Textiles Home | Print | Knit | Weave | Digital Print |
Knit | 02: Partial Knitting | Next >>

PARTIAL KNITTING

This technique involves knitting groups of stitches while others are held in a non-knit position. You must select the needle you would like to knit manually, do this by pushing the selected needles into working position (B) and all the others into non-working position (E).
This technique is usually used to shape a garment with darts and heels of socks. But strong textural effects can also be produced, Particularly raised patterns and random bobbles and the ability to change colour/ yarn in the middle of individual rows..

Wavy loop

Cast on as many needles as required using main yarn.

With carriage on the right knit 10 rows.

Push all needles in to HP (Hold Position) except the first 2 on the right, change to contrast yarn and
knit 10 rows.

Push the next 2 needles into WP (Work Position) knit 1 row, then push first 2 needles on the right into HP, knit 9 rows. Again push the next 2 needles into WP, knit 1 row, push last 2 needles on the right into HP, knit 9 rows.

Repeat this action along the whole length of the knitting.

Once completed remove the claw weights and use your latch tool to hook up every alternate set of 5 knitted strips. This will form 5 loops.

At the end of the repeat, change to the main yarn and put the carriage lever back to N and work 6 rows. This forms the repeat for partial knitting.

Repeat this as often as you want to form a textured surface.

To create a staggered effect hook up the loops above those that were not hooked up in the previous repeat.

Sock heel pattern

With carriage on the right, knit 6 rows.

Change Holding Cam Lever from N (normal) to H (hold).

Put all needles into HP except the first 16 on the same side as the carriage, knit 2 rows.

On side opposite from carriage put the first end needle in HP, knit 1 row, again on the opposite side from the carriage put the end needle in HP, knit 1 row. Repeat this action till you have only 2 needles remaining in WP and the carriage on the right side of the knitting.

On side opposite carriage put the first needle back into WP, K 1 row. On side opposite carriage put the
end needle in WP, K1 row, repeat this action until all needles in this group are in WP and carriage is on
the right.

Put the next group of 16 needles into WP, knit 1 row. Put the first group of 16 needles into HP, knit 1 row.

Now work this new group exactly as the other to then move across to work the final group of 16 needles, ending with carriage on the left.

Put Holding Cam Lever back to N and knit 5 rows.

This action can be repeated as many times as needed or can be done at random intervals depending on the desired effect.

Dart shaping pattern

With the carriage on the right change the Holding Cam Lever from N to H.

Put the last 4 needles furthest away from the carriage into HP.

Change to contrast yarn, knit 2 rows.

Put the next set of 4 needles furthest away from carriage into HP.

Change to main yarn knit 2 rows repeat this until all needles are in HP except the last 4 on the right,
knit 2rows.

Change Holding Cam Lever from H to N, change yarn and knit 2 rows across all needles.

Break off both yarns. Put both PART buttons in and take the carriage across the bed with out knitting.

Release PART buttons and put Holding Cam Lever back to N.

Rejoin yarns on left and work the next dart from the left reversing all holdings.

You can continue to work this way to form a vertical repeat or to shape your knit repeat the first action only.

next >>

Back to the Knit Content Page >>