Past Seminars

September 10, 2022

Claire Newberry

Our first speaker of the new Program Year will be Claire Newberry, all the way from the UK.

Claire graduated from the University of Central England, in Birmingham, in 1989, where she was awarded the prestigious Royal Society of Arts’ Young Designer Into Industry Award. She then worked for a number of years as a freelance knitwear designer, selling knitwear ideas to top fashion designers around the world.  To further meet her creative itch, Claire began designing beautiful scarves for friends and family. These scarves became so popular that she developed a limited edition of these handmade jewels.  The scarves in her collections are made using the finest yarns available, including the softest, extra fine merino from Italy and beautiful hand painted yarns from Wales.

When designing, Claire takes inspiration from a diverse range of sources:  from the unpredictable world of animal markings to the rigid structures of manmade repeated forms. At times, the yarn will play a role in dictating how the final piece should evolve and at other times the finishing process will push the designs in exciting and unpredictable directions.

Claire regularly exhibits with the Northants Guild of Designer Craftsmen, in Northamptonshire, in Central England, and some of her designs are sold through galleries within the East Midlands area.

Visit Claire’s many platforms:




For her presentation to the Guild, Claire will be taking us on a trip through the intricacies of the Design-A-Knit (DAK) software.  Bring you thinking caps, notebooks and pencils, and be prepared to be schooled!


May 14, 2022 — Carol Scott

Fabulous fabrics, hems, bands and trim

Carol Scott was one of those little girls who knew she could improve any garment, so, from a very early age she began knitting and sewing her outfits.  Since retiring in 2007 from a 26-year career as a professor of fashion design, Carol has created a second career as teacher and muse for machine knitters throughout the country.

Besides her teaching career, Carol has designed knitwear for a New York children’s manufacturer, has produced multiple high level fashion shows, worked in retail and has been a personal wardrobe consultant.  In other words, Carol has been involved in every aspect of the clothing industry.

She now has time to design and write patterns for books, yarn companies and Ravelry (visit her Ravelry shop at:  An avid golfer and tennis player, Carol brings all of her knowledge of clothing design to her workshops, where she seeks to jump start the creative spirit of all yarn lovers, while helping us to hone our technical expertise.

A dead give-away of a “homemade,” handmade garment is poor quality finishing technique.  Carol will give us a primer in polishing up our garment hems, trims and bands.  This session promises to kick your machine knitting finishing techniques into high gear.


April 9, 2022 — Juan Alcantar

Shawl collars on single and double beds; Vertical buttonholes

Originally from Mexico, Juan brings all the flavor of that great nation to his machine knitting. An unbelievable knitwear designer, Juan learned how to machine knit when he was just 7 years old.

He runs his knitwear design and production studio from his garage in Los Angeles, working with major fashion houses on bespoke and small-run garments.  He also teaches seminars and classes for machine knitting guilds across the United States.  Check him out on Instagram at:  juansknittingarage.

As we get more information about Juan’s presentation, it will be posted here.


March 12, 2022 — Sarah Etchison

Mosaic and Maze Knitting on the Knitting Machine

Sarah Etchison began machine knitting in 1977.   She soon started teaching knitting machine classes in the Seattle area.  Long-affiliated with the Knitting Machine Center in Washington State, she has been a freelance instructor for more than 35 years.   Sarah is a rarity in machine knitting these days, as she has expertise in all brands of machines, including Brother, Singer/Studio/Silver Reed, PASSAP, and Superba/White.

Sarah, an admitted software nerd, also provides instruction on Cochenille Design Software (Garment Designer and Stitch Painter), as well as Design-A-Knit (DAK).  Sarah enjoys playing with texture and teasing out the maximum capabilities of a knitting machine.

For her March 12, 2022, session with the Guild, Sarah will take a deep dive into MOSAIC and MAZE knitting on the machine.  This presentation will cover an understanding of the differences between Mosaic and Maze patterns, how to use slip, tuck, and slip/tuck stitches to knit the patterns, and how to design mosaic patterns.  You will find the design portion of this presentation most useful if you have pencil and paper handy so that you can work on some of your own designs as Sarah demonstrates.

Sarah never disappoints; you will learn new ways of thinking, as well as new ways of knitting.

Contact Sarah at to schedule a private lesson.  She is also available to help you gain expertise using your design software.


February 12, 2022 — Helen Kaye — Early Start time of 10:00

Sweater Design

Do you ever wonder where a knitwear designer gets her inspiration for the unique beauty she creates?  For some, it’s derived from the colors of nature:  the leaves of a tree, the ocean – anything of splendor.  Some designers are inspired by emotions – the steely cold, gray feeling of the foggy Scottish Isles.   For Helen Kaye, our February speaker, well, her exquisitely intricate pattern designs secretly just may be inspired by the London Underground:  that City’s ENORMOUSLY complicated railway system.  Helen uses multi-level transfers, backtracking to adjacent needles, loops to the other side; you can get wonderfully lost in the intricacies of her knitwear.

Helen is a 2018 graduate of Nottingham Trent University, where the famous School of Art and Design lives.  As a student, Helen taught herself to use a knitting machine, and now owns two industrial machines located in her home knitting studio.  She currently teaches at the world-renowned London College of Fashion, and she provides private lessons.

For her February 12, 2022, session with the Guild, Helen will provide a primer on sweater design, including swatching, blocking and construction.  Then, she will demonstrate some of her high-wire stitches that use single and double-bedded tuck and lace patterns, increases, decreases, and the addition of trims.  Finally, she’ll talk a bit about decision-making in the design process.  This promises to be a very exciting session!!!!

Helen is on Instagram at:

She has a cool video on Vimeo at:

And here are a few samples of some of Helen’s design magic:






January 8, 2022 — Olgalyn Jolly

The Easy, Secret Cut and Bind Neckline


Good Golly, Miss Molly, it’s Olgalyn Jolly!!!!


We have wanted Olgalyn as our featured guest FOREVER!  She will be our very first speaker of the new year on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Olgalyn is like Salvador Dali and Leonardo DaVinci in that she creates the medium of her final product.  Dali and DaVinci made their own paint, Olgalyn uses her knitting machine to make her own fabric.  How creative is that?

Olgalyn Jolly is the doyen of “Cut and Sew” knitting.   What is “Cut and Sew” knitting, you ask?  When you “cut and sew” you use knitted fabric that you produce on your knitting machine the way you’d use regular fabrics such as challis or poplin.  Pattern pieces are cut out on the knitted fabric and sewn together either by sewing machine or by hand.  This method gives you greater creative control of your finished garment.

For her presentation, The Easy, Secret Cut and Bind Neckline, Olgalyn will show us how to produce a round neckline for a sweater with a complex stitch pattern.  With this type of neckline, a professional look can be difficult even in plain stockinette.  But there is another way.   Stabilize and cut the neckline, then enclose the cut edge right on the single bed of your knitting machine.

In her presentation, Olgalyn will begin with the best stabilization methods (that keep the neckline stretchy) and give tips for confidently cutting the neckline.   Olgalyn will also take us step by step through knitting and attaching the binding to the sweater.   It’s a neat finish on the public side and the inside, too.

Olgalyn is a designer of knitwear and knitted textiles with a past in the performing arts.  She is attracted to and inspired by luxurious fibers that she spins into out-of-this-world shapes and designs.  Her garments are entertainingly delightful.  Currently living in New York City, Olgalyn teaches knitwear design in the fashion design departments of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design.  Olgalyn is the creator of the online course How to Cut and Sew a Sweater and enjoys being a brand ambassador for the Kniterate knitting machine.

Olgalyn will help us to harness that artistic fay that lives within all knitters, and create more beautiful garment designs.

Check out Olgalyn’s website:

This will be a terrific session!!


December 11, 2021 — Diana Sullivan


Afghans… and more!

When you think of Afghans, do you immediately think about those pups that look like Farrah Fawcett Majors?  After Diana’s presentation, you will forget about television shows from the 1970s, and fall into the world of these beautifully knitted throws.  Diana will teach us how to tackle these big boys on the knitting machine.

