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Artist in Residence: Welcome Calvin!

Calvin contacted ETIB a while ago asking about machine knitting  workshops and meeting creative people in general as he was going to come to Berlin for a few months.

He´s from Minnesota, studied printmaking and art and has been dancing since childhood.

And now he´s here and started by taking my machine knitting crash course.

We started off with basic cast on, hollow hem, cast off, tuck stitch, slip stitch, lace stitch, knitweave and shortened rows (the ones you need for sock knitting).

Calvin was quick to pick up the basics and has very good intuitive grasp so we covered all pretty fast.



Lace stitch with beige camelhair yarn


Casting off with a round tip needle to make it look exactly like the cast on and leaves it elastic (in contrast to the often use chain stitch mehtod which is not very elastic).  This let´s you sew pieces together whitout having a thick, non elastic edging that might be restrictive eg in armholes, shoulder seams, neckline edgings etc.


Tuck stitch sample with beige camelhair yarn


Steam ironing (you only glide over the knitwear and give it a strong blast of steam) is a final part in machine knitting as that is when you shrink the sample into shape. This assures that when you knit your final piece it is exactly the size you want it to be.

I have a steam pressure iron from the italian firm comel model snail (it´s the smallest) and the matching ironing borad with heating and suction (although very weak).


Knitweaving on the brother kh 820 (possible on all models from kh 800 upwards).

I put Calvin through the hard stuff first by giving him an irregular weave yarn and the changing to a smoother yarn later.


But Calvin didn´t mind the hard stuff in fact he looked rather happy afterwards


And so he will be continuing to work at ETIB and learning as long as he is in Berlin.

You´ll be hearing more from Calvin and his Kickstarter campaign to enable him to learn more skills and create projects.


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