Bournemouth Show 2019

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The show takes place on Saturday 5th October from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Bournemouth School for Girls in Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9UJ. Tickets are available and cost £5 in advance or £6 on the door. The school refectory opens and staff provide hot and cold refreshments throughout the day.

Our plans are coming along nicely and we’ve a new, fresh look this year. Our Guest Speaker is Sally Butcher, who is a prolific knitter and she runs a monthly knitting club in Bodmin. Sally’s main focus is on all makes and types of Japanese machines and she’ll talk about the huge presence of machine knitting on the internet. She’ll tell us how they set up the Beginners Group, talk about what they try to achieve and display some of their designs. She’ll also bring a laptop, to show us photos of many interesting projects completed. Having set up one of her machines, Sally will talk to you during the day whilst she sits and knits. Taunton members are busy knitting for the fashion show and they’ll have an extensive display of new items. This year’s focus for Ringwood members is to produce smaller items for the show. Members are knitting for prem babies at their local hospital as well as making hats, gloves, scarves and jumpers. Maureen will run our cloakroom in aid of Julia’s House and do come with a little extra in your purse. You’ll perhaps remember Phyllis and David Hilton, who demonstrated intarsia at the show several years ago. With their health failing it’s time for them to downsize, so David is donating lots of his personal intarsia sweaters for a charitable donation. Our Guest Speaker talks at around 11.00 am and the fashion show is in the afternoon around 2.00 pm. This year’s exhibitors included Andee Knits, Sally Butcher, Anne Croucher and the Knit Clinic, Bill King, Carbery Machine Knitting Club, new DesignaKnit 9, David Hampson from The Wool Cabin, Sue Castro, Elaine Cater with designer patterns, Fleet Machine Knitting Club, Machine Knitting Monthly also with Anjo Designs, Nina Miklin with designer books and yarn, Ringwood Machine Knitting Club, Taunton Machine Knitting Club, Rob Fountain and Uppingham Yarns. Watch this space as we update the details until the show.

October 2019 – our new issue is now on sale

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Our full-colour October issue is now on sale. Anne Baker’s Karabee Design on the cover is perfect for the new season and we’ve the usual mix of designs for all machines including Passap. DesignaKnit 9 has just been officially launched and it’s the biggest upgrade we’ve known, so we bring you two pages with masses of details. We’ve a special feature on colour and style for crafters and it’s time to embrace the brand-new season and introduce your knits to all the new shades and trends says Sally-Ann Carroll. Bill King returns to one of his favourite stitches this month and shows us some of the endless possibilities. Fay Butcher guides us through reversible Fair Isle for Duomatic and E6000 machines and in Part 3 of our new series we look at using a colour changer with multi-coloured Fair Isle patterns. Joan Lafferty talks about pockets, with step-by-step instructions and photos for knitting one. We always ​include news, books and fashion plus great reader savings on new craft books from Search Press.

Yarn in the city

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Yarn in the City

This year’s Great London Yarn Crawl (GLYC) takes place from 1st to 8th September 2019

This year’s edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl will be a little different. The week-long event will allow participants to choose their own routes and shop combinations and to spread their visits over multiple days, extending the yarn-y celebration! The fantastic shops involved in this year’s GLYC have come up with some special offers and events for September. Participants must present their GLYC passports to take advantage of any shop offers!

Ticket sales will end at 11.59 pm on Sunday, 25th August. For more details and tickets, visit

Refuge says: “Part of our goal in putting on The Great London Yarn Crawl in the autumn is to give back to the community. There are a couple of ways we see that happening. The first is by bringing together knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers and giving them an opportunity to explore new shops and make new friends. The second is by donating to a local charity, specifically one devoted to helping women and children. As both of us are women with children, supporting organisations that help those in need is an important thing for us. After researching the various London-based women-focused charities around, we decided that a portion of the proceeds from The Great London Yarn Crawl event will be donated to Refuge.

In their own words: “Refuge opened the world’s first safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence, in West London, in 1971. Since then we have grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic violence services. On any given day our national network of services support over 2,000 women and children. Our life-saving and life-changing services empower women to rebuild their lives, and support children to overcome their traumatic experiences. Refuge is facing unprecedented financial pressure – which is why we need support more than ever before. Thank you to all at Yarn in the City: The Great London Yarn Crawl for your continued support. For more information visit”

Foot warmer

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Dear Anne

I thought I’d send you the sock pattern our club has been using. We’re making socks, hats, bonnets and cardigans for our local SCBU. I’ve enjoyed knitting tiny garments and all the nurses are so grateful. The socks are a big hit, as they stay on! I use 4-ply acrylic and find it washes well in hot water. Seeing the pattern for the prem baby cardigan in the April issue, gave me the push to drop you a line. Thank you so much to Phoebe for sharing your pattern with us all. Yours sincerely, Dorothy

Four ply baby’s sock

Using MY and Tension 0, cast on 15 sts at left and right of centre 0 in 1×1 rib. Set RC at 000. Using Tension 1, K 10 rows in rib. Transfer sts for stocking stitch. Set RC at 000. Using Tension 6, K 10 rows. * Push 15 Ns at left to HP and cont on rem 15 sts at right. Push 1 N to HP at same side as carriage on next 10 rows. 5 sts rem in WP in centre. Push 1 N back to UWP at same side as carriage on next 10 rows *. Cancel hold and with all Ns knitting, K 12 rows. Rep from * to * once more then using WY, K a few rows and release from machine. Unravelling WY as required, graft toe stitches.

