October update

Dear Readers

Autumn is a busy time of year, as we settle down to some serious knitting and, with perfect timing, Yeoman Yarns has a fabulous offer for us. From 5th to 31st October, we can save 10% on all our yarn purchases from Yeoman Yarns. It’s a huge saving, but you need to use the code MKM10 with no spaces and typing a zero ‘0’ not a capital ‘O’. Do fill any gaps now, as the code won’t work outside of these dates. It’s also not one of those offers that runs on… and on… and never ends. When it’s gone, it’s gone!

I caught up with Nic Corrigan at the Machine Knit Community recently and felt so envious of the 16 machine knitters who spent six days on a Machine Knitting Retreat in West Yorkshire. The organisation was lots of hard work for Nic and her team, but the camaraderie made it a really special time for everyone. You can read all about it in Clubline on Page 10 and the Machine Knit Community is a very special place. You’ll find full details at www.machineknit.community

Saving on fuel for economy and ecology has been a topic for some time and dressing warmly instead of cranking up the heating is something we can all do. Karin Rogalski has been working on some new ideas because, as she reminds us, mittens or gloves covering our fingertips are none too practical for doodling on a smartphone! Her designs for keeping our hands and wrists warm will include all machines, with or without patterning devices or ribbers. Her mini-series will start next month, so it’s time to head for your stash! If you turn to Dear Anne on Page 12, you’ll see a letter Karin sent, letting us know about Sue from Knit It Now. Sue is collecting data about machine knitting clubs and tells us how every UK club could be highlighted on the map. To put your mind at rest, she uses a secure way to pass on the information without disclosing personal details, so do check it out at www.knititnow.com

Also in Dear Anne I’ve included a special request for anyone who might have a ribber to sell for a Brother KH260. A while ago I worked with Sally on a charitable project and she generously gave away lots of her machines and accessories to a very worthy cause. Yes, you’ve guessed, she’s now in need of a ribber herself. If you can help, please give me a call and I’ll put you in touch. By now, you all know my reluctance to launch into Christmas when this issue goes to press in September. However, I promise to include lots of seasonal ideas and patterns next month so, until then, happy knitting our way.

NEXT ISSUE December 2023

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New subscriptions

NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS Our magazines are mailed to subscribers on the first Thursday of the preceding month, so our November issue was mailed on Thursday 5th October.

If you’d like a monthly subscription to the magazine and order by or on 1st November, your subscription will start with the December 2023 magazine.

Orders received on or after 2nd November will start with the January 2024 magazine. No money is taken with your order and January will be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 7th December.

If you’d like to start with an earlier magazine, please buy it as a back issue and you’ll find it in our shop.

November 2023 (Issue 310) with Alison Dupernex and Bill King

The cover design on our full-colour November 2023 issue is a long cosy cardigan with a hood and feature patch pockets and we’ve our usual mix of patterns including three tiny cardigans for a special baby girl, a kid’s hoodie and lovely Passap sweater. Our highlights this month are an offer of 10% off all Yeoman Yarns until 31st October using the code MKM10 and Bill King’s amazing ideas for combining Fair Isle with holding position shaping. Alison Dupernex shares her patterns and fabulous colourways to make unique accessories and DesignaKnit queen Claire Newberry has had her fingers in a few creative pots. We join Nic Corrigan and the Machine Knit Community on retreat and Dee Crew knits a braid for everyone who loves the finished look, but can’t crochet. Ruth Horrocks points us towards free designs using punchcards or electronics to help knit hand-tooled lace patterns and Sally-Ann Carroll spices up our knitted wardrobe with a shot of crimson. Our mail order shop is always open and we’ve help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

October 2023 (Issue 309) with Bill King and Susan Guagliumi

The cover design on our full-colour October 2023 issue is an autumn cardigan for an extra layer of warmth and we’ve our usual mix of patterns for men, women and children on standard gauge, LK-150 mid-gauge and chunky machines including a tiny cardigan from one of Anne Baker’s much loved prem-baby collections. Our highlights this month are Bill King’s gorgeous sweater, which he’s knitted from yarn he’s spun and dyed himself. Alex Raw (www.youtube.com/@Thesweaterfactory) shares his latest Nordic-style Fair Isle sweater and hat and Susan Guagliumi’s (https://susan-guagliumi.teachable.com/) cropped and boxy oversized sweater with the Judith Duffy cabled edging will be an enduring favourite in your wardrobe. Claire Newberry explains how to shape a ‘V’ neck in Jacquard knitting in DesignaKnit and Bill King explores some new ways to transfer stitches from one bed to another. Dee Crew knits a selection of scalloped edgings in holding position and Sally-Ann Carroll brings us the latest trends and colours. Our mail order shop is always open and we’ve help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

