Due: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
For this assignment you will create two knit pieces, one by following an existing pattern and one by developing your own pattern.
Part 1. Create a knit swatch from the following pattern:
Cast on 20 needles. Knit 10 rows. Carriage should be on right side. Make sure carriage is in the proper mode (Russel levers should be in position I). Bring needle closest to carriage into hold position. Knit one row (carriage should be on left side). Bring needle closest to carriage into hold position. Knit one row (carriage should be on right side). Continue bringing one needle into hold position on the carriage side until you have 2 needles in knit position in the center of your pattern. Carriage should be on right side.
Begin taking needles out of hold position. Push the needle closest to the knitting on the opposite side of the carriage (the left side) into B (knit) position. Knit one row (carriage should be on right side). Push the needle closest to the knitting on the opposite side of the carriage (the right side) into B (knit) position. Knit one row (carriage should be on left side). Continue bringing one needle out of hold position opposite the carriage side until all needles are back in knit position. Knit 10 rows. Cast off.
Part 2. Create and document your own pattern
Create a knit swatch that is at least 6″ x 6″ large that has a noteworthy topography, topology, or color pattern. Write out the pattern for your swatch. If it is an image based pattern, include the image it was based on in your documentation.
Create a post that documents your projects and add it to the Knitting category. Your page should include pictures of both of your finished pieces, the pattern for the Part 2 assignment, and a paragraph about your experience–including an explanation of why your Part 2 pattern is interesting or novel.
Bring your projects to class on April 10 for demonstrations.
The HLT knitting machine tutorial: a basic walk through for our machines. Use with the books.
dianaknits youtube channel: wonderful tutorials from beginner to advanced
knitting machine sign up sheet
Spencer, D.J. Knitting Technology: A Comprehensive Handbook and Practical Guide, CRC, 2001.
Wulfhorst, B., Gries, T., and Veit, D. Textile Technology. Hanser Gardner Publications, 2006.
History of knitting article on knitty