Many of my best selling designs are based on rectangles. In 30 days you will have 30 ideas to knit designs that you can sell, wear or give away and have fun learning your machine better at the same time.

Any knitting machine owner can join because you are able to knit rectangles on your machine. I like to try out patterns and then find ways to use my samples so rectangles are a great way to test yarn, patterns and gauge and have great ways to use the ones that pass your inspection.

Want to join me for a 30 day rectangle adventure?  Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to join.

Click on Read More at the bottom of this post to go the next page for the live link to click on for information and get started experiencing Machine Knitting Success Find the Join tab in the nav bar to see the course description that will help you the most. You can get either course or both. Happy Knitting!

If you need a beginners course or a refresher course these bootcamps are the best ways for you to get up and knitting quickly and easily. A lesson a day for 30 days on the most needed information so you do not have to hunt for help.

These are start to finish lessons and how to put techniques together for immediate success.

Making your perfect sweater tips.

When you are measuring yourself pull the measure tape around the part of your body you are measuring and leave it firm but not pulled tight, as this might make your measurements smaller than you would like in the finished fit.

Try not to fudge here as it is important to get your fit correct and if you are annoyed by the number on the tape measure now is not the time to fix that number.

When I take measurements, I have the tape measure on a piece of elastic. When I put it around the client, I ask “What do you want this measurement to be?” They would give me their fantasy number and we would laugh and then I would take the real measurements. Sometimes I would tell them what the real number was but more often those remained my secret.

Ease in a sweater is the amount of room you will have past your body measurements. There are several choices of wearing ease with added design ease and the style of sweater will often let you know the amount of ease to use.

Your own wardrobe will help you decide on the ease that is right for you. Measure a few of your sweaters and compare those measurements to your finished sweater pattern measurements.

Remember, that when you’re making a sweater, you’re going to be putting a lot of time and care into knitting your garment and you want it to be just right. You will be spending time selecting the style of sweater, time selecting the yarn and time knitting the swatch so the gauge will be correct. You want to really enjoy the finished sweater so extra care here is important. It also layers satisfaction at each step so when you are finished it will be so much more satisfying when you wear your new knit.

Because we are so international now with our computers and surfing the web, we need to know how to convert sweater sizes and yarn sizes so our results will be what we expect and we are able to do the work in the our own countries math system. Check my new eBook on How to Convert Yarn and Sizes Internationally which covers the sizes as well as the yarn.  You can find information in this book on Amazon  HERE

Knitting has been a popular trend for the future because of the new types of yarns and improvements in the tools used to knit. New patterns and designs are for those wanting to begin up through highly advanced. Whether a hand or a machine knitter there are many relaxing hours available to the person at every level of ability as a knitter and to the wearer of the completed jacket design.

Knit garments have always been an necessary part of my clothing choices, so I really like weather which lets me to wear my favorite item of clothing. However, I do find during the season changes where air conditioning is turned up inside waiting rooms that sweaters remain an important  part  in my wardrobe almost year round.

Since there are so many new types of knits, make a list of those that are favorites for your own wardrobe. See if you can find  additional new ways to wear that same style of knit jacket. Review specialty magazines, watch for sweaters on your favorite TV programs, go to movies and just observe the people that are around you and how they are wearing their knit jackets.

It will give you great ideas when you make time to knit with new creative ideas that can allow you to enjoy your favorite sweater style just knit in a slightly different way.

There are many types of knitted garments. Sweaters, jackets, coats, shawls and capes are just a few. As a knitwear designer I see many unique garments but they do not fit on the person. There are several things that need to be taken into consideration to achieve a finished knitted item that is properly fitting the person who will wear the item.

You may want to explore the styles and lengths of the sweater designs you are considering to be sure they will look great on you. You can get proportion information for your length and accent details HERE  Armed with this information, go through the steps below for amazing success with your new projects.

1. Before you begin you need to take accurate measurements. For help see the tools in the navigation bar that will assist you.

