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Karen Allen Machine Knits With Two Electronic Carriages In Same Sweater

When I first heard about this, I figured someone meant the main carriage and lace carriage in the same garment. Or, maybe the main carriage and the ribber carriage.

Nope.

Karen Allen uses two electronic carriages with many separate strands of cashmere, alternating the carriages to produce a subtle, color blending effect.

Click on over to the segment at MarthaStewart.com to see the process in action.

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January 23, 2011

7 comments

1 Betty Johnson { 01.24.11 at 4:17 pm }

I did see the video with Karen Allen and I am so very happy to know that machine knitting is not dead. what a wonderful idea to use two cams to do Multi-color rib. I would like to know where she orders her yarn. I say Hooray!!
and God speed Thank you for the inspiration, Let the machine knitting continue .

Betty

2 Betty Johnson { 01.25.11 at 5:18 pm }

I did see the video with Karen Allen and I am so very happy to know that machine knitting is not dead. what a wonderful idea to use two cams to do Multi-color rib. I would like to know where she orders her yarn. I say Hooray!!
and God speed Thank you for the inspiration, Let the machine knitting continue .

Betty

3 Amy { 01.27.11 at 3:47 pm }

I’m curious about her technique. It could just be the way they edited the video but it looked like she didn’t cast off before she put her piece into the wash. I also didn’t think cashmere would felt up enough for her to be able to just cut a piece out and hold it up like she did without it all going to hell. Martha did say exclusively cashmere so I’m assuming that one of the four colors that are in there isn’t wool…? I’d love to know what you think about it!

Great video, thanks for sharing!

4 Annika { 02.17.11 at 10:00 am }

How exactly does she do the two carriage knitting? I watched the video and want to duplicate her technique on my Toyota…I happen to have two carraiges for it in addition to a lace carriage and a ribber.

Cheers,
Annika

5 lorrwill { 06.24.11 at 12:06 pm }

I would love to own one of her sweaters just to see what the fabric is like but I am on the opposite coast so a visit isn’t going to happen and I can’t pony up $800USD + S/H just to satisfy my curiosity.

I confess the technique is beyond me, but the idea makes sense: to have two carriages with different colors alternating rows. This would probably be a good idea with variegated yarns too, to avoid weird color pooling. But it seems like you would be changing yarns (like she shows when she is tying off to add a new color) a heck of a lot.

Echoing Amy’s question, why doesn’t it unravel when she picks it up like that? Is this truly a fulled material and that is what the business about washing it is about?

6 lorrwill { 07.23.11 at 8:40 pm }

I just got “The Prolific Knitting Machine” by Catherine Cartwright-Jones yesterday and I answered my question and possibly Amy’s question as well. If I am not mistaken, KA is using the technique described in this book called half-fashioning (as opposed to fully fashioning a garment).

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