As I mentioned in my very first post on this blog, reversible jacquard is the holy grail of jacquard knitting for a lot of machine knitters. And for good reason! If you are making, say, a blanket or a scarf, what could be more perfect than a fabric that, 1) doesn’t roll up like stockinette, 2) looks good on both sides, and 3) has the SAME DESIGN on both sides? Nothing, really. Oh, and of course, no floats.
There are certainly some lovely jacquard methods that can be knit on almost any machine. My SK360 does a fine job, but your only option is stripes on the back:
I have come to know this is called “slip jacquard”. It’s the kind of DBJ most machines with a ribber can do, and it’s nice. But…
*a brief pause of … many months*
OK, so…I started this post months and months ago, and forgot to finish it. But I am doing so now because I was contacted by someone who read my original blog post about my Superba (Hi J!) and had some questions. I wanted to follow up on it, since I have been using the Superba S48/White 1602/Singer 2310 machine with SuperbaKnit package for a solid year now. The big takeaway is:
I LOVE IT!
It’s by far my favourite machine of my 3. It’s also my only electronic, so that does figure heavily in there, I’m sure, but I also just love all the things it can do. I love the double-bed fabrics it can produce, the ease of getting it to knit circular on two beds, the fact that you always get a consistent stitch size on the front and back bed (unlike on most Japanese style machines with ribbers, where you might have to play with the settings to get a similarly-sized stitch on the main bed/ribber.)
OK so back to the reason I got the darn thing in the first place, DOUBLE BED JACQUARD! Obviously I wanted the reversible capabilities of the machine, but did you know there are many other kinds you can knit as well? Check this out:
Then, of course, the reversible! Here is my favourite reversible project so far, a test piece I knit of Kris Jenner’s face. Why? I dunno man, because I could haha. I made her into a silhouette from a photo on the internet, and then imported her into SuperbaKnit, and knit the piece using the second yarn guide. Oh, this is worth mentioning! This kind of DBJ, as well as methods 1 and 2 above, are as easy as doing fair isle! Both yarns run at once, and in this case it plaits on the back side to produce a reversed image.
I have also dabbled with slip jacquard, as with the boats from above, and it of course works well too. The Superba machines have what they call the lili buttons on a Brother (every other needle on front bed) to make it easy to do a birdseye back, or you can always do a stripe back. They generally call it “Norwegian Jacquard” in the manuals, so that’s what I will call it here. This is a 3-colour sample that I did. Looks good, right?
Anyway, that’s just a small glimpse at what I’ve been up to with this machine since last year. It’s my absolute favourite, and next time I’ll update on some of the other cool toys I have for it 🙂
If you are on the fence about either a Superba electronic machine or SuperbaKnit, I would give you my glowing endorsement of either. Beautiful, underrated machines, great software.