2. Determine the yarn you will use and the size needles or the machine tension that match the yarn.

3. Knit a swatch to get the feel of the yarn. For machine knitters I suggest a shawl so you will know your time has not been wasted as re-knitting when machine knits are unraveled changes the look and feel of the yarn so you do not want to use it in a new item.

*NOTE: It is necessary that you put the swatch through all of the processes you will use to care for the final item. Wash and put through the dryer on the temperatures you will use or wash and lay flat to dry.

You may catch a major problem at this part of the process so be on the look out to see if your swatch size changes dramatically or stays close to the same. It may need something as easy as changing the wash water or dryer temperatures.

4. From the swatch, see how much the yarn might shrink.

5. Measure the pattern template you will be matching and cross check the measurements to be sure you will be right at the finished size you want before you go through all of the time of knitting the pieces.

6. With this information you can have more assurance that your finished knit will be worth your energy.

You will need to click on read more to get to the live links in this post.

If you are machine knitting, a great yarn combination is lurex and 2/24 acrylic yarn. Find the video for this fabulous combination 

Visit here to get information about this fun and easy sweater.

Holiday Sweater

Holiday Sweater

 

Many people have asked me to create a new series for the very beginners so I have done that to get you off to a smooth start.

Hover over Passap in the navigation bar. You will see E 6000, Passap Vario and Basic Passap for Beginners. It will help those who have DM80’s as well.

You will also see Individual videos for both the E 6000 and the Vario and Vario Trims.

This information is not covered anywhere else and is my experience and is based on years of application and teaching of these tips. I know that it can assist you in making an easier start to knitting with this fabulous tool.

I was determined to learn this system so persisted in trying everything I could find or get my hands on to learn it. If I had had this information when I started, it would have saved me hours of frustration, a lot of time and a lot of money. I am hoping that it will get you off to a much easier beginning.

Whether made by hand or with a knitting machine, creating beautiful knitted garments is a skilled craft. Therefore, when it comes to setting a garment price for your customers, never undervalue yourself or your skills.

How to charge for knitted items is a much discussed topic amongst dedicated knitters and there seems to be no hard and fast rules that can be applied.

Certainly, it’s not adequate to use ‘shop’ prices as a guideline, since this knitwear is usually mass-produced. Garments which are knitted specifically to a customer’s measurements or requirements are “tailor-made” and therefore far more exclusive than the mass-produced equivalent found in high street stores.

Probably the fairest way to cost a garment is with a calculation based on time and materials:

1. Decide on your hourly rate. This should be a fair rate for your skill. In the UK, by law, the minimum wage rate is approximately £5 (say $10 USD). Your hourly rate should never be lower than the legal minimum.

2. Time the amount of work that goes into the creation of a garment. Time spent on knitting and time taken for ‘making up’ should be kept separate. Often, the making up time can be reduced by using alternative methods of construction (using a linker instead of hand sewing, for example).

3. The cost of the yarn. If you buy a batch of yarn and only use 75% of it, you still need to include the whole 100% of the cost. You may be able to use the remaining 25% of the yarn at a later date or you may not, but at least your cost has been covered at the outset.

4. Oh, those little extras! The cost of trimmings, fastenings, linings – that very exclusive label you sew into the back of the neck – all must be included in your calculations. Add a small sum for contingencies, too. There can always be an unexpected expense – that’s Murphy’s Law!

5. What about incidental costs? These can include telephone calls to the customer, the cost of delivering a garment (petrol or postage!), packing materials and labels.

6. Total up and add more! When you’ve arrived at a total for your time and materials, now is the moment to add a percentage to that figure. This percentage is to reflect your administration costs – time spent on keeping the books, heating, lighting, ‘wear and tear’ on your knitting machine (if you use one) and promotional costs.

What’s that? Do I hear you say that the final figure is a little on the high side? So be it!

If the garment is well made and fits (and remember, it is exclusive), then you are entitled to charge correctly for your services.

