Bergere de France review

Bergere de France offer some stunning Parisienne designs to take your knitting to another level. Their winter magazine has a wonderful modern take on a Fair Isle design jumper and any of their previous magazines can be back ordered.

Bergere de France 2013/2014 collection

Bergere de France 2013/2014 collection

Patterns from Bergere de France can be purchased singly or as compilations in their seasonal magazines which offer great value for money.

There is something for everybody, from beginner to experienced knitter and all patterns denote the level of skill required.

Send for their catalogue and you receive comprehensive detail of their latest patterns along with small samples of the yarns attached to the relevant pages, which make a huge difference when trying to choose yarn type and colour.

The Bergere de France brochure also contains details of all the other items available via their website; knitting needles, needle sets, embroidery kits and haberdashery.


More Information Visit the Bergere de France website

Rennie Handknits Yarn review.

Britain has always produced quality yarn for centuries, whether it be for handknits or a Saville Row tailor, making some of the best quality fabric available.

J C Rennie of Scotland - handknit yarns

A palette that only nature can create

Nothing is more evident than in the range of yarns produced by J C Rennie of Scotland.

Rennie use British sourced wool where they can but all lambswool fleece is sourced from the former colonies of either New Zealand or Australia. A tradition which has changed little since the Industrial Revolution, and is part of the romance.

Their most popular machine knitting yarn is the 2/11 Supersoft. However for those who prefer a more authentic look, there is the 2/9nm Unique Shetland yarn.

There has been an increase in customers asking for their supersoft cashmere which has the look of lambswool but the texture of cashmere. This also comes in a wide range of colours with a sumptuous feel, giving a very natural but fashionable finish.

Rennie’s 4ply supersoft handknits are loved by many discerning knitters and some of the colour palette has now been extended into the popular Aran range.

Amazing colours

Handling quality of the yarn is exceptional and the colours are truly amazing.

The chunky Aran weight  pure new wool in COUTURE 1464 looks as though is has been dyed with a handful of squashed berries from the Scottish hedgerow, whilst the 4 ply Lambswool in Thistledown and DK Supersoft Cashmere shade 053, reflect the colours of the heather which cloak the mountain sides.

J C Rennie yarns of Scotland

Beautiful melange yarns with a luxurious finish

Fitting very easily into the contemporary palette of purples, mauves and lilacs, these yarns will produce very fashionable garments which will just ooze quality.

The melange shades inspired by “The Colours of Scotland” are made up of blends of many different colours of wool, fused together during the carding process.  However, this is very subtle and we feel, results in one of the finest natural colour blends available.

Knitting in more than one colour with these yarns is a dream, as all the natural shades blend so well with each other, just as they do in nature….the only problem is; which ones to choose.

Scottish Yarn

J C Rennie of Scotland have produced high quality genuine and authentic yarn since 1798, made in the Aberdeenshire countryside using traditional methods which has changed little since the Industrial Revolution.  One of Scotland’s oldest and few remaining woollen mills, they, like us are passionate about manufacturing and the woollen industry in the UK.

Yes, we have waxed lyrical but as knitters who like quality, these yarns are an example of what Britain does best.

Their range is now available to weavers, machine knitters and hand knitters, on the cone or in 50g balls.  Prices for the J C Rennie yarns are also very competitive, making this brand exceptional value for money. – Purchase these sumptuous yarns online or view their list of suppliers.

Undy Yarncrafts

Undy Yarncrafts have everything for machine and hand knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and more…

Undy Yarncrafts LogoYarns

Yarns, accessories, spare and patterns.  Most branded yarns always in stock, including Yeoman and Forsell.

Also stock a wide selection of own brand yarns, including a fully repeatable range of premium quality 2/30 acryclics, 2/16 cottons, wools and wool blends, shetlands, lambswools and angora.

DesignaKnit agent.


Undy Yarncrafts are agents for Silver Reed knitting machines.  Spare and accessories for Brother, Knitmaster and Silver, Toyota, Passap, Pfaff and Hague.

Service and repairs for all makes of knitting machine.

Visit the Undy Yarncrafts website for more information.

Busy Bee Basics

Busy Bee Bascis specialise in patterns for knitting machines, with a range of books, CD’s and charts.

There are 83 pattern books containing over 300 exclusive designs.

