We are a Leicester Machine knitting Club and our demonstration machine needs to be serviced. I’d like to know approximately how much it would cost please.
I have a Knitmaster 260 and I would like to make knitwear without a seam. Would I have to buy a new machine or can I buy a attachment for circular knitting.
I have not used a knitting machine for years, but have just bought a Brother 836 at a sale and have just taken a subscription to the magazine. I used to use Worth Knitting because their 4-ply Acrylic was great. However, I can’t find them now so they must have closed down. Does anyone know who sells their 4-ply? It was branded as their own, but they must have got it from somewhere! Also, does anyone know where I could get 2/30s 1-ply yarns (or any ply for that matter) near to Ellesmere in Shropshire. I don’t think Machine knitting has reached my area.
I’ve been a hand knitter for years and would like to try my hand at machine knitting. I think I’d like to look at fine gauge knitting for using fine yarns to make shawls, scarves and the like. There seems to be loads for sale on eBay, but with no detailed descriptions. I don’t have much space at home so something that’s portable, easy to store and simple to use would be great. Can anyone help me?
Thank you in advance
I have just started using the Mylar sheets, which originally are for a Silver Reed (Knitmaster) machine. I have managed a pattern, which will knit when I use the machine, but I can’t put it into the memory. What am I doing wrong?
I have purchased some Mylar sheets for my Brother 950i. Although the machine seems to have read the pattern I have drawn, I can’t get the machine to knit the pattern. Is it because they are not the correct Mylar sheets for the machine? I know that it’s difficult to get Brother Mylar sheets and wonder if anyone had the same problem?
I’ve a friend whose daughter raises Alpaca and she arranges for hand knitters to make the yarn into various items, which she sells at shows when they exhibit the animals. She had a request for a greyhound coat and took some measurements. She gave me some of the yarn to see if I could knit it up on the knitting machine, so it would be firmer than hand knitting. I did a sample in 1×1 self-colour Fair Isle and it was fine.
Next I had to find a pattern. I searched on the Internet but couldn’t find one that was suitable. The shape was all wrong and the sizes were different. Luckily a friend of mine spotted a neighbour walking a greyhound with a coat. One day we knocked on her door and asked if we could trace the coat on to a Knit Leader sheet. I folded the coat in half to get it on, but unfortunately it was the wrong size. More problems! Then I had the bright idea to do one piece, increasing the size and shape to what I thought it should be. I decided to do the coat in three pieces, as greyhounds are notoriously sensitive on their spines and it could have irritated the buyer’s dog. Luckily the piece was okay and I knitted the coat and sewed it together, making a 1×1 double collar round the neck.
It was curling up round the edges but the normal ‘worm’ edge looked all wrong. I tried using the wool double, picking up every alternate needle and knitted one row, but of course if I’d cast off, there would have been several joins. I decided to just knit the one row and take it off on about ten rows of waste yarn before going on to the next section until I’d gone round it all. I cast off the last bit and worked backwards. It was time consuming but worth it.
The finished result looked good and I was able to press the whole thing and there was very little curling. The last touch was a long full needle rib strap to go all round the dog to keep it secure. Luckily the owner was very pleased and I understand the dog was happy as well. It took quite a while, but was worth it in the end! It was snapped up before I’d chance to take a photo. I hope I haven’t taken up too much of your time with this!
Cheerio for now and best wishes, Denys Cave
Have you seen the wonderful videos that Diana Sullivan from Austin, Texas is putting on YouTube? There are many on there but hers are very professional and are free to view and will eventually be offered for sale. I think the one on using the garter bar is already for sale and that one really got me able to use my garter bar with confidence. If you haven’t viewed them and are interested, go to www.diananatters and the videos and other lessons are all listed on the left side. A great one for beginner knitters is ‘How to make a child’s raglan sweater’.
As you may have heard we had the Olympics in our fair city and the warmest winter since records were kept. Just when we needed lots of snow, we got very little. Isn’t life amazing? I hope you are keeping well and wish you and all the staff a good 2010.
Sincerely, Barbara Tulip