January 2016

Add Ons

This meeting was about pockets, bands and buttonholes.

Pat showed us an integral Ladder Pocket. 

Lynda went on to a pocket which could be added on as an afterthought, Kathy knitted bands using tuck stitch as faux ribbing, with eyelet buttonholes integrated, and Lynda went on to knitting a buttonhole into a folded band.


Today’s newsletter has Pat’s Ladder Pocket instructions.


About Knitting Machines has a download of the Brother Knitting Techniques manual [amongst many others] in which there are instructions for knitting the Horizontal buttonhole.

Celebration Day!

Apart from some festive refreshments, and a totally tempting display of yarn for sale from Wendy Piper, we were into the serious business of displaying members’ knitting, and choosing the winner of the Long Buckby trophy, chosen by members.

Lynn had knitted a jumper and skirt combination, with a separate cowl neck. 3 ends of crepe, the skirt was knitted in lace on the wrong side, bottom to top. The top was an unknown yarn, possibly viscose, and it was all fashioned via the Knitleader.

Doris knitted a Sue Booth twinset in four ply crepe.

Pat had a yellow top started with a hem of commercial braid hung on the machine.

Doria had a black and white cape, sideways knitted and attached a bought collar, a toggle fastening and a separate fringe.

Sue knitted the Iris Bishop Evolution jacket, 2 ends tucked 2/30s with 1 end of James Brett Marble for weaving. The sleeves had a reverse mixture of yarn.

Fran knitted a bomber jacket, lined, in a dogtooth pattern.

Mary had made a red bolero with a ribbon trim, from the pattern on this website.

Brenda had made two: a four ply wool jacket in blue with a tuck pattern; and a cream lace jumper










Jackie made a grey jumper in chunky wool on the Zippy 90 with sideways dolman sleeves [reduced a little] and a centre panel with tuck stitch, and transfer lace on the sleeves.

Lots of skill and fun to be had today, and the winner was….



Knitting for Giving

We interpreted this theme as knitting small items suitable for giving as presents or for donating to charity.

We spent some time looking at how to access patterns via this website and others [more details are in our newsletter

Then Pat demonstrated how to knit the Crescent shawl, incorporating the edging described in the September newsletter.

And Lynda demonstrated how to knit the Fringed Cowl from the October newsletter.


Finally, members showed some of their knitted items,

and Kath donated a mittens pattern for publication next month.

Sue Booth on Finishing


Sue is always a popular demonstrator at our club, and today was no exception.

She showed us some of her finishing techniques, and even experienced knitters were taking heed of them.                                                       


First, she went through steaming, using a blocking board, and very little contact with the iron. She was mainly using acrylic fibre, and the difference between good finishing and poor finishing was astounding.

During the demonstration she told us which sewing stitches she used for various seams and edges, and went on to look at inserting zips, between layers of edging and on top of an edge


She showed us useful edges for bands and  necklines, including some decorative touches, and finished with her ‘cheats’ buttonholes’, which use a double band technique.






Another inspiring session!


This month's newsletter available here

Monday 14th September


We demonstrated the difference between loom woven cloth and Knitweave, and then went on with some work on the machine.

We looked at Knitmaster and Brother machines, and the differences in weaving on them, including the Knitmaster automatic weaving attachment [AW1].

Then we saw Kathy demonstrate picking up floats in a knitweave, and using a 7 prong transfer tool to do some vertical weaving [and again with a garter bar].

Club members had also brought items to share, and the meeting was lively.  Unfortunately, I forgot the camera, so this time no photos!


Newsletter available here.