This past year, Diana’s worked up a number of afghans that you can make in a day – or even less!  One of her absolute favorites is a tuck stitch with a beautiful cluster edging, and Diana’s going to teach that.  Since we have two hours, she’ll also teach her colorful Christmas Stocking, which has a lot of cool techniques – a shortcut Picot hem, Fair Isle in border layouts (dealing with blank rows), making the toe and heel, closing the toe, and matching Fair Isle in a seam.

Diana is one of the most prolific knitting machine instructors on YouTube, and her number of followers are legion.  She is everywhere on social media, and now she has a NEW Facebook group that is free and devoted entirely to knitting:

Please consider joining the new knitting-only Facebook Group:


Diana’s blog, with lots of tips, patterns, & lessons:

Her design shop:  www.dianaknits. com

A little bit about Diana

In July 2009, upon realizing that there were no longer any Austin classes being offered for new machine knitters, Diana’s husband John persuaded her to start creating and uploading free machine knitting video lessons on YouTube. Diana’s methodical, clear, and enthusiastic teaching style resonated with beginners and experienced knitters alike, and today, Diana has over 43,000 subscribers and over 8.5 million video views!

Diana’s books and DVDs are designed to help machine knitters successfully create beautiful knits, with video demonstrations of key techniques, detailed sizing charts, plenty of color photos, plain unabbreviated language, and inventive solutions to make knitting easier and more fun. Diana emphasizes beautiful finishing and demonstrates exactly how to do it.


We love, love, love Diana Sullivan.  Be prepared to be overwhelmed, over-wowed, and over-wooed.



November 13, 2021 — Susan Adams

Susan will teach us how to use “Planned Pooling” to obtain specific visual effects in garment design.


October 9, 2021 — Elena Berenghean

Elena will be presenting on cables, lace, and cables with lace techniques.  Please check back later for more specific information about her presentation.


September 11, 2021 – Marie Bruhat

Like so many knitters, Marie comes to the craft of knitting with multiple framing lenses.  She is inspired by the tradition of Fair Isle patterns, the beauty of nature and a love of artful design.   A Frenchwoman who lives on the beautiful Shetland Islands of Scotland, Marie has created a knitwear collection called Lea x Sea.  For more inspiration, please visit her website at:

Marie will provide Guild members with an outline of her presentation prior to our meeting – please check your email.


June 12, 2121 – The prolific Charlene Shafer

Charlene Shafer is a perfect example of a hobby knitter turned pro, who can now boast of a business 40 + years old. Location, location, location. Charlene Shafer’s ‘Knit Knack Shop’ isn’t exactly at the crossroads of the country, but when she first opened her shop in 1978, today’s business professionals were still in diapers, and she hadn’t heard that opening a shop in the middle of a cornfield wasn’t the best choice.

Charlene started machine knitting in January of 1969.  Teaching is a love and knitting is a passion.  Charlene has authored over 200 books on anything from Crafty Ideas, Afghans, Baby Clothes, Holiday Items and many books of garments.

Charlene’s husband Harold and son Noel work with her at the shop. Her daughters Tricia, Cheri & Missy round out the family and the nine grandchildren are the icing on the cake.  Charlene is working on new books and loves to teach at workshops and seminars.

Knitting, biking, cooking, reading and of course playing with the grandkids are her favorite pass times.

For her presentation, Charlene will display various techniques with her gazillion samples, and will spend time demonstrating some of those techniques on the machine.  She will provides patterns with her hand-outs.  In addition, she will show us her techniques for short rowing diagonals and zig-zagging curved edges without short rowing.  Finally, for those of us who are crazy nuts about cut and sew construction, Charlene will demonstrate some of her finishing techniques.  This will be a great presentation.



Saturday, May 5, 2021 — Sarah Etchison:  Designing and Creating with Geometric Shapes

The magical Sarah Etchison began machine knitting in 1977.   She soon started teaching knitting machine classes in the Seattle area.  Long-affiliated with the Knitting Machine Center in Washington State, she has been a freelance instructor for more than 35 years.   Sarah is a rarity in machine knitting these days, as she has expertise in all brands of machines, including Brother, Singer/Studio/Silver Reed, PASSAP, and Superba/White.

Sarah, an admitted software nerd, also provides instruction on Cochenille Design Software (Garment Designer and Stitch Painter), as well as Design-A-Knit (DAK).  Sarah enjoys playing with texture and teasing out the maximum capabilities of a knitting machine.

In the knitting machine world, our machines are like most Millennials, they are aging.  We often need to reorient ourselves to these contraptions, the most of which are no longer being produced.  Because of Sarah’s knowledge of the full spectrum of available machines, she is able to provide individualized Zoom lessons to help you understand both the basic operations of your machine, and its very complex design functions.  Contact her at to schedule a session, or two, or three, or four.  She is also available to help you gain expertise using your design software.

Sarah’s October 2020 presentation was so enchanting for our Guild members that we did not get through all her magic tricks.  Her May presentation will be Part II of a session on Designing and Creating with Geometric Shapes, with an emphasis on that perfectly perfect shape:  The Circle.  Complex in its construction on a knitting machine, but wonderfully beautiful in its presentation, Sarah will teach us how to design and construct circles within our knitted fabrics.




In an Encore-Plus presentation, Bill King is the invited speaker for our April 10, 2021, meeting.

It was an entire year ago, March 2020, and our very last IN-PERSON guest speaker was the fabulous Bill King.  Well, he’s back!!!!

Bill is a freelance knitwear designer and technician who has worked extensively for the knitwear industry in both the United Kingdom, where he lives, and internationally.  His designs have been curated by Calvin Klein, DKNY, Anthropologie, and many others.

With 40 years’ experience in the industry, Bill conducts regular machine knitting workshops and seminars in the U.K., and has written the Masterclass feature in Machine Knitting Monthly for the past ten years.

Bill has given us several topics that he will be presenting:  Less is more; Nifty tricks with basic punch cards; the Tuck Setting; Hand transfers; the Holding position.

His plan for us is to work through as much of these topics as he can in two hours.  His presentation will include samples for inspiration and demonstrations for each topic.  He’ll welcome any of your questions.

Bill is permitting the Guild to record his presentation.  The presentation will be available for a few weeks for members to access and view at a time that’s more convenient or for more detailed notetaking.




All the way from the United Kingdom, our March 13, 2021, guest speaker is Alison Dupernex.

Alison Dupernex is a true yarn alchemist.  She mixes linen, cotton, silk, cashmere and magic to create gorgeous designs of wearable art.

Alison supplies her one-off luxury goods to galleries and shops throughout the world.  Her patterns have also been widely published by Vogue Knitting magazine, and she is the author of four books, including Hand Knits for the Home and Garden.

During her presentation, Alison will showcase many examples of her exquisite work in order to dazzle and inspire us.

Starting with the “Slip” and “Tuck” stitches, she will demonstrate how different machine techniques and advanced color changes can transform these foundational stitches.  She will then take us on a voyage to striping that can bring abstract art design to a basic coat or jacket.

Alison will deconstruct Fair Isle patterns, and show us how to make this traditional design more luscious and contemporary.  She will mix Fair Isle patterning with floral motifs, for example.

Finally, Alison will show us some of her designs on throws and blankets that combine quilting techniques with knitted fabrics; and showcase a variety of her out-of-this-world hats, gloves and scarves.

This session will be sure to teach, inspire and entertain us!!


Some of Alison’s beautiful designs:


scarves Alison DupernexPortal SquaresFairisle Cotton potsCourt house steps throwAlison Dupernex Designing with colour 2Alison Duperenx Stripes of every kind





February 13, 2021 — Susan Adams

Push your own buttons!   Susan will help us to understand the actual mechanics of what your machine is doing with the information you feed it -  either electronically or with a punch card.  This will help all of us to better utilize all of our machine’s features.  This seminar has been incredibly well-received by both newer knitters and veteran MKers.  Many, many long-term knitters have had “ah-ha” moments that opened a whole new world of possibilities for them.  Susan will present a second session entitled “Plating that’s full of possibilities.”  In this seminar, Susan will show us how to do plating on both single and double bed machines.

