Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters


Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters

“Back in Print! This edition is identical to the original, with corrections and a new cover.”

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  • Tricot Manie says:
    45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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    Knitter’s Bonanza!, September 26, 2000
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    Tricot Manie (San Diego, CAL USA) –

    I obtained this book after I had been machine-knitting for about 2-3 years, and have found it an inexhaustible treasure-trove of techniques, tips and patterns. I refer to it over and over. It’s worth 10x its price. Whether you are a brand-new machine-knitter, or a seasoned one, this book will never collect dust on your shelf—-you might even find yourself needing to buy a new one!

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  • Joanna Daneman "I don' do no stinkin' videos ... says:
    39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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    The best MK book in my library, January 30, 2000
    By A Customer
    This book is absolutely great! It explaines different techniques with easy to follow instructions accompanied by photographs. This book is “hands on” and has helped me many a times to conquer some of the techniques that I would have otherwise never had the courage to use. Even on techniques I already (thought I) knew it gave me useful hints and tips and an insight into how to do it easier and better. Do you know the feeling when “the penny drops”? This is what is was like following the instructions of this book. It is the most used MK book in my library.

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  • Anonymous says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    How to create cables and more on a knitting machine, March 19, 2010
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    This review is from: Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters (Paperback)
    This book was first released in the 80’s when knitting machines became quite popular in the US. For those who don’t use a knitting machine, it’s a long bed (or two, face-to-face) of individual latched needles that each hold a stitch in a row. A carriage travels across the stitches like a typewriter carriage and yarn is pushed over the needles to make a new loop. It’s somewhat related to rake knitting where individual stitches are on pegs.

    Unless you have a ribber for your machine, your knitting faces in one direction, the purl side (wrong side) facing you. To do fancy stitches like ribbing, you have to unlatch the stitches and sort of crochet them back up again, or transfer stitches with a tool to re-arrange them to make cables. The machine can only do color changes (fair isle), tuck or slip stitch automatically.

    So what if you want cables, or other all-over textured fabric? Susan Guagliumi shows you how to do twisted stitches, woven stitches, popcorn, cables, gathers, bobbles. You can actually create knitted fabric (no shaping of garment) and cut it to make sewn knits if you want. You can make lace without a special lace carriage.

    The book also goes over the parts of the knitting machine and how the carriage and needles interact to create the stitches. The beginning of the book covers the basic moves you will do with the yarn and machine to manipulate stitches by hand. Linkers, garter bars are also covered.

    What is simple for a hand knitter (garter stitch, cables and ribbing) is not so easy for a knitting machine. With this book, you can branch out from simple flat knitting or all-over tuck or slip stitches that are built in to your machine, or use a simple machine with no special stitches such as many of the bulky machines that handle worsted-weight yarn. If you want to make beautiful scarves, sweaters and other garments or even household items like slipcovers for ottomans and pillows, this book is a real treasure.

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