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Knitting. Sand and Arizona

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to share what’s on the needles/crochet hooks at Yarn Along.

My WIP list is pretty short right now. Sand sweater I am working on is slowly growing. When I am knitting a tuck stitch on the machine it feels like weaving – so much hand manipulation. I will try to put a post with step-by-step photos to show you how it is being formed. The process is really mesmerizing – you have to stop every 4th row to change the carriage settings and the position of needles.

Texture. Machine Knitting

I took the back part of the machine yesterday to see how the fabric is working out. Tuck stitch is creating a beautiful texture! I am using 100% mercerized cotton, so the fabric is pretty stiff right now, I hope it will loosen up after blocking. But just touching and looking at it brought so many ideas what else can be done with that. The fabric created holds the shape beautifully and I believe can be used for pretty structured garments! How exciting! I will finish this simple sweater, but I am sure I will use this technique more than once in the future. I imagine how different it will feel and look like in wool/alpaca/linen. So many possibilities for creativity!

Texture. Machine Knitting

My second WIP is a cotton/silk pullover, Arizona, using a Contiguous method I told you about on Sunday. As you can see I haven’t made much progress yet – I was experimenting with the number of stitches for a “shoulder seam” and increase methods. The beginning of a Contiguous method is very similar to top down raglan, the main difference is that you don’t increase stitches for a sleeve, but create a shoulder seam out of which a set-in sleeve will grow later. The other difference is that you increase not every other row/every 4th row as usually done in the classic raglan, but you increase stitches outside of markers every row. I started using a usual M1 increase, but quickly understood it wasn’t working out – the stitches were leaning into different directions. Turns out there is whole discussion devoted to shoulder increases in the Contiguous Method Ravelry group, where knitters experiment and share different ways of creating a shoulder seam with nice looking increases. I really loved one of the knitter’s postsΒ (mwaa on Ravelry) where she knitted a very big swatch and tried all kinds of increase methods, took photos of each of them and shared a step-by-step instructions!

Texture Knitting

So I am still experimenting with it and curious to see where it will take me!

I hope you are having a great week and enjoying your craft!




By | 2016-05-26T16:21:36+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Knitting, Machine Knitting, Work in Progress|34 Comments


  1. karen May 25, 2016 at 6:20 am - Reply

    love the colors you are knitting with (but you know I always love the colors you are knitting with). The crispness of the stitches are gorgeous!! I’m knitting with single ply on both projects and I miss the cleanness of a multi-plied yarn.

    • Alina May 25, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! I am working right now with 3 very different yarns at the same time and I love this tactile diversity!

  2. Heather May 25, 2016 at 6:27 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous pattern! And I love the color, it looks so tranquil.

    • Alina May 25, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Thank you! It is my favorite color! I’ve used for so many projects and I try to always have it in my stash.

  3. Tina May 25, 2016 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Oh I truly love the texture of your sand sweater, beautiful color too. The Arizona is my favorite color way in that line, to bad they discontinued it.

    • Alina May 25, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tina! I was so disappointed to find out that this yarn is discontinued! It is very unique and original.

  4. zauberflink May 25, 2016 at 6:30 am - Reply

    That looks all so yummy πŸ™‚
    I love that ‘tuck’ stitch! I will see how it might work out knitting it by hand. I’m so in love with the texture! And your second project looks good too – such a pretty yarn!!

    • Alina May 25, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lena! I will try to experiment and see what hand knitting stitch comes close to it to share it with you later.

  5. Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 25, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Fantastic texture. I also love! Right up my alley, dear. Can’t wait to see more of this.

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 6:51 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I hope the whole thing will work out – the fabric created is very unusual!

  6. Angela May 25, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Your Sand sweater is beautiful…the color, the texture…everything! I can’t wait to hear all about how your experience goes with the different increases for the Contiguous method. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Thank you, Angela!Yes, I will definitely let you know what worked best for me!

  7. SarahD May 25, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

    It’s so gorgeous! I have never even laid eyes on a knitting machine but it looks so even and smooth. Lovely!

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! I have a small overview of the machine knitting process – it is really fun and super addictive!

  8. Carmela Biscuit May 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    This mercerized cotton fabric looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 6:55 am - Reply

      Love working with cotton – it never fails to show off the texture!

  9. Andrea L May 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Dooooo tell me where I can buy “100% mesmerized cotton”! Love it!

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 7:02 am - Reply

      Oh, mercerized cotton is one of the most popular summer yarns out there – I am sure you can find it in any LYS! The one that I am using is called Armonia, it’s a local brand and I am not sure if it is being sold in the USA. Here is mercerized cotton by Tahki, for example I hope it helped!

      • Andrea L May 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

        I was being cheeky! Is it really ‘mesmerized’ cotton, not ‘mercerized’? ‘Mesmerized’ means ‘hyponotised’, to me!

        • Alina May 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

          Oh my goodness! haha πŸ™‚ I guess my auto-correct prefers it this way πŸ™‚ So sorry about that, of course, mercerized!

  10. Sydney May 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I just cast on a pattern that is knit top-down using the contiguous method and it hit me with short rows right away. I had totally forgotten you talked about it until just now, but I’m sure part of the reason I chose it is lingering curiosity πŸ™‚

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

      I am glad you are enjoying it! This is what I love about knitting – diversity! So many techniques, construction methods, stitch patterns, yarns and textures – you can never get bored!

  11. Corinne May 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    So I just did a contiguous cardigan without knowing it (my Airflow used that method). I found it very interesting to see how it grows. I used M1L and M1R for the increases but now I have to take a closer look at it again.

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Yes, I saw your Airflow – absolutely beautiful and perfect for spring/summer! For some reasons M1 in this yarn didn’t work for me at all – too bulky or something. I will make sure to let you know what worked best for me!

  12. Marlyn May 26, 2016 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Pretty design.

    • Alina May 26, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Thank you, Marlyn! Always so much fun to experiment!

  13. Zeta May 26, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Your Sand sweater is so unique cause of its texture.
    I’m sure it will be amazing when finished!
    I’ll have to search on how to knit the tuck stitch by hand….
    I hadn’t even heard of the contiguous method but I’m happily always learning so thank you for sharing!
    Can’t wait for both your wips to grow!

    • Alina May 28, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! Learning is the most fun part of the process!

  14. sustainablemum May 26, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I do so love to read about your process. The tuck stitch looks amazing, I love the texture.

    • Alina May 28, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! I can’t believe it took me so long to try it on the machine!

  15. Julie May 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    such beautiful texture!! I love that tuck stitch too- it’s going to be amazing!

  16. Nicky May 30, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Just beautiful!!! I can’t wait to see the F.O.!

    • Alina June 2, 2016 at 6:22 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Nicky! Can’t wait to see it myself πŸ™‚

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