Our cover design is one of two chic patterns, with or without sleeves, in 4-ply cotton. Both are easy to knit and cover a large size range from 71-76 cm (28-30 in) to 112-117 cm (44-46 in). We’ve 14 designs, with lots in 4-ply, and we include details for converting all our patterns for knitting on standard gauge machines. Sally-Ann Carroll reminds us that floral prints are out in bloom and Bill King can already hear the purists ‘tutting – but let’s live with his great ideas. We welcome Fay Butcher from Sydney, Australia, as a new regular contributor and her expertise will help all Passap knitters. Joan Lafferty confesses all and we pass on ideas, tips and how to knit 3, 5 and 7 stitch cords in Dear Anne. We always include news, books and fashion and have great reader savings on new craft books from Search Press.
Here’s a detailed list of the Contents in our March 2019 issue.
All our patterns now give details for knitting on standard gauge machines.
16 Coffee ‘n’ Cream MKM pattern for chunky machines
19 On The Border Two Carl Boyd designs for standard gauge machines
22 In Two Parts MKM pattern for the Silver Reed LK-150 and all machines
28 Country Boy Anne Baker Karabee Design for standard gauge machines
32 Under The Hood Two MKM patterns for Silver Reed LK-150 and all machines
38 Dinosaur Park Iris Rowe toy pattern for all machines
10 Clubline We’ve news from home and abroad this time and some diary dates of special interest
12 Dear Anne Take note of our letters page this month, because readers have passed on invaluable help and advice
14 Style File It’s the start of the new season, time to show your knits a taste of summer and your knitted wardrobe is in for a treat says Sally-Ann Carroll
47 DesignaKnit Rachel Mayer returns to help us work with Original Pattern Drafting in this fabulous software
52 Spotlight On… Edie Ashley and her design tribute to her grandmother, Laura Ashley
53 Look At Life Joan Lafferty isn’t suggesting spring cleaning, because we’re certain you won’t want her to remind you!
56 Masterclass Bill King reminds us about an enormous time saver for even small pieces of fabric
4 Subscriptions Delivered to your door each month
6 Newsline Our monthly look at people and places, patterns and new yarns plus lots of ideas for inspiration
8 Book Review This month’s book is packed with every bit of information a machine or hand knitter would ever wish to find – and there’s a reader offer, too!
27 Back Issues Every copy is a vintage so complete your collection or take a lucky dip
31 Binders Keep all your copies safe this year with the tidy answer that looks good on your bookshelf
37 Clubs Directory Form Spread the word, write in and get your club noticed
41 Machine Knitting LIVE! It’s time to order tickets and make a diary date for our Nottingham and Bournemouth shows this year
44 Mini Mart We’ve re-stocked our mail order shop this month, so look out for bargains
45 Knitting Buddies Readers’ help just when you need it
58 Clubs Directory List The latest details and updates to find your nearest knitting club
60 Market Place Browse around in the comfort of your own home
61 Coming Next Month Reserve next month’s issue now
62 Pattern Information Lots of practical help, abbreviations and easy pattern conversion
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We ring in the new with a perfect top for party time on the cover. There’s a sleeveless version and they’d both look great as summer knits. We also include instructions for converting all our patterns for knitting on standard gauge machines. We’ve Anne Baker’s mermaid ‘fishtail’ pattern in small and large sizes to fit all mums and girls, a snuggle bag for babies, lots of chunky knits and meercat mischief with a toy pattern for these cute critters. Sally-Ann Carroll adds a pop of colour to our knitted wardrobe to cheer up cold winter days and Bill King looks at the rack and release technique to knit some fabulous fabrics. We the second of a new 3-part series about using the garter bar for far more than simply turning work. We also have a wonderful story about a reader who has overcome huge hurdles in her life, to become a happy machine knitter. We always include news, books and fashion plus special reader prices in our Book Review.
This is October 2018 and our current issue.
New subscription If you chose a new subscription, it will start with the November 2018 magazine – to be mailed out to subscribers on Thursday 4th October.
June 2018 was officially on sale on 10th May. Anne Baker’s lace cardigan on the front cover is one of her all-time best sellers and easily knitted from a cone of 4-ply.
