The first is a Flower Trimmed Sweater in Yeoman Sport to fit bust sizes from 82 to 112 cm, 32 to 44 in with 10 cm, 4 in ease. The trim is made in next-to-no-time with full instructions included and it’s also detachable for easy after care.
The Scarf Trimmed Sweater is in Metropolitan’s Metro 4-ply crÃªpe in the same size range. The lovely neckline is knitted in two sections and is easy to assemble during making up. For more information about Carl’s designs, please visit http://www.carlboyd.com/
It is really good to see something different. I did make some changes to the pattern casting on and off with waste yarn which made picking up the stitches for the shoulders easier and also I marked the 70, 200 and 330 rows for ease in identifying the armholes and side seams. Also, as I could not see why the extra 10 stitches were needed on the front I actually cast on 95 stitches which, when the 20 stitches folded back were taken into account, matched the back shoulder 75 stitches exactly. The finished garment was a much needed success after a few disappointments. Still, I must keep on trying.
I am an avid MKM reader and look forward to my regular Saturday monthly delivery. Keep up the good work. One suggestion for inclusion in the magazine in future could be a hints and tips section as, on returning to machine knitting last year, I found this was the most useful section in my stash of old magazines. Best wishes for your anniversary and the continuing success of MKM from Carrie (Carol Frewin by e-mail)
donkey.jpgThe knitted donkeys, which are individually made by supporters of the sanctuary, are sold in the visitors centre in Sidmouth and online at www.donkeyworld.org.uk. They’ve been selling them for about a year, but this is the first time they’ve promoted them outside of their newsletter. More knitters are needed just to keep up with the demand. For anyone wanting to test out their knitting skills, the sanctuary provides a knitting pattern, which originally came from a 1954 edition of Women’s Weekly magazine, and additional instructions. For further information about the Donkey Sanctuary, visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org. To receive a free copy of the knitting pattern, contact Ruth in the community fundraising department on 01395-578222. You could also ask if a machine knitted donkey would be acceptable and we published a pattern on page 48 of the August 2008 magazine (Issue 127).
Many of you ask repeatedly for inspiration and I hope we can provide it this month. There’s an amazing Andy Holden exhibit at the Tate until 10th April and I can’t wait to go into London to see it. Yes, your eyes aren’t playing tricks : there’s machine knitting at Tate Britain! Andy broke a Knitmaster and Silver Reed machine before seriously injuring a Brother chunky during his epic knit-in. The result is absolutely awesome and I’ll include a feature in the next couple of days.
I’ve had more inspiration on from the next generation of Oz knitwear designers. Tony Bennett has sent us some great examples of their work and not one of them had any experience with machine knitting at the start of their year. Tony was a tutor at his local college and I wish he was over here to share his undoubted talent with us. Interestingly, lots of the yarn the students used was from Yeoman so we can replicate some of the ideas.
For those of you who like to attend workshops with eminent names in machine knitting, I need to mention that there’s a rare opportunity to work with Iris Bishop on an individual basis from July 19th to 23rd. It’s hands on and you’ll experiment with single and double bed fabrics, in preparation for textiles and garments. It’s for Japanese machines only, but single or double bed. Places are strictly limited and for more details please call 01270-628414.
Good luck with your endeavours and happy knitting.
I contacted her because she lived in Kirkheaton, Huddersfield which is very close to me at Thornhill, Dewsbury. We emailed each other constantly for about a week but then my computer ‘threw a wobbly’ and lost all my emails and addresses. June had knitted matching outfits for her two daughters when they were young (same as me) and she now wanted to knit for her grandchildren. I’d be so pleased if you could ask her to e-mail me again.
Thanks and all the best
I’m currently hand knitting socks, as it gets a little chilly here especially around the feet. I’ll have to look out for patterns and instructions to knit them on my Brother 881 with ribber. Maybe now I can use all of those accessories that I bought all that time ago. I’ve had to replace the sponge bar, which I was able to get here and I’ve also given the machine a good oiling and reset needles.
So now I’m ready to go, especially as five large sacks of yarn came with us! Happy knitting to you all and I’m attaching a picture of ‘knitting and gardening central’ taken last year.
Everything is aligned up with the needles and the two machines. What I need is someone to show me how to use it properly as I’m getting very frustrated with it. I don’t know if there are any clubs in my area, but I’ve never heard of any. I live in Cornwall and wonder if you can help at all? Thank you for reading this.
Hope you can help and thanks for a great magazine and kind regards from Irene Patten
I still find understanding some words difficult, such as drop the stitch and reform for garter stitch. Maybe in a future magazine you could do a glossary of what these words actually mean to those, like me, starting again. It was the wonderful patterns in your magazine that have prompted me to buy a second hand chunky knitting machine as well and I am eagerly awaiting its delivery. My daughter has now started knitting for her children on a basic Knitmaster machine and I’ve also started buying your magazine for her.
Thank you for all the hard work you put into your magazines, it’s really appreciated.