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.

Session 3


The tuck is one of machine knitting's basic operations. In Session 3 we'll cover the tuck loop's properties, its effects on knitted fabric, and how to use the tuck with Kniterate.

We get started with two basic tuck patterns — the cardigan and half cardigan stitches. We'll move on to two-color variations of the cardigan stitch. Next we'll combine a couple of basic stitch structures to create a couple of advanced stitch patterns.

Included with this session are transitions from the Start Module to the new stitch patterns and I introduce a new welt for one of the advanced patterns. We end with a strategy for working around the tuck stitch limitations on the Kniterate.

Tucks can indeed add wonderful texture to your knitting. For even more depth, instructions for using Kniterate's plating slit are now included.

This class assumes a basic familiarity with the design app. If you need a review, please visit Session 1 of this series.

Wool sweater knit fabric
Two-color cardigan stitch variation




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.

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 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)


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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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)


Previous Sessions


Session 1 — Knit technology, yarn weight, and programming a welt

Session 2 — Basic Jacquards (Including Bind-Off Clinic)