Check out our Sister-Guild’s website at:

And visit Susan’s Facebook page at:


January 9, 2021 – Susan Lazear

Translating Fashion Trends to Knitwear Patterns.  Susan will share Winter and Spring 2020/21 Knitwear Fashion Trends.  She will also demonstrate techniques to translate what you may see online to actual patterns that you can knit.


December 12, 2020 – Dr. Vikki Haffenden

All the way from the United Kingdom, Vikki had a career as a design consultant to international knitwear companies.  Currently, she is a lecturer specializing in both hand and machine knitted textiles and knitwear design.  Vikki’s recent book, “Translating Between Hand and Machine Knitting” is premised on her belief that both skills can comfortably co-exist and complement each other.  Her presentation, A Life in Knit, will demonstrate methods for working short rows on the knitting machine, and exploring design ideas based on this technique.  This will be a great Christmas present to yourself, so join us!!


November 14, 2020 – Diana Sullivan

Diana will present a Double Jacquard introduction:  slipped double jacquard; reversible slipped double jacquard.  Diana describes jacquard knitting as a kind of double knitting with colors.

In addition, she will be using her Brother 270 Bulky machine, so, she’ll walk us through the equipment set-up for electronic and punch-card machines, demo the techniques and give her own tips for what will help you be a successful machine knitter.


March 13, 14, and 15, 2020

Bill King is a freelance knitwear designer and technician who has worked extensively for the knitwear industry in both the United Kingdom, where he lives, and internationally.  His designs have been sold to Calvin Klein, DKNY, Anthropologie, and many others.

With 40 years’ experience in the industry, Bill conducts regular machine knitting workshops and seminars in the U.K., and has written the Masterclass feature in Machine Knitting Monthly for the past ten years.

Tentative Workshop Program

Ribbers More than Double your Machine’s Potential - A session devoted to the ribber and its capabilities.  Get ready to rack and discover some crafty ideas.

The Design Process - From following the current trends through to creating your own design relevant to the contemporary fashion climate.

The Holding Position - Using partial knit techniques to create garment silhouettes of unorthodox shape.  Exploring the holding position for intarsia and other techniques.

The Versatile Punchcard - Limiting the pattern repeat to 24 stitches or less forces you to get creative and discover tricks you might otherwise have overlooked.

Hand Transfer … New Horizons - Go wild with crazy cables, move ribs to make 3-D ergonomic shapes, learn techniques used on industrial machines to produce directional, innovative effects.



Fri, 3/13

Sat, 3/14

Sun, 3/15 **


Early Bird Payment Before February 29th




** Members Only Event

Payment after February 29th




Space may be limited




For Members only




February 8, 2020

Our February meeting will begin with Nancy Roberts teaching us about the Design-A-Knit software.  Many members have requested a session showing us all that DAK can offer. In addition, Nancy will be showing us the new DAK 9 features.

By popular demand, our afternoon program will feature Adrienne Hunter and the ribber.  Adrienne will follow up on techniques taught by Sarah Etchison at our January meeting.

Additionally, there will be a hands-on session to put into practice the ribber lessons. This is your opportunity to have any questions regarding our Ribber Knit-Along or any other ribber issues answered.

Bring your machine (and a stand) for this very special session.  This gives a true meaning to our “Members Helping Members” program.



January 11, 2020

The first meeting of 2020 kicks off a very exciting year.  One of our favorite speakers, Sarah Etchison, will be here to support our year long Ribber Knit-Along.  In the morning session, Sarah will provide tips to setting up the ribber, and how to properly use it.  She will provide a primer on the basics of the ribber to accommodate many of our newer members.  The afternoon session will explore intermediate and expert ribber techniques.  We are looking forward to Sarah sharing her expertise and bubbly presentation.

Morning session: 

Setting up the Ribber (Brother and silver reed machines)

Basic ribbed stitches (1×1, 2×2, 2×1, full needle)

Making wider ribs

Various cast-on methods using the Ribber

Increasing/decreasing/short rows with Ribber

Binding off


Afternoon session:

Exploring various ribbed fabrics:

Racked rib

English rib


Slip stitch


Double jacquard

Question and Answer Session

Sarah will provide handouts.




December 14, 2019:

Marcela Sierzega  a fabulous garment designers from Banana Republic, and one of our terrific members;  and

Heather Podoll, the Policy Coordinator at Fibershed.


November 8 and 9, 2019 – Diana Sullivan

A Special November Workshop with internet sensation, Diana Sullivan, will be held on November 8, 2019, at the Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, located at 4101 Park Blvd., in Oakland; and on November 9, 2019, at the Montclair Presbyterian Church, located at 5701 Thornhill Drive, also in Oakland.  Doors open at 9 AM, with the session beginning at 9:30 and ending around 4:30 – 5 pm.

For more information about the topics Diana will be presenting, click on the “Seminar Curricula” tab.

Visit Diana’s media sites:




This November Diana Sullivan will present a two day seminar to the Guild.  For those of you who have seen Diana, you know she is a sparkling, energetic presenter with crystal clear explanations of how to do anything on almost any knitting machine.  She will repeating very little from her last seminar for us with the exception of her garter bar presentation, adding new techniques such as using the garter bar to turn cables fast, garter bar lace and eyelets and round yoke basics.  She will introduce several patterns and techniques which she has not yet presented on YouTube.

Diana will present demonstrations such as latched horizontal trim, floatless single bed Fair Isle and fast V-neck raglan techniques.  There will be lots of fancy, hand-tooled techniques such as the seashell stitch, easy entrelac and much needed anti-roll edges.

Diana is an expert in the very best, most professional finishes including a faster, flatter mattress stitch, assembling on the machine and inserting growth lines in sweaters for children so that they can be lengthened with just a tug of the yarn.

For those who really want to “up their game.” she will include custom fitting techniques, such as the best set-in sleeve, raglan sleeve and how to use the knit leader to make garments fit perfectly.

These two days will provide a wealth of tips and techniques for everyone.


Diana’s Schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 8 – Park Blvd Presbyterian Church, Upper Room

Garter Bar Workshop

Putting Stitches Back in Hooks and Speed Ripping

Garter Stitch

Decreasing Evenly Across a Row

Increasing Evenly Across a Row

Move Only Desired Stitches


Cool Tooled Stitches

Latched Horizontal Trim

Scalloped Hem

Short-Rowed Seashell Stitch

Floatless Vertical Fair Isle

Hand-Tooled Feather and Fan

Edges and Joins

Easy Anti-Roll Edge

Foldover Edging

String of Hearts Join

Cable Join

Built-In I-Cord Edge

Knit a Fatter I-Cord

“Locked” Fringe Made As You Go

Picture Frame Border


Saturday, November 9 – Montclair Presbyterian Church

Lace Place

Bargello Lace

Ziggy Lace Border

Scalloped Lace Using Stitch World

Photo Finishes

The Faster, Flatter Mattress Stitch

Assembling on the Machine

Mitered Neckband

Latch-Tool Method for Hiding Yarn Ends

Bonus Section

Introduction to Tuck Mosaic

Bonus Patterns

Valentine Teddy Bear Sweater

Kitty Hat

Seashell Shawl

Long Stitch Baby Blanket

Squared Away Entrelac Afghan Without Triangles

No-Sew Lined Slipper







October 12, 2019 – Richard Smith

Join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, when the more than terrific Richard Smith will be presenting.  Richard is one of our most favorite teachers, and is a real knitting machine world treasure.  His seminars are very interactive, so bring your questions, as he tailors his classes for maximum skills development.

Morning Session

We will explore stitch patterns, including Fair Isle, isolated Fair Isle, tuck, mosaic knitting, lace, slip stitch, short-row intarsia, cables, raglan shaping, and any stitches you may want him to demonstrate.


Afternoon Session

Richard will focus on garment construction techniques, such as:

Hems & bobbin wrap edging;

Neck shaping using steeking stitches, as well as knitting with two separate balls of yarn;

Haute couture St. John bands for neck openings; and

Use of the versatile garter bar for holding stitches, increasing, decreasing and flipping fabric.

