January 2019

To start the New Year, we had an open meeting, where no specific demonstrations were planned, but machines were out, mini demos took place, and lots of chat ensued.

It was a small turnout, partly caused, we think, by a road block in Long Buckby, which made for some interesting journeys.

Key attraction was Pat’s new pattern, available here.

Newsletter available here.


Annual Celebration

We began with our first Annual General Meeting, which introduced our new membership scheme, whereby, for £5 a year our knitters are now officially members.

In addition, we heard reports from the Chairman, Pat, the Treasurer, Brenda and the Membership Secretary, Kathy. All were well received, and the current committee continues to run the club.

We discussed our workshops, as these have not been well attended, and it was felt that beginners’ workshops were the most useful, with a suggestion for a real introduction to machine knitting e.g. knit a scarf in a workshop.

Then we moved on to the celebration and the competition. Pat won the vote, with her adaptation of an Alison Dupernex cardigan from Machine Knitting Monthly. We then heard from each of the entrants regarding their entry.

Newsletter available here. I have included next year’s calendar and a new charted pattern, which can also be used as a dressmaking pattern, for a jacket.

Ribbing by Sue Booth

Sue Booth demonstrated using the ribber in fine style: from the basics of attaching the ribber, through setting it up and adjusting it, to basic ribs and more complex uses. Her little 'asides' come from a wealth of experience, and offer both beginners and experienced knitters some practical tips which make her garments so special.


A wonderful experience!




This month's newsletter available by clicking here.



Stitch Pattern Technology

This meeting started with a presentation illustrating the anatomy of machine knitted stitches, and illustrations of the main stitch patterns available.

This was followed by a more open format, with various different machines on show and available to try, with most opting to look at the tuck/slip combination, which we all admitted to knowing little about [tuck one way, slip the other].

Newsletter with pattern and further information available here.


Colour and Design

Our August meeting was less well attended than usual, lots of people being away, but we had a good discussion of colour schemes, how to machine knit with colour and dyeing and painting garments.

Our newsletter is available here