2009 #1 Machine knitting sampler – part 2

Posted by Alexandra at Studio Alexandra

I never realized how difficult it is to photograph texture in solid color. It’s has taken me several days, many photos, and learning how to increase contrast without making the picture look grainy/funny. And now, I present to you, the tuck stitch sampler:

Tuck stitch sampler

Tuck stitch is a technique in which the machine knits stockinette on some needles and hangs loops of yarn on others (without knitting the stitches that are on them). At regular intervals dictated by the punchcard, these loops and the original stitch get knitted together, resulting in a textured fabric. The purl side is the right side with this technique.

As you can see, the swatches are much shorter than on the fairisle sampler. I used the same number of rows (40) per card. From left to right, card numbers are 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 4, 3, and 1. Most of them are fairly recognizable when compared to the fairisle sampler, but card #3 was a total surprise. It looks like honeycomb, very pretty, but not what I was expecting at all. I am loving the herringbone in the middle. Can you just see it on a shrug knitted side-to-side?

Coming up tomorrow is the slip stitch sampler – another textured solid.

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One response to “2009 #1 Machine knitting sampler – part 2

  1. That machine is just too cool!

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