Susan Guagliumi

When I wrote More Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters, Colleen Smitherman allowed me to include her clever, clever method of making a “Make-Do Garter Bar” (MDGB). When I started knitting the sweater in the photo above I further adapted one of my MDGBs for a Make-Do Needle Pusher. If you have a copy of More-Hand Manipulated Stitches, you already have the directions, but if you do not own that book yet, I have included a PDF files of the directions with this posting.

Either side can be used for the “right” side of this fabric. The twisted ladder bars and stacked decreases create the 3-stitch eyelets that are repeated on the same needles throughout the fabric, which I chose to use sideways in my sweater.

This sweater (directions will appear in an upcoming issue of Machine Knitting Monthly) was inspired by some of the stitches in Open Spaces and is one of those fabrics that cannot be done with a lace carriage. It just requires lots of hand-manipulations and to speed up that process I simply cut out some of the prongs from my MDGB to turn it into a MDNP!!

Removing some of the prongs made it easy-peasy to select every 6th needle and I only needed to make two selections to work my way across the bed with this long needle pusher.


  1. Judy Penney on August 6, 2019 at 7:46 am


    Years ago my husband saw how much time it was taking to finish the bottom of the sweaters I had designed for my line. He notched a 12″ ruler that pulled every fourth needle for my scallop hem.
    Now if I can just get my knitting room cleaned I can’t wait to get back to my machines.
    Thanks, Susan for keeping the ideas coming.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 6, 2019 at 9:04 am

      That is a great solution for someone who is handy with – and has the right – tools!

  2. Alexandra Athanassiou on August 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Great tool to transfer stitches when knitting the crown of hats!
    I have seen similar doityourself garter bars, but this is indeed the best!
    Thank you Susan Guagliumi. You have been and are an inspiration to all of us machine knitters!
    CO-MO, USA

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 6, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      So happy you like this! None of this info does any of us any good sitting in our file cabinets – happy to share!

  3. Linda on August 8, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing this tip. I do have several of your books, but not sure I have the book with this info. Much appreciated.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      It is at the back of More Hand-Manipulated Stitches – but now you have a PDF you can download!

  4. Jean Clink on September 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Ingenious. I love dyi. Now I am more inspired to buy your new book.

    Is it better for you if we buy it directly from you – and could you give us a link? Thank you!

    • Susan Guagliumi on September 7, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Great – glad you like it. Yes, it is always better for me when you buy direct. You can go to – all 4 books are there. Just a heads up – I will have hard covers available on the site in the next few weeks if you prefer those. They are pricier buy sturdier. Also, the new video class, “Open Spaces” will be out in the next few weeks – a 7 hour class! Stay tuned.