Busy Bee Basics imageThe two latest publications show how to make a textured scarf (book 205) and Making cushion covers (book 206)

The quick and easy cushion covers cushion covers in Book 206 can be made on any machine with any yarn and any stitch pattern.

Each made from just one piece of fabric – what could be easier? Guides are given for making a ribbed cushion with a nautical colour theme and a summer meadow cushion and, of course, fair isle and textured patterns can all be used.

Another option is to use the textured designs from Book 205, Making A Textured Scarf, for a modern look. More experienced knitters can easily add trims and fastenings to complete their own designs.

These cushion covers are not just for the living room – use them for dining chair pads, workroom chair or wheelchair cushion covers, too.

Visit the Busy Bee Basics website for more information.

Jo’s Designs

Jo Newton has been designing motif patterns for machine knitting for many years, specialising in realistic animal portraits and authentic sporting pictures.

Jo's Designs screen imageA regular contributor to ‘Machine Knitting Monthly‘ Magazine,  with the ‘Picture Parade’ series and also to the ‘Country Knitting of Maine News & Views’ magazine in the USA.

In her books and design sheets all electronic patterns are printed to size for transfer to Mylar sheets and easy stitch count format for entry to machines.

All machine Knitting books are available on disk for Brother FB100 and DesignaKnit and any individual patterns can be put on Disk.

Pattern graphs can also be sent as E-mail attachments using PDF or DesignaKnit format and CD-ROM Disks are available.

PayPal makes payment simple and easy  particularly for international transactions.

Jo loves to design commissions (from £10.00.)   Dogs and all animals being a specialty, also sporting pictures & Logos, usually working from photos.

Lastly, if you are not a practising machine knitter, Jo will gladly design and knit the jumper of your dreams for you.

To find out more visit Jo’s Designs website.

Yeoman Yarns

Suppliers of yarns and wools for machine & hand knitting.

A family-run business for over 25 years … still thriving & growing, based on a rapid service, high quality and sensible prices.

Yeoman Yarns imageSuppliers to home knitters and designer knitwear businesses – Great range and flexible product supply for genuine small business.

Suppliers of industrial yarns throughout Europe to companies manufacturing for the Retail/High Street trade from chain stores to boutiques.

Exclusive partners and customers to some of the finest Italian spinners, giving a unique product base, strict control of quality, changing colour selection each season, & an important “inside track” to what’s new & fashionable in the world of textiles.

Export; Anywhere in the world, more or less, we just add the extra carriage & of course you can ask us by e-mail for a price quotation before your order.

Yeoman Yarns have a secure online store and are always available to give you help and advice…it’s best to e-mail, but also phone Monday-Friday, if you prefer.

Visit the Yeoman Yarns website


Everything a Machine Knitter needs or desires to aid their machine knitting  is available from Metropolitan.

Metropolitan machine knitting logoYears at the forefront of Machine Knitting

Metropolitan Machine Knitting has been going since 1925 and have always prided themselves on being ahead of the competition in bringing you top quality goods and services.

Over the years, thousands of people have benefited from Metrolpolitan residential knitting courses.  They offer accomodation and food and give you a relaxed environment to learn in while you work on a real project to take away at the end.

Shopping and Accessories
A comprehensive shop with everything you need from knitting machines, yarn to needles, spares, books and magazines, to name just a few.  All pares and accessories are genuine, sourced directly from the manufacturers.

Visit the Metropolitan website for more information.

B Hague & Co

B Hague & Co. in Nottingham are specialists is Linkers, winders, twisters and accessories.

PDB 125G ELECTRIC YARN TWISTERAchieve a truly professional finish and save hours of sewing up with the Hague Linker.

The PDB yarn winders and twisters will enhance your speed and creativity.

An extensive range of accessories inculdes the Tricot Not a-Knot yarn defect indicator, the De-knit stitch removal carriage and the Intarsia Multi-Yarn Brake.

Full selection of machine knitting aids, such as pickup tools, side weights, needles and punchcard rolls

Visit for more information

Uppingham Yarns

An extensive range of yarns for the machine knitter,  hand knitter or weaver.

Uppingham Yarns imageFrom 1 ply lace weights to rug wool and rovings for spinning.

Choose from some beautiful natural fibres in Lamb’s wool, Cashmere, silk, Merino, Alpaca, Shetland, Herdwick and Angora as well as fashionable Italian, ribbon and even glow in the dark yarns.

Online shop or call 01572 823747 for a mail order brochure.

Visit Uppingham Yarms website