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Narrow Rolled Neckband Finish for a Round Neck

Sometimes a simple neck finish is best.  If you knit for children, this neck finish is quick, easy, AND comrolled neckfortable for the wearer.

First, plan ahead.

My philosophy on machine knitting is that if I have to use the stitch again, I take it off on waste yarn. So I shape my necklines by short-rowing when the instructions have me decrease every row, or every other row. Then I can take those stitches off on waste yarn, which makes this next step really easy.
Want to make it even easier? Before you knit off on waste yarn, hang the sides of the neck, those straight rows that you didn’t shape, onto the needles. Stretch it slightly. Pull those needles all the way forward, close the latches and knit one row with your main yarn.
Then knit about an inch of waste yarn, (6 to 12 rows).
Remove from the machine and join one shoulder.
With wrong side of work facing you, hang the neck stitches back onto the machine.  Pull needles forward and close latches for just the first row.
At MT-1 (main tension minus 1 full number) knit the equivalent of one inch, or however many rows you want your neckband to be.
At main tension plus 7, knit one row and link off.  If MT+7 is not possible, turn dial up to 10 and let the yarn dribble into the carriage as you knit. If this cast-off is not loose, it won’t roll nicely.
Then use your latch-tool to link off.
Steam slightly, patting into shape and encouraging the roll.  If you’d like to print this, click on the link below for a 1 page PDF of these instructions.

rolled edge for round neck

Hats in Knit-Weave on the Knitting Machine

IMG_1152Something 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.IMG_1162

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.

IMG_1155 IMG_1160This 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:


Balaclava by Knitting Machine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A balaclava /ˌbæləˈklɑːvə/, also known as a balaclava helmet or ski mask, is a form of cloth headgear designed to expose only part of the face. Depending on style and how it’s worn, only the eyes, mouth and nose, or just the front of the face are unprotected. Versions with a full face opening may be rolled into a hat to cover the crown of the head or folded down as a collar around the neck.

The name comes from their use at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War, referring to a town near Sevastopol in Crimea.balaclava

I wrote the machine knit pattern for this many years ago, and have fine-tuned it ready for publishing. 

Written for standard gauge, 7 st and 10 rows per inch, or bulky gauge, 4 st and 6 rows per inch, this works up quickly and easily.  A ribber is required.

It’s a simple style that pulls over the head with the shaping done like the heel of a sock and is adult sized.

The price on this download is going up to $1.33 USF immediately to cover the 33 cent fee that paypal keeps for every transaction. 

Easy Machine Knit Mittens with Thumb Gusset Free Pattern

IMG_2178More discovery for me, a pattern I wrote years ago for beginning machine knitters, making something useful for the entire family, MITTENS!

I’ve fine tuned it, added a smaller size for tots, and a couple of pictures. 

I wrote this as a “Fill in the Blank” pattern, so print it out and circle the info for the size you want to knit. 

These are quick to knit, so if your gauge is a bit off, make another, or two more for a pair and a spare.  Then give them away.  Someone’s cold hands will thank you.  Please let me know if you make these, and if my instructions are clear.

mittens with gusset in worsted weight click for a printable PDF

Colourful Child’s Hat

colourful childs hatI taught this hat pattern as a machine knitting class back in the spring of 2000.

It’s designed for a single bed mid-gauge or chunky, but rib could be substituted for the 2 x 1 mock ribbed cuff.

My youngest stepson wore it for many years, and it looked great on him.

Since bringing all my “stuff” home when I sold Pine Ridge Knit & Sew to my daughter, I’ve been going through my notebooks and backed up files.  I found this and thought you machine knitters might like it.

The price on this download is going up to $1.33 USF immediately to cover the 33 cent fee that paypal keeps for every transaction. 

I’d love some feedback, did you knit it, are you going to knit it, do the instructions make any sense?

email me at yvettechilcott at yahoo.ca