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Vittadini by Machine

I decided to return to the issue of converting hand knit patterns to the machine. It becomes more and more necessary with the lack of good sources for reliable machine knit patterns these days. I stress reliable because I am a firm believer in good editing and much of the material on the internet has never been edited. Even with editing, mistakes slip by and I know that when I find 2 + 2 = 5 the first time, I am likely to keep making the same mistake throughout! There is nothing as valuable as good technical editing to make sure a pattern is correct throughout.

That said, the patterns in magazines like Vogue Knitting and Knitter’s are often doable by machine – and dependably edited to eliminate as many mistakes as humanely possible.

Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting, gave permission for me to reproduce the pattern for this gorgeous Vittadini cardigan so I could detail the step by step directions for converting it to the machine. I realized, once I was done, that it is actually quite similar to the garment I talked about in a blog posting on 8/30/16 – another shawl collared sweater. Sorry about the duplication and next time I will focus on necklines and armholes a bit more. This post is actually far more detailed and, I hope, useful.

I have included both the original pattern and the converted version in a Vittadini Conversion PDF that you can download to work from. The important information for my size (medium – a girl can dream!) is highlighted in yellow. The red type explains the changes that need to be made for the machine.

Just a couple of notes:

(1) Numbers were not rounded off until I needed to know how many rows or stitches and then they were usually rounded up to even numbers.

(2) Each section on the schematic begins with RC 000. So, once the lower body of the garment is done, reset the RC000 before starting the armhole shaping, etc.

(3) These are some of the abbreviations I have used:

STS     stitch/stitches

NDLS  needle/needles

HP       holding position

C/O     cast on

B/O    bind off

S/O    scrap off (shown with a small triangle symbol on schematic).

 

Lastly, I tried my very best to keep going back over the text and re-checking the re-checked math so if you find something that doesn’t compute right about when you thought you understood what was happening – it is probably my mistake not yours!

We’re roasting here in Connecticut this week – hopefully the cooler fall weather is coming soon and we’ll all feel a bit more like knitting!

 

 

 

 

 

23 Comments

  1. Ema on August 29, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Thank you so much, i love that pattern.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 29, 2018 at 6:31 am

      Me too! It is timeless!

  2. Jean Marie on August 29, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    It looks so pretty and so comfortable. Thank you for doing the conversion. I’m nearing the end of your classes on Craftsy, and I’m looking around for patterns to use. This will definitely be on my list.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      ust take it slow and when it is done, you will be an official Cable Queen!

  3. Donna on August 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I am a newbie trying to learn how to convert hand knit patterns to machine and not having much luck. Can’t wait to compare the patterns.😍👍

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      This has been so popular that I just might make a habit of converting hand knit patterns on a regular basis. Stay tuned!

      • Karyn on October 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        Please, please, please do!

  4. Liz on August 29, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    My mother knit a very similar sweater in the early 1950’s, and I wore it in the 70’s and 80’s until it was threadbare. I can’t wait to have and wear this sweater again! Thanks so much Susan!

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Go for it!

  5. Peg on August 29, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    You were an important part of my learning how to machine knit in the 1990’s. All these years later, you still give me new and pertinent information to make machine knitting easier to understand and relevant to today’s fashion. THANK YOU!

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Thank YOU! It is letters like yours that make it all worthwhile for me.

  6. Ann-Kathrin Carlqvist on August 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks, the cardigan will be a challenge, but so beautiful- Thanks!

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Take it slow and you’ll do fine! The cable crossings become second nature in no time!

  7. Kathy Binfet on August 30, 2018 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful cardigan! And thank you so much for the conversion Susan. It is wonderful that we machine knitters still have great resources like you. I am looking to downloading the information. I have all your Craftsy classes and have enjoyed them immensely.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      So happy this has been so well received! It makes me want to do more, different garments in the future. Thanks for writing!

  8. Jeanetta Eisley on August 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Do you have a cardigan suit lapel jacket pattern, single or double breasted. I have been looking for a long time. I attended your class several years ago and purchased the 2 books you had, but still do not know how to use them. I mainly like to knit suits and straight skirts. Do you have a suit pattern I can purchase? I love the cardigan you posted, I purchased that pattern book. It is so classy!!

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Hmm. Suits are really not my thing, but I think you would be happy if you found one of the old Bonnie Triola patterns – there still have to be some around and she used to do gorgeous suits and dresses, mostly standard gauge.

  9. Anne Elm on August 30, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you Susan. I love cables and this is such a classic design.

    • Susan Guagliumi on August 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      Glad you like it!

  10. Sigrid Lefebvre on September 12, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Susan, please let me know how to download the pattern. I just can’t seem to see any buttons to click on.
    Thank you.

    • Susan Guagliumi on September 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      It doesn’t download from the blog. Youmust be registered for the newsletter on the website (www.guagliumi.com). When you register you will receive a confirmation and a link that you MUST use to access all the free downloads. SAVE THE LINK for future use – it is the only way to get to the listing. Once there, just click on whatever file you want. It walloped and you can print it out.

  11. Barbara A Palmer on November 29, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I love my Vittadini by Machine. Thanks for the pattern. I collect Vogue Knitting magazines, but until I started machine knitting, I rarely had the patience to do a sweater. Also helps now having DAK to help with sizing.
    I’m looking at Swirling Eyelets (Machine Knitting Monthly – Oct 2015) as my next project. I really like the artistic placement of the swirls. Also the godet for extra swish (we can never have too much swish). I have a black wool that would work up nicely on my LK150. Thanks for that pattern, too!!
    barb

    • Susan Guagliumi on November 29, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      I LOVE READING SUCCESS STORIES! THANKS FOR WRITING. THE SWIRLING EYELETS ATTERN IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON MY WEB SITE AS ONE OF THE FREEBIES – PROBABLY THE SAME INFO, JUST A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FORMAT. LER ME KNOW HOW IT GOES!

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