February 2024: Perfect Mock Rib & Interesting Hems

February’s demonstrations was an interesting presentation by Mary Matz showing us how to do her “perfect” mock rib on the LK150 and a few other very easy hem edges that would make anyone’s sweater or blanket look gorgeous! Check out the members only Interknit Programs group to view the demonstration in its entirety.

If you are local to the Chicago area, mark your calendars for Saturday, February 24th to come and join the Hillside LK150 Club’s “500 Hat Challenge.” President Valoria Simpson has invited members from all the clubs near and far to bring your machines and join forces to knit for those in need.

Here is her message:

The Hillside Machine Knitting Club would like to invite you to join us on Saturday February 24, 2024. Bring your knitting machines and yarn. We need knitters, those willing to do handwork (sewing up hats) and others to wind yarn. There’s something for everyone to do!
Our goal is 500 hats for children.

These children have come from completely different climates and are in the throes of experiencing their first Chicago Winter and they are simply not prepared for our extremely cold climate!

Mary Matz has generously offered the use of her “Half Hour Hat Pattern,” the tutorial for which you can find on her YouTube Channel. You can download the companion pattern (written instructions) for free at Twisted Yarns using Coupon Code: FREEHHHAT. If you have never visited Twisted Yarns, please be aware, if you do not already have an account on the website, you will need to create one in order to download the pattern. Feel free to also use a pattern of your choice. All sizes and styles are welcome! The plan is to knit and have a good time! If you can’t make it and are enjoying the Winter in a warm climate, you can still join the challenge and knit as many hats as you can and simply send them to Valoria. Contact us directly to receive Valoria’s address.

Date: February 24, 2024
Time: 10am – 4pm (doors open at 9am CST)
Address: 1 North Lind, Hillside, IL 60162

In other news…

Rocking Horse Farm has purchased the rights to Pat Plett’s sock books for the Brother/KnitKing and Silver Reed SK860 Mid Gauge with Ribber. Books are $15-$20 per machine if you are interested. Unfortunately, Pat did not make sock patterns for the bulky machines, however, Carole Wurst at the Knit Shop at Rocking Horse Farm has published a leaflet called “Worsted Weight Socks on the Bulky” which also includes some translations for mid-gauge and the method of reforming stitches when a ribber isn’t available. It can be purchased for $10. If you have an interest in any of her books, please contact Jason at Rocking Horse Farm.

Last, but not least, Christine shared a couple of great cowl patterns:

THNLife – The Mackenzie Cowl Pattern | Laurie Garn

And and Addi (king size) knitting Machine Infinity Scarf Tutorial

That’s it for now — See you next month!

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