Discovering Machine Knitting

Kandy Diamond
The ultimate guide to machine knitting. This book has been designed to help you demystify machine knitting. Perfect for beginners, it starts with how the machine works and how stitches are formed, all the way through to shaping garment panels to your desired size and fit. Each chapter focuses on different skills that build throughout the book, with lots of projects so you can put the skills into practice and make some knits for yourself.
Designer Profiles at the end of each chapter showcase the work of professional machine knitters to provide context, inspiration and celebrate the huge potential for creativity in machine knitting. From troubleshooting and looking after the machine to using more advanced techniques such as intarsia and shaping, this book will help you fall in love with your knitting machine. If you work through the step-by-step instructions and projects in this book, by the end of it you will be designing and knitting your own garments!
Discovering Machine Knitting by Kandy Diamond

About the author

Kandy Diamond is a designer, artist and senior lecturer with over 10 years’ experience practising and teaching machine knitting. She teaches across the BA knitwear and textiles programmes at Nottingham Trent University. In 2006, Kandy set up her label 'Knit and Destroy', creating knits that blur the lines between product and art, and challenging cultural preconceptions by offering an alternative representation of knitting. 

Press Reviews

This is exactly the book that beginner machine knitters have been crying out for!

- Nic Corrigan, Machine Knitting Community

Copiously illustrated, this colourful book is perfect for instructing beginners, starting with the essential basics of how a knitting machine works and how to look after it. This is so much more than a manufacturer’s standard instruction manual: you will still need to swatch – but it’s faster, and you will get to complete a garment so much more quickly. As the book suggests, “you will fall in love with your knitting machine”.

- Sally Firth, Journal of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers