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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

DesignaKnit Lettering

Now, why didn't I think of this before?

I am making these scarves with words on them. The first one (black and white) I used lower case lettering and capitalized where appropriate. With two plain rows between lines of text, I had rows with just a few stitches in them and gargantuan floats. Think the bottom of a 'y' or a 'g' or the tops of 't' or 'h' for some examples. So, thinking I could get more stitches to appear across the row, I moved the text up so some things sort of overlapped. Still had gargantuan long floats, had to do a lot of wrapping with separate lengths of yarn, very very tedius. Looks ok on the front, but harder than machine knitting is meant to be. I didn't want to do dbj so felt I was stuck.

Then, while fooling around designing the second scarf, I did all the text in capital letters. There are two plain rows between each line of text. Voila' no trailers hanging down or sticking up!!! Such a simple thing and it will make knitting the scarf 10x faster!!! See the screen captures below:

Even if you don't use DesignaKnit but use some other method of inputting designs (text) into your knitting machine, I'm thinking this might help you.


rett og vrang said...

Very smart of you! Maybe an idea for Valentine, too! Synnøve

Mar said...

I don't know how smart...more of a happy accident. The content of the words lends itself to capital letters, so that helps too. It's college fight song words.

rett og vrang said...

I had a customer who bought CK35 - many years ago. She used the newspaper - she was knitting lots of stufs with this patterns. I don't know where she is now, but the idea was really good! Synnøve