Myth: Circular knitting machines require no skill.
Truth: There’s a learning curve. Master it, then creativity abounds!
When I read poor reviews of circular knitting machines that I know work well, I feel so sad for the people who spent their money expecting a perfect out-of-the-box experience! Just like any craft, circular machine knitting has a certain skill set to be learned.
In this video tutorial, I share demonstrate some basic tips and tricks to help beginners find fast success!
Tip #1: Affix machine to work surface.
Tip #2: Start with light weight yarn.
Tip #3: Read and Research.
Tip #4: Try out different yarn.
Tip #5: Add weights.
Tip #6: Go slow; watch, catch, fix mistakes.
Tip #7: Patience. Give it 10-15 rows.
Tip #8: Beware of knots.
While Christmas shopping online, I ran across this Ted Baker “Tizzy” Pom Pom scarf for $125 at Bloomingdales. It’s no longer available but you can purchase it from the designer’s site for the same price if that floats your boat.
Naturally, this prompted the “I Can Make That”
mindset so, knowing I couldn’t get the nice materials Ted used, I went with a more silly option with endless theme or color choices. Since it’s close to Christmas, I was thinking about Santa and thus, we have this version!
This was a simple, fun and fast project and I can see it being a great indoor project for kids to tackle. It took about 2+ skeins of Herrschener’s Worsted 8 yarn. (It was hard to tell because I used scraps along with one brand new skein.)
Another Scrapbuster Project! This hat uses a type of Spike Stitch – Mesh Stitch combo to create a lighter hat with lots of impact.
Skill level: Intermediate. While the stitches used are pretty basic (slip stitch, single crochet and half double crochet), the crocheter really needs to be comfortable “reading the work.” This term refers to the ability to look at completed stitches and understand exactly what they’re looking at! It’s necessary to know so you can place the stitches in the right places.
For the CrochetCrate Giveaway, I asked that people give me something I can Sheepishly Share in the comment section of the giveaway video. (Tips, questions, stories… doesn’t matter!) What a collection of brilliance we received so I’ll be sharing them in my videos!
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A requested tutorial for a balaclava done on a circular knitting machine!
Wear it 2 ways!
(This is not for a rank beginner!) Skills needed:
~ Basic Circular Knitting Machine Skills (casting on/off, color changes)
~ Hand knitting OR Crochet skills
Essentially, it’s a long tube (like a reversible hat). One end is closed like a hat, the other end is finished with a stretch bind off. Waste yarn is inserted in the middle of the tube to allow for the face opening. Simple concept!
The majority of my knit and crochet hats are done for charity, therefore, I don’t have a way to measure the heads that will wear them. Sooo… my secret is to keep sizing charts handy!
Download my Hat Sizing Charts! You’ll find 2 charts included in the download… one for crochet and one for knitting. Keep it handy in your phone or print it for your yarn bag!
Crochet is simple to size and the same chart can be use with any gauge, yarn weight or hook size.
The Knitting Chart will include cast-on numbers. This is great when you have a open skein of yarn and no plan or pattern in mind! After a quick glance at the cast-on numbers, I can knit a simple, basic beanie without having to go on a pattern hunt! (IMHO, this is perfect when the yarn needs to do the shining. I like solid colors for cables and fancy stitches.)
And there’s now a THIRD chart added to help you avoid the harrowing game of Yarn Chicken! I’ve shared my tricks for determining yarn length for 1 row in crochet, knitting and circular machine knitting, too!