Craft Dictionary / Crafters Dictionary: Garter Bar

Our featured post from Crafters Dictionary is the Garter Bar.

This is a knitting machine accessory made up of metal bent to form loops or prongs on a metal base bar and used for manipulating stitches, turning stitches or taking the knitwear off the needle-bed or the knitting machine.

A garter bar is a transfer tool with lots of transfer prongs on a metal bar.

The garter bar comes with a stopper, which is adjustable and prevents the needles on the knitting machine from moving when you are doing a stitch manipulation using the garter bar and needle stopper.

Most knitting machines have a garter bar for them (the picture shows a garter bar for the standard gauge knitting machine). You buy it separately because it is an add-on accessory.

Uses of Garter bar

Garter bar is a versatile tool in machine knitting because it helps when,

  • turning your knitting (purl side to knit side),
  • Holding stitches,
  • creating gather/ ruffle design on a gown, skirt,sleeve of shirts , etc. ( You can watch 0-3 months gather gown on the SK280 on ANINO TV( Youtube),
  • dart in needed to shape a knitwear(use in dart making on a knitwear),
  • moving stitches,
  • Removing stitches from the knitting machine,
  • Forming cables,
  • increasing stitches ,
  • decreasing stitches,
  • Hand-tooling lace design,
  • making garter stitches on a knitting machine,
  • and much more.

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