Saturday, 2 November 2013


I have been asked on several occasions to troubleshoot Designaknit setup problems.  
So here's a step-by-step guide for setting up DAK for Interactive Knitting.

The following screen shots assume that you have designed your piece and integrated the stitch pattern. 
(Sorry about overspilling into the text on the right-hand side, but it was difficult to read when made smaller)

1. Select the Interactive Knitting icon.

2. Click OK to accept pattern piece.

3. Click OK to select Integrate with stitch pattern

4. Under Options, select Method of Knitting

5. Select machine, then click OK

6. Setup knitting technique  

(For punch lace on a Silver Reed, choose Fairisle but the dial on the knitting carriage needs to be set to L (lace)

7. Under Go, select Go to RC (row counter)

8. Set to 0 (zero)

From my experience, even though it may be showing a highlighted 0, I always input it again by overtyping with a 0

9. Still under Go, select Ready

If during knitting you get a message saying 'Carriage going the wrong way', take the carriage back to where it started for that row, reset the row counter (Step 8), and do the Ready process again (Step 9)
This message can appear even if you move the carriage slightly back, when moving forward. So be sure to make smooth accurate movements with your carriage - slow and steady - not too fast!

10. Almost there, click OK

11. Position needle cams (for Silver Reed) as directed - then click OK.

12. You will now be ready to start



For information on Softbyte's Designaknit cablelinks all knitting machines see

An at a glance guide for Brother machines

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Twisted fringe made on a Knitting Machine

I'm having a Diana Sullivan Fest; here is Diana's new tutorial for a twisted fringe - simple and effective to do - a perfect trim for cushions. 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Another Cushion Cover

My take on this pattern (below) made on my Silver Reed SK860 (6.5mm) gauge knitting machine.

Another first for me ....  inserting a zipper

There's a great tutoturial  by Interweave Knits ...

Like most things I do, I take information on board and adapt it. On this occasion, instead of using a mini latch tool to make the chain stitch, I marked the rows per inch and made a chain embroidery stitch each side of the zipper as 'the hook' to sew the cushion sides on to. It worked a treat!

This version can be knitted on any standard gauge (4.5mm) knitting machine

Friday, 4 January 2013

Santa Cushion

I was inspired make a machine knit version of this Bernat Santa Cushion crochet pattern.

The first challenge was to how to get the diagonal effect on the knitting machine.

I made a square and then folded back the corners. The seams were then mattress/kitchener stitched. 
I added several rows of latch tool chain stitch (behind the stitches); this firmed up the edge, before casting off.

The Chinese Ball buttons used for the closure at the back were fun to make.

I crocheted the red ball nose using the Amigurumi technique.

Eyelash yarn was added for the beard which was weaved with the white yarn.

Back of cushion

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Fingerless Gloves Machine Knitting Pattern

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Fingerless Gloves

Knitted on a mid-gauge SK860.
Can be produced on an LK150 by latching up the rib sections.

Tension: 7 stitches/inch
Abbreviations: M1, increase/make 1

Cast on LN18.. RN18

Set carriages for circular/tubular knitting
In a K2, P1 configuration
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Set RC to 0
Knit 21 rows   (K2, P1)
Transfer ribber stitches to the main bed
Row 22 Increase 4 stitches evenly across row (40 sts)
                        Knit 4, M1, Knit 9, M1, Knit 9, M1, Knit 9, M1 Knit
Row 23 Knit
Row 24 Knit
Row 25 Knit 18, M1, K2, M1, Knit 18 (42 sts)   [these increases make the gusset for the thumb]
Row 26 Knit
Row 27 Knit
Row 28 Knit
Row 29 Knit 18, M1, K4, M1, Knit 18 (44 sts)  
Row 30 Knit
Row 31 Knit
Row 32 Knit
Row 33 Knit 18, M1, K6, M1, Knit 18 (46 sts)  
Row 34 Knit
Row 35 Knit
Row 36 Knit
Row 37 Knit 18, M1, K8, M1, Knit 18 (48 sts)  
Row 38 Knit
Row 39 Knit
Row 40 Knit
Row 41 Knit 18, M1, K10, M1, Knit 18 (50 sts)  
Row 42 Knit
Row 43 Knit
Row 44 Knit 18. (Work on these 18 stitches).    Put remaining 32 (14+18) needles into holding position.
Row 45 Knit
Row 46 Knit
Row 47 Knit
Row 48 K2, P1
Row 49 K2, P1
Row 50 K2, P1
Row 51 K2, P1
Row 52 Cast off.

Rejoin yarn to next 14 needles
Repeat Row 44 (put remaining 18 needles into holding position).
Repeat Rows 45-52.

Rejoin yarn to remaining 18 needles.
Repeat Rows 44-52.

Sew thumb gusset seam.
Sew side seams.