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« on: May 11, 2007 02:36:36 PM »

I have been inspired to post some of my own machine knitted things thanks to this topic:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156637.0  started by supermedic  Please view her wonderful afghan knitted on her Bond. 

The yarn for this one came from on of those crochet kits that come with everything to make an afghan.  I never could get the afghan started so I used the yarn to make this.


Here is an unfinished pinwheel blanket.  All that is lacking is the edging.  These knit up really quickly on the bond. 


The Big Bad Baby Blanket inspired me to make this one.  I didn't want to go through all of the trouble of making garter on the machine so I just came up with this.  I need to finish one of the edges.  The pink isn't as bright as it looks.


Finally, this is the biggest project that I have done on the machine.  I saw a afghan in one of the bond project books and thought, I can reproduce this without having to buy the book.  I looked very closely to the afghan on the site and did and redid all of the math until it worked out.  The cables are easy, but a pain to do.  I charted out the diamonds on graph paper and set to work!  The red is really more of a burgundy color and the green is a light sage. 






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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2007 04:23:56 PM »

 Cheesy

love it all and thanks for the credit for inspiring you to post.  i really think we need a area just for machine knitters.  Anyone else out there think so. 

love the pinwheel one, have never done one the those but it looks very intriguing. 

how large is your machine--i'm trying to figure out how the first one is done--intarsia or longways--do you know what i'm getting at??

also love the pink and black one.  love those colors. 

here's a few more of my "machine knit" items

afghan for myself


sweater for one of my dogs


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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2007 04:29:58 PM »

forgot to ask--you said the cables in the last one were a pain to do--did you pull out the stitches all at once or just what you were working with.  if you just pull apart the ones you are working with it goes much smoother and easier. 

sorry, i actually thought you were talking about how it is joined but when i looked closer i thought i saw a diamond pattern.  how about a close up of that.  i am just recently figuring out how to do cables and love the diamond shape. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2007 05:51:20 PM »

... i really think we need a area just for machine knitters.  Anyone else out there think so. 


I do! I know how to use my Bond but haven't successfully completed a project yet.  My sweater attempt BOMBED. 

Both of you -- really nice work!  I was scratching my head trying to figure how the pinwheel blanket was done--is it kind of like short rows? 
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2007 07:17:26 PM »

Thank you supermedic and rina!  The one with the stripes I did half and then I did the other half and sewed as i went.  I only have the original 100 needles.  I have yet to find a bargain for another one so I can add on to mine.  For the cables I did them as I came to the row.  I read that If you knit the next row and then undo it then it will be much easier to do the cable but I was so afraid that I would lose my work.  The pinwheel blanket is knit with short rows but I will have to do a bit of searching my bookmarks to see where I got the pattern from.  I will also get a close up of the diamond pattern.  I had a pic of them but I deleted it.  I will take another. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2007 08:21:44 PM »

great job on all the work you have done. i to, have a bond, and i love it, but sometimes you can't use it, and i do love to hand knit it. i inquired about a machine knitting board, but i was told by the monerator that all knitting goes under this board. i really should start posting my work here more often
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2007 08:33:28 PM »

Ok I got the best picture I could on the diamond pattern.  I just converted the stitches to purl stitches. 


For the pinwheel blanket, I couldn't find the page with the pattern, I got it off of a yahoo message board and just jotted down the instructions.  I am going to continue to look for them because I have no idea what I wrote down.  I was trying to remember everything to respond to you guys and I forgot to tell you, supermedic, that your projects are really great! 

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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2007 06:06:18 AM »

I'm very impressed, the only thing I can ever make on my machine are long skinny scarves. I've got a brother machine, from the 70's.

I love that pinwheel blanket - if you ever find the instructions, please post!

