South Bay Machine Knitting Meetup Group, January

Note the later-than-usual start time, 12:30.

Topic: Patterns for machine knitting. There are patterns out there, but the original yarn is often unobtainable, or the style is outdated, or the instructions are for a different machine than the one you have. Let's bring some recent hand-knitting magazines and see what is easily converted. How to work with a schematic and the yarn you have, to calculate your gauge and make it the right size. Then maybe February's topic can be the KnitLeader/KnitRadar?

And there's how to read charts, whether designed for a machine or converted from hand-knitting; Hung-Tsu had an interesting-looking chart for a tuck-lace pattern that we could try.

We might also be continuing last week's discussion about garter carriages, depends who shows up with what equipment and questions.

And just bring your machine and knit. Beginners are always welcome, there'll be a machine available for newcomers to try out, and advice on what to buy. If you have a knitting machine that you don't know how to use, bring it along and we'll help you get started.

A $3 donation is requested towards the room and Meetup fees. Guests and first-time attendees are free.

Approximate agenda:

12:30 Setup and questions.
Show up whenever you can. The first hour or so is for setup, socializing and beginner help.

1:30 Announcements, followed by Show & Tell.

2:00 Demo. We can cover gauge swatches briefly. Tuck-lace from a chart. And continuing from last week, I found some more ways of making wide cables.

Afternoon: Freeform. Bring your machine, some yarn and your questions.

5:00 Pack up


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  • Lindsay M.

    I'm afraid I won't be able to make it this week. Hope to be there next time.

    January 4, 2014

  • Hung-Tsu C.

    Here's the tuck lace pattern Adrienne mentioned.
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/violet-moth

    January 3, 2014

  • Margaret

    Although I have countless ancient knitting machine patterns and access to even more free patterns online, I decided to invest in Patons Back to Basics book for hand knitters because I wanted to work from the current industry standard template. http://www.yarnspirations.com/pattern-books/back-basics

    I also made a deliberately old fashioned chunky raglan from this free pattern. http://www.yarnspirations.com/pattern/knitting/simple-stripe-raglan
    As I suspected from the photo, the arms were too short for Elf Boy, even though he's only 5' 7". However, it was quick to make and the yarn was at half price, so it was a good way to test fit.
    I want to start on a pure wool sweater today from the Back to Basics book. If I do, I'll bring it tomorrow to illustrate.
    Meanwhile, I'm leaning toward a 2 pointed jester hat because 3 points looked a bit clunky.

    January 3, 2014

  • Margaret

    I've set myself a challenge that fits in with this theme. I intend to turn this baby jester hat (knitted in the round) into an adult size, hopefully using sew-as-you-go http://www.woollywormhead.com/storage/WW042FBabyJesterHat.pdf
    I can only hope that "Elf Boy" will appreciate my efforts because it seems too early in the year for a bee hat.

    January 2, 2014

  • Adrienne

    Good idea, let's talk about sourcing and adapting patterns at this week's meeting.

    December 31, 2013

  • Hope

    I would like to hear how people develop their patterns. Especially how to convert hand knit patterns.

    December 30, 2013

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