Some Knit-tastic Machinery..

Finally I got around to playing with my knitting machines!

It was my new years resolution to get my head around my knitting machines, which have been sat under my bed for about two years.  I bought them from the PDSA shop with the intention of making myself tons of new clothes, and some stuff to sell on Etsy.  TMy problem was, I bought two – a Brother KH260 and a KH965.  It turned out that I thought the 965 was FAR more exciting, as it’s electronic and knits fair isle, so I tried to run before I could walk and started trying to knit pictures from day one. Whoops! So when the stitches came off the needles, I got frustrated and packed it away, intending to learn properly someday.

The KH965 in action

Last week my friend Jen from our weekly Stitch n’ Bitch came over to help me master the beast.  Firstly we got the 260 working and made a small swatch in stocking stitch, before getting excited by the possiblities of the 965 again.  Thinking it might be a wiser decision to practice using one colour, rather than going straight to two again, we thought we’d give this tuck stitch pattern a go:

Our little swatch!

That managed to take us all of about 2 hours to master, despite the manual being really well written! It was nice to kick start my motivation to get to know these machines though. I’m intending to do the Brother Home Study Course on the KH260 to learn how to use the latch tool properly and make it my friend! (Currently I just think it’s easier to hand knit, but I think it would be a nice extra skill to have..)

If anyone has any other links that might be useful for a beginner, throw them my way! :)

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5 Responses to Some Knit-tastic Machinery..

  1. Mari says:

    I’ve always been curious about machine knitting. There was a woman in my knitting group in Beijing who would knit tons of sweaters on her knitting machine. I hope you figure it out!

    • buttons and beeswax says:

      Thank you, so do I! I haven’t actually done anything on the machine since this session with Jen – I need to get on the case! I have a few ideas up my sleeve for things to put on Etsy, and this would by far be the quickest way to make them! :)

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  3. louisa jane reece says:

    PS: Do you have a ribber attachment? I got a garter carriage with my machine and have just bought a lace carriage.
    thanks
    louisa

    • buttons and beeswax says:

      Hi Louisa, sorry for my late reply! I haven’t got my machine out since this post, I had good intentions! I do have the ribber carriage too, plus a colour changer as well. My plan was to get to grips with the machine first and then the extras, but I haven’t had the chance! How are you getting on with yours?

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