September 14, 2019 – Susan Lazear

Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego. She designs wearable art which combines sewing and knitting techniques for eye-popping mixed-media apparel. In addition to teaching, she is a computer graphic artist. Susan is also the creator of Cochenille Design Studio, and has taught classes around the world.

Susan will be presenting a program highlighting her special techniques for combining yarns with fabrics.  Part of Susan’s magic is teaching students how to really look at a garment and translate it into a personal expression of wearable art.  This will be a wonderfully fun seminar!

May 11, 2019 – Helen Sharp

Helen is the owner of The Knitting School in Seattle, WA. She has been working with knitting machines as a designer and educator for nearly 40 years.

She will present two subjects for our continuing journey as machine knitters, both of which are related to garment finishing details.

Morning Session – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

The morning will be all about buttonholes – small and large, vertical and horizontal, on a single bed and on ribbed fabrics.

Afternoon Session – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

The afternoon session will be spent exploring pockets – rehung patch pockets, pocket bags, integral pockets, pocket flaps, vertical pockets. We will keep going until we run out of time!

April 13, 2019 – Linda Jensen

Morning session

Braided Cables – Short rowed loops are knit first and then braided together forming an interesting garment detail.  At first glance, the garment piece looks huge and amorphous, but braiding the loops adds to the overall ease, structure and design.  This class will go through all the steps to make braided cables and how they can be used on garments and accessories.

Stranded Weaving – Take your knitting to a new level.  Here we will knit the garment and then weave the “strands” later to bring the garment into shape.  You can turn your beginner sample into a fun T-Shirt detail.  This feature turns your so-so knitting into WOW knitting that will even please your teenager.

Surface Weaving – Are you just going to knit yet another pullover?  Stop!  Use the technique of surface weaving to make it POP!! This is not only fun, it is impossible to do by hand knitting.  Make your hand knitting friends jealous and see what surface weaving can do for your next project.

Afternoon session

Freestyle Knitting – Learn to knit separate motifs and connect them all together for a show-stopping garment.  Although these garments look crocheted, they are actually knitted using methods demonstrated in this class.  One is the Rick-Rack trim which is demonstrated as an unusual knit trim which is nice to use as a connector between motifs.  I will actually demonstrate how to do three unusual trims: Rick-Rack that looks like broomstick lace, an elongated stitch that looks like a dropped stitch and fun twisty fringe.  You probably haven’t seen these before, but I will show you how to use them in your knitting.

The Single Layer Plaid Technique, Part 1 – Not Fairisle, not jacquard, not intarsia, no ribber required.  How do you knit a one-layer plaid on the machine?  I will show you how.  In this first part, we will cover machine set-up, preparation and knitting of a rectangle.

Short Rows on Steroids, Part 1 – I will help you through the maze of several styles of knitting short rows (at least 5 methods  and more if I have time).  There are so many uses for this technique: curving hems, ear flaps, shaping shoulders, making facings, knitting circles, corners, triangles, ruffles, “eye candy”, toes and heels for socks and slippers, and more!

Short Rows on Steroids, Part 2 – Here I will demonstrate the Wave Stitch.  So light and airy, this stitch creates holes which keep their shape.  I have used them as a design feature in many of my published patterns.  This can be used for lacy hems, hats, scarves, shawls, market bags, yokes for sweaters and airy bottoms of jackets.  Once you learn the technique, you have many ways to show it off.

February 8 and 9, 2019 – Susan Guagliumi – Member Only Special 2-Day Seminar

February 8 and 9 will be very special as we welcome Susan Guagliumi to our guild. This is a 2-day seminar for members only. You are most welcome to join the guild and attend either or both days, as your schedule allows.

Susan will begin her presentation on the 8th with a review of Bridging, which provides the foundation of the Open Spaces techniques that will take up the rest of the day. These Open Spaces include eyelets in various configurations, cabled ladders, ladder triangles and knotted cables.

On Saturday, the 9th, Susan will continue with more Open Spaces techniques as well as showing how to knit entrelac on the machine.

As with any presentation, the interests and questions from the participants guide the exact progression through the day, and Susan has a wonderful depth of knowledge and experience to draw on.

Susan has sent a great handout that shows the many topics to be covered.

It will be an amazing 2 days of learning more of what your machine is able to do.

The fee to attend is $65 each day. To become a member, the annual membership dues are $35.

For questions, please contact Reba at

January 12, 2019 – Sarah Etchison

Sarah will be demonstrating and discussing Lace variations on the flat bed and the ribber.

Flat bed techniques will include the following:

Simple Lace
Full Fashion Lace
Tuck Lace
Thread Lace

Double bed techniques will include the following:

Drop stitch lace
Punch tuck lace
Summer Fair Isle

She will cover short rowing, increasing, and decreasing for each of these techniques.

Most of the techniques will be demonstrated in the afternoon session.

The morning session will include a review of samples for each technique and what they are.  She is planning to use thread lace as the morning demonstration.

December 8, 2018 – Bi-annual sale and Holiday Potluck

December will be our bi-annual sale and potluck.  Please empty your stashes and come prepared to sell and buy.  One person’s trash is another’s treasure as they say.
We will also have a potluck which is a wonderful time to just get to talk and catch up with other members.
In January, Sarah Etchison will be joining us again.  Her topic is Machine Knit Lace, both Flat Bed and Double Bed Techniques.

November 10, 2018 – Paola Trombetta

Wonderful local teacher, Paola Trombetta, will join us in November and share her famous “One Hour Sweater” and “Sideway Skirts”.

Morning Session


Since I was living in Italy the “one hour sweater” has always been a good line to sell knitting machines and to motivate my students.

It is true. One of my students even did it in 45 minutes.

Of course we are talking about knitting time, knitting a piece that is NOT fitted……but it is all about the yarn you will choose which will give you anything from a casual to a dressy look!

Afternoon Session


The presentation is actually about getting familiar with (and not scared of!) short-rowing.

Sideways skirts are great examples for demonstrating and practicing seamless shaping techniques. During the program we’ll cover pleats, flares, folds, ruffles analyzing step-by-step how and why the knitted fabric gets shaped with no seams, utilizing short rowing increases and short rowing decreases.

October 13, 2018 – Members Helping Members – Guests Welcome!

This month’s meeting will be a time to bring your machines (if you wish) and any questions you might have about your machine knitting projects.

There is so much skill and talent among us that you will find one or many who have answers and suggestions to improve your knitting.

Bring your projects to Show and Tell!

September 8, 2018 – Richard Smith

Our September speaker is the amazing Richard Smith. He does not teach very often anymore, so we are indeed privileged to have him spend the day with us.

Morning Session

Basic Knitting Machine Operation and Functions

Richard will cover basic machine operation: the function of “B” needles, “C” needles and “D”/”E” needles. This includes stitches commonly available such as slip, tuck and two color Fair Isle, knit-weave and knitted lace. Though it says “basic”, this will be a wonderful introduction to our newest knitters and a great refresher course for the rest of us!

Afternoon Session

An In-depth Ribber Tutorial

Richard will show us  how to set up the ribber and will go on to show many of the possibilities that are opened up to us if we include using a ribber on our machines.

June 9, 2018 – End of Year Potluck, Sale and Swap

June is our semi annual potluck and sale/swap for all things fiber related. Bring a dish to share, some goodies to sell off and some small bills or your purchases.

May 12, 2018 – Juan Alcantar

Our May program promises to be fun and informative. Juan Alcantar will be presenting to our guild for the first time. He has worked in the knitwear industry and will be sharing techniques he has picked up over the years.
He will be teaching tips and tricks for easy buttonholes. Straight line hems, interesting decreases to create new and fun visual effects, finishing and fit techniques. Measuring techniques to create perfect armholes and neckline. He will also share a short lecture on the history of his knitwear line.

Juan has been enthusiastically talking up his seminar on Facebook and he sounds like he is really thrilled to get to share his knowledge with us.

