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I am so very glad you have found my web "presence". For more than thirty years I have been knitting custom garments, afghans, Santa Socks, and an assortment of caps and mittens. All of these made necessary an extensive knowledge of fibers of every kind and how each reacted. In addition, no one client had the same fit issues or measurements.

From all of this grew an assortment of notes, scattered everywhere, and begging to be organized. And so came about the "Design Your Own" series of books aimed at getting the functional stuff onto paper and in a usable and organized form. With the proper tools, you can create any garment or other item you can imagine. You can, in fact, use the material in books 1 and 2 for any fabric, woven, knit, or crochet.

Knit blue shirt

Embroidered Knit Sweater

I will gladly help you find odd lots from designers and manufacturers. Sometimes I know about yarns that are currently out of production. Refer to the Links page for further resources. I have a small supply of older colors from Brown Sheep, Tamm, and Yeoman in my private stash.


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Book 1:
Fabulous Fibers

SALE - Only $19.95 while supplies last!

Care and characteristics of all kinds of fibers, from mundane to exotic. Learn about both natural and man made fibers, best uses, color changes, shrinkage and more!

Fibers include:

  • Alpaca
  • Angora
  • Camel
  • Cashmere
  • Mohair
  • Olefin
  • and more!

Book 2:
All Sizes from Head to Toe

SALE - Only $19.95 while supplies last!

Knit pleated skirt

Learn how measurements and allowances combine to create a perfectly fitting pattern. This book includes standard measurement tables, measuring instructions, worksheets and blank diagrams to help you design knitting patterns in the correct sizes from babies to adults. The book includes sizing information for socks, mittens, caps and more.

Knit pleated skirt

Book 3: SOLD OUT
The Ultimate Pleated Skirt

Machine Knitting - Advanced Beginner (no kidding). Ribber required.

The pleats in this skirt are knit in a combination of double jacquard and single bed on ribber only. The single bed part is the inside of the pleat and looks like a tweed. The pleat face is double jacquard in a design that repeats in all directions across the pleats when the pleats are closed.

Knit pleated skirt

The concept for the self-folding pleats can be used on a Passap machine also.You will have to figure out your own needle set up. The only needle arrangement in the book is for 200 needle machines, but the idea is fairly obvious.

The model skirt pattern is included as a stitch print out, and may be used for producing for sale. It will be a challenge to set this skirt up for production; but once set up is done, the knitting is straight forward. Also the pleats are self folding and the general construction lends itself to speed methods.

The book text uses detailed diagrams and photos to help you understand how the skirt is designed and sized. The book is written as a design book rather than a pattern book. Detailed instructions are included for using the concept to design your own skirt.

Designs can be adapted to any waist and hip combination and size and length as well.

If this stitch pattern is used for a garment for sale, please acknowledge the source on the hangtag. Include HuskyTalk Knitworks and Brother Stitch World number 7.


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Crochet Placemat in Wedge Shape

Knit pleated skirt

Ever wanted to learn how to knit? Here is a simple to do and add a coaster for a water or wine glass too!

Materials Needed:

Knit pleated skirt

Begin: Chain 37, putting a marker on the 19th stitch. There should be 18 stitches, a marked stitch, and then 18 more stitches. Chain 3 more stitches for the turn chain for dc.

Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook, and in each chain to the marked stitch. 2 dc in the marked stitch, and then 1 dc in each chain to end of row. Chain 3 to turn.

Row 2: and all rows after that: Dc in each dc across. At the 2dc in one chain from the previous row, make 2 dc in the first dc of the set of two. One stitch increased. Do this every row, always in the first dc of the set of two from the previous row.

Crochet about 20 rows, or whatever will make the depth of mat you desire.

To increase or decrease size: Add or subtract stitches in multiple of 3 — a center stitch, plus one stitch each side. The total number of chain stitches in the foundation chain must be an uneven number.

Optional Edging

The chain 3 turns make a built in scallop edge. However if you desire an additional edging the following works well.

Single crochet on beginning and ending edges. On side edges, sc on chain 3 turns, work 3 dc in spaces between turns.

Crochet Placemat - Wedge shape is nice for a round table.

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  • KnitItNow

    This web page is the last word for machine knitters. Sign up for email tips and references for free. Or subscribe for hundreds of tutorials, books, patterns, equipment sources. But most of all, a wonderful array of machine knitting yarns on cones. Good prices too.

  • Knitcraft Yarn Shop

    This is one of the distributors for DesignaKnit software design program. A variety of yarns, including Tamm, and a sewing pattern program. Also Brother knitting machines.

  • Cochenille Design Studio

    Several knitting and general stitchery design programs that will transfer to DesignaKnit and other programs.

  • All Points Yarn

    A.K.A. Sweaters by Design. Morgan Hicks - All kinds of patterns, some are downloaded for free, many for mosaic and double bed work.

  • Buttons.com

    All kinds of buttons, especially theme types.

  • Knit Knack Shop

    Tamm and Bramwell yarns, knitting machines and USB cables for DAK.

  • Brown Sheep Company

    A wonderful domestic yarn company in Mitchell Nebraska. See all the colors under the yarns menu. Naturespun sport and fingering, Cotton Fine fingering, and Wildfoote sock yarns are carried on cones. Worsted weights are available in pull skeins. Inquire regarding prices and put ups, as we special order and also have many in stock for mail order.


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