However, if you really think your price is too high, the only cost that can sensibly be reduced is your labour rate. If you disregard the other costs, you’ll soon be knitting at a loss.

Copyright 2006 Linda Black

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Based in the UK, Linda Black has written several design books for machine knitters and is a self-confessed knitting addict. Her web site for both hand and machine knitters can be found at http://www.getknitting.com
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Knitting without needles

Do you want to knit but can’t quit get the hang of working with two needles? I do understand trying to hold two needles and work the yarn at the same time can be a bit confusing and awkward. But don’t give up, there is still a couple of ways you can produce beautiful knitting items with out even picking up a pair of knitting needles.

You don’t have to know a thing about how to knit to begin knitting with either the knitting machines or the knitting looms. Also you can make just about anything on the looms and knitting machines that you can make with the needles.

Round loom knitting

The looms are great for beginners with no experience and a small budget. Also the looms are portable, they fit in a bag and you can knit with them anyplace.

Knitting machines

The machines are more complex and can often be costly to begin with. But not all machines are expensive; so do check into them, if that is what you really are interested in. Machines are great for a small home based business. You can make items up quickly and professionally.

Once you start this hobby or business, you are always looking for to knitting, yarn and patterns are items. Yes, even at yard sales, thrift stores or retail stores, if there is yarn you will find it. Patterns for all three types of knitting come in beginner or basic to intricate or very experienced.

Dog sweaters are fun to make and can be as easy or as complex as you want. Why not make a matching hat for yourself or the pet owner? These also make great items for selling. Whether done by hand, on a loom or on a machine, I love it all.

Knitting gifts for special needs

There are beautiful baby sets, blankets, sweaters, booties and hats that are ideal gifts for baby showers. Remember nothing says, I care like a stunning handmade gift.

As the budgets get tight in these days it is wonderful to be able to create gifts for birthdays and Christmas. These are gifts that can be made with the recipients favorite color or any special needs in mind. A hand knitted sweater is perfect gift for people that have unusually long or short arms. They can not buy sweaters that fit in just any store; you can make them just right by adding or decreasing rows on the sleeves pattern.

Yes, once you know how to knit you can adjust patterns to fit all your friends and family. Do not just give up on knitting if the two needles seem too confusing. All hope is not gone; you still have the looms and knitting machines to try.

Lets have some fun, creating, learning or sharing these great fiber arts. Whether for personal use, gift giving, charity, or earning some extra income, yes, you can learn to knit.

 

Most people who participate in any type of arts and crafts do so because they have a true love for the craft. Such is certainly the case with most people who knit. However, one of the best ways to get people (especially children or grandchildren) into the habit of knitting is to show them how they can start making money from knitting. While this can be true of other people who have expressed an interest in knitting, it does seem to work especially well within the family unit to create a true family pastime where the family can share quality family time together.

If you do have children, many of the small knitting machines are ideally suited to making wonderful little trinkets in school colors or just colors that look “neat” or “cool” to the other school children and these can be sold before or after school. Not only is this a great way to get your children or grandchildren into the world of knitting but it is also a great way for them to earn a little added income. Supply the tools for them to start and you may be surprised how quickly they become avid knitters and want to expand their knowledge about knitting.

If you are part of a knitting circle, you may enjoy this past time with a number of friends. If this is the case, you have a truly marvelous opportunity to use your knitting skills to make money. When one person is knitting for money, it can take quite a while to get even a single item finished. To complete enough knitting projects to fill even a small store shelf may take longer than some people are willing to wait. With a knitting circle, you can combine your efforts, trade secrets about knitting and even combine your finished goods to have enough knitted products to fill up a large shelf or even a small booth at the fair or other shows.

