Something new from my knitting machine; knit-woven hats.
These are machine knit on a standard gauge, Brother 894 with ribber to be specific.
Most of us have these “odd-balls” of novelty yarns hanging around. Usually we buy them when they’re on sale, because they’re expensive. And it takes lots of these to make anything. Usually I buy one or two, figuring on using it as a trim.
By incorporating these textured yarns into knit-weave, they go much farther. I got 2 hats from the yarn at the right with about 4 yards left over.
The method I chose for the actual knit-weave was introduced to me in the 1980’s, first by Daphne St Just, then a few years later by Daphne’s teacher and mentor, Audrey Palmer. This method is more about the yarns and less about the punch-card pattern.
A fairly fine yarn is used for the knitting, and a textured, or multi-coloured yarn is chosen for the weaving.
Most of the garments produced by this method have card #1, locked on the first row. The resulting fabric is then steam pressed heavily to produce a soft draping knit fabric.
This hat uses a fine 4-ply and a soft, textured Aran, steamed gently to soften the fabric.
This hat also uses the fine 4-ply as the base, the weaving yarn is an inexpensive variegated worsted weight, steamed as well.
Have you tried knit-weaving? What were your results like?
The pattern for my hats may be purchased here: