I have taken out my Passap and Knitmaster knitting machines after over 20 years. I bought from eBay June Brereton’s book of Yeoman Panama Summer Tops and have the right yarn, but the pattern says to use a reel of knit-in elastic for the rib. Do I need to use this or is there an alternative way of doing the rib?
I would like to thank all the exhibitors for coming to our show and taking their chance with us. We had 150 people through the doors, coming from far and wide. Thank you to all the visitors and to all our club members. They worked very hard keeping the teapot going. Also a big thank you to Iris Bishop who once again gave a fantastic talk.
This is a small frame, will sit on your lap. It is very well made. The company details are as follows:- Frame Knitting Ltd, PO Box 115, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 3TJ. Tel 04427-71759. These details are out of date and having found the company name I have discovered that the company closed in 2009. I also have a handwritten letter to Machine Knitting Monthly, a ‘new magazine’, ordering the new magazine along with the Simpleframe supplement containing 2 patterns a month, hints and tips, news and letters. The directors of the company were P J Reilly and S A Reilly. Can anyone shed any light on this subject? I am beginning to feel like a detective!
Dear Anne and anyone with database skills. Would it be possible to sell indexes of the patterns created over the years for |MKM, as I have so many magazines in my collection it takes me a week to find the one I want. If somebody who has the time, patience and resources to create some I would gladly pay for them as I suspect would many other subscribers to this magazine. My magazine collection goes way back to the 1980s but I’m not sure if it is possible to catalogue all the magazines but since MKM became electronic and web friendly that might be possible? Anybody able to help me?
I have found a better alternative to sponge on the sponge bars. I have replaced the sponge with a row of 12 conical springs, the type found in AAA battery packs purchased from Maplins Electronics. A battery pack costs 89p and has four springs. Remove the springs are attach to the sponge bar then cove with a length of metal tape, the type found in retractable tape measures. The smaller type are usually 1 metre long and the same width as the sponge bar. Purchased from our local hardware store these are £1.29 for a twin pack.
When the tape is cut from the holder remember to put Sellotape over each end, they are very sharp. You just have to remember when inserting the sponge bar it has to be inserted upside down so that the springs are facing away from the needles. I use this method in both the main bed and the ribber attachment. The bar works perfectly and I have been using it for over a year now and the springs are still in perfect condition. Up until I created this method the sponge bar was the absolute bain of my life, very hard to find, expensive and messy to replace on a DIY basis. I hope this helps.
I am trying to create interest in using the knitting machine as a creative tool. I also run sessions at my workshop, please contact me for details.
I’m unable to move the knit carriage across the needle bed without it jamming and there are loose needles.I bought my Brother KH881 knitting machine about 15 years ago, but I never managed to get the machine to knit and put it away. Recently I decided to set-up the knitting machine and to try to learn to machine knit. I’ve cleaned and oiled the knitting machine and I’ve replaced the needle retaining bar.
I’ve followed the instructions from the machine knitting manual in an attempt to plain knit. The knit carriage jams against the needles in B position, they’re very loose once extended beyond B position and in holding position don’t lie straight
on the needle bed.
Could this be the K carriage itself that’s faulty? Could it be the fact that the knitting machine has always been faulty?
Could you please advise further.
Many thanks from Lilian Guyers in Skelmersdale
We start back after the summer break on Tuesday 6th September for show and tell, demonstrations and anything related to machine knitting. We’re a friendly group with a wealth of knowledge and experience in machine knitting and look forward to welcoming you to our club. Meetings are held at Kyle Academy, Ayr and please e-mail Maggie at email@example.com for further information.
I used to have trouble when I made my gauge swatch counting the number of rows and stitches, especially if I used a furry or bouclé yarn. To solve this problem I cast on at least 20 more stitches and knit about 10 to 15 rows. At this point I tie on a brightly coloured contrast yarn on the stitches just prior to my gauge stitches. For example, if the gauge is 20 stitches and 30 rows to 4 inches I put the yarn on the 9th row and the 9th stitch and the 21st stitch (this is based on knitting 40 stitches for the whole piece). I then knit the 30 rows and place the marker again on the 31st row and the 9th and 21st stitch. I knit a few more rows, take the piece off the machine and stretch it a bit and let it settle. It’s absolutely essential to let it settle for a few hours and overnight is best if you can wait that long. When I measure the piece I just measure inside the coloured scrap pieces and adjust from there and this method has never let me down.
Hope it helps someone and good luck with your knitting.
I need a knitting club and help with a Silver Reed carriage please. Does anybody know whether an SRP60 carriage will work on the needlebed of an SRP50?
Also, does anybody know of a machine knitting club in the Leeds, West Yorkshire area? Thank you for any help and an excellent machine knitting magazine.