Don't Count ... Mark the Needlebed

Have you ever had an instruction that read: "Transfer every 4th stitch" or "Put every 9th needle in hold position"?


I don't know about you, but I hate counting needles every time. Even with the number strip, I find it takes too long to figure out what needles I'm working with and it's too easy to mess up!

Use a pencil and mark the needlebed.  The marks will remain in place while you are knitting, but are easily removed when you are done.

 
hand manipulated stitches for machine knitters   Knit it Now Cheat Sheets are also helpful in determining the needles to use when doing hand manipulation

Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 07/17/2014 at 6:40 PM | Categories:

2 Comments

robin

robin wrote on 07/19/14 11:35 AM

I use 1/4" sticky dots in different colors on the number strip to mark the needles. When I was doing production knitting I had extra number strips marked for each design and just switched them as needed. It also works to use a sharpie to mark the metal part of the needle bed but will need alcohol or acetone to remove the marks. Neither of those solvents has harmed the machine when used sparingly, but don't get any of the solvents on the plastic number strip.
Lynne Younger

Lynne Younger wrote on 07/19/14 4:57 PM

I made up a variety of "Needle Puller" templates out of stiff cardboard. Then you only need to mark one set of needles, and use the puller to perform the repeat across the row.

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