WE MEK Knitted Magazine Cover – Issue One
Materials and techniques
The magazine cover was knitting on a domestic Knitmaster F-370 fine gauge (3.6 mm) manual knitting machine using two ends of 2/30 industrial yarn. The method used was intarsia where yarn is laid across the needles at each colour change. This makes working very slow and laborious. The fineness of gauges added another level of complexity to the artwork. Some areas such as the jumper, barcode, orange knitting had the fine details embroidered once the knitting was off the machine. Intarsia knitting creates a lot of ends that need to be sewn in before the embroidery can take place. I don’t actually sew the ends in using a sewing needle; I use a latch hook tool. I find this quicker and neater.
Acquired with Art Fund support, donations by Preston Fitzgerald and Cedric Smith, and Nicholas and Judith Goodison’s Charitable Settlement