July 8th 2013

Beryl Jarvis was our visiting demonstrator today and the subject was Knitweave.

She showed us how to set up for weaving, then used weaving with Card 1 in various ways.  As ever, she was adept at describing how the machine works, and we were able to see her work at weaving with the lace carriage and the garter bar, as well as using weaving to create intarsia patterns.


All in all, an inspiring and informative session!


At the Guild of Machine Knitters AGM last month, a group of members won the Sherborne Vase for our entry in the Group Challenge. Here is a picture of it!

June 10th 2013


I-cord and circular knitting


We demonstrated how to make an i-cord, using hand knitting [double pointed needles], French knitting [as in 4 nails in the top of a cotton reel as with this supplier click this link for more details, or a more modern version which does it automatically- click here for details, and, finally, a knitting machine!


Pat then showed us some tricks with i-cords she had learned from Susan Guigliami at a Metropolitan workshop.


Fran showed us a beautiful knitted cake, which she had embellished with circular knitting, and described how to do that.


Lynda demonstrated wire knitting, and club members had a go.  Click here to see more at Erica Thomson’s website - includes a video showing how to do it!

We also saw some examples of using i-cords to embellish knitting – either surface decoration, or by weaving in and out of eyelets.

This month’s pattern is a waist length  4 ply cardigan with a border.  I have made it “frontless” like a shrug, but have included an alternative V-neck front.  Click the picture for the pattern


Cropped Cardi

May 13th 2013



We had a very busy afternoon looking at various accessories often left in the cupboard!  Members demonstrated, amongst other things:

Ribber transfer carriage

Garter bar

Cast off linker

De knitter

Various transfer items

And lots of hints and tips.

And we finished with a show and tell – and we could see that more of our members are actively knitting now!


April 8th 2013

Sue Booth – Intarsia

Sue did not disappoint with this comprehensive look at intarsia and related skills.

She used various methods to knit with several colours in each row:

· an intarsia carriage


· knitleader/ holding position/ slip stitch/ knitting pieces separately and then joining whilst knitting/ and

· using lettering

And then she showed us ‘magic’ fairisle.

A full house watched with full concentration and enthusiasm.  Let us hope that we all go home and practise these skills!

We introduced a new feature this month:  a written programme, with news and events listing, as well as classified ads.  If you missed it, you can get it by clicking on this link.

Programme 04/2013

There is also a new pattern written by June, a club member[see below].


dolman top


March 11th 2013

For the third month in succession, the snow tried to put us off, but it was business as usual at Long Buckby!

The theme was Open Work, and there were different kinds of lace on view.

Pat started us off with the latest news:

which culminated in a preview of our GMK challenge entry [top secret - therefore not shown!]

Then we were off to a flying start, with Fran demonstrating how to use the Brother lace carriage, both for normal and fine lace:

[The picture shows Fran setting up, with many members still getting their teas.]

Then Pat showed us how to knit tuck lace, and then how to use the lace carriage on the Knitmaster.

And I attempted to show how to knit punch lace on the Knitmaster - not entirely successfully, but luckily I had one I had done earlier to show:

And then I demonstrated a hand manipulated lace, the instructions for which are in a Kindle book costing 80p called

Ruby Lace Technique Machine Knitting ePattern All Machines click on the title for a link to it.

The pattern for March was a tuck lace scarf:

And finally we had a yarn sale