Designing with Kniterate is presented as a series of individual sessions, 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 a new welt is introduced for an advanced tuck pattern. Methods for programming jersey tuck patterns on the Kniterate are covered, as well as the use of the plating slit.

Tucks can indeed add wonderful texture to your knitting.They also serve a very utilitarian purpose when used as a join in short row intarsia. Instructions for setting this up are included.

The updated class uses the the newest version of the Kniterate design app located at This course 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've taught knitwear design and machine knitting at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Parsons School of Design in New York City. I enjoy providing online demonstrations of the Kniterate and answering the questions of potential purchasers.

For three years I've applied 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.

Which version of the design app does this course cover?

This course covers the updated design app located at Lessons for the older version of the design app remain available following the updated lessons. Latest updates for all sessions are posted here.

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

Yes, there will be other sessions once the updates to current sessions are completed.

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.

Will you be providing kcode of various stitches?

No, I'll be guiding you through the process of making your own stitch patterns in the design app using design principles, proven strategies, including screenshot and native file (.buck) examples along the way.

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 couple of years several Kniterate owners and users have approached me requesting lessons, and I've provided hours of private Kniterate instruction to individuals and small groups.

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.

Designing with Kniterate