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. Scroll down for information on each session.

1 — Intro to Knit Technology, Yarn Weight, and Programming a Welt

Session 1 introduces the basic principles of knitting technology; that is, how the fundamental knitting stitches are made on the machine. We'll then move onto yarn weight, yarn conversions, and selecting the correct yarns for the Kniterate.

After a walkthrough of the design app, we'll set up the transfers and the stitch arrangements necessary to transition from the Kniterate start (waste yarn) module to successful 1x1 and a 2x1 rib welts. The next steps will be transferring to a plain jersey and developing garter ridges in the design app.

This first session is especially for those with little or no machine knitting experience. It's also a good fit for those with a machine knitting background but lacking experience with machine knitting software.

2 — Basic Jacquard and Bind Off

Session 2 focuses on both single jacquard with floats (also known as fairisle) and double jacquard. Binding off is also presented.

We will use two different approaches to the jacquards. If you are a DesignaKnit 9 user, steps for exporting jacquards from DAK 9 to the Kniterate design app are introduced. If you rather work without DAK 9, we'll prepare artwork with an external application and then set up the file for birdseye jacquard in the Kniterate design app. You will be shown different backings for these two double jacquards.

For those who knit scarves and blankets, the Kniterate bind-off command is an essential asset. The most important bind-off options for your knitting project are presented. And we will troubleshoot the most common errors.

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.)

3 — The Tuck Loop (Plus Plaiting)

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.

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

4 — Decreases, Increases, and Shaping a Sweater

Shaping is an essential part of knitwear design and is considered an extensive topic. One of the many features of the updated design app is the ability to import shapes directly from popular design program DesignaKnit 9 (DAK9). Session 4 covers this new capability as well as the other preparatory steps for knitting a sweater, such as determining gauge.

Next we build the command stack necessary for knitting a sweater in the Kniterate design app. With videos, technical notes, and reference files, we cover the sequence of fully fashioned shaping and bind-off macros for the neckline, underarms, and sleeves. This sequence will apply whether the sweater is drafted in DAK9 or originates in the design app.

Session 4 assumes familiarity with the basic knitting operations on the Kniterate. While this class cannot provide shaping for every stitch pattern and every situation, this class provides instruction for using the Kniterate tools and presents a strategy for decreases and increases with single knit and basic rib fabrics. 

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. Currently, I provide Kniterate demos to potential purchasers.

For about four years now 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 design app located at Just as the older version of the design app will remain available, the older version of Designing with Kniterate will remain available for the time being. Latest updates for all sessions will be posted here. What's important to remember is that though many new features are added to the design app, the principles of knit design remain the same. Designing with Kniterate will provide a solid foundation.

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

Yes, there will be other lessons.

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 as the design app is updated. There are no plans to remove the course.

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, tool guidance, proven strategies, along with screenshots and native file (.buck) 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 few years several Kniterate owners and users have approached me requesting lessons. I've provided hours of private Kniterate instruction to individuals and 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 many 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 strong set of skills to do so.