Tips for your knitting machine – its more fun when you know the ‘easy’ way!By
We hope everyone is headed for a wonderful 4th of July. Our Relief Share holidays are always better when we know the sick and needy are taken care of first, so we are knitting up a storm on our Ultimate Sweater Machine today making baby cocoons!
For those of you who have a USM or another type of knitting machine, you know that it’s fun, quick and easy. For those of you considering getting an Ultimate Sweater Machine or one of the variations of it – they are available at JoAnn Fabric (be sure to use a 40% or 50% off coupon when you purchase, coupons are usually on their website).
Here are a few tips to make your knitting a lot easier, professional looking and fun!
Instead of just using the black hem that comes with the USM, do a row of double e-wrap so when you are ready to take your knitting off the machine, you don’t have to crochet it off. This youtube video by Diane Sullivan is very good as she explains slowly and clearly how to do a double e-wrap.
This video shows how to make a cast on rag – very helpful if you are making smaller items, such as the braided ball for children in the hospital.
To make the baby cocoons for the hospital, it is a lot nicer and quicker to use the Kris Krafter garter bars to decrease and make a nice rounded end. We made a couple of types of home made garter bars and they just aren’t effective and quick enough for us, when a donation of the KrisKrafter garter bars arrived, everyone was VERY excited and they are in constant use now. Expensive, but worth every penny (thank you to our sweet angel who donated them to us – we love you for it!)
So what can you make with your Sweater Machine (knitting machine)? Anything you can imagine! Send us your pictures for us to include on our blog
We make baby hats, baby cocoons, afghans, prayer shawls, braided balls, cancer patient hats and much more!
President Carol Green
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 6483-2225