Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Become confident and creative

This section of my blog is dedicated to simple and clear instructions on how to operate a knitting machine and obtain the skills to become freely and confidently creative when doing so.

My recently published book, 'Translating Between Hand and Machine Knitting', has a wealth of information including step-by-step instructions on this and other techniques including tuck stitch, slip stitch, fair-isle and intarsia. Its 320 pages contain over 397 photos, illustrations and diagrams to help knitters produce amazing results across both types of knitting. 

Knitting is an enduringly popular and creative craft, but many associate the techniques primarily with hand knitting, believing machine knitting to require arcane knowledge. However, machine knitting is formed from the same stitch structures and is equally versatile. Translating between Hand and Machine Knitting rediscovers the potential of domestic machine knitting to open up new possibilities for dedicated knitters, offering an equally creative yet timesaving method of crafting new designs. With over 500 images, this comprehensive guide offers detailed step-by-step explanations of techniques in hand and machine knitting, whilst also offering inspiration and design advice.
Topics covered include:

  • Illustrated step-by-step instructions of hand and machine knitting techniques
  • Qualities and behaviours of fibres and yarns and their suitability for knitting
  • Equipment requirements and advice
  • Basic stitches and stitch constructions of hand and machine knitting
  • Combining stitches to make surface texture and colour patterns
  • Shaping and knitting 3D shapes
  • Calculating garment shape and size from tension swatches

Buy 'Translating between Hand and Machine Knitting'