I-Cord on the Machine

I-Cord on the Machine Tutorial for Machine Knitting

I-cord (or slip cord) can be used in many ways to embellish your knitting. It can be used as shoulder straps for girls dresses, belts and decorative ties … the
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Yarn Counts - What do Those Numbers Mean?

Yarn Counts - What do Those Numbers Mean? Tutorial for Machine Knitting

When working with coned yarn, many knitters are confused by the numbering system. Yarn on cones is often referred to by the yarn count (3/8, 10/2 etc).
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Using the McMorran Yarn Balance

Using the McMorran Yarn Balance Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Using a McMorran Yarn Balance (or scale) allows you to identify the yards per pound (ypp) when it is unknown. This tool is available from many sources
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How Much Yarn Do I Need?

How Much Yarn Do I Need? Tutorial for Machine Knitting

One of the most often asked question is How much yarn do I need? or Do I have enough yarn
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Repairing Dropped Stitches

Repairing Dropped Stitches Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Dropped or split stitches are a fact of life for a knitter. Being comfortable with making repairs in your knitting is essential. Take some
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Duplicate Stitch

Duplicate Stitch Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Duplicate stitch is an embroidery technique that has many uses in knitting. Embellish a garment Make Repairs Quickly and Easily add
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Troubleshooting Tips - Casting On

Troubleshooting Tips - Casting On Tutorial for Machine Knitting

When you cast on has this ever happened to you? Carriage jams Needles don't move Stitches drop Stitches tuck
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Troubleshooting Tips - Plain Knitting

Troubleshooting Tips - Plain Knitting Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Whether you are a new knitter or using a new machine for the first time, sometimes things happen to thwart your knitting. This is the 2nd in a series of
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Troubleshooting Tips - Pattern Knitting

Troubleshooting Tips - Pattern Knitting Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Automatic patterning helps us make beautiful textures and fabrics. Sometimes things don't go as planned. This is the 3rd in the Troubleshooting series and
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Fixing Mistakes - Speed Ripping

Fixing Mistakes - Speed Ripping Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Mistakes happen. Being comfortable with ripping out rows of knitting is essential for every knitter. How many times have we discovered too many rows
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Needle Pitch - Why does it matter?

Needle Pitch - Why does it matter? Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Machine Needle Pitch refers to the distance between the needles on the needle bed. Explore the different needle pitches and why they are critical to successful
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Bridging Challenge aka Free Pass

Bridging Challenge aka Free Pass Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Who's in charge? You or your machine? Can you knit half the stitches in a row, then return the carriage back to the opposite side of the bed without
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Set In Sleeve Perfection

Set In Sleeve Perfection Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Do you love the look of set in sleeves? Have you been less-than-successful in knitting sweaters with set in sleeves? Here are 3 common reasons
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Taming Yarn Tails

Taming Yarn Tails Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Do you find yourself struggling with lots of yarn ends when you machine knit? Compared to hand knitting, machine knitting can be a really messy hobby.
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Free Pass (Position the carriage)

Free Pass (Position the carriage) Tutorial for Machine Knitting

You just ripped out a row of knitting, or put some knitting back on the bed from waste yarn or the garter bar. Perhaps you did a bit of shaping and now your
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Marker Rows

Marker Rows Tutorial for Machine Knitting

There are times when you will be picking up stitches in the knitting below the current row. It's helpful to create a marking row for accuracy. You'd use a
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Ready, Set, KNIT!

Ready, Set, KNIT! Tutorial for Machine Knitting

We machine knit because we want to get done fast! With a little preparation, you can finish even faster! Gather all your tools and supplies BEFORE you get
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Take off Live Stitches

Take off Live Stitches Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Use a hand knitting needle to remove all (or some) needles from the needlebed. Temporarily hold stitches: To reverse knitting (create purl
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Manual Wrap for Short Row Shaping

Manual Wrap for Short Row Shaping Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Manual Wrap for Short Row Shaping

Best Machine Knitting Advice

Best Machine Knitting Advice Tutorial for Machine Knitting

2 "rules" for successful machine knitting. Want garments that fit? Don't ignore this crucial advice

Toes and Heels - Automatic Wrap

Toes and Heels - Automatic Wrap Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Learn to use short row shaping with AUTOMATIC wrapping to shape toes and heels of socks.

Hold Position

Hold Position Tutorial for Machine Knitting

"Place Needles in hold" Huhh??? For new knitters, especially hand knitters, this concept may be foreign. Let's explore the hold position and it's uses. We'll
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Replay: Knitting Disasters - Prevent and Cure

Replay: Knitting Disasters - Prevent and Cure Tutorial for Machine Knitting

It's happened to us all ... the work drops off the machine (always at the worst moment). We drop stitches or knit in a knot. Don't feel alone! Take a
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Favorite Bind Off

Favorite Bind Off Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Stitch thru stitch bind off that is worked so YOU control the size of the bind off stitches and the tension of the bind off edge. Make it as firm or loose as
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Scrap Off

Scrap Off Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Safely remove your knitting from the machine without dropping stitches or binding off. Scrapping off is used whenever you want to leave live, open stitches to
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Partial Bind Off

Partial Bind Off Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Many times we are instructed to bind off a few stitches at the beginning of a row. For example, when shaping an armhole. What do you do with the last
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Favorite Bind off

Favorite Bind off Tutorial for Machine Knitting

An all-time favorite bind off that allows for control over the stretch of the bind off edge. Even if you love the round-the-gatepeg bind off method. You have to
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Bind off Basics

Bind off Basics Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Most knitting patterns tell you to bind off stitches at the end of a piece. Beginners will sit with a question mark over their heads? Which bind off method
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Stretchiest Bind Off Ever!

