New Textiles 2012



For the knitting machine assignment. I knitted a ear muff structure. It can be used as a head piece for people or an earmuff for stuffed animals. At first, I had a lot of trouble with the knitting machine. The most frustrating part for me was that I could not get the yarn to cast [...]

knit experiments

This week, I tried out some pattern knitting techniques on the knitting machine. I found that casting on is quite a challenge, depends a lot on the tension of the yarn, and also on the type of yarn. The thick, white yarn is especially hard to cast on, for example. However, after some practice, I [...]

Cast Knitting

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 This project uses knitting as a soft structure, that is given form then hardened. The knitting is done usung a circular knitting machine, tightened at both ends to make a small knit pouch. A small balloon is then inserted and inflated inside this pouch. This makes the knit fabric taught and [...]

Mystery of Good Friday

I gained access to the knitting machine on Good Friday and had exactly 45 minutes to produce my knit piece. I used the fine knit machine and pulled 20 needles. After not lowering the brush wheels for the first two passes, I was off. I used a purple and white and alternated based on intuition. [...]

Topological Knitting

I was fascinated by creating 3D knit structures with interesting topologies on a knitting machine, and wanted to see if I could create 3D structures by hand. Most hand knitting that I have done creates surfaces with some texture, but not with 3D protrusions. Here, I have experimented with a few techniques. With the knitting [...]

Knitting Assignment

This week our assignment was to: create two knit pieces, one by following an existing pattern and one by developing your own pattern.

Knitting a Tuck Pattern Texture

All knitting done on the fine gauge machine: PART 1: Attempt 1: Botched the cast-off But the knit was pretty nice. Attempt 2: Experimenting with a different yarn, trying to find a good tension… I found that less tension (around 7) worked better for this particular yarn. I was almost successful, but dropped a stitch [...]

Almost fish

The knitting assignment is without a doubt the most frustrating one for me. I had so much trouble operating the machine. I spent most of the time trying to cast on, but i just couldn’t do it right. I lost needles almost every time. I think I got it right about 5 times out of [...]

Terrain – knitted landscape

Knitting with knitting machine! I was excited to start this assignment, especially after seeing a sample of a 3d knitted fabric. The first part of the assignment was to make a swatch following the pattern below: Cast on 20 needles. Knit 10 rows. Carriage should be on right side. Make sure carriage is in the [...]

Crimson and White Sock

For my knitting assignment, I followed the instructions for part 1 and was successfully able to create the required piece which ends up having more knitting in the middle of the piece and the structure of a mountain peak.  I had not used a knitting machine before so getting this piece right took many iterations [...]