• weaving brush cast on edge
    basic techniques,  machine knitting

    Casting On: Using Weaving Brushes

    This is a quick and easy way of casting on. It is also called Automatic Closed Edge Cast On. This method can be carried out on any machine with weaving brushes. These brushes just hold the yarn so that the first row can be knitted. I use this method for all my swatches and tension squares. Pro: The method is quick and easy. Con: The edge is a bit ragged. It looks like a row of stitches with a thread running straight though. Instructions: Decide how many needles you want to cast on and push these towards you into hold position (d position) with the flat edge of your needle…

  • making a sampler
    basic techniques,  Knitmaster/Silver Reed,  machine knitting

    Creating Knitted Swatches (or samplers)

    Knitted swatches (or samplers) are smallish pieces of knitting that provide an example of your knitting.  They are very simple to create and are a perfect starting point for a beginner.  It is quite fun to see all the different things you can do. Test that your machine etc works correctly Ideal for beginners to practice new techniques and shapes. Show what your yarn will look like at different tensions Compare different types of yarn Experiment with different colours and stitch patterns to get inspiration Create a library of swatches that you can refer to for future garments Produce ideas that you can show to your clients Swatches are usually…