You might like to know that if you double up all the stitches and rows in the baby’s sock pattern, it makes bed socks for the elderly in care!

August update

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Dear Readers

Just a few days ago, I was really pleased to have a long chat with David Hampson, known to some of us as The Woolman, but to many more as one of The Wool Cabin father and son team at Chesterfield Market. You might remember that David had to stop trading at Glossop Outdoor Market at the end of last year and only just got through the day at our Nottingham Show in April, greatly helped by Jason. David has struggled with his health for a long time and he’s finally had surgery to ‘make a new man of him’ after doctors decided he needed a complete knee replacement. He has home help and rediscovered the joys of public transport as he can’t yet drive, but the worst is over and he’s well on the road to recovery. In the meantime he’s resting his leg on a ‘bouncy castle’ of packs of yarn, which he’s been unable to sell whilst he’s been laid up. All of it has to go, to make way for new autumn lines. Therefore, if you’re looking for rock-bottom prices, call David on 07854-121067 but I’d leave it until after 10.00 am to give him time to get up and face a new day. You can also email or pop along to see Jason at The Wool Cabin in Chesterfield Market Hall for his own selection of seasonal bargains. In the meantime, we wish David a speedy and lasting recovery and hope to see him at our Bournemouth Show on 5th October.

            As we all know, Carol and Mark Hocknell have both suffered from serious health problems in recent times, which will prevent them continuing to run Metropolitan as a shop and popular centre for courses and machine-knitting events. We’re all looking forward to Tony Bennett’s workshops at the beginning of September, before Carol and Mark’s lives change direction. However, my exciting news this month is that we’re not saying good-bye to this much-loved and well-known name just yet. I’ll have a great update for you next month, so don’t miss the October issue for some fabulous news. Until then, happy reading and knitting!


October 2019

Subscription copies sent out Thursday 5th September

On sale Thursday 12th September

Order a subscription now and it will be delivered straight to your door.

September 2019 Subscriptions

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This is September 2019 and our current issue.

NEW SUBSCRIPTION If you select a new subscription, it will start with the October 2019 magazine, to be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 5th September. If you’d like to start with this September issue, you need to order a Subscription Bundle.

SUBSCRIPTION BUNDLE If you select a subscription bundle, it will start with our current September 2019 magazine and we’ll send you a copy straight away. Your magazine will then be mailed direct from the printer on the first Thursday of each month and the October 2019 issue goes out to subscribers on Thursday 5th September.

September 2019 Current issue

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Our cover design is a cross-over top in King Cole Opium, with a similar short-sleeved top in a large size range. We’ve a selection of twelve designs including two versatile Phyllis Moran patterns for Passap machines and we include details for converting mid gauge and chunky patterns for standard gauge machine​s​. Denim makes the perfect season stretcher and will instantly update your favourite knit says Sally-Ann Carroll and Bill King shows us how the slip stitch setting has lots of potential for creativity. Fay Butcher is our new Passap contributor and this month she passes on another trick to help all knitters and Karin Rogalski creates a fabulous lounge lizard, as the finale in her mini-series showing us how to knit toy scarves. Claire Newberry shows us how to design a motif and put it into a repeat in DesignaKnit and we’ve Part 2 of our series on Colour Changers, looking at attachments that may never have come out of their box. We always ​include news, books and fashion plus great reader savings on new craft books from Search Press.

It’s competition time!

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It’s competition time and we’ve some exciting news to share with you all.

From the 31st July to the 2nd September King Cole is running a competition using its Raffia yarn. There’s a prize each for the UK, the USA and ROW worth £50 – three prize packs in total.

The competition is being run through Facebook and Instagram with entries being submitted via these platforms. However if you know of anyone who would like to enter who doesn’t have access to these platforms please send all entries to

It’s an excellent opportunity to see what the knitting community can produce with this quirky yarn and how countries differ in their submissions. King Cole can be found on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

Ready for Fair Isle

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Dear Anne

Most of the punchcards that come with the colour changer are ready for Fair Isle. I find it’s useful to remember that if you think you might want to use an ordinary Fair Isle card with the colour changer, it saves a lot of hassle if you punch another card in reverse. If you want to use a reversed card for normal Fair Isle, you need to swap the main and contrast yarns over in the ordinary sinker plate. I’m a punchcard knitter but yes, I do know that on electronic machines you just have to use the colour reverse lever to make a Fair Isle pattern suitable for using with the colour changer. Best wishes, Lisa

On guard

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Dear Anne

I’ve just had fun and games using my colour changer for the first time in years. So, here’s a tip if you’re working with three colours rather than four. I left the fourth roller empty and accidentally pressed the button by mistake. With no yarn in it every single stitch dropped, so you can imagine the language! Now I’ll always thread it up with yarn. However, it needs to be a strong contrast or, as I did first time, you’ll knit away in the wrong colour! I now always thread it up with a colour such as black against pale shades, so I notice at once if I select the wrong feed accidentally. My theory is that it’s much better to unpick a wrong colour, instead of having all the dratted knitting falling off the machine. I’m now a little older and wiser! Kind regards, Margaret