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2007 09:55:48 AM »

Great job on the machine knit afghans. I also especially like the pinwheel one. 
I've made quite a few plain crew neck sweaters (from the Bond instruction book) on my machine years ago but most recently I made a full set of Harry Potter scarves.
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2007 03:16:59 PM »

You can make a pinwheel blanket by using the shawls and skirts version of the knitware program but it is not the same instructions that I used.  I find the knitware version a little hard to understand.  I have been searching the yahoo groups that I am a part of and cannot find the post, I do remember having trouble finding it when i got the pattern.  I will continue to look because I would definitely like to make another one.  Hopefully I will have the answer by tonight!  Thanks everyone for your comments!
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2007 03:43:03 PM »

These are all really cool! Those afghans seem super comfy.
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2007 09:19:29 PM »

to all of you who have the bond machines, I saw them onsale at Joann.com is it any better or worth it to get he deluxe model or is the regular one good enough? Im back and forth on deciding to try one of these out for a blanket
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2007 04:36:33 PM »

i would get the larger one--you always seem to need more needles than what you need.  i have a deluxe and the smaller version hooked together for almost 140 needles.  my mom has two of the deluxe hooked together for many more needles than that.  even if they aren't on sale if they have a 50% off coupon it is sometimes cheaper than what they have on sale.  hope you get one soon and enjoy.  its the first time i have ever finished anything i've knitted. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2007 05:53:51 PM »

i would get the larger one--  even if they aren't on sale if they have a 50% off coupon it is sometimes cheaper than what they have on sale.  hope you get one soon and enjoy.  its the first time i have ever finished anything i've knitted. 

Thanks a bunch, ya I was gonna use the 40%, which made it cheaper than the sale, Ive been looking around for a while trying to decide If I should spend it or not, I definitely dont want to spend the big bucks, Im sure I wont use it that much, this seemed more what I would use for the money.  yay! Im so excited
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2007 06:50:44 PM »

yeah, i thought i wouldn't use mine too much either and the first few years i had it i didn't hardly do anything more than learn to use it.  then michaels near me went out of business and had one half off so i bought another for me and my mom (love a good deal and cant pass one up) and then my mom got a new craft room in her house and willed me the neatest table for my bond  that my dad made (i should put a pic of it up) and moved my machine from the attic room i converted for it and put it downstairs near the tv and off i went.  everything from there on out got better and better till over this past winter i became addicted (thats when i found craftster).  if you have any problems (and trust me you will)  don't give up--just get on here or there are a few good sites on yahoo (let me know
and i'll post the links if anyone wants them) and ask.  someone is always willing to help.  when i needed a pattern for a knitted thong i got on yahoo and within 10 hours had 36 responses.  good luck and happy knitting.

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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2007 02:17:50 PM »

I FOUND IT!!  PINWHEEL AFGHAN PATTERN

Hang your hem on 100 needles, knit 8 - 10 rows of waste yarn.
With you first color, beginning from the left side, knit 1 row.
Leave a long tail - 2-3 feet - you can use this to graft the edges
together when you are done.
Put all needles from #4 on the right hand side up to #100 on the left
side, into NWP. (This leaves the first 3 needles in FWP ready to
start knitting on them.)
BE SURE THE LATCHES ON THESE 3 needles are OPEN.
Knit the first 3 stitches from right to left, now push the 3rd needle
into NWP.
Knit back from left to right. You will need to begin adding weights to
the afghan just about as soon as you begin knitting. I use claw
weights and fishing weights on hooks. Place them every few stitches as
you knit - place them right up in the new work.
Push 3 more needles into FWP (numbers 3,4,5), LATCHES OPEN! and knit
from right to left. Push needle #5 into NWP, Knit back from left to
right.
IF YOU ARE DOING A 10 WEDGE AFGHAN you just repeat this process up to
needle #100. BUT we are doing a 9 wedge pattern - so in order to add
the extra 90 rows or so that we need we will have to add an extra row
every 10 needles or so.
When you get up to about 10 stitches, just push 2 needles into forward
working position instead of 3, knit from r to l, and push one back to
NWP, knit from #l to #4.

