able to estimate the time it took to knit this on the machine with set up etc. vs hand knitting?


The setup time takes a bit of time, as you want to be sure everything is in order. But when the machine knitting begins, there is something exciting about zipping across a whole row of 80 stitches in just about the same time as knitting one with your needles.... I enjoyed mine while I had it, and had a group of other machine knitters I met monthly, if possible. You get great hints from them, and learn a lot that way.
Apr 26, 2013 08:05:12   #
Verdstela
 
I've been lucky to find a club nearby with people that are just like me really - hand knitters who also want to use machines to speed up the process of making things for people. I will always love hand knitting lace, socks etc. I wish I had the free time to hand knit fun jumpers for my nephew and gloves for my Dad and socks for my husband and Christmas stockings for everyone - but I just don't.

There are some people who really want something hand knitted, and there are some that are just keen to have a particular shape and pattern and colour, and don't mind it being "hand framed" as they get it quicker. :)

So it's good to be able to do both.
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