A delightful Reread….the Prolific Knitting Machine

This book was published in 1990 and is very relevant to Machine knitters. The author addresses fit and the use of “cut and sew”methods. At the time of publishing she was knitting 200 sweaters per year. Truly a prolific knitter.

Here are a few quick pics of the contents. This book is available on the 2ndary market.


Pattern: Baktus

Hello readers,

Whilst housekeeping my electronic devices, I ran into the following scarf instructions.

I’m not sure if I rewrote this pattern or not. Nor, do I have a link to its potential originator. In any case, the shape and procedure is NOT my original idea. However, it is a very nice scarf that I have knit in many different stitches and yarns. I prefer the thin sock type yarns.

BAKTUS scarf

This is a version of a scarf or kerchief that was all over the Norwegian blogs in 2008.
The principle is to take one or a couple of skeins, and knit a triangle using your exact amount of yarn. A good way to use up one of those single skeins of sock yarn in bright colours.
It works with any kind of yarn, but I prefer a less than bulky yarn.
I used one skein of Hello Yarn sock yarn.
Choose needles that go well with the yarn you use.
To be able to know when I had used up half of my skein, I used a scale:
I weighed my yarn before casting on. Weighing the skein every now and then, I started decreasing when I had about 50% of the skein left.
How to knit:
Cast on 4.
Row 1: Knit 1, YO, knit the rest of the row.
Row 2: Knit, make sure you knit the YO through the back loop.
Rows 3 and 4: Knit.
Repeat rows 1 through 4 until you have used up half your yarn, or until your scarf is 50% of desired length.
Then decrease 1 every 4th row:
Row 1: Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together through the back loop. Knit the rest of the row.
Rows 2, 3 and 4: Knit.
When you have 4 stitches left, bind off.
You can increase and decrease in a number of ways, use the ones you like.
If you do this in stockinette, you will have a Karius scarf instead of a Baktus.
Karius and Baktus are two characters in a Norwegian children’s classic.
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FREE Pattern: April Shawlette

This Shawlette pattern is using 100 gm of yarn.

Red Heart Unforgetable acrylic yarn. The colouring is amazing.

How to………. April Shawlette

1ball (100 gm), Red Heart Unforgetable yarn. Tuck stitch patterning,

54 in/136 cm long. 10 to 11 in wide.

9 mm Chunky knitting machine. I use a Studio SK 890 electronic with the EC1 for patterning.

Stock pattern stitch on OEM mylar using the EC1


Cast on 30-0-30

Dial tension setting 4

Knit one row,

Change dial to Tuck stitch

Knit in Tuck stitch until yarn is finished.

Allow enough yarn for the cast off. (4 x width measured over knitting on the needles)

Fold in half. Finish by sewing a small seam for the shoulder/ head opening. ( possibly 3 inches/7.7 cm ). Add 3 buttons for decor.

Feel free to make one of your own.

Mary Anne Cutler,

Yet Another Canadian Artisan, 2017

A few Cuties

These were presented at Show &Tell at my local, Burlington Machine Knitters Guild.

These are “hat” kits that Rosanne knit up on her Chunky knitting machine. The heads are secured with a button type disk that was supplied in the kit.

Another item that drew attention was this shawl, that one of the members graciously modelled. It was also knit using a knitting machine.

Roving spun and Spring

The local temps here is Southern Ontario, Canada is still ranging in the low  -0 C, but we crave Spring. Hats made of Roving spun yarns is still appropriate. Patons yarn and others have made them available in our stores. I prefer the 100% wool, although synthetic yarns are also available.

Here are a couple of hats using the Roving spun yarns AND some photos of a local Spring Bulb Show.

SLIP Stitch…….grid type

I was aiming for a grid type stitch fabric with SLIP stitch on the Knitting Machine. This type of fabric can be produced most readily using a Knitting machine that has an automatic patterning system, no matter if Punch card, Electronic or Electronic connected to patterning software. The Manual knitting machines and the Plastic Hobby machines too, but require hand pulling of the needles, every row.

Here are a few samples to view and consider possibilities.

The place matt was using Caron Cake yarn, an acrylic yarn. I think it is “whimpy” and could an “iron-on” backing. The other was using a thinner Cotton yarn.

Most any card can be used for Slip Stitch; the bottom patterns would be more useful for a Grid.

The fabric produced can be used for placemats, cushion covers, chair covers, wall hangings. It also produces a fabric suitable for skirts and jackets.

Enjoy the discovery of various yarns and stitches on the Knitting Machine.

Wool Yarn 44 years and counting……never too old, well maybe……..

I am knitting with some donated vintage yarn. Being a “wool snob”, I thought I could make something. Why waste pure wool. To the touch, a little stiffish, but overall fine. I didn’t realize how old it was until I closely examined the label. 1973. In those days, not as much information was printed on the ball bands. The yardage, the suggested gauge, the needle sizing for our global community, all are recent additions. In addition there are now bands with a printed pattern on the inside of the band.

A winter hat evolved. A warm water soak with a dose of hair conditioner and a nice hat emerged. Surprisingly, it was not too dirty and minimal dye fading. I initially thought this yarn would be delegated to felted insoles!

Overall, a pleasant surprise.

Playing with Yarn….Red Heart Scrubby

I thought, I would give it a test ………washcloths, dishcloths, scrubby for pots and pans…..

In the end, I liked the Pot scrubbers best. Crochet and Chunky Knitting machine made ones.

For the Knitting machine Pot Scrubber, I followed Diana Sullivans’ Pot Scrubby You-tube tutorial.

I followed her pattern and tested on both the Mid-gauge and the Chunky knitting machines. The yarns do differ, the glitter ones and the non-glitter ones perform differently from each other on the knitting machines.

1 ball produced these. The torture test………removing debris on a glass surface cooking surface……. it performed well.

Crochet version

Shawl shape….suggestions

These shapes can be handknit, crochet or by knitting machine.

The common factor is to increase (add on) a few stitches (perhaps 5 stitches) at the side of the shawl and knit a number of rows 7 or 8, to where ever your yarns ends for the next increase.

PLEASE NOTE: The angle of the shawl changes with the number of stitches and rows between increases. A test swatch is recommended to achieve that angle that is desired.

Repeat this sequence for as long or wide of your desired shawl.

The decreases are worked the same way if you choose that shape.

Have fun with these shapes.

Machine Knitting Guild activities

Our local Machine Knitter Guild celebrated our Xmas Holiday meeting. We enjoyed a potluck meal and socializing.

Show and Tell, a bit of eye candy of the various stitches and yarns in the projects.

The group had a large project knitting challenge. Wonderful blanket type items were submitted. There was a random draw for cash prizes for those that submitted.

The Final entertainment was the Silent Auction of knitting related items. What a wonderful choice of items submitted by members of the group. The picture represents 1/2 of the items in the Auction. A small commission was donated to the Guild. It was great fun bidding up each other. Some of us seem to like the same goods. 😇

that wasn't enough, there was a draw for the Christmas cactus and poinsettia table setting plants.

Everyone went home happy. Even the weather co-operated as many members drive over 1 hour to attend.<<<<<