Cables meet fair isle
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by Alessandrina
6d ago
This sweater by Namesake, in the Fall 2024 collection, led to a FB query as to how to produce a cable version inspired by its color movement on home knitting machines. The discussion leads back to how to produce cables in 2 colors on home knitting machines best and accurately. One way to achieve color movement is to begin with using and modifying vertical lines. Due to the fixed width between machine needles, it is best to use a fiber with a bit of stretch such as wool, and often 2X2 crossings appear to be the limit for designs containing them in frequent, all-over patterns. When working in si ..read more
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Revisiting “wisteria” 3D shapes and their possible automation
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by Alessandrina
2w ago
Present software makes automating textured designs in these families easier to plan and execute. This method is limited to single colors being used at any one time and does not allow for additional patterning through fair isle or end needle selection. Slip stitch in both directions results in black cells being knit sequentially, and the limit in width for the total design is limited to the width of the knitting machine and how the program is read and implemented. End needle selection is canceled. All needles in work need to be cleared with each carriage pass. My electronic km samples are now k ..read more
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To mesh or not to mesh 10: more large eyelet variations
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by Alessandrina
1M ago
Some of the relevant previous posts and a few of the associated test swatches for quick comparisons: Large scale mesh, a punchcard repeat adapted for electronic 4/21 Tuck setting used in both directions, one of 3 variations   Revisiting large eyelet lace, hand transferred (or not) 7/20 Large diagonal eyelet lace  6/12, electronic sample follows at the bottom of this post: Large eyelet lace, hand transferred (or not) 9/13 Large scale mesh, breaking the rules, the start of the explorations  4/11Single bed slits aka horizontal “button holes” 11/16 “Buttonholes” and “make many ..read more
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Revisiting lace leaf design repeats 1
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by Alessandrina
1M ago
Just about a decade ago, I began one of my many temporary technique obsessions by finally attempting transfer lace knitting, and it continued for a few years during which I produced scarves and shawls for gifts and sale in galleries and craft shows. Leaf shapes held a particular attraction for me. That long ago I was not sharing the pattern repeats used in my production items, and my note-keeping was not what could be defined as consistent or compulsive, so in looking at yet another pin sharing a lace leaf pattern in the present time,  I went looking for some of my early repeats and let u ..read more
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Revisiting lace leaf design repeats
alessandrina.com » Machine knitting
by Alessandrina
1M ago
Just about a decade ago, I began one of my many temporary technique obsessions by finally attempting transfer lace knitting, and it continued for a few years during which I produced scarves and shawls for gifts and sale in galleries and craft shows. Leaf shapes held a particular attraction for me. That long ago I was not sharing the pattern repeats used in my production items, and my note-keeping was not what could be defined as consistent or compulsive, so in looking at yet another pin sharing a lace leaf pattern in the present time,  I went looking for some of my early repeats and let u ..read more
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Small to large repeat figurative designs inspired by filet crochet charts
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by Alessandrina
1M ago
Reducing figurative designs to repeats for knitting on a low needle counts results in loss of definition. Filet crochet charts can serve as a starting point for repeats, but usually are planned on  more than equivalent 24 stitch counts, so results of adapting them are often usable on electronic machine models only. The knitting technique used to execute the design determines whether the lengthwise aspect ratio is affected or not. 1: the source image 2: processed using Mac Numbers 3: opened in Gimp 4: the grid color can be altered to view and match stitch counts 5: the color reversed image ..read more
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Seasonal knits inspired by published repeats 2_hearts
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by Alessandrina
1M ago
WORK IN PROGRESS  Charts are included for repeats suitable for punchcards, where the designs must repeat in height to a minimum of 36 rows. Some reminders: the BW pngs here are intended for import into a paint program or image processor where they can be magnified to suit, with a grid view for counting cells to consider the width of floats if used in single bed fair isle, adjust the design in DIY variations, or import into download programs as provided. The tiled repeats help to visualize how the final appearance on the knit side. While the pngs are shared in BW indexed mode, when dragged ..read more
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Small repeat figurative designs inspired by filet crochet charts
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by Alessandrina
2M ago
Reducing figurative designs to repeats for knitting on a low needle counts results in loss of definition. Filet crochet charts can serve as a starting point for repeats, but usually are planned on  more than equivalent 24 stitch counts, so results of adapting them are often usable on electronic machine models only. The knitting technique used to execute the design determines whether the lengthwise aspect ratio is affected or not. 1: the source image 2: processed using Mac Numbers 3: opened in Gimp 4: the grid color can be altered to view and match stitch counts 5: the color reversed image ..read more
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Seasonal knits inspired by published repeats
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by Alessandrina
2M ago
WORK IN PROGRESS In previous posts, ie Numbers and GIMP: online punchcard patterns to electronics 2, I shared some ways of converting online images from varied published sources. This series was edited using primarily ArahPaint and some Gimp, both are free. DAK users have the ability to achieve similar results in that universe, producing stp proprietary files with no export available to other formats ie as png possible. Fair isle is not in my preferred wheelhouse, especially season specific designs, but that said, I have been sharing these repeats in the FB machine knitting forum, and thought ..read more
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A slip stitch patterned ruffle and more
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by Alessandrina
3M ago
A recent Instagram share led to my being asked how the ruffle attached to the piece as partially shown on the left was created. The images on the right illustrate 2 of the color-way explorations prior to committing to a final one, all knit in rayon chenille yarns.   At that time a punchcard was used. The repeat technically is 24 stitches wide and 18 in height, repeated twice to meet minimum punchcard height requirements, while for electronic patterning the 18 row segment is used. That said, repeating and shifting the minimum pattern repeat in a paint program or spreadsheet allows for visu ..read more
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