On June 9th, we will have our Sale and Swap and our End of Year Potluck luncheon.

April 14, 2018 – Member Demonstrations

April’s program will be a combined effort of several of our members. Reba will teach several cast ons and bind offs. Nancy will teach a method for invisible seaming and I will teach an easy sew as you go vest, knit in strips with pockets in the side seams.  I hope everyone will come away with some new tricks in their machine knitting arsenal.

May will be a seminar with Juan Alcantar from Los Angeles.  If you’ve been following the machine knitting group on yahoo, you would have seen some of his creative techniques that he will share with us.

See you in April.

March 10, 2018 – Helen Sharp

For our meeting on March 10, we are lucky to have Helen Sharp as our presenter. Helen Sharp, a successful and respected sweater designer, recognized a need for improved education in machine knitting and knitwear design.  With that end in mind, in 2008 she created The Knitting School in Seattle.

The ability to shape knitted fabric is one of its main attractions (alongside its stretchiness).  It eliminates waste and when combined with short-rows can turn a flat piece of knitting into a three dimensional object. That is the function of shaping or fully fashioning.  But what about the aesthetics?

An interesting and unique shaping technique can elevate an ordinary raglan sleeve sweater without having to recalculate the pattern.

I will demonstrate commonly used techniques and why you should and (maybe) should not use visible fashioning, purely from a visual perspective.

Then illustrate why it is worth spending some time exploring possibilities outside of single, double and triple decreases.

Morning: Single bed shaping – classic single, double and triple decreases and further exploration.

Afternoon: History of shaping in the machine knitting industry. I will talk about the evolution of the fashioning process from a hand-manipulated technique to an automatic process and how that has changed the knitted products we can find today (shoes! aerospace! medicine!). Double bed shaping on a variety of rib fabrics.

This is the first time our guild has had Helen Sharp and I hope we get a great turnout for her program.

Our April meeting is without a formal presenter.  We would like to arrange mini workshops presented by our members.  Please let me know if there is something that you could teach or demonstrate or if there is something that you would like to learn.  We have a lot of talent and expertise in our own membership and this is a great time to share and learn.

February 10, 2018 – Rebekah Younger

Rebekah Younger will be presenting her patterns and techniques using plating, knitted in panels and dropped stitches as featured in a sideways knit vest in the morning session.

You can view and order the pattern online at

The afternoon session will be hands on knitting the asymmetrical vest using your bulky or mid-gauge machine (LK-150).  Rebekah will cover reading pattern charts and further tips working with plating and combining yarns.

January 13, 2018 – Sarah Etchison

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get back to knitting.

For our January meeting, Sarah Etchison, one of our favorite presenters, will be sharing techniques for making yoke sweaters.  She has several methods that she will be teaching us.

In February, Rebekah Younger will be teaching us about plating and some other techniques which make her garments special.

If anyone knows of someone who they would like to have present at our guild, please let me know.  We are always looking for new (or old) instructors and would love input from our members.

December 9, 2017 – Bi-annual sale and Holiday Potluck

December will be our bi-annual sale and potluck.  Please empty your stashes and come prepared to sell and buy.  One person’s trash is another’s treasure as they say.
We will also have a potluck which is a wonderful time to just get to talk and catch up with other members.
In January, Sarah Etchison will be joining us again.  Her topic will be announced in our next newsletter but I’m sure she will have something fascinating to share with us.

November 10 & 11, 2017 – Carol Scott – 2-day Seminar

For Carol Scott, sharing her passion for all things fiber has become a second career after retiring from 26 years as a professor of fashion design in 2007. Besides teaching, her career has included designing knitwear for a New York children’s manufacturer, fashion show production, retail manager, manufacturer’s representative and personal wardrobe consultant. She also designs and writes patterns for books, yarn companies and Ravelry.  Drawing from her experience in the fashion industry as a designer and merchandiser, she strives to spark the creative spirit in students while at the same time developing their technical expertise.

This month, we will have a two day seminar with Carol.  The dates are:

We will start at 9 am each day and the cost is $65/day. You may mail a check (made out to MKGSFBA) to Lois Stevens.  Or you may pay at the door.


DAY 1- Friday – Great Beginnings, Funky Fairisle, Nifty Necklines

DAY 2-Saturday – Hems, Bands and Trims, Trendy Tuck, Diagonal Knitting, Knitweave Magic

These are the proposed topics but please bear in mind that Carol will be responding to questions and participant interest, so the schedule may change.

October 14, 2017 – Susan Lazear

For our October meeting, Susan Lazear will be sharing the inspiration that she found during her travels in Japan. In the afternoon, we will all get to try our hands at indigo dying using some of the Japanese Shibori techniques that we saw in the morning.  You are invited to bring in a scarf knit with natural fibers (wool, silk, cotton, alpaca) to dye.  You may also knit some swatches or washcloth size pieces to practice different techniques.  The following is a list of items to use in your Shibori dyeing.  I will bring some items but please bring some of your own. The afternoon session is open to members and will cost $25.

Shibori Devices:
Various clamps
Pieces of thin wood (matching pairs)
and C-clamps
Cord/Rope – maybe ½”
Rubber bands (elastics)
Plastic PVC Piping – 1-2” diameter, and longer than the depth of liquid in the bucket (we will be using standard 5 gallon buckets like you would find at Home Depot).

September 9, 2017 – Helen Koshak

We will be kicking off the year with Helen Koshak from Newton’s.  She has some interesting topics for us as well as the wonderful yarns that they will be bringing.  These will be her topics for our September meeting:

Morning Session

Garter Stitches on the Bulky

How do I create a Garter Stitch on the knitting machine? I incorporate the ribber to knit a garter stitch on the front or “public side” of the sweater. The tools I use are:

Cast on comb, Latch tool, Clothes Pin/Pins, Double Eye Needle, Triangle weight holder, Large/Small ribber weight/s. The techniques shown can be created on any gauge machine.

Afternoon Session

Is it Ombre or Gradient??

By using this technique, you can create Designer Knits with ease. There is not much difference between using the stitches, but the color and yarn placement that is important. Regardless of the type of your machine (manual, punchcard, or electronic) the techniques Helen will demonstrate, will allow you how to upscale your Designer Knits.

June 10, 2017 – Year End Potluck, Yarn and Equipment Swap and Sale

June brings our annual year end potluck lunch and yarn and equipment swap and sale. Bring a dish to share and any yarn and equipment that needs a new home.

May 13, 2017 – Nancy Roberts – Machine Knitting to Dye For yarn dyeing technique

Our May program will be a hands on dyeing workshop with Nancy Roberts. We’ve all seen the beautiful and impressive knits she has created with her Machine Knit to Dye For technique and we are so fortunate to have her share her expertise with us. Come prepared with knit blanks and knit samples to test the dyeing before dyeing your larger blank. Directions for knitting the blanks was taught at the March meeting as well as included in last month’s newsletter. If you still need directions, please drop me an email and I will forward Nancy’s instructions to you. The cost for this special workshop will be $50 which includes the cost of the dyes.
June will be our end of the year sale/swap and potluck. Start gathering up your extra items to bring to the sale. This is a great chance to purge your stash and start on a new one.

April 7 & 8, 2017 – Iris Bishop – 2 Day Seminar


March 11, 2017 -


February 10 & 11, 2017 – Carolyn Barnett – 2 Day Seminar


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December 10, 2016 – Holiday Potluck, Yarn and Equipment Swap and Sale


November 12, 2016 – Rebekah Younger


October 8, 2016 – Debbie Anderson


September 10, 2016 – Helen Koshak


June 11, 2016 – Year End Potluck, Yarn and Equipment Swap and Sale

June brings our annual year end potluck lunch and yarn and equipment swap and sale. Bring a dish to share and any yarn and equipment that needs a new home.

