Open Spaces: Machine Knit Eyelets, Ladders and Slits

So much news this month – my head is spinning!

After more than four years experimenting, continually asking myself  “what if I…..?” and then following that path to the next great discovery (and a few disappointing disasters), The Book That Would Not End is finally done!

Following the required introduction, there are lengthy chapters on eyelets, ladders and slits – open spaces that are very different from your grannie’s lace of old! Many of these examples will produce gorgeous garments, but be forewarned that some of them absolutely must be worn over a camisole if you want to avoid being arrested!

The book is 225 pages and contains more than 300 swatch photos and charts as well as a number of inspirational garments by some of my favorite designers. You’ll notice that this book is a larger format than my previous three. Increasing the size from 8 x 10” to 8.5 x 11” saved about 40 pages, which translates into lower costs for us all. I guess I’ll just have to get used to the way they all look on the shelf together, with the new one a bit taller and wider.

 

 

You can download the free pattern for this slit topper on my web site.

There are already several free sweater designs based on material from this book available on my web site and I plan to add a couple more so do check the Free Stuff for practical applications of these techniques.

As with the previous three titles, the new book is available from www.guagliumi.com with free shipping or you can order from Amazon.com. It goes without saying that when you order directly from me, I enjoy a slightly higher profit than I do when you purchase through Amazon, which will probably survive nicely either way. Whether you order directly from me or through Amazon, please know that I sincerely appreciate your purchase and hope that you enjoy the new book and find it full of useful ideas for your knitting. I think it is a beauty, but I am probably a little prejudiced…..kind of like asking a mother what she thinks of her new baby.

While I’m on the topic of new additions, I want to introduce the newest specialty tool on my web site! This 4/5-prong transfer tool is for 6.5 mm mid-gauge machines like the Silver Reed SK160, SK860 and LK150 or LK140.

These individually crafted and smoothly finished wooden tools are available exclusively on www.guagliumi.com and they feel so much nicer in your hand than a hunk of plastic!

You can use either end (4 or 5-prong) to move groups of stitches for traveling stitch designs or to create wide full-fashioned decreases along a raglan slant (for example). If you move 10 stitches every time you need to decrease, you’ll have enough stitches to allow an edge stitch, a plain (or reformed) stitch along each side of a 3×3 cable and the decrease. It’s a lot faster to move five stitches twice than it is working with a 3-prong tool! With a pair of these tools and a bit of bridging, you can cross 4 or 5 stitch cables.

The individual, 4-prong and 5-prong tools are still available (and cost $18 each), but if you don’t have those (or only have one of each), this combination tool is considerably more affordable at $26. Click here to order yours!

Last, but never least, I have just finished a pattern for sewing a fabulous padded carrying case for the LK-150 or similar machines. With shoulder straps and pockets for everything, this case is much lighter weight and easier to carry that the gun cases I see people using. Besides, I know I would be arrested carrying a gun case into Grand Central Station in NYC and I plan to show my FIT students an LK-150 this fall.

The final pattern is the result of 5 prototypes, which were expensive to produce in terms of both time and materials. I really hope you enjoy this copyrighted pattern so much and find it so worth the $6 price that you encourage your friends to purchase their own.  Don’t forget, there are already lots of freebies at www.guagliumi.com when you sign up for the newsletter.

 

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6 thoughts on “Open Spaces: Machine Knit Eyelets, Ladders and Slits”

  1. Hello Susan,

    I purchased your newest book this evening through Amazon. I want you to know I checked it out first on your web site, however, the shipping cost quoted of $42 USD to Canada took me aback. My Canadian Amazon Prime account paid my shipping, and the USD/CAD currency conversion was favourable.

    I also purchased your case pattern through Craftsy this evening.

    Thank you for another priceless contribution to the machine knitting body of work. I can’t wait to try out some of your ideas!

  2. Hello Susan. I ordered your new book immediately after receiving your latest blog. It arrived yesterday morning and I spent all day reading it! What can I say? It is just fabulous and well-worth the wait. All I need now is the time to sit at my machine and play! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to our craft. Thank you also for the great pattern for a carry-bag for the LK150 – this will be very useful. Where on earth do you find the time?
    Kindest regards,
    Judy (in rather hot UK)

  3. Hi Susan I am pretty new to machine knitting. I first learned by two of your Craftsy classes. You’re an amazing teacher! I wonder will your new book be available as Amazon kindle or other e-format? I really enjoy reading your Hand-knit by Machine on my kindle on my daily commute.

    1. Hi –
      Not sure if we will pursue Kindle or any ebook version on this new one. The number of illustrations and photographs makes it difficult to lay things out so that the visuals are near the text – in Kindle it would be impossible to retain the continuity. I am hoping, however, to produce a series of videos (late fall) highlighting the techniques from this book.

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