Machine knit group #04 – Knitware ravel cord

This week featured a quick introduction to Knitware pattern design software – useful for applying the information from the tensions squares in order to develop your own wearables. By inputting your stitch and row counts per 10cm sq, the software lets you adjust basic templates to give you detailed patterns formatted for your yarn and machine.

In a weird way the highlight of the session for me though was something very simple –  a moment when Kath wound up an amazing space-dyed chunky yarn on the wool winder, creating a blur of colour, before knitting a sample.

Iris showed us some important techniques using a nylon ravel cord – enabling you to separate your waste yarn from your closed edge / e-wrap knit. Finally we looked at ways to connect knitted panels down the side to create a fairly seamless join – a patient process of knitting two rows, and transferring stitches in between – but one which looks great in the end.