Stitched Up

This was another meeting where we had three machines on demonstration: Knitmaster and Brother punchcard machines, and a Brother electronic.

We demonstrated using as many techniques as possible on one punch card: fair isle, tuck, slip and Knitweave, for example.


I found that going back to basics like this meant that members learned a few tricks that they had missed in the initial eagerness to get going with making garments. Many members left with the resolve to try something new.

This month's newsletter has more on the techniques and punch cards used, as well as links to sites for punch cards and books. Download here

Knitting in different directions


Before we started with the main event, we watched a slide show of the Guild of Machine Knitters annual meeting, and had a presentation to deliver, as Lynn Timmins stole the show with her wonderful knitting: seen below, she won the Alison Lee Award, the Creativity Cup and the Members’ Choice.

Pat presented her with the trophy, and various prizes, including a knitting machine!


After that excitement, we settled down to the three demonstration tables, where Pat, Kathy and Lynda demonstrated various techniques, including Pat showing an Ann Lavene pattern and how to knit parts of it; Kathy and Lynda showed how to knit the latest club pattern

Click on picture for pattern.

all of which involves various uses of holding position/ partial knitting.

Modular knitting was also touched upon, including joining techniques.


The newsletter is available here

June 2016


We started with a brief look at yarn and its composition, then Pat showed us different ways of twisting yarns to combine them.  She also used the Knitmaster automatic weaving arm to do a little Knitweave.

Kathy followed on with a look at plating, specifically looking at using the feeder to make stripes alternating 3 strands of yarn with one strand, tucked or plain, to make a really interesting fabric.  She also showed a technique combining yarns to gradually change shade, and create an ombre effect.  She knitted 4 strands of beige yarn together, followed by 3 of beige and one of dark brown, then 2 of each, 3 of brown and one of beige, finishing with all brown.

Lynda showed the LK150 mid gauge machine, as an example of a gatepeg-less machine, which knits ‘difficult’ yarns, such as mohair and Grigna, more easily, without snagging. Kath showed us her lovely baby shawl for the latest great-grandchild


Then there was another yarn sale!

The newsletter can be downloaded here, including a simple pattern and more information on yarn

May 2016


We demonstrated lace knitting on both Knitmaster and Brother machines.

Knitmaster machines are able to do transfer lace via a lace carriage which knits and transfers in the same pass, as well as fashion lace, which requires a bit more thought.  Pat did show this, but we all felt it was quite complex.  She also showed the machine’s capability in doing thread lace, which is also called punch lace.

The Brother punchcard machines, with the exception of the 894 model, cannot do thread lace, but later electronics can.  Lynda had a go at knitting Fair Isle with a thread as the second colour, and Card 1, which was moderately successful.  Using the lace carriage all Brother machines are able to do fashion lace, and, apart from having to operate two carriages, it is relatively simple.


We demonstrated a bit of hand manipulated lace work, then proceeded to a yarn and book sale, which proved popular!

This month's newsletter can be downloaded here and it includes a pattern for this top

as well as three alternative patterns for last month's cowl [by special request!]

Charting Devices

We discussed how to knit a tension swatch, then measure it for setting up the different machines and charting devices.

On show were a Knitmaster with Knit Radar, a Brother electronic with a full-sized Knitleader, and a Brother 881 with a built in half-sized Knitleader.

We demonstrated how to use the charting device, and completed knitting bags with built in gussets.

Pat was wearing the new pattern Charlotte which can be downloaded by clicking on the picture.

Pat had also knitted two different collars from the cowl pattern in the newsletter, which can be downloaded here. Instructions for these collars will follow next month.

We also gave out stitch rulers for a 40 stitch by 40 row swatch.  These can be downloaded as a pdf here.


And, for Brother Knitleader users who don’t have their millimetre ruler to hand, you can download one here. This will need a bit of cut and paste.  When printing out rulers, set it to print actual size, not fit to page.