New Scrubs pattern and mask

Hi Anne

I hope you’re doing well. As promised, here’s the XL pattern for Scrubs! Please click HERE to download it, and I’ve added a mask pattern if you’d like that too. We’ve sent the pattern out to over 15,000 people now! And that doesn’t allow for all the shares, so we’re totally overwhelmed seeing our scrubs being made! One lady even emailed this evening to say she’d shared the pattern with a charity in Calcutta, where they will begin making them for medical teams there. Cue more tears from me! 

Please continue to follow and tag us online with your makes. Our business is suffering at the moment as I know lots are, so mentions on social media are more valuable to us than ever before. I’ve popped our links below.

Finally, many of you have been so kind to donate, to help cover our costs in producing the pattern, materials for scrubs, sending them all out etc. Thank you so so much.  We’ve set up a page if anyone else would like to make a small contribution for your copy of our pattern. No obligation of course, but under the circumstances, more appreciated than I can explain. Here’s that link: https://ko-fi.com/themakery

If any of you would like to purchase Scrub-Making supplies, we have a section on our website with everything you’d need! Here’s a link for you and if any of you would like to purchase Scrub-Making supplies, we have a section on our website with everything you’d need! Here are all the links for you and thank you lovely people. Keep sewing, Kate xx

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Can you sew?

If you can sew and would like to help front line workers, Kate at The Makery offers a free ‘Scrubs’ pattern.

Kate writes: “I’ve made a FREE Scrubs pattern for you to do some useful sewing if you’d like to! My doctor friend asked if I could make her a set of Scrubs, as they’re very low at the hospital she works at. So it got me thinking and I made a pattern that anyone can use! Here’s a link if you’d like to make some too. You don’t need to download or print anything – you’ll just need to copy my pattern onto your fabric. I used a duvet cover and it just needs to be washed at 60 degrees and not be brushed cotton. There’s also a link to download the making-up instructions. I’ve only made SMALL so far, but MEDIUM and LARGE will follow very soon. If you don’t know any NHS workers who would benefit from these, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with someone who does. I cannot tell you how happy it made me to see my sewing directly benefitting people on the front line, so hope you can help too. I’ve also included instructions to make a scrubs bag, if the Scrubs themselves feel too complicated. Stay safe, Kate x”

Kate then let us know that the medium size was ready.

“As promised I’ve made the MEDIUM pattern for Scrubs. So many of you have been busy making them, it’s incredible to see. Thank you for all the kind words from everyone. I spent much of yesterday in tears after having lots of gorgeous emails and calls following our piece in the Mail! (If you’ve not seen it, you can have a look here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8214857/The-unsung-army-selfless-people-truly-playing-part.html ) Anyway, to download the MEDIUM pattern, please click here I’ve been promised a LARGE pattern this evening, so hoping to get that out to you tomorrow, followed by XL and XXL. Please, please continue to follow and tag us online with your makes. Our business is suffering at the moment as I know lots are, so mentions on social media are more valuable to us than ever before. I’ve popped our links below. Finally, a handful of amazing people yesterday asked to donate to help cover our costs in producing the pattern, materials for Scrubs, sending them all out etc. So we’ve set up a page if anyone else would like to make a small contribution for their copy of our pattern. No obligation of course, but under the circumstances, more appreciated than I can explain. Here’s that link: https://ko-fi.com/themakery Thank you lovely people xx”

Free hand knit pattern

Jacqueline has written to say that for those who hand knit, here’s a free pattern from Ravelry. She’s written to the designer who is happy for us to share it.

You’ll find it at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearts-28

Jacqueline says she’s added another couple of rows to the straight section, before the division into the two sides of the heart, to make it more heart-shaped and less kidney bean.

Hearts of Gold

Iris Rowe has designed and knitted these small hearts to help bring comfort to families who have not been able to see a loved one before they die. The original message asking for help appeared on Saturday 4th April on the BBC news website.

MACHINES This pattern is suitable for all standard gauge machines.

MATERIALS Any suitable 4-ply yarn in Pink (see Laura’s note at end). Polyester toy stuffing.

MEASUREMENTS Height is about 5 cm, 2 in.

TENSION Tension dial setting approximately 6.

TO KNIT Push 16 needles to working position. Using Pink make a woven or automatic closed edge cast on. Knit 3 rows. Increase 1 st at each end of next and every following alternate row until there are 30 stitches. With carriage at left, push 15 needles at right of centre 0 to holding position and set carriage to hold. Place marker at both ends of next row. Decrease 1 inside stitch on next 4 rows. 11 stitches remain. Break yarn then using a bodkin, thread end through stitches and release from machine. Return 15 needles at right to working position. Re-join yarn. Place marker at both ends of next row. Decrease 1 st at left on next 4 rows. Break yarn then using a bodkin, thread end through stitches and release from machine.

MAKING UP Pull up stitches at top of heart and secure. With right sides together, join seam up to markers. Complete other side in the same way. Join back seam and turn right side out. Stuff lightly, pull up stitches and secure.