Stretchiest Bind Off Ever! Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Here's a stretchy bind off that you will love! Similar to a hand knitting sewn bind off, it's just as fast as any other bind off method. This technique
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Stretchy Bind Off without Gate Pegs

Stretchy Bind Off without Gate Pegs Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Here's a stretchy bind off for machines that do not have gate pegs (gate posts, sinker posts). Similar to the 'around the gate peg' bind off, it gives the same
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Figure 8 Bind Off

Figure 8 Bind Off Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Here's a loose bind off that can be used anywhere you want an extra stretchy edge. Consider using this as bind off for ribbing. Simply transfer the ribber
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Weaving Cast on

Weaving Cast on Tutorial for Machine Knitting

A quick and easy method to start knitting. Useful for swatches and scrap and ravel cast on. Your machine must have weaving brushes.

Creating a Cast on Rag

Creating a Cast on Rag Tutorial for Machine Knitting

A cast on rag is very useful when you need to cast on stitches. It can be used in place of scrap yarn in any situation, but it is especially useful when
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Chain Cast On

Chain Cast On Tutorial for Machine Knitting

A staple for every machine knitter, this cast on will match a stitch through stitch bind off. Good for blankets and scarves

E-Wrap Cast On

E-Wrap Cast On Tutorial for Machine Knitting

A quick and easy basic cast on. A need-to-know for every machine knitter.

Double E-wrap 3 techniques

Double E-wrap 3 techniques Tutorial for Machine Knitting

The basic e wrap is one of the first cast on methods that most machine knitters learn. It is similar to the thumb cast on that is a hand knitting beginners
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Weaving Cast on WITHOUT Brushes

Weaving Cast on WITHOUT Brushes Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Often patterns will instruct you to work a weaving cast on. This a quick and easy way to get started knitting. If you don't have weaving brushes on
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Every other needle cast on

Every other needle cast on Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Some techniques require that you cast on over different needle arrangements. Here are 3 methods of casting over every other needle (or every 5th needle).
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Super Fast Closed Cast On

Super Fast Closed Cast On Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Used on any machine, this is the easiest of all closed cast on methods. Plus it provides instant gathers!

Ribber Cast On Comb for Single Bed Knitting

Ribber Cast On Comb for Single Bed Knitting Tutorial for Machine Knitting

For many stitch patterns, like lace and tuck, having even weight on your work is important. If you combine single bed and double bed stitches in a single
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Ugly Cast On?

Ugly Cast On? Tutorial for Machine Knitting

A new knitter wrote that she was doing something wrong when casting on. Turns out that the technique she used was just plain "ugly" for the edge of her
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Scrap on Scrap Off

Scrap on Scrap Off Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Machine knitters often use scrap yarn (waste yarn) to start and end our knitting. Here are some tips and suggestions for including these techniques in your bag
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Slip Cast on - Extra FAST!

Slip Cast on - Extra FAST! Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Use the slip setting on your machine for an extra fast closed cast on.

Cast on for Points

Cast on for Points Tutorial for Machine Knitting

When instructed to cast on 2-4 stitches, using a cast on rag really comes in handy. Discover this trick for an easier cast on over a few needles.

Backward E-Wrap

Backward E-Wrap Tutorial for Machine Knitting

There are times when you need to e-wrap cast on from right to left. (or the opposite direction that feels natural to you). This is one skill that you need for
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Open Cast On with Scrap and Ravel

Open Cast On with Scrap and Ravel Tutorial for Machine Knitting

An open cast on secures the first row of knitting, so the stitches can be picked up by hand or re-hung on the machine. Using scrap yarn and ravel cord is the
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Chain Cast On with Scrap and Ravel

Chain Cast On with Scrap and Ravel Tutorial for Machine Knitting

This closed cast on creates a firm, decorative edge. Using scrap and ravel makes the knitting easier.

e-Wrap Cast On with Scrap and Ravel

e-Wrap Cast On with Scrap and Ravel Tutorial for Machine Knitting

This closed cast on creates a stretchy, all-purpose edge. Using scrap and ravel makes the knitting easier.

