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June 1, 2009 Lesson #3

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LESSON #3 Slip Stitch

 

Slip Stich is also known as Skip Stitch

 

This time we will do a Weaving cast-on, the method of tension swatch you prefer, and Back Stitch Bind Off from L TO R.

Cast On: Closed Edge Cast-on or Weaving Cast-on

COR (carriage on Right)

Pull the number of stitches required for your swatch all the way out(Hold position). Now push every other needle back to working position. Place the weaving brushes on the carriage (in the presser plate...see your manual for details) into working position.

Now, with the yarn threaded into the carriage, take the tail of the yarn, lay it over the needles (in front of the gate pegs), and now run the carriage over these needles. The needles will knit every other needle and the yarn tail will be woven it.

Knit with the weaving brushes engaged for approx 6 rows, and then go ahead and disengage the brushes and knit as usual. Claw weights on the edges usually are sufficient. If you wish to use the cast on comb(Brother) go ahead and do so, or like Studio Knitters do, use the method (In Lesson #1) of pulling the needles out to hold before knitting for the first approz 6 rows until you have enough space to comfortably hang your claw weights.

It is a closed edge cast-on and is often useful for rehanging a hem easily, or the yarn tail can also be used to draw up an edge, such as on the top of a ski hat or something. Try it, you'll like and use it often.

The following pic is from a Studio SK500 manual, and shows the settings for a Studio Machine. But, check your own manual for what you require:

 

Right click on the picture to see an enlarged view

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With MC,

Continue with the tension swatch.

 

Slip pattern Swatch

After the 2 contrast rows, with MC thread your carriage and program your machine for SLIP according to the manual and knit your slip swatch.Please check your manual for all the setting required for your machine to knit slip.

Write the page number here________________

We will use Punchcard #1 in most of the punchcard sets.

In the Brother electronic machines it is: #256 in the Stitch World of the KH930 and KH940 Brother Knitting Machine.

Write the pattern number here for your particular machine________________

for those of you who don't have the 930/940 the pattern is this (x refers to a black stitch or an unpunched hole in the card and O refers to the white stitch or punched hole in your card)

XO

OX

This pattern would need to be repeated across the card and down far enough on the card to connect the card if you are making your own card.

If you are hand pulling these needles on Hobby (Plastic bed machines) or basic machines without patterning, this means you will need to hand pull every other needle each row, alternating the needles each row (and yes, virtually any machine can do this!)

Write down the page number with the instructions in your manual___________________

For those with manual machines, your machine may have come with a a 1x1 needle pusher tool to aid with the needle selection. Sure, you can push them out to holding position one needle at a time, but using the tool (which for me is what makes machine knitting soo much fun, the gadgets and gizmos) makes that process a snap <VBG>

Knit your swatch. Remember to mark your needles as you desire and do 2 rows of CC between your rows of your swatch and the waste yarn.

Bind off: Back Stitch bind off from L to R

I think the instructions in the Brother KH270 as well as the Brother KH9340/940 manual show it as well as possible, so I have included those instructions right here. This is the same method as we will be doing in Lesson 4, but we will do it from the opposite side in Lesson #4.

 

right click on the picture for an enlarged view

 

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