InKnitters And Machine Knitters Source Magazine Are Dead
Wondering when my next edition would arrive, I called InKnitters this morning. The lady who answered said they ceased publication a month ago. So much for the remaining issues of my two-year subscription.
It’s a shame really. It was the last knitting magazine printed in the U.S. to have any significant machine knitting content. Granted, most of the garments were, how should I put it, less than fashion forward, but it had great technical articles.
I’ll miss InKnitters for that.
And the young, red-haired model who grimaced in many of her shots. I always wondered if she was in pain because of what they were forcing her to wear. Sadistic, I know. It was one of my highlights when skimming through a new issue.
The first sweater I ever machine knit was the cover garment from the Summer 2005 issue. It was a form fitting, ribbed top with ¾ length sleeves and a wide neck. I used a standard gauge machine and Tamm coned yarn.
The original plan was to make it for myself. After it was assembled, I squeezed into it, but wearing it in public was out of the question. The fact that it only measured 11 inches across the bust should have been a clue.
This puppy is so form fitting, even the mannequin has headlights.
It wasn’t a total loss. My petite daughter, who loves figure hugging clothes, decided it showed off her curves just fine. Dad’s frown pretty much cinched I’d never get it back.
The instructions were confusing on how to do the raglan decreases. I wanted a finished look that maintained the rib pattern up the sides, like it showed in the picture. After some trial and error, I found a decrease approach I liked.
I wish more patterns had needle layout schematics. It helps immensely to decipher the written instructions.
I also wasn’t a fan of cropped sleeves, so I lengthened them.
The finished details came out exactly as I hoped. Next time I’d loosen the tension.
The fabric was way too stiff which is probably why it didn’t fit.
February 15, 2007