No Ribber? Ribbing Cast On Options

No Ribber? Ribbing Cast On Options Tutorial for Machine Knitting

4 cast on choices for hand manipulated ribbing. From fast 'n easy to a gorgeous tubular cast on, you have options for getting your ribbing started

Thread Lace

Thread Lace Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Often overlooked, Thread Lace is an easy technique to create openwork "lace" fabrics. Knit with a thick yarn and a very fine yarn, there are lots of
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Intarsia with a Manual Machine

Intarsia with a Manual Machine Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Knitting intarsia on a manual machine is completely do-able! You don't need an intarsia carriage. It's a matter of taking charge of your carriage and needle
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Interrupted Patterning Part 1

Interrupted Patterning Part 1 Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Shaping garments while working with automatic stitch patterns can be one of the more challenging tasks for a machine knitter. An understanding of YOUR
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Interrupted Patterning Part 2

Interrupted Patterning Part 2 Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Continuing a detailed demonstration of stopping and re-starting stitch patterning.

Tuck Basics

Tuck Basics Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Tuck got you stumped? This popular stitch pattern can be worked on any machine. The secret is UNDERSTANDING what is happening with all the settings on your
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Interrupted Patterning (Part 3)

Interrupted Patterning (Part 3) Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Knitting in stitch pattern with Brother machines, we can knit both sides of a neckline at the same time. Create a neckline outline as you knit to prepare your
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Stitch Multiples

Stitch Multiples Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Multiple of 5 plus 1, Multiple of 3 plus 2. These indicators on stitch patterns can make or break the finishing on your garment. Take a few minutes to
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Stitch Types and Yarn Usage

Stitch Types and Yarn Usage  Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Stockinette, Slip, Tuck, Lace all make beautiful fabrics. Each has it’s own characteristics, but which one uses more yarn? Follow along on our
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Fixing Dropped Stitches

Fixing Dropped Stitches Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Yikes! I ran out of yarn in the middle of a row and dropped part of the row! Dropping stitches is a fact of life for knitters. Any time you are hand
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Rescue Row

Rescue Row Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Prevent dropped stitches and disaster! You've ripped out a row or rehung stitches and now the stitches on the needlebed are behind the latches and not in
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Lifelines: A Knitter's Best Friend

Lifelines: A Knitter's Best Friend Tutorial for Machine Knitting

How many times have you tirelessly worked on a technique or a large section of knitting, then had disaster strike and you had to start all over? This
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Auto-Pilot Tips

Auto-Pilot Tips Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Here are some time-saving tips that I often use without thinking.

Working with Fuzzy Yarn

Working with Fuzzy Yarn Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Have you ever struggled with fuzzy yarn getting hung up on the take-up spring of your machine? Here's a quick tip that will make using these yarns easier.

Tips for Slippery Yarn

Tips for Slippery Yarn Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Working with cones of yarn that are slippery present some challenges. The yarn can slip down into a pool on the floor and then catch beneath the
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Seaming Stitches to Rows

Seaming Stitches to Rows Tutorial for Machine Knitting

"Pick up the inside loop of the outside stitch" HUH? When picking up stitches along the side of your knitting, you have choices. Follow along as we
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Rip and Rehang

Rip and Rehang Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Need to rip down a few rows? Explore 4 tools to help repair a mistake, pick up stitches and save your knitting.

Oops - When Bad Things happen to Good Knitters

Oops - When Bad Things happen to Good Knitters Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Even with simple knitting projects like our "Right Angles Blanket", things can go wrong. The secret is to take a deep breath, don't panic and fix it!Watch
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LIfelines: Scrap off Method

LIfelines: Scrap off Method Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Scrapping off your work before starting a new section or just to preserve a section of your knitting is worth the extra effort. If (when) mistakes happen
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Lifelines: Ravel Cord Method

Lifelines: Ravel Cord Method Tutorial for Machine Knitting

If disaster strikes, it's good to have a lifeline - a row where you've secured your stitches. You can rip back to this row, easily pick up the stitches and
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Need to Tink?

Need to Tink? Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Do you need to rip? Frog (rip-it, rip-it, rip-it)? Tink (Knit backwards)? Here's a time-saving tip

Fixing Mistakes - Ripping Tips

Fixing Mistakes - Ripping Tips Tutorial for Machine Knitting

We all make mistakes ... watch as we recover from some recent boo-boos. Includes tips you can use every day

Balls to Cones Conversion Tool

Balls to Cones Conversion Tool Tutorial for Machine Knitting

More and more machine knitters are using hand knitting yarn that is put up in balls, skeins and hanks. By using the information on the ball band, this tool
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Upside Down Stitches

Upside Down Stitches Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Something odd happens when you pick up stitches from a cast on edge ... a stitch gets "lost". Explore the reason and solutions

Lifelines: Best Advice EVER!

Lifelines: Best Advice EVER! Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Prepare for those inevitable mistakes. The best MK advice I've been given.Learn more about lifelines and fixing mistakes in the Classroom:
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WPI YPP - compare yarns

WPI YPP - compare yarns Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Learn to compare yarns to find new favorites or to substitute yarn in patterns. Understanding the WPI (Wraps per Inch) and YPP (yards per pound)
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Yarn Bias

Yarn Bias Tutorial for Machine Knitting

Sometimes a knitted swatch comes off the machine skewed. No amount of blocking or ironing will make it square. This tutorial offers tips for dealing with yarn
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