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Hello all, since I am new to machine knitting I was wanting to get some books. Any recommendations?
Good idea lottyman.lottyman said:Hello Jillie
When you get a list of recommended titles a good idea is to pick a few out and go to your local library and request them. In UK they cost 50p each and you can study them for 14 days after which you can then buy the ones you like most from Amazon or similar that way you wont be spending money on books you don't like
Thank you susieknitter, I will keep my eye out for that one.susieknitter said:The best book that I have is Machine Knitting Technology & Patterns by Mary Weaver (single-bed knitting on single and double bed machines). If you see this on ebay I would say snap it up, I highly recommend it. It gives information on how all the different machine carriages work. A really good guide/lesson on yarns. Practically all the tips you will need, from casting on to casting off. There is also a good range of men's, ladies and children's patterns in a good size range. She explains punch card patterns, and there are some nice ones to make. There is a chapter on using a charting device and a ready reckoner chart. It includes a good list of trimmings/edges. She even tells you different ways of sewing up your finished knitwear. When I first had a machine I knew no one that could help me and there was nothing on the net. This book taught me so much. It's well worth having, I often reread it now. She wrote others for the ribber.
Thank you euvid, this is a good list of books and recommendations!euvid said:http://www.knitknackshop.com/ Charlene has written many books on knitting machines that are good. I recently bought a few Bronsom books on eBay.They are the publishers and have printed really good books.
THe Machine Knitters Bible, a set of 2 books you can find on eBay is vexcellent as it has many excellent drawings
and takes you thru step by step how to use the machines.
WHat machine do you have?
Thank you Elis, I am getting so excited about learning machine knitting!!Elis said:Certainly Janet Nabney's book, but first and foremost the one I think should be in everyone's collection - Mary Weaver's "Machine Knitting Technology and Patterns" publ.1979. The patterns are a little dated but the book is a mine of information. Also any of Kathleen Kinder's books. Before Susan Guagliumi's "Hand Manipulated.... " I'd select Susan Sharp's "Textured Patterns for Machine Knitters".
Thank you KateWood, yes that is what I am doing every night. The things some people can make with a knitting machine are unbelievable!KateWood said:You can also watch youtube videos for machine knitting...Diana Sullivan has a whole series of project videos that cover multiple techniques to give you a great start knitting and a series for ribber techniques as well.
Thank you GrammaAnn, fun is what it is all about. With the wonderment mixed in there.GrammaAnn said:The Prolific Knitting Machine by Catherine Cartwright-Jones. So much fun and so encouraging! :thumbup: Ann
Thank you Rose Rose, I have a hard copy coming. I will let you know how I am doing. I have a bunch of baby blankets I need to do. So I have yarn to practice with firsts.Rose_Rose said:All the books suggested in this thread are good, reliable teaching tools. But I would suggest you start with the manual for your machine. You have to know the basics of your particular machine before you can translate all that wonderful information in those other books to your machine.
If one of them mentions particular levers, say, and your machine doesn't have them, what would you do? Would you know what the equivalent of those "levers" are for your machine?
Study your manual, then go to different sites that allow reading of some or even all of the pages in those books; sort of a "try before you buy"...like Amazon. I know that some of the books offered on Amazon have that capability. Try to find some of the books at your local library also.
Please let us know how you do on your machine. We are all always interested in how others learn the ins-and-outs of their machines.