August 2023 update

Dear Readers

I’ve had fun this month, keeping up with Bill King and his latest project. It started off when he sent me the photo, on Page 54, of hanks of yarn drying in the sun. I loved it and asked him to tell me more. It seems he was given a raw fleece and decided to have a go at spinning some yarn. Having not used his spinning wheel for a long time he admits he was a bit rusty. However, the hypnotic pleasure of drawing out the carded fleece soon took over. He admits the yarn was rather uneven, but there was huge satisfaction in watching the hanks of yarn pile up. He plied two ends of his spun yarn together and was fully intending to hand knit it, but set off in a different direction before he found a pair of needles.

A trip to his freezer revealed some damsons and black currants that needed using. Then, inspired (of course!) by Alison’s article last month, he was side-tracked into a colour change. Having dyed the hanks with the fruit, such was his excitement to see it knitted, he abandoned thoughts of rather slow hand knitting in favour of his chunky machine.

It’s a matter of opinion, but I agree with Bill that machine knitting can be compatible with hand-spun yarn. However, feeding the yarn manually rather than threading it through the tension mast helps to take away some of the mechanised neatness of machine knitting. The uneven nature of the dye, with some hanks taking more colour than others, changed the colour of Bill’s original raw fleece to a lovely Ombré dusky purplish grey. Turn to Page 11 and you’ll see him wearing his new sweater. I asked him (nicely!) to tell me what he’d done and he’s sent me the basics. I’ve turned it into a pattern, hoping it may inspire some of you to try something a bit different and it’s coming in our October issue.

This month Bill turns his hand to some amazing stitch transfer patterns with his much-loved 7-prong tool and Alison has been knitting a wall of colour. Barbara’s stunning jacket and skirt is an all-time classic and next month they’ll be joined by Susan Guagliumi. She’s sent us two gorgeous sweaters – one is a boxy tweed sweater and the other is a top with a twist. The fronts are knitted extra-long, then grafted together at the back neck. The extra length is given a quick twist before it’s slipped over the head, to create a draped, scarf-like front. You’ll love both designs and we’re so fortunate to have la crème de la crème in the magazine. Until next time, knit happy!

NEXT ISSUE October 2023

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September 2023 (Issue 308) with Alison Dupernex, Bill King and Barbara Faulkner

The cover design on our full-colour September 2023 issue is a smart, casual and cosy classic sweater and we’ve our usual mix of patterns for men, women and children on standard gauge, LK-150 mid-gauge and chunky machines. With summer still with us, we’ve a good selection of designs. Claire Newberry has been out and about for DAK knitters and Bill King returns to the endless variety of options using the 7-prong transfer tool. Alison Dupernex gives us a wall of colour inspiration for her simple design and we feature two classic Barbara Faulkner designs for standard gauge and Passap machines. Dee Crew uses the slip setting to knit scallop borders and the exceptional talent of Susan Guagliumi offers lots of free help and advice. A spot of TV creeps in to inspire Joan Lafferty and autumn is approaching, so Sally-Ann Carroll looks at ready-made styles and colours in the shops. Fay Butcher knits half tubular for very wide fabric on her Passap and our mail order shop is always open. We’ve help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.

Yeoman July Sale!

Yeoman Yarns are having a July sale and you can get 15% off YARN ONLY on their website.
There’s so much to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Use code JULY15 at the checkout and the sale is running until 31/07/2023, so visit www.yeoman-yarns.co.uk NOW!

