Hello, and welcome

Vikki_2013smallTurnedThis blog covers many aspects of textiles, but its main focus is on knitting; both hand and machine. You will find discussions on Creative Machine Knitting along with instructions for using machines, machine accessories, repairs, tips and techniques. As the blog has grown it has embraced other aspects of textiles.

Amongst my personal interest in textiles, I am also involved in ongoing, textile-related academic research.

See my books about hand and machine knitting on my Amazon.com Author Page

If you would like to contact me, please use the form at the bottom of the page.

Update – May 2023

I have had several messages saying that people are having trouble purchasing a copy of ‘Translating Between Hand and Machine Knitting’. I understand from the publishers that a new print run that has been delayed in shipping will be available shortly, and I apologise for the delay which is unfortunately outside of my control.

The good news is that ‘Single and Double Bed Machine Knitting; the Designer’s Guide‘ should be on sale in a few weeks. All good things are worth waiting for!

7 thoughts on “Hello, and welcome

  1. deanner03

    Good afternoon,
    I saw your post on creating a bag for an Ashford Traveller (which I agree is misnamed). I was unable to leave a comment on that post, but I was wondering if you have the pattern available for purchase. Thank you ma’am.

    1. Clea

      Hi Vikki. Apologies I cannot find an email to contact you however I am trying to do the ‘knit weave’ stitch on pg 101 of your knit step by step book and am having trouble. I don’t suppose there is a video available on how to do this stitch? Thanks so much

      1. Hello Clea,
        Apologies for a late reply. I’m afraid I haven’t made a video of that. If you have ever quick in the floats when knitting fair Isle the techniques are essentially the same. Of to can find a YouTube video showing that it should help you. The step by step section for fair Isle this may also help you in holding the yarns. The difference is that the ‘weave’ effect side of the fabric is used as the front not the back of the knit. I use my left hand to hold, tension and guide the ‘weave’ yarn and my right to throw the backing yarn, the same as normal if to knit in the classic UK method. .

  2. jem4

    Hi there,

    I couldn’t find contact info for you here on the website so I thought I’d try leaving a comment. I’m working on the Cute Hooded Baby Jacket from the 2019 American edition of The Knitting Book and I think there are some errors in the pattern, particularly when you get to the right front and neck shaping. I’ve seen other comments on Amazon saying there are issues with the pattern, but I haven’t been able to find any corrections online. Could you help?


    1. Hi Jenny,
      Thank you for getting in touch. I’m sorry to hear that you are having problems with a pattern in the Knitting Book. Dorling Kindersley, the publishers, were responsible for pattern checking, and the corrections can be found on the Dorling Kindersley website. I have listed several of the corrections on this page https://vikkihaffenden.com/errata-to-patterns/ as well as a link to the correction on the DK website. I hope this is helpful. Happy knitting.

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