This post explains how to use a cast-on rag with ravel cord to create both an open loop cast-on (good for folded hems) and a closed loop cast-on (e-wrap or latch tool).
This post shows you how to make a cast-on rag that enables you to cast on with weights. The rag can also be used to protect your garment when partial knitting.
You can use the single-pronged transfer tool to cast off in two ways: in front of or behind the sinker posts (gate pegs). The first is quick and easy, the second gives a better finish.
An e-wrap cast on is a very easy and quick method that can produce a nice closed edge. Needs a bit of practice to get it even, but you can make it looser if you want a stretchier edge.
If you are able to increase the stitch dial by 2* or more then you can cast off using a tappet tool. This gives a nice even chain effect edge.
The tappet tool can be used to create a nice crochet chained cast on edge for your machine knitting. This post shows you how to do it.
You can cast off your knitting using a darning or tapestry needle. Method 1 uses a quick running stitch which is good for swatches although a the edge is a little uneven. Method 2 uses a back stitch which is slower but gives a neater finish.
The weaving brush cast on method is quick and easy. It is leaves a ragged edge but you can stretch or draw this up. Useful when doing a quick sampler or tension square.
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…
As a beginner to machine knitting, you should start making simple samplers that will help you to learn the basic techniques. You can have fun trying out different yarns and stitch patterns. This section will show you how to do the basic techniques for machine knitting.