Sunday, 7 June 2015

May 2015

Sue provided a talk on collars and described her experiences knitting some of the designs from Maggie Andrews book 'Add a Collar'.  Some of Maggie's designs are below.

Beginners Group:
1st Stephanie. This is an interesting top, knitted in pink with hand tooled lace in a central panel. The side panels are knitted sideways.


Advanced Group:
1st Vee created a multi-coloured striped garment with  v neck. The yarn colour change was done with a 2 colour fair isle that produced a wave effect and was  completed with a crochet collar.

2nd Sandra crafted a beige coloured Grigna yarn knitted on standard gauge, into an Ann Brown design jacket.

3rd Valerie (new member) created a small child sized jumper in grey lambs wool with angora.

4th Valerie created a design that can be worn as either a tunic or a shrug by joining the buttons in different ways. It was very versatile and am sorry I hadn't taken more useful photos to show it off. So an action for another time to grab some and update.

5th Phyllis knitted a tuck stitch stole in green single stranded hobby on the standard gauge machine.



Come and join us to share our passion for knitting over a cup of tea or coffee and we always have a tasty selection of biscuits  



April 2015

Marcia gave a very interesting talk about short row techniques and Various uses. There are many areas of knitting it can be used such as:
  • in shaping, casting off introduces definite steps and after joining two edges like this together it can make a bit of an ugly finish. A smoother line is produced when reducing stitches by using holding position then taking off on waste yarn and picking up to join together. This is useful for necklines and shoulders.
  • in necklines it can create a very stretchy opening for children jumpers and provide smoother join with an added neckband
  • creating shaping for bust line darts
  • the back can have added rows in the middle to stop a garment looking like it is riding up
  • godet shaping in jackets and tops for peplums
  • around skirts to give pleating or fullness at the bottom that kick and can be done in contrast colours and yarn thickness
  • around collars to shape and add curves
  • used in intarsia to create diagonal shapes or a triangle of each colour in a sweater front or back. Another way is by creating a diamond shape
  • to produce a swirl or waterfall effect scarf or front of a garment
  • these are just some of the examples of short row use and benefits
Example photos are to be added here later, when I have found some good examples.
Photos are this months competition entries and both are in the advanced group
Phyllis made this woven jacket 
and  has lined it and trimmed
the edges and sleeves
It looks quite effective
 the classic Chanel shape

This photo shows a close up of the
 ribbon weaving trim in a different
 colour to contrast

This picture shows the saddle shoulder
 detail for the jumper made by Sandra below

March 2015

A new visitor to the meeting prompted a round the table discussion about the number and variety of machines we have between us.

Plating was the topic of the month. Valerie talked about the technical side of two yarns, one through the plating feeder and the other through the main bed or the ribber. For those that do not know, one yarn knits behind the other so it gives the effect of lining the main yarn.

Samples were passed around to see the textures and look of the knitting.


Plating Feeder

These are all plating samples

2nd Black jumper in 4 ply and made by Jenny
1st Purple cushion made by Mandie using a garter carriage and edged with green fauxchet.

2nd Pink and brown sweater made by Marcia on the chunky machine. The yarn is a DK and 4 ply twisted.
1st Vee created the blue and green yarns twisted together and made into a jumper and edged in bright acrylic.