So the basic pattern for a 9 wedge round afghan is this:
Knit the first 3 stitches from right to left, now push the 3rd needle
back into NWP. This just loops the yarn around that needle and
prevents a hole from forming here.
Knit back from left to right. (You have knit the first 2 stitches)
Push 3 more needles into FWP (numbers 3,4,5), knit from right to left.
Push needle #5 into NWP, Knit back from left to right. (You have now
knit 4 stitches). You will need to begin adding some weights to your
work at about this time, then every 5-10 rows or so add some more
weights, and move them up as you work. When you get to about 40-50
stitches worked, you will need to remove the weighted hem by pulling
out the ravel cord, and you will add more and more weights to hold the
work down.
Push 3 more needles into FWP (numbers 5,6,7), knit from right to left.
Push needle #7 into NWP, Knit back from left to right.
Push 3 more needles into FWP (numbers 7,8.9), knit from right to left.
Push needle #9 into NWP, Knit back from left to right.\
*Push needles 9 and 10 in FWP, knit from right to left.
Push needles #10 into NWP, knit back from left to right.* This is
where we have added an extra row or two of knitting to compensate for
only having 9 wedges. Repeat this step about every 10 needles.
This process helps to fill out the wedges so that the afghan will lay
flat.
REPEAT this process until all needles have been knit. Remember about
only increasing 2 needles instead of 3 about every 10 rows. If you
forget to push only 2 needles into FWP once in a while, just do it
when you think of it. I have my machine marked in 5 and 10 needle
increments, so I can see the 10th needle easily.
By using 100 needles, you are knitting 100 rows - we are knitting
about 110 rows in each wedge. The exact number doesn't seem to make
much difference whether we knit 105 or 109 rows. This will increase
the width of each wedge to help fill out the circle.

This is the basic wedge pattern. There are several ways to separate
each wedge, for instance, you can knit 2 rows in a contrasting color,
or you can knit it all in one color - simply start over again after
you complete the first 100 needles. Or you can change colors for each
wedge, maybe 3 wedges of 3 different colors, repeated 3 times. I plan
to do mine in 3 shades of rose, light, medium and dark rose.
To start the next wedge, with the carriage at the left hand side
thread in your new color - or the same, and knit from left to right
over all 100 needles. Push needles 100 down to 4 into NWP and repeat
the process all over again.
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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2007 02:22:28 PM »

HERE ARE SOME NOTES FOR A 14" PILLOW TO MATCH

The picture in the Hobbymachine Photo Album shows a 10 wedge pillow.
The directions for it are to cast on 26 stitches - begin with a short
hem and waste yarn.
Follow the directions for the round afghan, 9 or 10 wedge version, but
only use 26 stitches. I believe this was for a 14" round pillow. I
have done some with both sides in multiple colors, or you can do the
back in a solid color. Especially useful if you are short on your
colors. To assemble, but both sides together back to back - I did not
crochet them together, but you could. Hang both pieces on three
needles with the back of the pillow facing you. Do a pie crust
stitches (knit 6 rows) and hang the next 3 stitches, knit 6 rows, hang
the next 3 stitches (the loops, not the bumps) and continue around.
When you are a little more than half way around, insert the pillow.
You can do the edging with the pillow inserted - it is just a little
more difficult, but it is complete when you are done. Continue with
your pie crust edge. To finish off, just hang the last 3 stitches,
knit one row and back stitch bind off.

to those looking for machine knitting support
check out the yahoo groups.  There is also a site called knittingtoday.com that has a machine knitting board primarily for users of the bond and the lk 150's. 
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« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2007 05:52:38 PM »

thanks for the patterns suganspyyce
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« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2007 09:17:31 PM »

You're very welcome!
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2007 02:55:46 PM »

ok, so i was sitting here working hard on my swap projects (just like a good craftster should) and my husbands friend called and told me about this knitting machine that was at goodwill for $8.  At first i almost didn't go--told him I needed to work on this swap stuff and he reminded me what happened the last time he called about a cheap knitting machine like the one i already have and that by the time i got there 2 days later it was gone.  then he said it was about 4 ft long and still looked like it was in the orginal box (it was).  so i stopped what i was doing and took an hour drive to get there and back but this is what i am now the proud owner of for $8.48.  Whoohee!!!!!  It looked like it had never been out of the box and everything looked like it was still in the styrofoam except of course the instructions.  I have a knitting machine (bond) so i know what some of the stuff is and where it goes but does anyone have any idea where i can get instructions??? i googled it but can find LK140--just LK150.  Any ideas or can anyone give somewhat good instructions for me to how to use???




