I might have mentioned before that I own a very old second-hand Knitting machine …..? I’m very much a beginner, but enjoying the process. This is one of the nicest things I’ve made on my machine. It’s a Slouchy Cardigan by Marianne Cant. I follow Marianne’s blog Picperfic and fell in love with her design as soon as she posted details of teaching her friend to make one.
If you’ve never used a knitting machine there are a few things that might be of interest to you:
* You need to know the type of yarn you will be knitting with before you purchase a machine. Eg – thin yarn like 2,3 or 4ply , dk , Aran, bulky etc.
* My machine is a standard gauge, which means I can use thinner yarns. A mid-gauge would be for dk and also Aran I think, and then a bulky machine is for heavier yarns.
* The tension dial is the opposite of a sewing machine – on a dial of 1-10 , 10 is the loosest tension and 1 is the tightest. This threw me at the start as I kept turning the dial the wrong way to tighten or loosen the yarn tension!
* Gauge swatches are an absolute must !!! I learned this the hard way, after my first jumper was more cardboard than drapey!
So back to the pattern in hand The Slouchy Cardigan on Ravelry here . It was exactly as described – an easy beginner project. Because I only had 4ply yarn on hand, I did have to make slight adjustments. The recommended yarn ia a lace/ 2ply. My stitch count was the same as on the pattern, but I was getting more rows than suggested. To allow for this I used the pattern row count and the finished garment measurements to work out how many rows I needed to do to get the correct length pieces.
Once I had changed the row count on my pattern I followed the very clear instructions as written and it came together very easily.
It has an interesting seam detail on the center back:
It really is a great beginner pattern – very little shaping or transferring stitches required, and an encouraging result which is always helpful when you are a beginner at anything. Marianne has also realised a Jumper (Sweater) Pattern called Ali’s Jumper which has been added to my knitting queue on Ravelry so I hope it won’t be too long before you see one appear here ! Has anyone else ever considered taking up Machine Knitting ?