Vittadini by Machine

I decided to return to the issue of converting hand knit patterns to the machine. It becomes more and more necessary with the lack of good sources for reliable machine knit patterns these days. I stress reliable because I am a firm believer in good editing and much of the material on the internet has never been edited. Even with editing, mistakes slip by and I know that when I find 2 + 2 = 5 the first time, I am likely to keep making the same mistake throughout! There is nothing as valuable as good technical editing to make sure a pattern is correct throughout.

That said, the patterns in magazines like Vogue Knitting and Knitter’s are often doable by machine – and dependably edited to eliminate as many mistakes as humanely possible.

Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting, gave permission for me to reproduce the pattern for this gorgeous Vittadini cardigan so I could detail the step by step directions for converting it to the machine. I realized, once I was done, that it is actually quite similar to the garment I talked about in a blog posting on 8/30/16 – another shawl collared sweater. Sorry about the duplication and next time I will focus on necklines and armholes a bit more. This post is actually far more detailed and, I hope, useful.

I have included both the original pattern and the converted version in a Vittadini Conversion PDF that you can download to work from. The important information for my size (medium – a girl can dream!) is highlighted in yellow. The red type explains the changes that need to be made for the machine.

Just a couple of notes:

(1) Numbers were not rounded off until I needed to know how many rows or stitches and then they were usually rounded up to even numbers.

(2) Each section on the schematic begins with RC 000. So, once the lower body of the garment is done, reset the RC000 before starting the armhole shaping, etc.

(3) These are some of the abbreviations I have used:

STS     stitch/stitches

NDLS  needle/needles

HP       holding position

C/O     cast on

B/O    bind off

S/O    scrap off (shown with a small triangle symbol on schematic).

 

Lastly, I tried my very best to keep going back over the text and re-checking the re-checked math so if you find something that doesn’t compute right about when you thought you understood what was happening – it is probably my mistake not yours!

We’re roasting here in Connecticut this week – hopefully the cooler fall weather is coming soon and we’ll all feel a bit more like knitting!

 

 

 

 

 

21 thoughts on “Vittadini by Machine”

  1. It looks so pretty and so comfortable. Thank you for doing the conversion. I’m nearing the end of your classes on Craftsy, and I’m looking around for patterns to use. This will definitely be on my list.

  2. Thanks so much for this! I am a newbie trying to learn how to convert hand knit patterns to machine and not having much luck. Can’t wait to compare the patterns.😍👍

    1. This has been so popular that I just might make a habit of converting hand knit patterns on a regular basis. Stay tuned!

  3. My mother knit a very similar sweater in the early 1950’s, and I wore it in the 70’s and 80’s until it was threadbare. I can’t wait to have and wear this sweater again! Thanks so much Susan!

  4. You were an important part of my learning how to machine knit in the 1990’s. All these years later, you still give me new and pertinent information to make machine knitting easier to understand and relevant to today’s fashion. THANK YOU!

  5. What a beautiful cardigan! And thank you so much for the conversion Susan. It is wonderful that we machine knitters still have great resources like you. I am looking to downloading the information. I have all your Craftsy classes and have enjoyed them immensely.

    1. So happy this has been so well received! It makes me want to do more, different garments in the future. Thanks for writing!

  6. Do you have a cardigan suit lapel jacket pattern, single or double breasted. I have been looking for a long time. I attended your class several years ago and purchased the 2 books you had, but still do not know how to use them. I mainly like to knit suits and straight skirts. Do you have a suit pattern I can purchase? I love the cardigan you posted, I purchased that pattern book. It is so classy!!

    1. Hmm. Suits are really not my thing, but I think you would be happy if you found one of the old Bonnie Triola patterns – there still have to be some around and she used to do gorgeous suits and dresses, mostly standard gauge.

    1. It doesn’t download from the blog. Youmust be registered for the newsletter on the website (www.guagliumi.com). When you register you will receive a confirmation and a link that you MUST use to access all the free downloads. SAVE THE LINK for future use – it is the only way to get to the listing. Once there, just click on whatever file you want. It walloped and you can print it out.

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