Wednesday, 16 March 2016

March 2016

Marcia demonstrated magic cable on the brother standard gauge knitting machine. The magic cable is formed from using a tuck stitch where the tucks are positioned using a punch card or electronic pattern. loops from the tuck are picked up and moved in or out a few stitches to form the cabling effects if viewed from the right stocking stitch side of the fabric.

The punch card that Marcia demonstrated and talked about was heavily punched, in fact she said she had marked the squares not to punch. There were so few and seemed easier and less work to identify the ones to be left un-punched.

A few samples were handed out. The main observation about the results was that the cable effect had less definition than a true cable but was still an interesting texture. The other observation was to not press the pattern too much as it was easily flattened and lost its texture. A light  steam or damp cloth was recommended.

2 books were passed around for examples of what others had written on the techniques, patterns and instructions. Marcia went on to demonstrate 3 of the patterns from one of the books.  Marcia also produced some instructions with pictures of samples for everyone to try at home. A few pictures of the samples and books are shown.

This months competition results are as follows.
Beginners group.
1st Jennifer  had created a blue baby jacket with hood in a soft 4 ply acrylic, and knitted in tuck stitch.
2nd Mandie had knitted her first adult complete garment in 25 years! It had overlapping fronts with the top layer across the body and fastened with a clasp near the shoulder. It was knitted in beige yarn.

Advanced group.
1st Janet produced a very professionally finished sweater knitted with a garter carriage and with a cut and sew neck. The yarn is 5 strands of Uppinghams merino 2/30s in blue.

2nd Sue knitted a pair of fingerless gloves in double jacquard in blue and black Uppinghams 2/30s acrylic. The pattern was put together on the DesignaKnit program and downloaded to the Passap. The edging is a striped rib effect with a houndstooth pattern for the body. Thumbs were knitted by picking up 3 stitches at the middle of the seam at the right point and gradually picking up stitches as rows were knitted until correct width then knitted until long enough.

3rd Vee made a cream 3 ply shawl using card 3 tuck stitch and a pretty edging all around.

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