Virtual crochet-along 


This autumn, Knitcraft by Hobbycraft will be collaborating with crochet designer Alice Tarry of @the_burrow_uk to bring customers a virtual crochet-along (CAL) that will help crafters try out new stitches and explore new colour combinations, leaving them with a colourful and cosy blanket for the new season.
The Fall into Autumn CAL will launch on 22nd September and will run for 7 weeks. Every Friday at 10.00 am Knitcraft will release a new section of the pattern on the Hobbycraft Ideas Hub and on the @KnitcraftHQ channel, along with videos from @the_burrow_uk talking viewers through each stitch and sharing some crochet tips on the Hobbycraft YouTube channel

Throughout the seven weeks, crafters will be able to share their progress on their social channels by tagging @KnitcraftHQ and using the hashtag #FallIntoAutumnKC The blanket is great for a beginner that wants to build on their skills or a more advanced crocheter that loves exploring new stitches and colour combinations. Customers who want to get involved in the creative craft will be able to purchase a yarn bundle closer to the CAL launch, which will include a selection of Women’s Institute Brown Premium Acrylic Yarn in all the shades you need to complete the blanket. Full details of the bundle will be shared at a later date. For those who want to try their hand at crochet before the start of the CAL in September, they can check out some of the great Autumn crochet projects available on the Ideas Hub. 

How to Crochet an Autumn Fox Wreath image number 1How to Crochet an Autumn Fox Wreath

How to Crochet Pumpkins image number 1How to Crochet Pumpkins

How to Crochet an Autumn Textured Snood image number 1How to Crochet an Autumn Textured Snood  

July 2023 update

Dear Readers

After the cold, wet and miserable start to the year, hosepipe bans are a sure sign that summer has arrived, so I’ve included some pretty tops this time. Adapt them to suit your mood, stash or machine. If time is short, use variegated yarn for instant colour. Change a cable into a lace panel and remember that a row of lace holes over alternate needles is a great way to break up a simple stripe. With the prospect of fine weather and the inevitable clutter in the garden rather than the kitchen, why not join Alison Dupernex and her ideas for hand dyeing with indigo.

It always seems to be this time of the year when you ask me for details about TWAM (Tools With A Mission). Each year, this Christian charity sends around 20 containers filled with over 300 tonnes of refurbished tools to support local people in their own community. TWAM will take manual, electric and treadle sewing machines, knitting machines including yarn and needles, lots of haberdashery such as needles, cottons, large material pieces or rolls of fabric plus buttons and zips. They’ll also take tools for agricultural workers, builders, carpenters, electricians, motor mechanics and plumbers, as well as power tools and items from workshops. Children’s educational books are also passed on. Tools with a Mission is at 2 Bailey Close, Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0UD. Call them on 01473-210220 or visit www.twam.uk

Patricia Dadson runs the Knitaholics club in Romford and there’s a thriving machine knitting community in that part of Essex. Her sad news, just too late for last month’s magazine, was that Edwina Dunham passed away at the end of May aged 73 years. Edwina had been in hospital after a fall and then suffered a stroke. She’ll be missed by all the Essex clubs, as she not only supplied their machines but was willing to demonstrate and deal with problems. Her husband Roy always went with her and he was equally very helpful. We send sincere condolences to Edwina’s family and all those who knew her.

Until next time, have a sunny month and knit happy!

NEXT ISSUE September 2023

Subscription copies sent out Thursday 3rd August

On sale Thursday 10th August

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August 2023 (Issue 307) with Alison Dupernex and Bill King

The cover design on our full-colour August 2023 issue is a comfy-fit top in self-striping yarn and we’ve our usual mix of patterns for men, women and children on standard gauge, LK-150 mid-gauge and chunky machines. With temperatures on the rise, we’ve a good selection of summer tops. Claire Newberry shows how to use some of the sections of the Graphics Studio in DAK and Bill King guides us through the gentle art of turning work on the machine. Alison Dupernex knits a cardigan in Bourette Silk, then hand-dyes with Indigo and we share the story of knitwear designer Ann Blackwell’s move from Nottingham to New York. Dee Crew adds pretty hems to a garment after the main pieces have been knitted and the exceptional talent of Susan Guagliumi offers lots of free help and advice. Think pink! It’s a shade that flatters us all, says Sally-Ann Carroll and Fay Butcher adds a finishing touch to Passap garments. Our mail order shop is open and we always have help and advice in Dear Anne plus news, reviews and club details.