May 13 & 14, 2016 – Gini Woodward

For May, we’re having a 2 day workshop, Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14 at the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall from 10 AM till 5 PM with Gini Woodward. Gini has been a frequent presenter for the San Diego Machine Knitting Guild, and we’ve been fortunate to entice her to our guild. The workshop fee is $50 per day.
Gini is noted for her patterns for machine knitting, but this workshop is aimed at design choices and techniques, and with more than 40 years’ experience with machine knitting, it’s bound to be extremely informative. The list of her topics and descriptions are:

Friday’s Schedule:
Multi-color Slipstitch – beyond 2 colors in a row, design possibilities and knitting techniques.
Intarsia – Color blocking, partial knit, large designs, no floats, techniques, special carriages, and helpful hints.
Single Bed Starts – Assorted ways to start knit projects without a ribber, includes hems, scallops, flat edges, and more.
Fashion for You – Tired of looking at fashion models 10 heads high?  How will that style look on you?  Better yet, how can you proportion your knits for you and your family so they look great?

Saturday’s Schedule:
Trims and Tricks, Bands and Edges – Special finishes to create unique garments.
Yokes and Other Circular Shapes – Learn the secrets of designing perfectly shaped round yokes and then stretch your imagination to other possibilities.
Pockets – A variety of patch and set-in pockets, including angled.
Color your Knits – Create a successful palette and understand how colors influence each other in a project.

April 9, 2016 – Alessandrina

We’re excited to have Alessandrina ( Sandy) in April.  We will have a short business meeting and then Sandy will be conducting a workshop ($50)  from 10 till 5. If you’re not familiar with her, please take a peek at her website,  She’s quite incredible.

For the workshop, Sandy’s going to be walking us through some of her explorations of holding techniques / short rows including knitting miters and spirals, what can be made with them (i.e. Geometric shapes, ruffles, shawls, etc.), how you can create “lace” by short rowing slits, how you can get segments anywhere in the knit for large cables, colored hems, etc., and how they might be automated using slip stitch.  Sandy will also be talking about ruching, and providing diagrams and tips for knitting them.  She has a wealth of knowledge to share with us.

March 12, 2016 – Refresher Hands On

The program for March will be a refresher hands on meeting.

Pack up your knitting machine – even if it has been under your bed for years, and join us for a meeting designed to refresh your machine knitting skills and go through the steps for making a simple sweater. And the good news – this meeting and class is FREE.

We will make a simple sweater.  If made on a bulky the sweater should fit a baby,  but if made on a standard,  will most likely be doll-size.  And when we finish,  we will look at how to make the same sweater in various sizes, so you can just repeat the process.  We will help you with all the basic skills such as cast-on, cast-off, increasing, decreasing – whatever is needed for a sweater.

Bring your machine,  your tools and size yarn that works on the machine you bring.  The tables at the meeting will accommodate your machines as long as you bring your clamps.  Any size machine is fine including Passap Vario,  but not the larger Passap models.

It will be taught by guild members Ellen Hall and Marti Christoffer.

Bring your lunch.  We should finish no later than 3:00

February 13, 2016 – Hanne Behrend

Hanne Behrend is an Adjunct Professor in the Fashion Design department of The California College of the Arts. She will be joining us for the first time, bringing a wealth of experience in knitwear design and manufacture. The topic is garment finishing and how to use a linker.

In the morning session Hanne will show us some of her knitwear designs.  Then she will demonstrate the basics of using a linker for garment assembly.
In the afternoon she will demonstrate options for using the linker for garment edges and finishing, including neckbands and cardigan bands.  She also will show interesting edges and finishing that can be achieved without needing a linker.

Hanne’s bio:
As a designer specializing in knitwear, Hanne Behrend’s experience extends across design, technical design, pattern drafting, production coordination, understanding state-of-the art industrial knitting machine operation and capabilities as well as hand-knitting and domestic knitting machines.

Hanne Behrend’s recent freelance clients include Isda & Co and Margaret O’Leary in San Francisco, and her knitwear designs retail at Chic on College Avenue in Oakland.

She was the knitwear design coordinator at the Academy of Art in San Francisco prior to coming to CCA in 2011.

Hanne Behrend enjoys teaching advanced skills in knit garment design and construction and the hands-on craft of designing and machine-knitting creative fabrics. Her knitwear students’ portfolios benefit from the inclusion of their unique knit swatches and designs.

January 9, 2016 – Sarah Etchison

Sarah Etchison will once again join us to share her amazing knowledge of machine knitting. It will be the usual schedule with a short session in the morning and a two hour seminar in the afternoon. Hopefully with enough repetition on the ribber, we will all end up the day ready to pull out our ribbers and use them with confidence.

Morning Session: Basic ribber maintenance and basic foundation stitches. 1X1 rib, 2X2 rib, 2X1 rib, full needle rib, 7X3 stitch pattern.

Afternoon Session: Combining basic foundation stitches with tuck, slip, and multi-colors to create stitch patterns that look complex but are not. This may include some forms of jacquard, racked tuck patterns, drop stitch patterns, and pin tuck. She may incorporate the use of the ribber transfer carriage as well if there is time.

December 12, 2015 – Holiday Potluck/Yarn and Equipment Swap/Arduino Hack Presentation

December’s program is a time to celebrate! We’ll be having a yarn and equipment swap, a delicious potluck, and a member presentation by Adrienne Hunter. It should be a great time for enjoying each others’ company and talent.

Adrienne’s presentation is “Hacking a Brother electronic knitting machine.”

Adrienne will show how to use an open-source hack to get any pattern or picture from your computer to the machine. It was designed by this team in Germany: You remove the 80s-vintage control electronics and put in an *Arduino instead, which directly controls the needle-selection mechanism. The Arduino tells the needles where to go, a row at a time from your computer via USB. She’ll also talk about some new developments coming soon, improvements to both the hardware and software to make it more usable and less of a hack. Time permitting, she’ll also discuss the other hack that has been around for longer. Img2Track by Daviworks, where you change nothing in the machine itself, just use a new cable.

*The Arduino is a programmable chip commonly used in hobby robotics etc. For this purpose, there’s no need to understand what it is nor how to program it, that has already been done.

Also, please bring cash or checkbook to buy goodies.

November 14, 2015 – April Mills

April Mills will be our presenter.

In the morning April will talk about “How to Beat the Cotton Beast” with suggestions about both techniques and how yarns made of other fibers spun with cotton work.

In the afternoon she will start with “Necklines Made Easy” and if we have time, either knitting Fantasy Flowers or Instant Arans.

April Mills has been hand knitting since childhood, and machine knitting since 1967. She has taught classes and workshops all over the US and also in Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. She has written 15 books for machine knitters and over 35 leaflet patterns on everything from Scandinavian coats to string shopping bags and American doll clothes. She has a webpage at for all of her patterns and supplies.

October 10, 2015 – Paola Trombetta

Paola Trombetta has taught knitting and machine knitting in the Bay Area for many years. Coming from a background of production machine knitting in Italy, she is conversant with almost every type of machine. She is famous for being able to hear something going wrong with a student’s machine from way across the room and come running to fix it, and can tell you how to fix almost any mistake you can make – including things like pants with two different length legs.

Paola is going to give us a presentation of how to update her one-hour sweater, changing the silhouette from boxy to fitted with lots of fashionable “tweaks” that can be easily added. In the morning she will talk about stitches and yarns. At the afternoon seminar she will demo portions of the garment and show how to make it much more fashionable and interesting.

Paola would like everyone who has made one or more one-hour sweaters to bring them to the meeting.

The one-hour sweater is a great starting place for very beginning beginners, as well as a very quick and easy fun sweater to make in an afternoon.

September 12, 2015 – Helen and Norman Koshak

We are kicking off the year with Helen and Norman Koshak.  Norman will be bringing his wonderful yarns so bring your checkbook and stock up for this new year.

And Helen is always a terrific presenter. Helen’s morning program will be Knitting in the Round.  This is a very underutilized technique.  Helen will cover the correct ribber set-ups for both Brother/Knitking and Silver Reed/Studio.  This is a great feature for socks, neck treatments, hoodies, etc.

The afternoon program will be Partial knitting or Knitting Shortened Rows.  These shortened rows are needed for collars or darts, but can also be used as the center of interest in your garment design.  Helen will cover her repertoire of miters, short row knitting, and spiral short row designs. Her patterns using these techniques are really beautiful.

