NEC Sewing For Pleasure 2014

LBMK club members were among those representing the Guild of Machine Knitters at this show in March.


Our “Swatch Monster” went down well, as did the entire stand.

March 10th 2014

The Single Bed Colour Changer

This meeting was focused on how to set up the colour changer, and was demonstrated on Brother and Knitmaster machines.

We showed how to do this, then members all had a go at doing it themselves, with many resolving to go and dust off their colour changers and knit some stripes.

The Owl pattern was shown again, with its slip stitch patter suited to colour changing, as well as a revised version of the Asymmetrical Scarf, re-badged as a Sock Wool Scarf, with a fringe knitted on the knitting machine, and an option to make it longer [it will still take less than 100gm].

Useful links:


Stripe generator: this allows you to see how stripes will look in different colours

Colour changer: link to Susan Guigliumi's sheet on colour changing [YC6 for Knitmaster, but still useful for all colour changing]


Fair Isle and Single Motifs

This was another busy meeting.

We showed how to set up for Fair Isle knitting on Knitmaster and Brother machines, and knitted some samples.  Likewise for Single Motif knitting, and this included binding the edges, as well as dealing with floats:

References used [some not available at the meeting because of poor internet connection!]

Sewing [You Tube video]

Hooking Up and other manual techniques [scroll down page for reference]

Using a ribber to 'hook up as you go'


Designing the patterns was demonstrated using squared paper [not quite square as stitches are wider than rows are long!], and also using Designaknit.  Finally, we mentioned a new website, Chart Minder, which allows Ravelry users to design knitting charts.  It appeared that many of our members had yet to try Ravelry, so we will be encouraging them in the near future!


This month’s pattern is an edge to edge cardigan, with scooped neck and Fair Isle border, knitted in Yeoman Panama.

January 13th 2014

Colour Theory

Our first meeting of the new year was devoted to colour theory, as a prelude to demonstrations of techniques used to introduce multiple colours to your work.

I presented an audio visual talk on colour theory from various angles: how colour is perceived, using a colour wheel  to choose colour schemes, the psychology of colour and how to choose colours to suit different people.

I used and mentioned various references, including these which I found most useful – clicking on them will take you to their sites:

The colour wheel and colour theory

Colours to suit you

Using the colour wheel [youtube video]

Also an interactive DyeMixer if you want to see how your dyeing might work out – this one uses Java


I demonstrated plating on the Brother machine [using the plating feeder attachment], while Pat showed us how on the Knitmaster [using the normal feeder, but putting the plating yarn in first and pulling it over the rear bar, before inserting the main yarn as normal].

There is a description at this site of how to start plating on various machines

Our pattern this month uses plating and is a Plated Tuck Cushion


December 2013

This meeting was mainly a social and Christmas market.

Wendy Piper brought her Knits n Bits shop, and members crowded around it for bargains.

Many members entered our end of year competition, some of the entries are pictured below.



The winning entry was by Margaret, pictured here receiving her trophy, and wearing the winning outfit.



Our final 2013 pattern is for a simple hat, knitted on a single bed standard gauge machine.  Pattern can be had by clicking on the picture:


We wish all of our members and friends a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!