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!


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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!


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Hand Knit to Machine Knit

A session on ‘translating’ patterns and designs

The session was introduced by pointing out various decisions to be made regarding yarn weight,

as well as factors such as suitability and feasibility of using a machine to emulate hand knitting patterns.

Various patterns on this site were shown, which were adapted from hand knitting patterns and designs.

This one was the inspiration for the Swirl patterns,

the garment shown being my handspun attempt at hand knitting the garment.

Then we looked at one hand knitting pattern in particular, a baby cardigan by Martin Storey, available here.

It is designed for a DK yarn.

I [Lynda] had knit the original by hand.  It is a fairly straightforward raglan cardigan with a hood.

I chose to knit it as a seamless cardigan, knitting the sleeves first on four needles in the round, up to the armholes.

Then I knit the back and fronts together on a circular needle up to the armholes, then combined those with the sleeves,

and continued upwards all-in-one.

The hood is a continuation of the cardigan, but has mid-row increases and decreases

[to accommodate the shape of the head], which are more challenging for machine knitters.

The garter stitch bands are also a factor to consider.

Kathy used her calculation skills to adapt the original pattern to her new, machine, tension.

She showed us how to use the garter bar for the mid row shaping,

and how to use it for doubling up the top of the hood for casting off.

Pat used the Knitradar on the Knitmaster to knit her copy.

She explained how to calculate the scale using graph paper,

and how she turned her tension swatch readings into instructions on the machine.

Lynn had brought in a machine knit copy of a hand knitting jumper,

which she said she would not have had the patience for hand knitting.

However, she did say she used a lace pattern which included a huge number of lace carriage passes for every 6 rows,

so I think she has more patience that she imagines!



Finally we had another yarn sale, although our stocks are happily depleting.