Fair Isle and Single Motifs

This was another busy meeting.

We showed how to set up for Fair Isle knitting on Knitmaster and Brother machines, and knitted some samples.  Likewise for Single Motif knitting, and this included binding the edges, as well as dealing with floats:

References used [some not available at the meeting because of poor internet connection!]

Sewing [You Tube video]

Hooking Up and other manual techniques [scroll down page for reference]

Using a ribber to 'hook up as you go'


Designing the patterns was demonstrated using squared paper [not quite square as stitches are wider than rows are long!], and also using Designaknit.  Finally, we mentioned a new website, Chart Minder, which allows Ravelry users to design knitting charts.  It appeared that many of our members had yet to try Ravelry, so we will be encouraging them in the near future!


This month’s pattern is an edge to edge cardigan, with scooped neck and Fair Isle border, knitted in Yeoman Panama.

January 13th 2014

Colour Theory

Our first meeting of the new year was devoted to colour theory, as a prelude to demonstrations of techniques used to introduce multiple colours to your work.

I presented an audio visual talk on colour theory from various angles: how colour is perceived, using a colour wheel  to choose colour schemes, the psychology of colour and how to choose colours to suit different people.

I used and mentioned various references, including these which I found most useful – clicking on them will take you to their sites:

The colour wheel and colour theory

Colours to suit you

Using the colour wheel [youtube video]

Also an interactive DyeMixer if you want to see how your dyeing might work out – this one uses Java


I demonstrated plating on the Brother machine [using the plating feeder attachment], while Pat showed us how on the Knitmaster [using the normal feeder, but putting the plating yarn in first and pulling it over the rear bar, before inserting the main yarn as normal].

There is a description at this site of how to start plating on various machines

Our pattern this month uses plating and is a Plated Tuck Cushion


December 2013

This meeting was mainly a social and Christmas market.

Wendy Piper brought her Knits n Bits shop, and members crowded around it for bargains.

Many members entered our end of year competition, some of the entries are pictured below.



The winning entry was by Margaret, pictured here receiving her trophy, and wearing the winning outfit.



Our final 2013 pattern is for a simple hat, knitted on a single bed standard gauge machine.  Pattern can be had by clicking on the picture:


We wish all of our members and friends a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

November 2013

Let’s Twist Again

This was a demonstration/ exhibition of various pieces of equipment relating to twisting and preparing yarns, including:

Cord twister

Daruma yarn twister

Skein winder

Also on show was our newly purchased LK150, and a demonstration of using Kumihimo discs.


This month's pattern is based on a design by Sue Walker who kindly let us use it:


Pattern available here

Long Buckby Knit and Natter 2013


This annual event was less well attended than previous years, but that left more room to move for the attendees, and they certainly used the space!


There were activities around the theme of flowers, including flower looms, crochet, knitting and knitting boards, as well as clinics in machine and hand knitting and crochet.

One of the activities involved making Christmas tree directions and the pattern can be downloaded here.

There was also time and space to shop with the traders, and to partake of the refreshments in the cafe.

Jools Elphick was the speaker, and presented her work with humour and aplomb:  after her entertaining talk, members of the audience went up on stage to try on her hats, with guidance from Jools on how best to wear them.


All in all, another successful event, which we can look back on with pleasure, now the hard work of packing up is over!