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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2007 05:37:22 PM »

Great find! Smiley

The LK-140 was the model right before the LK-150 (Studio/Silver Reed). The manuals aren't available free online like Brother manuals are, but if you ask on MACHKNIT or the Yahoo group Knittingmachines, someone's bound to have a copy.
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« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2007 05:51:22 PM »

thanks, i did find the instructions for the lk150 (apparently the only difference is the number of needles) but cant seem to get the carriage to cast on for me.  any ideas what i might be doing wrong?Huh  i followed the instructions but after running across and putting all the needles in b pos and running back through again it won't cast on like it is supposed to.
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« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2007 05:13:47 PM »

What type of cast on are you attempting (open or closed)? You might want to try an e-wrap cast-on if whatever you're doing isn't working on the first try or so. It takes longer but leaves a finished edge.
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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2007 05:59:40 AM »

thanks so much.  finally got it to knit last night.  apparently the sponge dry rotted from sitting in the box for soo long.  tried to buy new one at home depot but not the season for weatherstripping but i rigged some at home by putting two layers and now it is knitting just fine--or as fine as it goes when you first start knitting.  each row got a little easier (just like my bond).  i did get a hard copy of the directions.  some very sweet nice person scanned her book and zip file emailed it to me.  how wonderful is that.  i love this even more than my bond.  the lady that emailed me the directions told me everything i hate about my bond i will find is gone with this machine and she is right.  i just need to get a better feel for the carriage but if i remember right this took time with my bond also.  i knit one quick dishcloth last night and have to do at least 2 more for a swap i am in and then its time to play with my new baby and try some 2 yarn knitting and some cool stitches that my bond doesn't do or doesn't do easily.  i love this new machine (and esp the price of it).  i hope my mom takes some time fixing the serger she is giving me so i can finish learning this new toy before i get another one.  lol.

i wasn't sure about the cast on since they said just run it through and the cast off surely threw me since they had you just knit it off the machine (but it didn't come off like they said) but later in the instruction book it said to take off like you do on the bond.  i will do that today with the dishclothes.  do you know any good sites for patterns?Huh?
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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2007 01:15:01 PM »

I'd like to pop in here and say I'd like a machine knit section too.  Grin

I've got a brother machine (in fact, I have 2, but one is up and running- permanently in the lounge, the other needs some tlc) 

I am just learning to use it, and I am due to attempt my first project on it tomorrow. It's only a plain back for a cushion, but it's a start.


Someone asked about where to find patterns. I've found it really hard to find them online, the best way to find them is going through the book section at charity shops, but don't expect anything funky, it will probably be hideous 1980's creations!!  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2007 02:07:40 PM »

I would also like to see a machine knit folder...
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2007 03:21:41 PM »

I just bought my second machine. I've already got a Brother KH 710, and my new one is a Brotehr KH 260.

I mainly bought the new one, as it has the punch-card thing. Although - upon further inspection, there's no cards with it Sad
I got a ribber, a colour changer and a leader (i tihink that's what it's called) as well. The ribber has punch-cards too, which make some really pretty stitch patterns.

Can I buy any 24 hole cards for my mahcine, or do they have to be brother ones?
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« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2014 07:50:01 AM »

Reviving this thread!  One of my crafty resolutions for 2014 is to learn how to use my knitting machine, which was a garage sale find and offered to me for my birthday a couple of years ago by my mom.  I got to taking it out of the box the other day but couldn't use it because I'm waiting on a new sponge bar to be shipped to me.

Who else is into machine knitting? 
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