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 not done any work with Img2track Knitting Software for a while, so I decided to make a couple baby blankets for charity. I generally make much larger afghans, but these are both about 500 rows. They are double bed jacquard with 2 stands of 2/24 yarn and measure about 29 X 34. They are lightweight, soft and fun! 🙂 You can click on photos to get a close up look.
I made this scarf for my friend, Melanie, for her birthday with the Img2track software for my Brother 940. I had made a similar one earlier for myself and knew I needed to turn the second letter upside down so it would hang right when worn as a scarf. But, what I did not realize is that the second letter needed to be reversed, as well as turned upside down. I had no trouble when I knit the one for me, because the letter H for my last name is symmetrical – so when it knit backwards I did not know it. But when I knit a B for her last name, it was backwards. Only a few of the letters are symmetrical. So in reality, I knit 2 scarves – one rather unusable. 🙂 So, thanks to Tanya on the Img2track Facebook Group, I learned another important fact about how this software uses images. Img2track has amazing possibilities for owners of electronic Brother machines and I need to get back to using it more. The scarf is knit with 2 row striped double bed jacquard. I knit the center of the scarf with plain white DBJ so it matched the stitches of the letters – which required putting 3 separate patterns into the knitting machine. It is knit with 2 strands of 2/24 on tension 2 and after blocking it is soft and luscious. So…it’s not scarf weather as we head towards summer, but winter is coming! 🙂
I was inspired by another knitter to try initials on my scarf. The camel and black colors are a classic color combination, although the inspiration piece was knit in charcoal and crème color – also lovely! The scarf is knit in Double Bed Jacquard using Img2track software for my electronic machine. I wanted the main part of the scarf to still be knit in DBJ, but solid black rather than the 2 row stripe behind the letters. So once the first letter was knit, I programmed in a 1 row by 1 stitch design in the electronic and used only black yarn for the DBJ body of the scarf. Then, when I was ready for the second letter, I loaded the second design from Img2track; making sure to push the upside key so the design was upside down, but the letter was right side up when I wore it. I used GIMP, a free photo and design editing program, to clean up the initials I liked and take out all the stitches of the camel color that would have made the design cluttered and messy. The scarf ended up 5’ 7 “ long and 14 “ wide and is light and airy. I like the 2 row stripe for that reason – even though Birdseye backing is nice, it seems much denser and heavier to me. If you own a Brother electronic knitting machine, I encourage you to try the Img2track software. There is a limited needle free version so you can try it without cost. http://daviworks.com/knitting 🙂
Lined Earflap Hats
Kids and adults really like these hats – in style and warm. I know it is the middle of summer, but I ran across them again and thought I would put the pattern in the Machine Knit Pattern section above the blog title under Baby/Child – even though the pattern has adult sizes, as well. It is always a good time to knit and if you lack inspiration, give one of these a try. They are fun and quick to knit and make great gifts. Christmas in July, right? 🙂 The designs on the hats in the bottom photo are Img2track. These are hats for my grandsons and I put their favorite sport or team logo on them.
This is my latest DBJ Img2track throw, knitted for my granddaughter’s birthday coming up. It is the logo of the university she will be attending in the fall.
I have never knitted an Img2track double bed jacquard throw with 3 colors where the background color is color number 2. It has always been #1 – and that makes it easy. You know…begin the ribbing and the design with the background color and move on with the rest of it. But, in case anyone else has run across this, I am going to write up a little tutorial on what I did to make it all come out. When I was doing trial runs to try a new backing, the wrong color was showing up on the face of the throw as the background color. Not working. 🙂 So this is what I did.
With background/ribbing color (1 strand of 2/24):
- Tension 0/0; zig-zag row right to left; hang comb and weights
- 2 circular rows ending on left; remove settings
- Knit 1 row to right for 1 row of ribbing
- Tension 2/2; go past right turn mark; set carriage to KCII
- Knit 1 row to left to select needles
- Set both part buttons on main carriage and set ribber for Half Milano or Birdseye backing
- Color choice light stills says #1
- Do 2 rows (left to right and back) with color #2 (background color)
- Now the color choice number says #2
- Do 2 more rows with color #2 (background color)
- Now it says color #3
- Change yarn in color changer to #3 and continue on with project
The new backing I was trying out is Half Milano and it is my new, favorite way to do backing for more than 2 colors. I much prefer the 2 row stripe because I love the feel of it so much better than Birdseye backing in a throw, but if you have ever tried to do 2 row stripe with 3 or more colors, you know it starts bunching up because so many rows of backing have to knit for the 1 row of front. So I reserve 2 row stripe backing for 2 color DBJ. The Half Milano instructions I followed were in Helen Griffiths “The Double Bed Book”. It seems to be different than the instructions for Half Milano in “A Machine Knitter’s Guide to Creating Fabric” by Lewis and Weissman. Theirs looked like it needed constant carriage settings changed and Helen’s is simple and produces a lovely weight throw that does not bunch up like 2 row stripe. I highly recommend her book which can be ordered at http://helengs.blogspot.com/
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. 🙂