Designing with Kniterate is presented as a series of individual classes, each focusing on stitch design fundamentals and core knitting concepts as they relate to the Kniterate knitting machine. Each session will encourage a couple hours of independent study and exploration. During the week following class, participants can pose questions in the comments area of the course platform. A video follow-up providing answers will be posted inside the course the following week.

Session 2


Note: This class includes a follow-up session and bind-off clinic, recorded on Saturday, March 19, 2022. Special guests at this session were Robert Ingemarsson and Tim Walpole of EcoKnitware.

Session 2 focuses on what many consider to be the easiest knit structure to develop in Kniterate — the double jacquard. The Kniterate's built-in cast-on module is the perfect start to knitting colorwork, up to 6 colors on a row.

In this class we'll explore developing a double jacquard design in the app, importing designs from external applications, and preparing files for jacquard knitting. We also explore some of the possible backings available for double jacquard that are built into the application.

For those who knit scarves and blankets, the Kniterate bind-off module is a great asset. But as with any machine with an automatic bind-off, the settings must be adjusted for your particular yarn and knitting project. In this session, we'll slow down the bind off, so we can see exactly how the it's accomplished. Then we'll troubleshoot any issues that occur in the live follow-up session.

This class assumes familiarity with the basic knitting functions, in particular knit and transfer. (If you need a review, please visit Session 1 of this series.)


Wool jacquard sweater knit fabric
Double jersey jacquard




Hello, I'm Olgalyn Jolly. And yes, I knitted my sweater on my Kniterate!


With decades of experience in machine knitting, ranging from design work to sweater production to teaching at the college level, I'm still learning new things. My specialty is taking the complexities of machine knitting and breaking them down into readily understandable, core concepts.

I currently teach at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design in New York City. I also serve as a Kniterate "ambassador" providing demonstrations of the machine online .

For almost two years now I've enjoyed applying my prior machine knitting knowledge to the act of developing stitch patterns on the Kniterate. I can honestly say Kniterate is my favorite machine!

I look forward to teaching you what I've learned about designing and knitting with this machine.


Your Questions Answered


I need help setting up and threading my Kniterate. Will you cover that in the class?

No. Though I'll help with machine settings that may have an effect on your knitting, we'll be working primarily in the Kniterate design app. Information on setting up and threading the machine can be found on the Up and Running playlist on Kniterate's YouTube channel.

You're not covering the information I need. Will there be other sessions?

Yes, there will be other sessions. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see the list.

If double jacquards are so easy, why are you dedicating an entire session to them?

This session does showcase the ease of developing jacquards. It also shows how to reduce colors in an image that you may want to import into the app for double jacquard knitting.

The bind off is also introduced in this session. I will suggest a way to observe binding off the swatch to prepare for any troubleshooting that's needed. Questions about bind off (as well as double jacquard) will be addressed in the live follow-up session at a later date.

How long will I have access to the lessons?

Once a session is posted, you'll be able to review it at your own pace at any time. This is not a membership site, so there's no monthly fee. I plan to update the sessions after the design app is updated. There are no plans to remove the course.

I hear there's an updated version of the Kniterate design app. Will we use that version?

No. We'll be using the current version located at design.kniterate.com. An updated version of the design app is now in preview. After the new version is officially released, I'll do an update on the new tools. What's important to remember is that though there will eventually be a more efficient way of programming some of the knitting operations, the principles of knit design remain the same.

Will you be providing kcode of various stitches?

No, that would defeat the purpose of the class! I'll be guiding you through the process of making your own stitch patterns in the design app using design principles, proven strategies, and screenshot examples,

Do you work for Kniterate?

I am not an employee of the company. I was an early bird backer on Kickstarter and was later contracted by the company to provide virtual tours of the machine and the design app to potential purchasers.

Over the last year a handful of Kniterate owners and users have approached me requesting lessons, and I've provided several hours of private Kniterate instruction to these individuals.

I created Designing with Kniterate independently to help Kniterate owners who may need help getting started with their designs. The Kniterate is an awesome digital knitting machine and I'm still learning and exploring the possibilities. I believe it's not necessary to take advantage of all the machine's capabilities, but it's wonderful if you have the foundation and a set of skills to do so.

Not ready to register? Waiting for an upcoming session?

I'll keep you updated and let you know when the next session opens. Sign up here.


Upcoming Sessions
(Tentative)


The Tuck Loop - Uses and Limitations

Working with Multiple Transfers

Increases and Decreases

Basic Patterns Using the Miss or Float

Advanced Jacquards

Increasing Texture with Ripples

Adding Texture to Colorwork

Racking Used in Stitch Pattern Development

Stitch Libraries and Translating Stitch Patterns to the Design App



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List of currently available sessions

Wool sweater knit fabric

Racking used in stitch pattern development (upcoming)


Wool sweater knit fabric

Increasing texture with ripples (upcoming)


Wool sweater knit fabric

Working with multiple transfers (upcoming)