Roni Knutson's

Studio/Silver Reed/Singer/Knitmaster

Canadian Machine Knitting Page

No frills eh? ;) ... just help sheets, free patterns and links

Nanoose Bay, British Columbia

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Time to do a little de-stashing - Manuals - Magazines - MKNews magazines

Studio Knitting machines- approximate age for your machine and accessories Studio machines by number- this helps you find out what fits on your machine - some links to photos
Studio ribbers by number - and which machines they fit Studio accessories by number- and what machines they work with

Studio replacement needles- wondering what needles fit your machine?

Looking for a INSTRUCTION MANUAL for your knitting machine? You can find a few hints here. Yahoo Groups of interest to machine knitters - some great online clubs listed here
Secondhand machines and accessories for sale or wanted together with links to classified sites. If you have something for sale or need something, e-mail me and I'll pop it on this page. Ad for production knitters needed here too.
Looking for a dealer near you in Canada? Check out The Canadian Machine Knit Resource which is kept up-to-date by a great lady named Sheila Bossert. You'll find lots there, dealers, seminar dates, and links to lots of machine knitting sites (with free patterns too). Canadian distributors - Studio - Silver Reed - Passap

If you are in the U.S. check out Irene Woods' site Clearwater Knits for a dealer near you. You'll also find a LK150 tutorial there and a great one on using the knit contour.

If you are in the UK check out the Silver Viscount web site at www.silverknitting.co.uk (they have Forsell Yarns too).

Looking for similar style information charts on Brother Machines, including garter carriages and which machines they fit? Then check out the great pages at Lora Kinnan's "Daisy Knits" site. This will take you to the index page - scroll down for the link to the charts and other goodies. Free patterns there too!!

There was a great Passap site in the U.K., done by Woolleys but it seems to have disappeared and has been taken over by one of those annoying, go nowhere, search pages, that just waste our time! It did have the history of Passap machines, a wonderful chart for Duo 80 owners that gives the E6000 machine techniques to help you in following those E6000 patterns, a "find a part number" spot and other goodies. If you know where it has moved to, please let me know....

Got a Superba and wish you could find more information on it? Check out the Superba/White/Singer (White in Canada, Singer in Britain, also sold as Phildar, we're not confused are we?) wonderful blogspot at www.superbaknitting.blogspot.com where Patrick Madden has done a fabulous job explaining how to set up the machine and how to clean it - not the mention all the wonderful lessons he has on there - definitely the best site for Superba. Also check out http://www.myrocks.com/index.htm if you are in Europe. If you need parts for your machine check with Peter Smith at Passap Canada. There is also a great Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/superbawhite that you can join - it's free. The Yahoo group has photos of machines that you can look at to figure out what model you have bought if you are in doubt. I own a Superba 1502 and I am really impressed with this machine - you can see a couple of photos of my machine here and some of a Singer/Superba 1602 here and also a couple of photos of an older Singer/Superba (possibly called a Chantelaine) .

If you are looking for software for your computer to design patterns or punchcard patterns, then there's a few you can check out: Sweater Wizard, Garment Styler by Cochenille, Design-a-Pattern, Knitware, and of course the biggie, Designaknit. And, for a small yearly fee you can access a pattern generator done by the Lucia Liljegren otherwise known as the Knitting Fiend.


Also check out
www.knitic.com - it's a fascinating site showing new open hardware for Brother knitting machines (KH930 and KH940) which controls the knitting machine via Arduino. Knitic is the new "brain" of the knitting machine which allows real time control over the needles. Well worth looking at.


If you are looking for punchcard patterns I have a page devoted to free ones. Also Linda Jackson has beautiful charted design collections for machine knitting, handknitting and needlework at www.artika.co.uk.


Gallery
- just photos of a few things ........... hopefully sometime or other I will post some more!!.

Free Patterns for the Standard Machine - 4.5 mm

Dishcloth done in tuck stitch
Circular Socks ribber required - mens or ladies (photo)
Headbands or ear warmers two sizes - good for beginners and for using up small amounts of yarn. Also garter bar practise for those with a little more experience. (photo)
Toques ex-small, small, medium and large - no ribber needed, sewn together on the sewing machine. Great for beginners as there is no shaping or casting off involved. Good practise for stopping and starting punchcards. (photo)
Double layer mittens two sizes - for the little more experienced (new photos)
Scarf easy project for beginners
Girl's Hat and Scarf Set to fit age 10 and up - opening for pony tail
Baby's Raglan sleeve cardigan newborn and 3 month size (photo)
Ladies Acrylic Boucle Top a little hand manipulated lace or make it plain
Ladies Oversize Vest in Newry or 4 ply (photo)

Free Patterns for the LK150 - 6.5 mid-gauge

Knit Roses Easy to knit roses to add to your sweater or home accessory
Hat with roll up brim Simple enough for a beginner

Free Patterns for the Chunky Machine - 9 mm

Chunky Earflap Hat no ribber needed (photos)
Chunky Throw tuck and lace (photo)
Golf Club Covers ribber needed (photo)
Dishcloth done in tuck stitch (photo) you will need to refresh
Hat with roll up brim simple enough for a beginner (photo)
Boy's Vest V-neck - designed for SK150/1 (photo)
Cable Vest - Ladies no punchcard needed (photo)
Lace Vest - Ladies handtooled lace (photo)
Tuck Stitch Boat Neck Sweater - Ladies punchcard machine (photo)
Smocked Pearl Batwing Sweater - Ladies ribber needed (photo)
Shadow Pleated Teacosy any chunky - no ribber needed 
Golf Club Covers ribber would be handy

Free handknit pattern

Fingerless Mitts in Patons Decor K1, P1 rib using 4 double pointed needles (photo)

Help Sheets - for beginners - written with Studio/Silver Reed steel-bed punchcard machines in mind.

Abbreviations cheatsheet cut and sew necklines decreasing
garter bar increasing no ribber hems punchcard/drawing
punching a card punchcard placement quick crew neck two colour/fairisle
weaving cast on      
 Studio 580 PE1 Quick Reference sheets - formatted to print as 4 pgs      
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Updated November 11, 2013

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