Knitting a Jumper on the Prym Knitting Mill

This piece is knitted in 100% lambswool because it was all I had in sufficient quantity, but could just as easily be made in acrylic. The fun bit is as the large bits were knitted on a machine it took 5 evenings or so to complete.

The red lines show 3x 42 stitch panels, knitted on the mill. They are knitted until they are as long as the distance from armpit to hip, then seamed together into a tube using mattress stitch.

The yellow lines are 2x tubes, knitted on the mill. They are knitted until they are as long as the distance from armpit to wrist.

The green sections marked 6, 7 and 8 are edging that I hand knit onto the 3 tubes I am left with at this stage – the mill does not cast off, remember. I chose k2 p2 ribbing, just because I like it. However, as this is the only embellishment you could do something more intricate.

Finally, section 9 in green is the handknit section. Joining the 3 tubes on one circular needle I proceeded to knit a raglan shoulder decrease in the round until I was left with 50 stitches. Then I k2 p2 ribbed until I had a sufficient collar and sewed in the loose threads.

This was my first try and so there were some issues:

– Getting equally sized pieces was tricky, I picked up the live edge of the shorter panels/tube and handknit a few rows until they were equal.

– Tension is crucial in knitting flat patterns on the mill, and being a beginner I ended up with a few holes I had to sew up in the middle of the torso of my jumper. This feels like a practice makes perfect type problem.

Overall, a successful and wearable jumper was the result, it’s a relatively straight forward project and it’s satisfying to see it grow so fast!

Got 600g of yarn and a few evenings spare? Give it a go!

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Lace with Acrylic

One of the main problems I have heard people encountering with acrylic is that it is difficult or impossible to block, and that lace is nigh impossible. I am sure I am not the first person to take this as a challenge, but I am going to offer a step by step guide to my variant on steam blocking designed for lasting results in even the cheapest acrylic.

1) First you need to knit some lace, I suggest a simple, circular pattern in DK or heavier knit on thick needles – the bigger the lace, the more dramatic the effect.

2) Now soak the finished piece and lay it out on a towel on a carpet or heat-proof surface – I have never wet then heated laminated wood but I think it would warp horribly…

3) Heat an iron, steam setting off, to 75% of its highest heat, and starting at the centre, iron out to the edge of the work. For points and details use the pointed end of the iron to pull out the finer parts of the lace.

4) When you have a shape you like, slowly move the iron over until almost dry, then pin tightly to a dry surface and leave for a few hours.

5) Enjoy!

Here is a picture of my latest piece, though I have been knitting doilies and blocking them this way for a good while.

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Drying on the carpet