SJC Boneshaker knitted cardigan
Hand made in England on 3.5 Gauge Swiss made Hand-Frame Knitting machines that are over 50 years old.
To make each panel, the knitter selects the number of needles to give the required width and then starts knitting by pushing the carriage across the needle bed and forming the first row.
This process is repeated until the next pattern change, cabling, widening or narrowing point. To widen, narrow or cable, the knitter picks up and transfers the required number of stitches, then on to the next point.
Everything has to be remembered and counted as there are no computers or even electricity involved - just girl power!!
After knitting the shaped panels (front/back and sleeves), these flat pieces are linked together to make the three dimensional garment. Our garments are point to point linked meaning that individual stitches are manually placed on the 'points' of the linking machine and then linked to produce a flat seam.
This process require skill, good eyesight, patience and the ability to think in 3D! Not easy but rewarding to finally see a garment made this way.
The yarn is 3 gauge all natural British wool grown and raised here on the British isles.