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Textile Translation: Leaf Cover

It's possible and necessary to use the same inspiration to create different knit outcomes. By using different techniques and yarns you can end up with a completely alternate swatch or ones that can sit together within a range.

Over the next few weeks we'll look at different outcomes from the same inspiration. Like this one, which the inspiration of, has been posted before. 

INSPIRATION: Hand painted croquis

INSPIRATION: Hand painted croquis

OUTCOME: Two colour Shima knit

OUTCOME: Two colour Shima knit

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Now that the knitting machine is all set up with yarn it’s time to knit.

The machine bed has 200 needles across it, which allows you to knit any width within that. By pulling forward the amount of needles you want to use and casting the yarn onto these only that number will knit. From here it’s just a matter of moving the carriage across the bed. Each pass knits one row. Simple as that.

On its basic settings the machine will knit a straight jersey or stockinet stitch. The front side of the fabric is a knit stitch while the back is a purl. It’s the equivalent of knit 1, purl 1 in hand knitting. The same techniques achieved with hand knits translate to the machine, things like Fair Isle, cables and lace work plus lots more.

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals the world is your knitting oyster.

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Yarn.

Without it, Betsy and I would be pretty useless.  

And by yarn, yes, I mean those balls of wool your mum or nana knit with. Except here’s the thing… it’s might not actually be wool which is why we call it yarn instead. It could be made from any type of fiber like acrylic or cotton or bamboo or yes, wool.  

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Just like the yarn that they use when knitting with two handheld needles, machine yarn comes in all varieties of fibers. What makes it slightly different is that machine yarn is generally a lighter weight or thinner yarn and is comes in larger quantities on cones rather than balls.

The cones make it easier for the yarn to be pulled off evenly without everything getting tangled. Betsy has a vertical yarn feeder that brings the yarn from the floor behind the machine up over the top via various hooks and eyes. This threading system allows you to adjust the tension of the yarn as it feeds into the machine.