Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Our May meeting will be at the usual venue from 1.30 on Wednesday 12th May. Hope to see you there.
Uses for Chenille
This sample is not a complicated cable pattern although that is what it looks like. Instead it is worked in chenille and knitting elastic as a thread lace pattern. This is like a fairisle pattern but
the selected needles knit both yarns and the unselected only knit the finer yarn. Normally this looks as if there are holes where only the finer yarn is used but in this case the elastic closes up and gives the cable appearance. A complete garment would be quite heavy but very attractive and the elastic would hold the chenille in shape.
Elaine knitted these 2 hats. The first following a pattern is by hand using garter and stocking stitch to give a ribbed appearance and increasing at one end and decreasing on the other to make a biased shape. Although this would be possible with a garter carriage it would be very time consuming having to stop and shape every row.
The purple hat is an adaptation of the one above using shadow pleats (remember the skirts back in the 70s). This one is made using chenille for the thick yarn and a matching acrylic 2 ply for the finer yarn. It is still worked on the bias but is not nearly as time consuming when using the normal carriage. Elaine added a hem with elastic round the bottom to keep the hat in shape. This could be the latest fashion for next winter - especially if it is as cold as the last one.
This salmon pink, black and white sleeveless sweater was made by Sandra. It is beautifully finished and the stripes on the neck and sleeve bands just finish it off. Photos don't really show off garments to their best advantage but it does give a taste of what we do. This is going to look stunning worn on a cool summers day.
In the last post in November we talked about knitting cardigans. At least 2 of our members brought in examples this month.
This first one was made by Brenda for her charity stall and is hand knitted using DK yarn. The photo doesn't do it justice as the colour in not a good match - it was a lovely maroon red. It would also have helped if I had straightened the collar properly but I did not notice until I uploaded the photo by which time it was too late. Sorry Brenda.
This one is a lady's model and was made by Janice. Using a fairisle pattern for the back and fronts and plain sleeves is a way of using up part cones of yarn.
The pattern is a fairly straight-forward two colour fairisle with a 24 stitch repeat which could be worked on most standard gauge knitting machines.
I am sorry that this blog has not been brought up-to-date for a while. I hve not been able to attend any of the meetings this year until the April meeting so the blog has been neglected. While I have been away there has been lots of activity but no photographic record to put up on the blog. Anyway I was able to be there this month so there are a few photos to show.