One of my goals this year is to master the knitting machine. I figured the best way to familiarize myself with all it has to offer would be by making samples. I started with fairisle because all punchcards that come with the machine are suitable for fairisle. Here’s how it turned out:
As you can see, I skipped cards #5-6. That’s because card #5 is a large flower not suited for all-over patterning and card #6 is a row of smaller flowers that look like a late 80’s/early 90’s throwback. Seriously, does anybody remember the huge sweater with a large floral motif smack-dab in the middle of the front? Once was enough!
As the card numbers get higher, there is a definite progression from simple 1-2 row patterns to more complex multi-row repeat patterns. For the swatches, I knitted 40 rows of the pattern, followed by 8 rows of plain color. Starting with card #15, several required a longer swatch to show the full effect. Note: card #19 leaves very long floats that will have to be protected by lining or fusible interfacing.
The whole sampler is over 2 1/2 yds long and had to be blocked in sections. It will soon be joined by samplers of other techniques, such as tuck stitch and weaving. Not all cards are suitable for these techniques so these other samplers should be considerably shorter.