I am a big fan of the Img2track software for the Brother electronic machine. I think it makes a unique baby blanket to give to our knit club charity. The bunny friends on the one just had to be blue. 🙂 Both blankets are about 500 rows, using the whole machine bed, knit in full needle rib and double bed jacquard with a 2-row striped back. I used 2 strands of 2/24 yarn on tension 2. They measure approximately 30 X 33” – a nice baby size. The pink one is Stitch World pattern #31 in DBJ. It is supposed to be a tumbling block pattern, but the dark side of the block is in the wrong place – meaning I should have used the pink as color number 1 and white for the second color. So…it does not really look like tumbling blocks, but it is pink and it will keep a baby girl warm! 🙂 Now to make some cardi’s and hats to match!
I have added pages under the Knitting Machine Techniques that covers more thoroughly how to knit the Double Bed Jacquard on the Brother 940 or a punch card KM with either a striped or birdseye backing. It is a very simple technique that seemed daunting to me until I was determined to learn it. But there is no substitute if you are picture knitting an Img2track design or Fair Isle design, so there are no long floats to catch. Even though there are a few other variations to the two I have suggested, I feel these are the simplest and easiest to do. The photo above shows the back of the design, as well – showing all the floats knit in.
I have enjoyed many crafts and art forms throughout the years. They have each fed my creative soul and had their season in my life. But my current – and I must admit favorite so far – is the knitting machine. I have made all my family scarves, hats, socks and slippers. The usual fare for knitting, but now I have begun to make throws/blankets. My latest fascination with the capabilities of the knitting machine is the software called Img2track (image to track), written for use with a certain models of Brother electronic knitting machines. The info for purchasing it is found at http://daviworks.com/knitting/ In utilizing this software I have learned the ins and outs of Double Bed Jacquard (DBJ) knitting and I have been thrilled with the results. DBJ makes knitting pictures possible without the long floats on the back of knitting produced with Fair Isle picture knitting. Two samples are pictured above. They are luscious feeling and unique blankets. 🙂