Good Day, Crafties! I've finally come out of Sentro hibernation this year and have resumed making tutorials. In the time that I've dropped off, there have been a number of new techniques and project ideas to crop up and it's so wonderful to see the circular knitting machine community flourishing!
I've done a video in the past on how I make my double knit brim for my my beanies and it involved a little extra time and some sewing. This new method doesn't feature any sewing and looks really nice when executed properly. When I first tried it our, however,there were some glaring issues with it that I wanted to address in this blog here.
The resulting double brim looks great!
It requires no sewing.
Might be quicker than the sewing process?
Has the potential to wear out your machine.
Can cause those internal machine gears to grind if you're not careful.
You need to master your tension.
Use the loosest tension possible when casting on. You want those loops at the beginning to be relatively loose because later on, you'll be grafting these loops onto the pins on your machine. If your tension is too tight, when you go to transfer these stitches onto the pins, it can cause the gears inside to grind which, if done repeatedly, can wear out your Sentro Knitting Machine.
I did my sample on the Sentro 32 and cranked a total of 6 inches (20 cm) of fabric, for a 3 inch brim. If I were to work this on the Sentro 48, I'd make 8 inches (27 cm) of fabric for a 4 inch brim.
When making my project, I cranked fabric in the largest hole on the tensioner.
As I went around to place the bottom row of stitches onto the pins, I made sure to only place 1 loop around each edge.
I used a loom pick toward the end as the loops started to give me some resistance. This helped to finish the process smoothly.
Crank that first round of stitches after this process very slowly and carefully to see if any stitches were dropped.
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Til next time,