Brighter Futures This original message asking for help appeared on Saturday 4th April on the BBC news website. It reads:- “Nurse Laura Kirby-Deacon wants people to send small handcrafted hearts to give to patients who contracted Covid-19 and their families. Laura, who works as a sister at the Great Western Hospital’s intensive care unit in Swindon, said the hearts could bring comfort to families who have not been able to see a loved one before they die. She said it was important to use clean yarn and seal the hearts in a taped bag, such as a freezer bag or bin liner. She also asked for the bags to be dated because 72 hours must have elapsed before they are safe to use. Laura urged anyone wanting to post hearts to send them to Brighter Futures at the GWH, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6BB.” The BBC link is www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-wiltshire-52165537/laura-kirby-deacon-says-the-hearts-will-help-those-who-lose-loved-ones

Knit a heart for Covid-19 patients

On Saturday 4th April, we’ve just seen the following message on the BBC news website asking for our help.

Laura Kirby-Deacon says the hearts will help those who lose loved ones

Nurse Laura Kirby-Deacon wants people to send small handcrafted hearts to give to patients who contracted Covid-19 and their families.

Laura, who works as a sister at the Great Western Hospital’s intensive care unit in Swindon, said the hearts could bring comfort to families who have not been able to see a loved one before they die.

She said it was important to use clean yarn and seal the hearts in a taped bag, such as a freezer bag or bin liner.

She also asked for the bags to be dated because 72 hours must have elapsed before they are safe to use.

Laura urged anyone wanting to post hearts to send them to:

Brighter Futures at the GWH, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6BB

The link is https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-wiltshire-52165537/laura-kirby-deacon-says-the-hearts-will-help-those-who-lose-loved-ones

Current update

Dear Readers

As we all tried to navigate the unknown of the coronavirus situation, it became very clear, incredibly quickly that we had to follow the government’s advice. Therefore, it was with a heavy heart and great sadness that I cancelled this year’s Nottingham Show. Shortly after, of course, West Park Leisure Centre received the order to close its doors with immediate effect.

Many knitting clubs have called to say that they’ve decided to suspend their meetings and our Clubs Directory list gives you all the contact details, should you have any queries. Michelle Ferguson has told me that The Scottish Machine Knitters have cancelled their Spring Workshop on Saturday 18th April. For the most up-to-date SMK details, please visit www.scottishmachineknitters.org.uk

Many of the companies who support the magazine are following the Government’s Public Health England advice on Covid-19 and have closed their shops to the general public. However, a large number are currently working online as normal and continuing to dispatch orders until they’re advised otherwise. With so many of us spending more time at home, perhaps a little more knitting will be done and mail order is always a reliable and excellent option.

It’s business here as usual and I hope to stay that way. If the situation changes, I’ll let you know on the website and you can always email with any queries. Our printers remain open and Royal Mail is still delivering, so the May 2020 magazine will be sent out as usual next week. The readers who may be affected are those buying their copies in local outlets, as small shops have now been ordered to close. If you buy your magazine this way, I can always send a copy from the office.

As we all work together to protect ourselves at these unprecedented times, I’d like to thank you all for your continued support. As others in a similar situation, I’ll carry on mailing orders until notified otherwise and I’m only an email away if you need my help. Stay safe and look after one another.

Nottingham Show 2020 is cancelled

With growing concern over the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), heeding the health advice and using common sense, we feel the most sensible decision is to cancel this year’s show on Sunday 5th April. We’re sorry to disappoint exhibitors and visitors, but feel this is a prudent decision in these uncertain times.

April 2020 new subscriptions

This is April 2020 and our latest issue

NEW SUBSCRIPTION If you select a new subscription, no money will be taken with your order and it will start next month with the May 2020 magazine, to be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 2nd April. If you’d like to start with this April issue, you need to order a Subscription Bundle.

SUBSCRIPTION BUNDLE If you select a subscription bundle, you pay for our current April 2020 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 May 2020 issue goes out to subscribers on Thursday 2nd April.

April 2020 – our new issue

Our full-colour April 2020 issue has been sent to subscribers and is on sale 12th March. Our cover design is a quick ‘n’ easy sweater in King Cole Opium, which glides through LK-150 and chunky machines and we always show you how to knit all our designs on standard gauge machines. We’ve a 4-page pullout of Nina Miklin frills and trims and the launch of the stunning new book from Alison Dupernex, with reader saving of 20%. You’ll never knit drab beige again after opening up her radiant book. Sally-Ann Carroll helps us and our knits look our very best for a special occasion and Bill King’s space cables are amazing. Claire Newberry finds an exciting new feature in DesignaKnit 9 and Joan Lafferty shows us how to knit intarsia with an ordinary carriage. We always include news and reviews, letters, club details and this time we’ve a taste of spring and summer to come, with techniques and designs from Susan Guagliumi.

March 2020

Our full-colour March 2020 issue is now on sale, with over 10 designs. Our cover design is a 4-ply lacy cardigan with a wide size range from bust 71-76 cm (28-30 in) to 112-117 cm (44-46 in) and we always show you how to knit all our designs in a different yarn on standard gauge machines. Sally-Ann Carroll tells us the colours, prints and styles for Spring and Summer knitted wardrobe and Bill King combines all needle rib and tuck for one of his favourite looks. Helen Lewis has fun with a bit of ‘make do and mend’ reconstruction for a new Spring jacket and we’ve a Phyllis Moran multi-design for all Passap machines. Claire Newberry begins a series of tutorials for DesignaKnit 9 and Joan Lafferty breaks every tension rule in the book! We always include news and reviews, letters, club details and great reader offers on new craft books from Search Press. There are great bargains this month, with all the books under £10.