The types of yarns and stitch
designs are limitless. Until now, using a printed pattern limited you to yarns
that matched the gauge and stitch designs, of the author (stockinette, fairisle
or lace). Knitting machines can do so much more. Designing with the KH 970, you
have just been set free. Let's explore the possibilities.
The basic sweater is a good
place to start. You may want to make variations for different types of stitches
or yarns. I find sweaters with all over fairisle design don't have the same
stretch as stockinette. So to feel comfortable, I make the sweater a little
larger. Some ribbed stitches seem to grow, so those sweaters I make a little
smaller. This is all personal taste. Start with a basic stockinette sweater. Be
very critical until you get every area of the garment to fit perfectly.
Now, go for different
variations. Remember, there is no absolute right or wrong way to measure or
design. If you like the results, then the method is right. There are many
trends, some are just variations of the old tried and true methods. The
following has worked great for me. Give it a try, then make your own variations.
Worksheet, Garment Input Worksheet, Explanation of Designing Lines,
Abbreviations, Drawing (Sweater Back, Sweater Front, Sweater Sleeve, and
Neckband), Darts, Non-Garment Designing, Toy Bear, Charting for Other Machines,
Swatches, Designer Set-In Sleeve, and How to Position a Garment.