Machine Knitting: Essential Techniques DVD


Item: W0196R


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.

NOTE: Any PDF materials associated with this class are not provided with the DVD-only purchase. You must have streaming access to download those materials. To purchase the combination DVD + Streaming form of this class, click here.

Class Sessions

Understanding Your Knitting Machine (17:03)
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.

Casting On & Starting to Knit (18:33)
Waste yarn holds your live stitches until you’re ready to pick them up to graft or add elements such as cuffs or neckbands. Susan shows how to use waste yarn for a speedy open cast-on and begin knitting. Check your tension, play with stitch sizes, add new yarns and learn how to weave in ends automatically.

Basic Shaping & Binding Off (22:58)
Using your machine’s transfer tools, you’ll be able to manipulate stitches to create increases and decreases for shaping garments. Susan demonstrates shaping methods, shows how to create lacy eyelets and explains how to bind off using the latch tool. Practice what you’ve learned with the included baby sweater pattern.

Shaping With Short Rows (23:32)
Learn how to use needles in the hold and nonworking positions for shaping with short rows. You’ll be able to achieve a smooth angle on shoulder seams and necklines, for example, rather than the stair-steps of traditional bind-off shaping. Keep your live stitches secure by “scrapping off” with waste yarn.

Manual Patterning (15:22)
Get creative with your knitting machine using tuck-stitch and slip-stitch patterning. You can knit beautiful textures simply by manipulating the levers on your carriage to keep stitches on hold in one row and knit them on the next. Susan shows you how!

Beyond The Basics (13:51)
Susan helps you master some tricky yet rewarding techniques that will take your machine-knitting projects to the next level. Learn a stretchy alternative cast-on and a firmer, no-roll cast-on. Experiment with hand-manipulated ribbing using your transfer tools and try some simple cable crosses.

Troubleshooting & Avoiding Mistakes (19:31)
Susan helps you master some tricky yet rewarding techniques that will take your machine-knitting projects to the next level. Learn a stretchy alternative cast-on and a firmer, no-roll cast-on. Experiment with hand-manipulated ribbing using your transfer tools and try some simple cable crosses.

Your Instructor

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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