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An Illustrated Handbook of Machine Knitting [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Janet Nabney
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12 Nov 1987
Many people enjoy the speed and ease of machine knitting, but cannot fully explore the possibilities of the craft because they lack technical expertise. This book explains in detail how the knitting machine works and what it can do. The book develops from the initial buying of the machine, through a comparison of the way different machines operate, to a catalogue of various finishes and effects that complement the basic skills. Problems and solutions are explored and the final section on pattern drafting and design helps readers to create their own fashions and adapt ideas from different sources. This is a handbook which should be of use to both the beginner and the professional.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; illustrated edition edition (12 Nov 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713453389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713453386
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book 5 Oct 2012
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Excellent reference book. Illustrations show what is actually happening to the needles as the carriage passes over. Gives one a better understanding of the resulting stitch. Techniques and tips are here, as are problem solving and design possibilities. I expect to be using this book regularly.

Because home and artisan machine knitting has fallen out of favour there has not been a new book published in twenty or so years. This means that all my machine knitting books are used, the price of new books being prohibitive.

I have bought many books on machine knitting over the past year and, as there is usually no "look inside" facility, I don't know what I am getting until it arrives. Some have been good, some so-so and others outstanding.

I find that the contents page is invaluable for giving an impression of what the book is all about and with that in mind, I will endeavour to reproduce the contents page of all my machine knitting books so that others can get a better idea of what they are about to buy.

Acknowledgements 9
Introduction 13
1. How the knitting machine works 19
2. How the patterning works 27
3. Pattern possibilities 33
4. Manual techniques 50
5. Problems and solutions 82
6. Compendium of techniques and tips 86
7. Design possibilities 163
8. Appendix 184
Index 187

I hope this helpful to you.

I would also recommend Janet Nabney's "Designing Garments on the Knitting Machine" to anyone who is serious about designing knitwear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend 18 Mar 2013
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I am a complete beginner to machine knitting and own this book plus Machine Knitter's Handbook. I feel for quite some time I have plenty to learn from these two recources.
I have started learning from this book by Janet Nabney. It's easy to read and by following the instruction I was able to knit a swatch, learn how to cast on, off, increase, decrease and knit a little sample jumper + several ways of hems.
I highly recommend the book to any machine knitting novice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 4 July 2014
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Detailed and comprehensive introduction to machine knitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful 1 April 2014
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This is a very useful book to help someone get started on machine knitting at home, with good advice and clear illustrations. It is placed right beside my machine at this moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice book 15 Nov 2013
By catrin
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A really useful book although not for beginners I dont think, but I have a little experience myself so finding it very useful
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