Using a garter bar

Can anyone help? I’m sure there must be an easy way but I don’t know who to ask.

Many thanks
Alice

If it’s any help you’re not alone and there’s actually a ‘knack’ in removing this bar. Do make a mark on the side of the comb you should use first to remove the stitches which is the side that has the little grooves. Also make sure that you pull all the stitches you’ve lifted off firmly on to the bar so that they’re in a completely straight line.

1. Remove the yarn from the carriage and turn the comb so the grooves now face the machine. (Some knitters find it helpful to put a claw weight on both ends of the work.)

2. Bring out any needle on the machine and examine the needle hook. Look at the stitch now on the garter bar and note that a strand of yarn lies over the groove. The hook of the needles is going to grab this strand of yarn as the garter bar is laid on top of the needles. Return the needle you were examining to non-working position.

3. Lay the garter bar on top of the needles with the left end stitch exactly over the left end needle. Be firm in your movements. Get this stitch right and all the others will also be ‘grabbed’.

4. Carefully pull the garter bar towards you a little and slightly tilt it upwards. Peer over to see if all the stitches have been ‘caught’. If not you can tilt the comb back ease off the comb and start again.

5. Assuming the garter bar has all the stitches on it now comes the vital bit. Keeping a firm grip on the bar tilt it slightly towards you. The bar gets caught in the hooks of the needles because you take the bar downwards without tilting it so the hooks catch in the holes of the garter bar. In one movement tilt the comb towards you and downwards. This must be done firmly and not too slowly. Some knitters find it best to hold the base of the bar with the fingers and place their thumbs on top of the bar to control the movement more easily. It’s no more than a gentle rotation of the wrist and gentle pull downwards. Once you do this successfully with the medium sized bar you can do it with the large one. Practice to get the knack and you’ll soon perfect the technique.

Best wishes
Anne

Anne
2008-11-24 10:35:39
Have a look at you tube there are demos on there as to how to use a garter bar
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Hilda
2011-05-04 11:27:27

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It’s Geelong Merino Lamb’s Wool Slub (Yarn reference GL17) and it’s a really lovely Australian Merino Lamb’s Wool. It knits as a fine double knitting and for machine knitting we’d recommend it’s used on chunky machines at around Tension 1 for stocking stitch, lace, Fair Isle and so on. It can also be used quite easily on standard gauge machines with the ribber as a lovely rib fabric. To support this yarn for machine knitters, Jane has a Wendy Piper Wrap Pattern for £3 for sale with yarn and if you can wait a month or two, there will be a number of patterns in MKM, so stock up now at bargain prices. For hand knitters, 20 to 22 stitches to 10 cm over stocking stitch is recommended and Jane has Wendy’s wrap pattern, a sweater pattern, a cable trimmed jacket and an Iris Hutchins Lace Jacket pattern. Each pattern costs £3 each when bought with the yarn.

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2009-05-13 22:17:51

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The second book is Making Cushion Covers and these quick and easy covers can be made on all machines with any yarn and stitch pattern from just one piece of fabric. What could be easier? Guides are given for making a ribbed cushion with a nautical theme, a summer meadow design plus Fair Isle and textured patterns. Another option is to use some of the textured designs from Book 205, Making A Textured Scarf, for a modern look. More experienced knitters can easily add trims and fastenings to complete their own designs.

These cushion covers are not just for the living room. We can also use them for dining chair pads, a workroom chair or wheelchair cushion covers. Book 206 Making Cushion Covers costs £2. If you’d like more information about Busy Bee Basics 83 pattern books containing over 300 exclusive designs, please write to Hilary. Don’t forget to include your name and address and a large sae would be appreciated.

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2009-06-02 20:15:08

Alaska Cruise

To–Fro.jpgShe will be sending you some photos I expect when they get back. So thank you for putting us in touch, she very kindly brought me some patterns. I know that you are encouraging younger people to machine knit and using some of the chunky knitting now so popular to encourage them into taking the magazine. I was looking through some old To & Fro copies I was given and wondered if it would be a good idea to re-publish the jacket on the front of the Nov 1991 – January 92, Vol 14, No. 3 issue?

The pattern is on page 28 and it’s by Raymonde Chessum. It’s knitted in pieces, which makes it ideal for chunky machines that have a very small number of needles. Perhaps you could suggest more modern yarns that could be used? It looks like a fun jacket, as it all makes chevrons when you put it all together.

Best wishes Anne and I hope you are not working too hard
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You may wonder why I am telling you this and it’s because Barbara Tulip lives in Vancouver and we’re hoping to meet up. Should our plans come to fruition, I will take some photos and send them to you on my return and hopefully you’ll be able to print them in a forthcoming edition. Barbara and I have had a few e-mails since you put us in touch and neither of us could believe it when we found out about the ‘Vancouver’ connection. Watch this space for my return!

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Congratulations!

I have been looking for a suitable hat pattern for my three granddaughters for the past couple of months without much success. You can imagine my delight when I opened my November issue of MKM and found the article by Helen Macleod about her grandson’s hat. I immediately sorted out some suitable yarn and tried out the pattern. It is perfect. I will certainly be putting her new book on my Christmas list. I look forward to receiving MKM each month and keep all my copies, reading them many time over. Once again, many thanks for the hours of reading pleasure you provide.

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