Paola Trombetta will be our presenter in October.  Over the years Paola has brought us many techniques designed for beginner knitters which are easily used as the basis for much more complicated garments by experienced knitters.  We look forward to Paola’s expertise and enthusiasm in October.  She will be a special treat for our newer knitters.and our more experienced knitters. Remember – You must be a member of the guild to attend the afternoon session, and the morning session is open to guests only one time.

June 13, 2015 – Sarah Etchison

This June we will not have our usual end of the Guild year pot luck.  Instead we will be having Sarah Etchison for both our usual morning meeting and the afternoon seminar meeting.  Sarah never fails to teach us something both useful and exciting, and it looks like this will be a fine way to end our current year.  We will need refreshments for the morning session coffee break, as usual, and those wishing to stay for the afternoon will need to bring their lunch.  The usual $20 charge for the afternoon session will apply.

Morning Session:

Combing lace with tuck and weaving
Lace by itself is extremely beautiful. However, when lace is combined with other techniques such as weaving and tuck, even more fabulous patterns can be produced. We will explore this stitch technique and learn how to modify lace patterns to incorporate weaving or tuck.

Afternoon Session:

Automatic shaping using punch cards or electronics
A great way to speed up your knitting and take advantage of the knitting machine’s capabilities. Shaping for toes, heels, armholes, necklines, etc. can easily be accomplished by the use of the punch card or electronics. This is not a new concept. We will re-visit the techniques.

May 8 and 9, 2015 – Diana Sullivan

The seminar will be from 9:30 to 5:00 both Friday and Saturday. Doors will be open by 9:00. We hope to start on time at 9:30 so please come a little early.
The seminar will cost $50 per day, and requires membership in the guild ($20 to join for the remainder of the program year).  You may still sign up at the door for either day. Both days will be “bring your own lunch”. Morning snacks are always appreciated and we will have coffee and a coffee break as usual.
Diana Sullivan is known to most knitters through her vast assortment of machine knitting videos on You Tube. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow and her personality sparkles. For those of you that somehow have missed her videos, following is her resume plus an outline of what she plans to teach.
Diana has been doing needlework since childhood and began machine knitting in the mid-70s. She owned a yarn shop and machine knitting dealership in California during the 80s, and after selling that shop, she began working in accounting but kept on knitting.
In July 2009, in an effort to assist beginners who couldn’t find teachers, she started putting simple machine knitting lessons on YouTube. Now, Diana has over 160 machine knitting videos on YouTube with over 2 million views, including lots of lessons, projects and technique demonstrations. She sells pattern books and DVDs as well., is stuffed with machine knitting information, patterns, photos, and ideas
This should be a fabulous seminar. Hope to see lots of you there.

April 11, 2015 – Members Helping Members/MK Swap

We will be having our machine knitting related swap for the April meeting.  We will also have our annual members helping members meeting, so bring your machine/device and get some advice from our more seasoned members.  There will also be members doing demonstrations.

March 14, 2015 – Nancy Roberts

Nancy Roberts’ program will cover the ins and outs of DAK 8.  She’ll start with the basics of designing a custom shape.  She’ll teach us how to create a stitch pattern how to integrate it with the shape pattern.  She’ll show us how to insert cables and how to use the lace tool to design simple and complex lace patterns.  She’ll cover the “how-to’s” for creating a shape from scratch and how to knit the shape at an angle, off-center or side to side.  She’ll also discuss ways to take a hand knitting pattern or ready-made sweater and enter the shape into DAK.  Along the way, she’ll point out the new features contained in DAK 8.  In the end, Nancy hopes that those who already own DAK will use it more, and those who don’t have it, will be equipped to decide if it’s a machine knitting tool that they would like to use.

February 13 and 14, 2015 – Susan Guagliumi

On Friday, February 13th, and Saturday, February 14th, we will not have a regular guild meeting. Susan Guagliumi, world renowned designer, educator, and author, will be with us. Susan’s career in the machine knitting industry has spanned more than 25 years and included positions with three knitting machine companies. Many of us are familiar with Susan’s books on hand-manipulated stitches for the knitting machine.

Both of Susan’s classes will be at the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall from 9 am to 5 pm with an hour for lunch. (Bring your own lunch.) And each day has a $50 registration fee. Friday’s class, February 13th, will be lecture and demonstration. Susan will present highlights from her new book, Hand Knits by Machine. This will include a discussion and demonstration of the machine knit equivalents to the most common hand knit cast on, increase and decrease and bind off methods. You will find it a lot easier to work from hand knit patterns once you understand some of this information. She will also teach easy methods for entrelac and modular knitting. All of this will be covered in the presentation to the whole group.

As time allows, Susan will also present material from the book she is currently working on, Mostly Hand–Manipulated Stitches. This book, the third in the series of Hand– Manipulated Stitches, fully develops the possibilities for i–cord, ladders and a number of other techniques, taking them to the extreme for fabrics and trim treatments. Definitely not your same old hand manipulations!

Saturday’s class, February 14th, will be a hands-on workshop with bulky machines which will go into more detail and practice.

Susan is also offering us some special attention. You can check out the hard to find, specialty tools that Susan sells on her web site at She will deliver the tools to us to avoid shipping charges so do not place the order through the web site. Instead, you can email her directly at and she will tell you how to go about ordering. While you are on the web site, make sure you sign up for the free downloads and her newsletter!

January 10, 2015 – Susan Lazear

As many of our members know, Susan Lazear is a Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego, actively designs clothing, and has written books on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for Fashion Design. Susan is also responsible for the creation of a line of software for sewers and textile artists under the Cochenille Design Studio name. Susan also teaches design workshops around the world.
Susan’s morning presentation will be, “The Asian Aesthetic in Fashion”. In her lecture, Susan will show us Asia’s influence on fashion and help us to begin to plan how to incorporate the Asian style.
The afternoon workshop is titled Fashion Transformers. In Susan’s words, “This workshop combines the Asian fashion art of combining simplicity with innovative style. Learn how to plan and knit or sew garments that offer multiple looks in one piece. Turn it upside down, wrap it in a different way, reposition it on your body; all options should be considered. Students will measure, and plan two garments during the class. Fabric and yarn choices will be discussed as they impact the style will also be covered”.

December 13, 2014 – Pot Luck lunch and Member Swap/Sale

It’s our last meeting before the holidays with enough time to get started on those last minute MK gifts.  Good food great company and knitting, what more could you ask for!

Marti Christopher will demonstrate the short rowing technique she perfected in the beautiful garment she showed us a few months ago.  Ellen has agreed to a member request to demo how to set up the ribber and how to make adjustments.

The machine will be set up so if you have any challenges you need help with, this would be the time.  Also, if you have quick gift ideas or things you’ve made before please bring them.

Bring yarn to swap or sell including the yarn you bought at the last swap if you haven’t done anything with it yet.  If you have machines books or equipment to sell, bring that too.  Try to put your name and prices on items ahead of time because things move quickly.

Please bring a dish to share that would feed about 6.  For those of us that don’t cook, just pick up something. Breakfast or lunch items would be perfect.  See you there.

November 8, 2014 – Juan Teran

Juan Teran returns to our guild for a more in-depth presentation of how to make tailored suits in the style of St. Johns Knitwear.   In the morning he will demonstrate how he finishes garments.  He will bring a partially made jacket and show us how he sets-in a tailored sleeve, makes a collar, attaches a zipper and more.  He uses both knitting and sewing machines to accomplish these tasks, and both will be available for his demonstration.

In the afternoon, Juan will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create your own custom fit pattern.  We will take measurements and create our own jacket patterns as he explains the process. You can bring a gauge swatch with a pre-calculated gauge, or you can go through the steps- using Juan’s optimal gauge for wool-ray fabrics of 9 stitches and 14 rows to the inch. If you plan to stay for the afternoon, bring a tape measure and wear clothes suitable for taking your measurements.

