Monday, 1 March 2021

Show & Tell

As we cannot meet during the CoVid19 crisis, we're sharing the fruits of our machine knitting efforts online. While the pandemic is forcing us all to stay at home, it's the perfect opportunity to progress your knitting.

Good, bad or ugly, send your pics to mappknitnatter@gmail.com (or to Alison) and we will post them here so we can continue to enjoy our craft together.

Pat - Show & Tell

 Pat has sent a couple of photos of her latest cushion. I recognise this design, and it looks really good as a cushion.



Alison - Show and Tell

As seems typical these days, the jumper I've been knitting went to the recipient the day before the meeting, but this time I remembered to take a photo.

A fairly basic tuck stitch, but with the knit side as the right side. Based on StitchWorld 306, which in the book is pale green, yellow and pink blocks with black/grey dividers up the entire pattern. I had stronger colours, but then it was a bit much... so I did more of the jumper in plain dark green. Thomas had picked his own colours (wanted a green jumper with other colours - but needed persuading that pink chenille possibly wasn't the best thing to include!

I'm pleased with it. It's in 2 strands of 2/30, MT5. The body of the jumper is fine (fine but 'feels' good, which is what I wanted as we move towards spring) but I think with hindsight I could have done with a slightly firmer ribbing at the bottom (cuffs are fine).

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Helen - Show & Tell

 Helen missed our meeting on Monday but has sent a photo of something she has made for our virtual 'show-and-tell'.

Helen said:

I have attached a photo of something I made this month.   It is a square of double crochet in DK wool with the pattern cross stitched on top, again in DK yarn.

I've attached the photo of it in position, with a slightly larger version just of the square. 



Monday, 1 February 2021

Show and Tell - Jean

The cardigan

Jean has sent me a photograph of a cardigan she has made for her great-granddaughter (as she said, just a little late for Christmas). Isn't it lovely? I particularly like the button band. Jean has also sent a photo of the card she used.

And the punchcard


Monday, 20 July 2020

From Sue Maddex...

Hi everyone, 

I’ve still not knitted an actual garment on a knitting machine, but I have bought another machine.

I bought a complete heap of a Brother 710. After much scrubbing I managed to knit a few rows, but it was still misbehaving. I took it to bits a bit further, and have now got the push buttons working properly - it was selecting the needles almost randomly. There was a screw out of place in the module of the pattern selecting which was a pig to remove and almost as bad to replace.

The machine was sold as almost a pile of parts ,but I have sourced most things I needed for it, but I still need a couple of bits. I need a top cover/lid for it as the one it came with was for a KH864. If anyone needs a lid for a KH864 they are welcome to it.

I would also like to source a ribber for the 710 as I have the connector carriage thingy, some ribber weights and the screws to attach the ribber. If anyone has any 710 bits they would like to sell I would be interested. Here are a couple of photos of the state it was in and the fluff that came out of it ! 




Friday, 3 July 2020

Show & Tell from Jean

Jean has sent in two photos:

A 2nd jumper I have knitted. Colin's next size up, and has a double neck hem.

Hand knitted Baby Blanket using Aldi  yarn it took 4 balls.

Hope to see you all soon!


Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Veronica has knitted a 'special' cardigan for her granddaughter

Veronica has sent us this:

My granddaughter broke her arm a couple of weeks ago and as the weather has turn chill, I adapted a cardigan I was knitting for her to suit her present problem with one short wide sleeve.

I used a Marion Nelson pattern and a punchcard I found in my stash. The yarn is 2/30s acrylic also in my stash. I like the turquoise mix which has ‘bright’ acrylic giving it a sheen.

The body is a bit long, it’ll keep her kidneys warm. It’s difficult to get a proper fitting at present with not seeing her as much and then not been able to get close enough to measure the bits I need. Of course I didn’t do a tension square.


Show & Tell - Alison

Hi everyone - I hope you're all keeping well.

I've been rediscovering my double-bed colour changer, and have finally knitted up the Yeoman yarn (3ply, 50% wool/50% acrylic) I bought at the Nottingham Show not last year but the year before.

I originally bought two cones of the blue and one of the white - and used one of the blue fairly quickly to knit a tuck stitch jumper for myself. I now longer have that... my husband put it in the machine, after which it fitted my slim daughter-in-law, and my son then did the same. It wouldn't even fit a 5-year-old and was like cardboard!

I've used the blue and white (it is white, although the photo doesn't look it) to do this double-jacquard jumper for myself in readiness for the cooler weather in the autumn. It's one of the standard Stitch World patterns, and I thought it worked well with the blue and white. A bit of a Wedgewood feel. 😊

I've got a Brother KH965 but a KR830 ribber (which I originally had with my KH836). Last year, I bought a ribber carriage for a KR850, giving me the option to do the birds-eye jacquard. It fits nicely, although the connection between the ribber and the main bed was a little weak (the connecting arm didn't fit all the way into the slot). I've now got the ribber part for the main carriage too, so that is better. There was still a little bit of adjustment needed, as it kept missing the yarn when I changed colour. Comparing it with the older carriage, the angles weren't quite right so a bit of push into place was needed.

The only thing I've noticed that is a little odd is when you're decreasing. You have to make sure that you (ideally) decrease on an even row number (every 2nd, 4th, 6th) as every other needle knits in each direction on the ribber. If you decrease on an odd numbered row too frequently, the same needles keep knitting and the same needles slipping. I have some areas on inside where you can see the effect of the decreases - instead of birds-eye, I've got stripes for a few rows. 

Now I've done this - and I've got the red yarn - I can knit my grandson's jumper. The tension square is done and the pattern is in the machine. Thank you to Pat and to Pauline, who both contacted me to say they had some red. Pauline had the 2/30 acrylic I was looking for, so I will return Pat's to her soon. Again, than you both.