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Two new helpful books from Busy Bee

This week's featured Busy Bee Designs

Book 202

Book 64

Busy Bee's Guide

 To the Garter Carriage           4

Caernarfon Castle - Garter Carriage      4.50

If you need a little extra help with your garter carriage, then this might be just the book for you! Full of hints and tips to help you get the best out of your garter carriage and to help with garment construction, too. 

Sections include partial knitting, hints for knitting sleeves, picking up dropped stitches and problems caused by missing needles.


The weather in March and April is always changeable; one moment its all daffodils and spring sunshine, the next its blizzards and snowdrifts. 

If you have  some 4 ply crepe Acrylic in a nice spring colour, why not use your garter carriage to make this beautifully textured top? With our specially designed borders and neckband,  this crisp design has the look of spring - but still has a little warmth for the cooler days.

As an added bonus, the pattern includes instructions for short and long sleeves. Book 64 has patterns for another top (again with long or short sleeves) and a tunic style top.

Sizes are from 30" to 44"/48".        

Book 206

Book 12

Making Cushion Covers         2

Summer Collection  4

Book 206 - Making Cushion Covers






These quick and easy cushion covers can be made on any machine with any yarn and any stitch pattern.

The cushion covers in Book 206 are each made from just one piece of fabric - what could be easier? Guides are given for making a ribbed cushion with a nautical colour theme and a summer meadow cushion and, of course, fair isle and textured patterns can all be used. 

Another option is to use the textured designs from Book 205, Making A Textured Scarf, for a modern look. More experienced knitters can easily add trims and fastenings to complete their own designs.

These cushion covers are not just for the living room - use them for dining chair pads, workroom chair or wheelchair cushion covers, too.

Sometimes the classics are just the right thing forBook 12 Summer Colection these changeable weeks and, although Book 12 is called Summer Collection, the 4 ply Acrylic or Yeoman Panama designs will be warm to wear but forward-looking to the spring season.

Square Neck Top from Book 12If you have a Brother machine you could make the fine lace, square necked top; a classic designs but also very modern, which would sit well under the shawl collared cardigan.

Shawl Collar Cardigan from Book 12

Although the two lace designs in the book are written for Brother machines, experienced knitters using other machines can usually find similar stitch designs that will knit to much the same tension.

Also included in the pattern book is a classic V neck sweater or summer top knitted in Yeoman Panama. The sweater has semi-set in sleeves and an optional 24 stitch border design; just select the short sleeve option to make a spring or summer top.

Sizes are 34"-40" in this book, but other pattern books have designs which go up to size 48"/50"

Machine Knitting Monthly September 2008

Machine Knitting Monthly is often to be found on the magazine shelves in W H Smith, but if you can't wait until your next forage to the nearest store, you can always go to Machine Knitting Monthly's website at



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