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« on: January 17, 2008 06:25:33 PM »

Hi everyone,

I know there are a few machine knitters on here, and I'm hoping I can draw some more away from their knitting machines for just a few moments (I know, it's hard...)

I'm fairly new to machine knitting, and am wondering what the best way would be to convert a hand knitting pattern to a machine knitting pattern.  I saw a great wrap top in knit.1 magazine, and I'd love to be able to do that on my machine (since my hand knitting is so darn slow!!).  In case it matters, I have an Silver Reed LK-150 machine.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008 08:45:23 PM »

Well, without knowing which sweater it is, it's hard to give specifics. Is there any part of it in particular that you want help figuring out, like the shoulder shaping or something?

If the pattern has a diagram of the shape, that's going to be your new best friend.

Here's a website that might help: http://heidisknittingroom.com/ConvertingHKtoMK.htm
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008 04:21:01 PM »

Thanks for the website - it's very useful!  Smiley 

Aside from oogling the photos and wanting to make this wrap top, I was just wondering in general how people convert hk patterns to mk patterns... or maybe they don't, I don't know!  There was a picture of all of the parts of the top in the back of the magazine, so I'll have to work from those which won't be so bad.  I have a few hk books that don't have the diagrams of all the parts which is a pain, because I'd love to do some of those too!
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008 12:25:32 AM »

Well, in general you just use a diagram of the shape to do it. If you work out the gauge, you'll know how many stitches to cast on and where to do the shaping, etc.

If there's no diagram, you just use the measurements given. For example, if it says to knit the body for 10 inches before decreasing, you'll know where to start the decreases on the machine.
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