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Inspiration Of Lace Knitting By Kathleen Kinder

The following is a description of the brand lace knitting book by Kathleen Kinder that is now available. Kathleen Has done a wonderful job once more. This is for hand knitting and lace knitting and is 116 pages long. The retail price of this book is $32.00. The cover is in color and the rest is in black and white but they come out quite nicely. You can see the stitch work excellently. The book weighs 11 ounces. These will be available only through Country Knitting of Maine.

From Kathleen:

The publication of this book is a great occasion. I never expected it to happen. I am a founder member of the Knitting & Crochet Guild (UK). It was established in 1978 to encourage the crafts of hand and domestic machine knitting and crochet. Its founding principles are Education, Innovation and Preservation. Over the years the KC&G has accumulated a quite unique Collection of publications, patterns and tools going back to at least Victorian times (some items earlier). More importantly, it now owns a large collection of hand, machine- knitted and some frame-knitted lace (as well as crochet). These are housed at Lee Mills near Huddersfield in Yorkshire. Visit the web site (where I also have some articles) and read all about it.

In 2006, I responded to a suggestion in Slipknot the Guild's magazine that someone do a study of one of the historic items in the Collection. I chose a finely hand-knitted 1891 sampler of 63 patterns in the Collection. The arrangement was for the K&CG to publish my study which took 10 months of solid work. For various reasons this did not happen. I forgot all about the CD until Linda Williams wrote and asked if I had anything new for knitters. I sent the CD to her and she immediately recognised the real value of what I had achieved.. The work contains material and insights into lace knitting which no one has ever written about before .

As many people will know, my main knitting, teaching and writing career has been concerned with machine knitting., but I am also deeply interested in and have a real love of hand knitting. That is not the only reason why I have brought the 2 crafts together in this book I knew for a study to have integrity I needed to include in its brief the ancestor of modern domestic machine knitted lace, the lace from the 18th and 19th c hand frame. In 1977, I made 2 visits to the Framework Museum at Ruddington near Nottingham and was allowed to photograph examples of the beautiful knitted lace produced on these early machines. What really encouraged me is that fact that in the K&CG Collection in Lee Mills there are lace examples from all 3 knitting crafts as well as copies of very old publications, and I was very kindly allowed to photograph, read and handle all that I required. It was through my close examination and knitting of the Sampler's various lace patterns that I really came made some very intriguing discoveries in relation to the structure of lace patterning.

Here's what's in the book. First, there is an illustrated article of The History of Knitted Lace, again quite unique because it draws on all 3 knitting crafts, giving clear indication of cross-fertilisation Basing my conclusions not only on 19th c hand knitting publications but also on written 18th c and early 19th c framework records as well as on analysis of pattern structure, I offer suggestions regarding which patterns were the originals and which were adaptations or copies. I found I could often relate my findings to many of the patterns on the Sampler.

Next follows a chapter on The Background to Charts and Symbols. It may surprise readers to know that they go back a long way too. I explain that I used no expensive programme to chart the lace patterns but simply, MS Paint, in Accessories on every PC. I employ the commonly accepted Japanese symbols. There is a page of those and a page of abbreviations before the study of each of the 63 patterns, each charted and written out for those who can't cope with charts. I could not have done the work without my charting expertise. You can see exactly from a chart how a pattern is formed and how it is to be knitted. The penultimate section is for machine knitters, with 20 patterns especially for them, but also for hand knitters too. I conclude with how to design,draw and annotate the schematics for simple garment shapes. There is a comprehensive book list and some web sites to look up. In all, I've done my best to ensure the book is a rich resource for hand and machine knitters, and it would not have seen the light of day but for Linda Williams. I owe her a great debt of gratitude indeed.
Retail - $32.00
For Printed Version Only

Passap System: Knitting and Pattern Techniques Volume 1 This volume is for all Passap Duomatic and E-6000 knitting machines. All stitch patterns shown can be manually selected for Duomatic owners. Material has been widely drawn from Passap and non-Passap literature as well as out of print Passap model books. Main sections include system overviews, slip stitch and tuck stitch patterns as well as garment shaping for double bed knitting. A must for Passap owners. Retail - $25.00
Brother Electronic Pattern Play PPD 110 and Stitchworld Variations for the KH930, 940, and 950i. There are thirty patterns which Ms Kinder subjects to various treatments offered by the PPD. All functions of the PPD are given full explanation as well as notes on how to enter data for color and lace. Includes explanations on how to use the Garter Carriage with lace. 10 patterns illustrated in color. Originally published in 1989,96 pages, one color plate, many black and white photos and charts. This book is primarily addressed to owners of electronic Brother knitting machines, in particular KH930, KH940 and KH950i, although the pattern diagrams can also be used for other makes and, if the repeat fits, even for punch card machines.
Kathleen explains in detail how versatile the 555 built-in patterns actually can be used and how easily they can be combined and modified. Which allows a knitweave pattern to be used on the Fair-Isle setting, or a Fairisle pattern can be knit with the garter carriage. Sections of a pattern can be separated or combined into new, abstract patterns, and garments can show new and unusual effects by using well known patterns differently. Kathleen Kinder knows how to do it, and her precise explanations take away our fear of doing something wrong. Her helpful advice on how to program the knitting machines and how to use the PPD and/or the Brother disk drive are a boom for those who are not familiar with these. Retail- $25.00
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