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Monday, July 15, 2013

A beautiful first time machine knit garment

Lynne, one of my readers, has knit her first garment on her LK 150 using the Baby Ballet pattern.  Isn't it beautiful?
I love the yarn colors.  Here's what she had to say about it:

Well after a lot of trial and error I have completed the ballerina cardigan - see photo attached. My very first machine knitted garment! I followed most of your pattern except that when it came to binding off for the sleeves once they were attached to the body, I used the back stitch bind off as it was too tight doing the bind off with the latch tool.

I had to redo a lot of things but am pleased with the result. I only used one ball of yarn and am wondering if you have a machine pattern for baby leggings that I can make to match the sweater?

I'd say she did a fantastic job.  One of the frustrations, if you want to call it that, of the plastic bed machines is that they have no gate pegs.  So, it's a little more complicated binding off around the gate pegs.  Do-able when you use a machine needle as a substitute for a gate peg, but might be cumbersome for a new knitter.  Definitely something to learn at some point, though.  If you do want to use the latch tool to pull the next stitch through the previous to bind off--- one trick is to hand knit the last row and pull the needle butt all the way back to make a large stitch.  Then when you pull the next stitch through the one on the latch tool, it should be the right size and not pull in.

Does anyone have a pattern for baby leggings?  Would be nice to help her out.

Would love to see any other Baby Ballets that have been knit from this pattern.