If you can travel to Nottingham, do please come along to the West Park Leisure Centre in Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton NG10 4AA. The centre is about a mile and a half from Junction 25 on the M1. When you come off the motorway, take the exit to Long Eaton onto Bostock’s Lane. After about half a mile, at the junction with Longmoor Road, turn right onto the B6002. The road bears left and becomes Petersham Road. Continue along the B6002 into Wilsthorpe Road and the Leisure Centre is along this road on the left.
This year our show is from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday 8th April and Guest Speakers are Clair Crowston at 11.00 am, Marianne Henio at 12.30 pm and Bill King at 2.00 pm. The lectures cost an extra £1 each and numbers have to be limited so it’s best to book in advance. If you can’t then don’t worry, as we usually have tickets to sell on the door. The talks are held upstairs, but there are stairs and a lift, so access is easy for everyone.
Clair Crowston is a popular designer, giving a talk and demonstration on different neckbands instead of rib. Marianne Henio is an up-and-coming designer with a large Internet following and she’ll talk about how her life started in machine knitting and the new directions her machine knitting is taking. Bill King is an incredible fabric designer and his talk is about hand transfer and producing amazing cable-type fabrics on a machine. Bill also takes masses of samples he’s produced for industry and he’s always a source of inspiration. Clair is classic style, Marianne is wacky and modern and Bill always leaves us speechless with knitting you’d never believe had come from a domestic machine.
We’ll have hot and cold snacks and drinks available and last year’s excellent caterers will look after us again. I look forward to seeing all those who can join us. We’ll have the usual lucky dip for free tickets and you could be one of our winners. Send an sae as soon as possible, marked Nottingham in the top left hand corner of both envelopes to Machine Knitting Monthly, PO Box 1479, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8YX. We’ll pick out the winners before Easter and send out their free tickets at the same time. If you’d prefer to buy your ticket on the door but would like a map then just give me a call.
I’ve had some sad news from Brenda Gould, who publishes Knitting Machine Journal. For a number of personal reasons, she’s unable to continue editing KMJ and August will be her last edition. It means she’ll not have her usual stand at Nottingham this year, so we can’t say a personal goodbye. I know everyone will join me in thanking Brenda for all she’s done to support machine knitting and wish her well.
Finally, let’s all give ourselves a huge pat on the back. In March 1986, the first issue of Machine Knitting Monthly went on sale, so this month we celebrate our 32nd birthday. Some of you have been with me from the very first issue, so each one of us must share the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve played our part in keeping machine knitting alive. My very sincere thanks to everyone reading this magazine for the enduring support you’ve given and long may we all continue to fly the flag for machine knitting.
May 2018 Subscription copies sent out Thursday 5th April
On sale Thursday 12th April
We had storm Emma come in last night and there is ice everywhere. It might all melt by tomorrow, but there are trees down, crashed and abandoned vehicles and it would be very dangerous for the exhibitors to travel today to set up in time for tomorrow – though some had set off early this morning to try to reach us. Apparently the Dunkirk spirit is still going strong. Please contact anyone you know might have been intending to travel to the show, just to be sure that the news is passed around asap.
As winter draws in, it’s time to start thinking about making our homes as warm and toasty as possible. Statistics reveal that draughts are responsible for 10% of heat loss in the average home and up to 25% in some households. That’s a lot of heat to lose, especially in the coldest weeks of the year. By draught-proofing, households can save between £25 and £55 per person on the annual energy bill. What’s more, draught proofing can be a cheap and painless (even fun!) activity. If you’re a machine knitter, you’ll have a cosy strip made in next-to-no time, but if you’d like a bit of inspiration First Utility has put together an illustrated guide. It details the steps of making your own caterpillar draught excluder. Share this handy idea with your hand-knitting friends, so they can knit their own colourful caterpillar to keep the family warm throughout the winter. It’s a simple guide – perfect for both beginners and seasoned knitters who want to try something a bit different. Follow the link: https://www.first-utility.com/the-blog/make-your-own-caterpillar-draught-excluder
October 2017 was officially on sale on 14th September and is now available as a back issue.