Special Techniques for Machine Knitting: Color & Texture
Discover how to use a garter bar and manipulate stitches for beautiful texture and colorwork alongside machine knitting instructor Susan Guagliumi. From intarsia and entrelac to garter stitch, you'll pick up the skills to manage bobbins, troubleshoot problems and create beautiful, multicolored designs.
In Susan Guagliumi's 25+ year career in the machine knitting industry, she's represented three well-known knitting machine companies. Most recently, she acted as education director for Studio by White Knitting Machines. During those years, Susan oversaw all dealer education, consumer publications, videos and workshops. As a designer, her garment patterns and technical articles have appeared in machine knitting magazines such as Machine Knitters Source and hand knitting magazines such as Vogue Knitting. Susan is also the author of the ever-popular reference book "Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet instructor Susan Guagliumi, the expert behind Craftsy's "Machine Knitting: Essential Techniques" class. Then, get introduced to a critical machine knitting accessory: the garter bar. You'll refresh your machine knitting skills as you practice increasing and decreasing evenly across a row.
Learn how to remove your stitches onto the garter bar, this time turning your work over before returning it to the machine. Next, find out how to apply a decorative effect. Susan also demonstrates with both the old and new styles of garter bars to help you translate her methods to the accessories you have at home.
Discover how to machine knit any intarsia pattern of your choice. Start with the basics of how to use the equipment, position needles and use gauged graph paper to prevent your designs from becoming elongated or shortened.
Put your new understanding of machine-knit Intarsia to work by knitting a practice motif. Learn how to prevent holes, deal with yarn tails and start a new bobbin. Plus, get troubleshooting tips along the way.
Dive into the world of entrelac! Susan explains everything you need to know to get started. Find out how to knit the first tier of base triangles before moving on to the second tier. And, discover pro tips for picking up and rehanging stitches in the process.
Complete your entrelac project by learning how to knit left-leaning rectangles. Work from right to left, binding off the triangles as you even the top edge of the fabric. Then, get Susan's helpful suggestions for incorporating your new entrelac methods into gorgeous projects.