Online Class

Machine Knitting: Essential Techniques


Tackle essential skills for your knitting machine. Learn to cast on, check tension, create shaping, work fun stitches, troubleshoot and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including patterns for a baby sweater and two scarves, plus machine-knitting tips and resources
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Susan Guagliumi
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Take the mystery out of machine knitting and work big projects faster than ever! Join longtime instructor Susan Guagliumi and learn how to use a knitting machine with must-have skills. During class, Susan will guide you through the basics of how machines work and help you get started by casting on, checking tension and adding new yarns. For great shaping in all your garments, you'll also see how to work matching increases, decreases and short rows. Want to add intriguing embellishments with your machine? You'll discover how to work gorgeous stitch patterns, ribbing and even cables in your projects. Plus, you'll learn to troubleshoot common mistakes and get great pointers to help prevent them in the first place.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Understanding Your Knitting Machine
Meet Susan Guagliumi and learn how knitting machines work, the gauges of yarn they use and some of the differences across brands and types. With an understanding of the commonalities -- needle positions, carriage, tension and maintenance -- you will be able to explore how your own machine works.
2. Casting On & Starting to Knit
3. Basic Shaping & Binding Off
4. Shaping With Short Rows
5. Manual Patterning
6. Beyond The Basics
7. Troubleshooting & Avoiding Mistakes

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Taught by

Susan Guagliumi
Susan Guagliumi
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.

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