October 11, 2014 – Aida Berkovitz

Long time Guild member, Aida Berkovitz, will be demonstrating knitweave. Aida’s been a fan of knitweave for many years and will bring all kinds of examples to show. She’s spent a lot of time perfecting her favorite techniques and will talk about some of those characteristics. Other long time Guild members may remember her cut and sew jackets from years back.
In the morning program Aida will talk about and show her garments, wall hangings, and loads of swatches in knitweave. She’ll share her thoughts about yarn types and stitch patterning that works best for knitweave. She’ll also talk a bit about the characteristics of the fabric.
In the afternoon, Aida will demonstrate how knitweave is done on the Guild’s standard gauge knitting machine. She’ll show a couple different types of background yarns and weaving yarns. Members are encouraged to look through your yarn stash and bring along some interesting yarns you’d like Aida to try as a weaving yarn. We’ve seen some members – e.g., Marti Christoffer and Marty Jonas – who have used cut strips of fabric, for example, as weaving yarns with quite interesting results. If anyone wants to bring and set up their own machines to follow along, we can enlist them to also try some of the test weaving yarns.

September 13, 2014 – Lorna and Jill Watt

Our September program will feature Yarn Bomber sisters and techniques used for novelty projects.  South Bay group members Lorna and Jill Watt are yarn-bomb artists in San Mateo.  Their website is:  See, and video which shows them using their Toyota and Bond knitting machines to complement the hand knitting and crocheting is linked here:

June 14, 2014 – Pot Luck lunch and Member Swap/Sale

For our June meeting we will be doing our Pot Luck lunch and Swap/Sale of yarn and equipment that is in need of a new home.

May 10, 2014 – Nancy Roberts

Nancy Roberts began machine knitting in 2003 when she wanted to experiment with dyeing knitted fabric to create her own self-striping yarns. She has used these yarns in knitted, woven and felted creations. Nancy soon realized that knitting machines had so much more potential than just knitting fabric blanks for dyeing. She now focuses on tailored knits. Nancy teaches her methods at local and national knitting, weaving and spinning conferences, and her work has been featured in Spin-Off, Handwoven, and Knitwords magazines.
Morning session:
Potpourri of Machine Knitting Techniques
Nancy has picked up and invented various techniques along her machine knitting journey. Others seem interested in learning them, so she’s but together a collection that will include:
• “Faux Intarsia” to eliminate both the use of an intarsia carriage and laying yarn across needles
• How to be a human linker
• How to hang a very neat (no gaps) button band
• Latching up a dropped stitch from the front and without a latch tool
• Sweater selvedge treatment to avoid points where the side seams meet
• Knitting on woven fabric

Afternoon Session
“Machine Knitting to Dye For” Demonstration
Nancy will bring lots of her MKTDF samples to show what can be done using self-striping yarns. She will also demonstrate her methods for knitting and dyeing the knitted fabric.

April 12, 2014 – Linda Handy and Lois Stevens

This month we have our two very talented Program Committee members teaching us how to make some creative garments.

Linda Handy started knitting 25 years ago on a Bond. She called the help line so much that they decided to make her a demonstrator at the local Calumet City store in Illinois.  She eventually purchased a 940 after taking lessons from Jill Stern, Bonnie Triola and Gene Bailey. Linda was living in Chicago in married-student housing with a little kid and a husband who left television news to go into Seminary. Knitting kept her sane (not really) as she moved every two years. The first thing she always did was join the local guild. It was a great way to meet new friends and knitting is a big deal in snow-blanketed states.

Linda loves to make flowing dramatic types of clothing and use texture and multiple fibers to create fabrics that she likes.  She is not one for complicated patterns, preferring simplistic lines with dramatic outcomes.  Oh yeah, her first degree was in fashion design.

Linda is going to take members through a step-by-step process to chart and then knit a fabulous cardi-wrap pattern by Susan Lazear.  In the class we will take point-to-point measurements for her chart.  No worries, this is not a fitted garment so no waist measurements!  Then we learn how to fill in the blanks to complete a customized pattern that you can knit over and over again using different textures and yarns.  You won’t believe how simple it is to create this fabulous jacket.

Susan, a friend of our Guild, has graciously agreed to send us 40 copies of the pattern and measurement chart and is only charging us $5.00 a copy so you can have your own pattern.

Please bring a tape measure if you can remember and your imagination. Linda is challenging you all to go home, knit something up and bring it to the May meeting to strut your stuff!

For those of you who have already made this pattern, please bring it in to show. Remember her motto, “if there’s no drama, there’s no point.”

Lois Stevens has owned a knitting machine for about 30 years but it has only been in the last six or so years that she got seriously involved in the use of knitting machines. Her degree is in Art with an emphasis in ceramics and she has been selling pottery since she graduated from San Jose State University in the 1970s. Recently, Lois stopped producing pottery for sale, but she takes her knitting to a few local arts and crafts shows.

Lois tries to knit items that she can produce quickly but don’t look like it and was thrilled to be asked to test a pattern for Michelle Goodhand. It is a lovely, drapey vest that is knit side to side in one piece and only requires two short seams from the neck to the underarm. She will be selling Michelle’s pattern for $5 as well as sharing her variations on this pattern.

March 8, 2014 – Richard Smith

Richard Smith started machine knitting in 1976. He has written numerous books about machine knitting patterns and techniques, and has demonstrated in over 200 machine knitting seminars.

Richard has been teaching machine knitting for 22 years, including techniques of garment knitting and machine operation; a semiannual 14-week adult education machine knitting course; and two-day, hands-on, workshops for each of the 910, 930, 940, 965, 950, 950i, 970 and 270 Brother electronic machines.

Richard sold and repaired knitting machines for 25 years. He has retired from active selling and teaching but remains an active machine knitter.


Richard will cover the main bed before lunch and the ribber after lunch.  Timing will fit the interest of the class, and questions from the floor are welcome. Topics will include:


  1. The A, B, C of machine knitting needles – or why your knitting just fell on the floor, and what to look for when things go wrong.
  2.  What happens with “B” position, “C” position and “D/E” position needles while using different settings on the carriage.
  3.  Using stitch pattern cards/programs to set needles for patterning including lace.
  4.  Getting friendly with your ribber:
  • Casting-on techniques and using weights
  • Ribbing for bands
  • Full-needle ribbing
  • Set-up and use of slip stitch, tuck stitch and ribber racking lever patterns

February 8, 2014 - Loretta Warner

Loretta Warner has been a member and friend of our Guild since the early 1980’s. Her philosophy is to create beautiful, handmade pieces with the true goal of serving others. She is always looking for opportunities to expand her capabilities both as a skilled artisan, mentor and lifelong learner.

Loretta is a Berkeley-based textiles artist and knitwear/couture fashion designer with more than 30 years experience. She is a native Californian who is inspired by her love of the colors and textures of the land that surrounds us.

Her work is both playful and deeply considered. Pieces are created from the best yarns and luxurious fabrics using a variety of tools-of-the-trade, including knitting machines of various gauges, sewing machines appropriate to the work, and the use of long practiced handwork skills.

Loretta’s website

Loretta’s Blog

Morning session – Slide show and talk with a group of pieces from Loretta’s Collection and other pieces as well. Note: Guild members are encouraged to bring their work using any and all “luxurious yarns”!

Luxurious Fashion: Winter–Spring 2014, A look at inspired street style, chenille, and a few designers. We will discuss the trends for the new season and chenille: what it is, characteristics, why it’s hard to knit, and what you can do about it.

Afternoon Session – Working with luxurious yarns that are often hard to knit.

Workshop Demonstration including:

  • Using the steam iron: like an artisan, like a seamstress, how to handle the knitting in order to get great drape ability without killing it.
  • Bulky chenille: (Touch Me, Valentina) Step by step from knitting to the finishing: the creation of panné velvet.
  • Standard knitting: chenille deluxe (1200, 1300) and baby chenille (2000); soft metallic (lurex), Fortuny, Slinky, Sleek and Fluffy. Chenille plaited, Chenille as fabric, seam finishes and more as time permits.