Felicia's Notebook, Taking Back Friday

Knitting Fair Isle on a Flatbed Knitting Machine

Felicia Lo machine knitting a Fair Isle sweater

Today, I want to share with you my experience of learning to knit Fair Isle, or stranded colourwork knitting, on a flatbed knitting machine. Over the past 10 months, I’ve made so many swatches and learned so much from my mistakes and I’m SO excited to share my current project with you. I have FIVE main ah-ha moments from knitting fair isle on a knitting machine that I wanted to share with you on today’s Taking Back Friday vlog.

The five things big things I learned about knitting Fair Isle on a flatbed:

  1. Take care of your machine—maintain it and get it in working order.
  2. Keep your space tidy—keep your work tidy and yarns tucked out of the way.
  3. Learn where your punch card pattern begins. Is it row 4 or 5? Is it row 1?
  4. Check everything before you begin. Check that you flipped the levers to the back, unlocked the punch card.
  5. Pull out selvedge needles to bring the floats to the selvedges, making a nice, even cloth.

I would love to hear if you knit colourwork on a flatbed machine, how you approach it. If you have any tips or suggestions, I would love to hear from you in the comments.



About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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