>Naomi asked me if I would write a short review of this book which I bought last week. Well, here goes:
The book starts off with an introduction about buying and using a knitting machine. It gives the pros and cons of acquiring a knitting machine and gives information about different stitch patterning facilities, and accessories such as ribbers, garment shaping attachment, colour changers, intarsia carriage, transfer carriage, linker and garter carriage.
It then gives advice on learning to use the machine, making a garment, measurements, acquiring more skills, inspiration for designs, colour and texture.
Chapter 1 – How The Knitting Machine Works
Descriptions with diagrams showing the various parts of the machine including needles, how stitches are formed, tension mast, needle bed, carriage descriptions for manual machines, push button machines and automatic patterning machines, sinker plate, ribber, weights and tension dials.
Chapter 2 – How The Patterning Works
Describes the four needle butt positions and explains the different ways in which the needles are selected manually, by push button or punchcard. Describes the different types of punchcard machines and how they work.
Chapter 3 – Pattern Possibilities
How patterns are produced, plain, tuck, slip, fair isle, punch lace, weaving, lace, plaiting. Explains with diagrams and photos how all these patterns are produced.
Chapter 4 – Manual Techniques
Describes using diagrams and photos how to knit different types of cable (there are 22 samples), bobbles and fringes, hand weaving, add-ons such as flaps, braids and ruffles, pick-up techniques such as smocked effects and ruching, knit-in beads, intarsia, the garter bar.
Chapter 5 – Problems And Solutions
Preventing problems with patience, includes some golden rules for working at your knitting machine, solving problems with know-how which is a sort of troubleshooting section for when you are having problems with your knitting. ‘Unravelling, retrieving and resetting’ gives advice on what to do if you get stuck in the middle of a row – very useful if my experiences are anything to go by.
Chapter 6 – Compendium Of Techniques And Tips
This chapter starts off with instructions on how to use the transfer tool and latch tool. There then follows various cast on methods including basic open edge cast on, various E wrap cast ons, crochet cast on, weaving cast on, ribber cast on, how to transfer stitches, different ways of casting off, increasing and decreasing, partial knitting, various hems including picot edge, mock rib, decorative tuck hem, ways of finishing hems, decorative edges, buttonhole bands, necklines, making up – which shows different methods of joining pieces together including backstitch, mattress stitch, sewing machine seams and grafting. Decorative making-up techniques including latch-up join, piping, invisible join row to row, insertions.
Chapter 7 – Design Possibilities
This section gives information and advice about how to design your own garments including garment shape, ease, necklines, garment shapes, tension square, magic formulas for working out shapings, construction techniques.
This is a very useful book for both beginners and experienced machine knitters alike. It is very informative and full of detailed diagrams showing the various techniques described.
I hope I did OK!
Talk to you later,