Cutting a knitted item using scissors, a knitting machine and a crochet hook.
I made a huge mistake on my project. An 80 row error using a dark coloured, fuzzy yarn. Unravelling would be a nightmare. I decided to change my design by cutting my knitting and Collecting the open stitches onto a knitting needle, and then rehang the open stitches onto the knitting machine and proceed. I did steam the area to be cut. The stitches for the hem/ bottom edge were then easy to rehang and reknit or cast off. Added a crochet finish to give the edge some stability.
After finishing, don’t forget to brush out the lint from the needlebed and replace dust cover.
I continued to cut and finish the arm holes with single crochet. 2 rounds and steam into shape. I did not use a sewing machine. Overall, what I thought was going into the waste, is now wearable. Much better, if it had been wool, rather than acrylic. It wasn’t sized for the wearer.
Feed the yarn through the device so that it comes into contact with the wax. Waxing a yarn, particularly hand knitting yarns, enable the machine to knit with less stress on the on the machine. Many cone yarns are already treated.
The photo is a of a very useful waxing device to be used on the Knitting Machine upper tension antenna apparatus. I don’t know if the original mfg is still available. I haven’t run into another one in over 30 years.
More dipping into the stash. Sock yarns……mine are mostly Patons Kroy, a wool yarn that is readily available and is well wearing. For this project, I’m using the 4 ply ones.
Garter stitch is relaxing with a bit of remembering to twist the yarns at the edges in the same direction. The self striping yarns are very useful for adding touches of colour without having to purchase separate balls.
I have added a photo of how I roll up a scarf as I am knitting. It keeps the longer length more manageable as it grows. The blue blobs are the large sized stitch markers.
I think it will quite dramatic but not over the top, when worn over a black or white garment. The Finished scarf is the last photo. I’m pleased with it.
Working on using up random balls of handknitting yarn. This one was a “lost ball band” one. Cotton or acrylic? Burn test revealed a natural fibre, most possibly cotton. No stretch when on the knitting machine. The photo is of 2 adult sized hats. The Left one is machine washed and dryer, the Right one, is prewash. Quite a difference in feel and colour.
What a surprise it would have been for a handkniter making a garment who had not swatched.