Ribber trims 4
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by Alessandrina
1w ago
Ribber trims 2  presented a series of ideas for edgings I meant to return to. Rather than adding more to that post presently, I am expanding on the topic here. Scalloped trims are popular in single-bed knits. Preventing any needles from knitting for any number of rows will form a wave. If automatic needle selection is used, they may be formed using both the tuck or slip stitch settings. This version from the Brother Ribber Techniques, with knitting directions included in Ribber trims and edgings 1 If there is a problem in double bed versions using loops formed by using holding or tuc ..read more
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Pintucks 2, ripples in knits using the ribber
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by Alessandrina
1w ago
This content, on a topic I intended to expand on further, had been “tucked” away as a draft at the beginning of last spring. Ripples in knits are created by knitting an unbalanced fabric, with one of the beds knitting more rows than the opposite bed. Depending on the design, the fabrics may share similarities with blistered stitches DBJ. Pintucks vs shadow pleats. Pintucks are created by knitting on one bed and slipping on the other for often as many as 6-10 rows followed by plain knitting on both beds to seal the fabric together. Nopps are made in a similar fashion, but using the tuck setting ..read more
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More on standard and modified 1X1 and 2X2 ribs
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by Alessandrina
2w ago
WORK IN PROGRESS Ribber manuals usually give instructions and diagrams for ribs, and in some early manuals, the way in which the needles should be set up so that side edges will match the when garment bands are seamed is not included. In later model manuals, instructions began to call “perfect-selvedges”. The position of the beds in relation to each other is dependent on the pitch lever. When both beds are being used, both the pitch and racking levers may be moved so that the ribber can travel one or half turns in either direction. A half turn is sometimes used to set up the position for some ..read more
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Seaming, joining, picking up stitches 3, ribbed knits
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by Alessandrina
3w ago
These illustrations are not my own work, they were taken from various out-of-print Japanese published resources including manuals for different machine brands, or handouts received decades ago, in the days of international machine seminars, and altered and resized. For more information on seaming and joining also see the previous posts: Seaming, joining and picking up stitches on knits 2, which includes some illustrations on joining ribs as well Seaming, joining, picking up stitches on knits 1 The plan here is to provide additional illustrations for joining ribbed stitches in various conf ..read more
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Working with diagonal patterning in machine knitting
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by Alessandrina
1M ago
WORK IN PROGRESS After a slow down in my blog posts for a variety of reasons I find myself playing catch up with the eternal list of knit fabrics that I wish to explore out of my own curiosity and the attempt to answer questions from knitters who contacted me directly via the blog or have asked them in the online forums of which I am a member. Stephen West is a prolific designer of colorful hand knits in a variety of techniques and complexity. This honey-striped scarf is an example.   Slip-stitch patterning is a likely way of knitting a similar effect combined with the use of the concept ..read more
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Building more textures in needles out of work spaces
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by Alessandrina
2M ago
WORK IN PROGRESS A collection of previous posts exploring some variations on the topic: Ladders with lace, (leaf) “making things work” 1 3/15 Ladders with lace, (leaf) “making things work” 2 3/15 Ladder lace 8/13 Instructions reviewed in 2022, the accompanying swatch: Ladders and Lace 8/13. MK ladders, and a bit of crochet 12/16 Tuck “lace” trims (and fabrics 1) 6/17 Tuck “lace” trims (and fabrics 2) 6/17 Tuck “lace” trims or fabrics 312/17 Automating tuck stitches combined with “lace” 2 6/17 Combining tuck stitches with “lace” 1 3/15 Many fabrics other than the traditional ones fami ..read more
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More “buttonholes” and slits
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by Alessandrina
2M ago
In the past few years, in many runway collections, knit pieces have featured slits that happen either/both horizontally or vertically, with some effects achieved by turning the fabric sideways. This post will share published references describing various methods for creating them. A review of grafting aka Kitchener stitch is illustrated here for hand knitting and used in some of the buttonholes/slits that follow. Some single-bed buttonholes were illustrated in the post. One of the many resources Horizontal single-bed: using a ravel cord and tapestry needle  A vertical optio ..read more
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Pretend/ mock cables 4
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by Alessandrina
2M ago
The blog post Pretend/ mock cables 3  presented the concept of using tuck stitch patterning and needle preselection, a Brother feature, as a guide to creating a version of mock cable crossings. These designs are from an ancient Japanese publication.  Technically the results are not very cable-like for these three concepts, but they share the principles behind the technique. I am offering this information as a way of interpreting and adapting the suggestions in the publication. There has been some editing of the originally shared repeat suggestions after testing them in proo ..read more
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ArahPaint and Gimp in knit design 3
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by Alessandrina
5M ago
WORK IN PROGRESS Previously published: ArahPaint and Gimp in knit design 2 ArahPaint meets Gimp in knit design 1 Gimp allows one to work on multiple images with only a single window open, left mouse clicking on any one of the images will bring it into view for editing. In the dark theme, it is hard to see the difference, but a lighter border actually surrounds the active image distinguishing it from the others, outlined here in yellow In Arah, multiple windows may be opened at any one time, and left-clicking on any one of them will bring it to the front for editing.   When worki ..read more
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More mesh dragon scales, some striped and some not
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by Alessandrina
6M ago
WORK IN PROGRESS A first look at Single bed scales made with stitch transfers: Another look at the repeat, here it is mirrored for use on my 930, and shown in for working over 72 needles knit border stitches on both sides.  A reminder: when transitioning from spreadsheet-generated repeats to indexing and then scaling them in Gimp, check that the interpolation has not been changed in the program since the last time you used it, it needs to be set to none for good results with minimal if any cleanup required.  Analyzing what is happening: arrows on the left indicate the direction ..read more
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