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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Can I put my hand in your Pocket?

One of the reasons I’m so into Fusion Knitting (machine & hand knitting combined in the same garment), is that it can be a both a time saver and a mother of invention..

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One of the differences between hand and machine knitting is that you always start machine knitting with a provisional cast-on.

That leaves live stitches at the bottom of your piece – you unzip the waste yarn and put the stitches back on the needle to finish by binding off or maybe something MORE….

Apres knitting, but before finishing, I decided I wanted some *Purse Pockets* on my Scoop du Jour. QUE? I hate carrying a purse!!!

No Problem! I attached my yarn to the WS of the piece, purled one row then knit about 4" of sts from the front edge.

Using another piece of yarn (from the outside of my ball) I did a long tail cast-on (cuz I like the look) to replace the next 4 or so inches.

I used a contrasting color of scrap yarn to bind-off the corresponding body stitches to be worked later for the pocket lining.

Then I finished the row and continued working the front ribbing to the bottom of the piece.


The pocket *front* was done when the ribbing was done, but now it needed a lining.

That was what those reserved stitches were for – an interior *pocket* that would be sewn down after it was knit.

I decided to save some time and do it on the machine…

You unzip the waste yarn from the reserved stitches, then hang them on the hooks, attaching some little weights to balance the load.

Then you KNIT!

I made my pocket about 4" x 4" (it looks much longer here because of the weights…)



my little Purse Pocket !~

Almost hidden, but at the ready just big enough to carry a lipstick, bus pass and $$$…

…see all entries here in the Complete Notes: Barny Yarny

…read all entries about Machine Knitting HERE

18 responses to “Thursday, October 6, 2005”

  1. Beeatu says:

    Excellent little tutorial.Love machine/hand knitting combos .Didnt realise in the last little shot showing finished pocket that you have carved polished wooden fingers.No wonder you churn out the fab designs quicly.LOL

  2. Anne-Caroline says:

    Wow, I am totally in awe of machine knitting, but you make it look great! And the purse pocket…genius!

  3. Brigid says:

    Remembed having a knitting machine and how nice it was to zip through the dull parts. Voila, la FO!

  4. Sonja says:

    What clever little pockets! I hate carrying a purse.

  5. diane says:

    Do tell more about your knitting machine… Never seen one in use. Are they expensive? Easy to use? Can you use different yarns (fingering up to bulky)?

  6. Leslie says:

    Bonnie, I found your blog due to your “fusion” knitting. I have been a hand knitter for many years and love it if is cables or patterning of some kind, but plain knitting. I just can’t do, so I wanted to learn how to blend the two as you call it Fusion knitting. I use the machine to whip out baby sweaters in bright colors. Or knit the body of the sweater, and put a cool band or neck line on using some of the many patterend stitches I have learned over the years. Thanks for the tutorial on the pockets. I’m still a newbe to the machine, I have only been using it for about 8 months now. So I still have LOTs to learn.

  7. Marnie says:

    Ooh, I have the same machine as you do. It’s been a great little time saver when I’ve needed it.
    Thanks for the pocket tip I’ll have to remember it for furture projects.

  8. Teresa says:

    You never cease to amaze me, BM.
    You. So. Rock.

    Never thought I’d think I’d want a knitting machine but everytime I read one of your ‘fusion knitting’ posts I get a little closer to taking the plunge.

  9. kellyt says:

    I’ve never seen a knitting machine and couldn’t imagine what they looked like. Thanks for the pics!

  10. Karen B. says:

    How brilliant! Love the “purse pocket” idea.

  11. Gaile says:

    Love the term fusion knitting. Your pocket idea is brilliant. How hard is it to learn machine knitting? I’ve always been curious (I was given an older knitting machine awhile back, but couldn’t figure it out so I gave it to someone else who also ended up giving it away). Are some machines easier to learn on than others?

  12. Franklin says:

    I’ve got to show this to my mother. She’s always complaining about having stuff in her hands when she’s out. She’s going to love this.

  13. Sally says:

    Which machine is it?

  14. Bonne Marie says:

    I’ve been keeping a category on the blog with machine knitting entries – the link is in the right side bar under *Complete Notes*.

    I made this sweater with a Silver Reed LK-150…

  15. sahara says:

    Bonnie, you are magnificent! I kinda’ forgot about my knitting machine, ’cause it’s a fine knit (Brother electronic 930), but after reading this post, I’m gonna run and get me a bulky machine.

    What kind of bind off do you like for the bottom?

  16. Becky says:

    Truly awesome post. I love how you tell stories through these tutorials.

    That pocket is genius. I should put one of those on every jacket and blouse I knit so that I won’t be losing my bus tickets. (And, as a result, get YANKED OFF the bus by those bus ticket checkers. You know what I’m talking about. Hee!)

  17. Laurie says:

    What a GREAT post!

    I’m driving from PA to MA., in a few weeks, to have a mini machine knitting lesson with a friend.

    My DH bought me an LK-150 a few months back and I’ve never used it!!!

    So, a mere 3.5 hour drive and I’ll be having a great weekend with a friend, learning how to use my LK AND going to WEBS (it’s just SO close to our hotel!).

    Your post made me get even MORE excited about the upcoming weekend away.


  18. Dee says:

    Wow, you are making me want a knitting machine in the worst way! But I have to ask, are all machines created equal? I guess I have some homework ahead of me. Thank you for the inspiration.

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