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NOW MAKING: Infinity Scarf

Angelina Russo Blog Blog Posts culturecycle infinity scarf machine knitting NOW MAKING

I've been working on punchcard lace for some time now. After I  discovered a major fault in my machine I sourced a new one from the mountain of machines that my mum has in Adelaide and got working on these samples. Each sample uses a 1 ply wool, the tension is set to 4 and the second yarn is a fine elastic which comes from DEA Yarns in New Zealand. * [caption id="attachment_166436631" align="alignleft" width="650"]Singer Card 250 Singer Card 250[/caption] card #250: Almost knit-in without any floats [caption id="attachment_166436630" align="alignleft" width="650"]Singer Card 249 Singer Card 249[/caption] card #249: Quite large floats as there are larger solid areas in this pattern. [caption id="attachment_166436628" align="alignleft" width="650"]Singer Card 244 Singer Card 244[/caption] card # 244: Produces a sturdy fabric without floats [caption id="attachment_166436629" align="alignleft" width="650"]Singer card 246 Singer card 246[/caption] card #246: As lovely as this pattern is, the punchcard creates floats along the entire length of the knitting. To use it myst be lined or doubled over To make an infinity scarf measuring 40cm x 110cm you will need to cast on somewhere between 70/70 and 90/90 needles depending on the final yarn of your choice. All needles in work with the machine set up as shown [caption id="attachment_166436633" align="alignleft" width="650"]Elastic machine set up Elastic machine set up[/caption]   yarn-and-card-set-up   The elastic goes into feeder #1 and the wool into feeder #2 to avoid floats on the back surface. If you reverse it and use a heavier elastic, you can get some very interesting patterns but that was not the object of this particular test. reverse   knit 10/1/10 plain, pick up the hem then start the pattern work. Knit between 500 and 800 rows to achieve the desired length then knit 10/1/10 waste yarn and cast off. testing I like to do the knit this way so that both ends are folded and then sewn together. As I am currently away I can't show this technique but will add to this blog on my return to the machines next week. Note: Elastic comes from DEA Yarns  in New Zealand. They have an excellent range of very fine knitting elastics in multiple colours. They also stock extremely high quality sportswool, fine merino and my favourite,the Japanese 100% wool fluro yarn. This is a wonder to work and is a joy to wear but, as I have now discovered more than once, you don't put it in the washing machine :-( felted-top

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