Before I start work on my Royal Opera House commission for the Ignite Deloitte Festival in September, I thought I should finish my outstanding knitting projects. A friend had asked me to finish a Kaffe Fassett ‘Pennant’ jacket that her mum had started knitting for her 21st. She is now well over 21.
The image below shows what I received. Her mum had knitted the back, left front and half of the right front.
I decided that I would finish the garment on my Silver Reed LK150 mid-gauge knitting machine. It took some time to match the tension to the same as the knitting supplied.
To start with I transferred the knitting onto the knitting machine. Then I flipped the knitting chart in Adobe’s Photoshop so that the pattern would appear the right way round. When you knit with two knitting needles you are knitting into the front of the knitting, while on the machine you are knitting from the back.
The AG10 intarsia carriage was used to knit the jacket.
Once all the pieces were knitted I sewed in the ends using the knitting machine latch tool rather than a sewing needle. I find it is quicker using a latch tool. You can knit in the ends as go, but I prefer to doing it last.
Below is a picture of the back of the garment with the ends sewn in. I think the back should look as good as the front.
I have been fortunate to used my LK150 to knit various items for Kaffe Fassett. Below is a photo of a Stepped Flower Stole I knitted a while back. The photo shows the work in progress (1/3 complete). The yarn used is Rowan yarn’s Summer Tweed (silk cotton blended yarn) which unfortunately has been discontinued. It’s a beautiful yarn to knit with whether by hand or on the machine.
Now that I have finish the Pennant jacket it’s time to start knitting my Toy Theatre. Follow my blog for updates.