When you have a group of knitting friends, you can actually combine not only your work but the sales as well. Not everybody is going to be available to go to every show even if they want to. However, being involved with other avid knitters means that you can share the workload when it comes to selling your knitted products in addition to sharing the knitting experience itself. If each of the knitters working individually or in smaller groups work all of the different craft shows, no individual is forced to attend every single show in hopes of simply making their money back from their knitted products.

Even more beneficial for the knitting groups is the ability to combine fees, share knitting products and get everybody’s knitted products out in front of substantially more people than they would ever be able to accomplish alone. Imagine being able to have at least a sampling of your knitted items at any show that your knitting friends attended and even more, being able to get your contact information out to those people that already had an interest in knitting.

Selling your knitted products can and should be nearly as fun as knitting is in the first place and a lot more profitable. Like your knitting work, your sales efforts should be creative if you want to be truly successful to supplement your income or even as a full time “job”.

 

Whether you’ve been blogging for a long time now or you’re completely new to blogging one thing that can really help focus your efforts and make things less stressful is to create a basic blogging schedule. This way you know what you’re going to write about ahead of time, or at least have a basic idea. It also helps your readers to know what to expect and when.

A lot of bloggers create their blog schedule by days of the week, Monday Mindbenders, Tuesday Teasers, etcetera. You get the idea. We’re going to create a sample blog schedule for a knitting blog. I admit that I am not a knitter by trade, I just can’t master the whole two needles thing, so if I use an incorrect term please correct me. Let’s start our week on Monday and go from there.

Monday Machine Knitting: On this day you could write about the differences between machine knitting versus hand knitting, pros, cons, patterns, and so forth. Some great tutorial topics would be how to convert a hand knitting pattern into a machine knitting pattern and how to work in rounds on a knitting machine. There are also a lot of one day projects out there for machine knitting, like making a sweater in one day. You could review different machine knitting patterns, projects and accessories.

Tuesday Twos: Get it? Knit one, purl two? Okay, so maybe I’m not as witty as I think I am, but you get the idea. You’re looking for a daily theme that you can easily write about. This could be patterns, frustrations, whatever comes up when you’re knitting. Of course, knitting is just the example here, the same goes for any craft or really any topic at all, books, movies, cooking, collectibles, whatever your site is about.

Wednesday WIPs: If you’re wondering WIP stands for work(s) in progress. So, sticking with our knitting example this would be whatever projects you are currently working on. Share pictures, talk about mistakes you might have made while going through the pattern, share a tip about the project.

Most importantly get your readers involved, ask them what they think and ask them to share what they are working on as well. You’ll be surprised how many will blog about what they’re doing also and include a link back to your blog post talking about works in progress. It really builds that community feeling even more.

Thursday Threads: Product reviews could go on this day. Talk about that awesome luxurious new wool you just bought, or the shiny new needles. Again, if you’ve got an affiliate link throw that in there and all the better.

Friday Free Patterns: Here is another opportunity to talk about products that you’re using and the free patterns that you’ve found on the internet. The nice thing about free patterns is that they free us up to splurge a little more on the supplies. Tell your readers about the great hand dyed yarn you bought to stitch that scarf.

Even better if you create your own patterns and share them with your readers. You’ll find yourself with a following of fans in no time at all.

Saturday Scarves and Socks: I couldn’t think of an S word to go with the knitting category, so I threw in the scarves and socks, because everyone always seems to be knitting one or the other at any given moment. I personally wish that I could knit, just so I could make some of the great sock patterns I’ve seen on the internet.

Sunday Wild Cards: I like to leave Sunday as a wild card day where I might or might not blog. If I do then I just go off the top of my head.

Now, you’ve got a basic outline to follow each and every week. Of course, if something doesn’t apply one week you don’t have to stick to the outline, write what’s applicable when it’s fresh.

Also, don’t be afraid to send out more than one post per day. Let’s say you’ve already written your usual Wednesday post, and then your favorite knitting shop sends out an email for a one day only sale and you want to blog about it and shout it from the rooftops. Don’t hold back on that, go for it. It’s relevant, your readers are going to love it.

 

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