Cardigan with a Twist


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I saw this sweater and design in a hand knitting magazine called Knitters Magazine. I liked the design and decided to try it on the knitting machine.  This could easily be done using the G-carriage. I just did this sample using the ribber. I had 15 stitches in my sample. Needles 1-5 starting on the left were transferred  from the main bed to the ribber and back again each row. Then I had 5 stitches on the ribber , 5 stitches on main bed. I knitted 12 rows between the twists . If you try this, end with the carriage on the right if your stitches to twist are on the left. If you don’t do this, when you twist the stitches, you will have the yarn in the wrong place to start knitting again. It happened to me so I had to hand knit the five stitches to get it back to the left edge to start knitting again.

Knitting Machines 930/940/965 Additional Data


I am still organizing all of my knitting and I came across this information. If you bought a machine used, you may not have gotten this information. Besides the programs in these machines there is additional permanent data that is not covered in Stitch world. Click on the link to get this information.

930:940:965 additional data in machine

Criss Cross Design on Knitting Machines


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I came across another design that I have not tried. This design is out of a book that a friend of mine wrote. It is called Inserts by Charlotte Richards. I knit the first sample on the left as it was written in the book. When I took a picture of it I noticed that the eyelets were staggered. Look at the top and bottom  of the design  and you will notice it. If you try this out you will find out the answer of why it comes out like this. 🙂

So I went back and knitted sample two and created the eyelet on both sides every two rows.  To me it looks even at the top and the bottom and gives this a different look. The way that I did it the second time also makes the eyelets stagger but it is kind of pretty. Also, at first while knitting it the second way I forgot which side i had transferred. Then I noticed that they staggered too so it was easy to do. You have to pay more attention doing it the second way though.

Here is what you do if you want to try it.

You are working on 8 stitches . She suggested 30 stitches and that is what my sample is.  This is done best with a 7 eye transfer tool. Push 3 needles back and lock 4 needles on the tool.

Row 1- transfer  right R 1,2,3 &4 stitches to L1 needle. R4 will be empty and leave in work position. Put R1 into hold position(don’t forget to set carriage to hold) and knit one row.

Row 2-Now push R1 back into knitting position and knit one row.

Row 3- Transfer L stitches 1-4 to R1 needle. Leave L4 in working postion.  Pull L1 needle to hold position and knit one row.

Row 4- Push L1 back to knitting position and knit one row.

Repeat these four rows till desired length. If you want to try what I did, on rows 1 & 3 I transferred the 4th stitch to the next st on the  opposite side that I transferred. So every time you make a transfer you will have R4 and L4 empty and in work position. When you start, start transferring on the right. Then if you are knitting and forget which way you transferred, if you can’t tell by looking at it, just go back to first eyelet and count.

Hope you try it. Hope you all had a very nice Easter .

 

Serpentine Stitch


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I am still working on organizing all of my patterns and magazines and it is taking me longer than I thought. I think the reason is because I stop to look through them again. Well, I did and I found this stitch and I have never done it in all of my years of knitting. Or, maybe I did and now that I am older I am forgetting. That’s not a bad thing  though because then a lot of my patterns will look new to me. lol

Again, it has an open design but it is fun , fast and easy to do….and I think it’s pretty. And it is not limited to only one make of knitting machine. As a matter of fact, I am sure it could be done on a sock machine too.  I will have to try it.

I cast on 29 stitches. Each serpentine is created over three stitches. So I have 5 stitches in between each of the three serpentines. After each transfer of stitches, you knit ten rows. Number the three stitches beginning with # 1 on the left. FIRST TRANSFER: To start, you transfer the stitch on needle #2 to needle #1. Then transfer the 3rd stitch onto the stitch to it’s right. So needles 2&3 will be empty and move them out of work to A position. Knit 10 rows. SECOND TRANSFER: take the stitch from needle#1 and place it on needle #3. Again, put needle 1 out of work.  Now needles 1&2 will be empty and out of work. Knit 10 rows. THIRD TRANSFER: Take the stitch from needle #3 and put it on needle #1. Put the empty needle #3 out of work. Knit 10 rows. You will repeat the second and third transfers to continue.

Hope you try it. Have fun. Will see what else I find going through my “stuff” !

 

Hand Transferred Lace


fullsizeoutput_9e8Hi Everyone, I hope you are all staying safe with this virus out there. I hope you have found the time you have now to enjoy being with your family as well as finding time to be creative and productive.

I have been using the time to start cleaning out cupboards and the garage. As you can tell I have not been knitting. I have been contemplating leaving the machine knitting scene for a long time .

So, I put my big girl pants on (yep, gaining weight since confined to my home) I started to pack all my yarns into large plastic bins and I am now on bin 21! Ok, have to buy more bins so enough of doing that. Yesterday,  I started to get my patterns all boxed up and categorized for future reference or to sell. I printed out the page and taped it to the top of the box. While I was doing this I came across at least two patterns that make me want to knit again(yay) and I also  saw this design and thought it was pretty.  Something this simple got me up and into my knitting room to try it(and because I bought a new sponge bar) .It is so easy and just hand manipulated but can be done on any machine. It would look pretty going up a sleeve. If it is too open a design for you, you could back the design with a lining or wear over a  blouse or turtleneck.

The directions are written by Karen Diesner and done on a Singer. She thinks of this as a butterfly pattern. It is in the May 1995 issue of Machine Knitting News. You are doing a lace design but instead of leaving the empty needle in work after transfer, it is moved out of work. Then half way through the pattern, you start bringing the out of work needles back into work on either side of the middle one. Two rows are knitted after each transfer. There are nine needles used for the pattern. I cast on about 19 needles. The middle needle stays the same and is never transferred.

Start by transferring the needle on either side of the middle one onto the outer needle and move the empty needle out of work. Knit 2 rows. Transfer the second needle out on each side of the middle one and put empty needle out of work. Do the same for the third and fourth needles knitting two rows after the transfer. Now, when you get to the fourth transfer ,  transfer the stitch and  also bring back into work, one needle on either side of the middle one. Knit 2 rows, bring back the second needles out from the center and knit two rows. Continue until all back in work.  Just thought I would share this simple idea. Have fun, now back to cleaning out. 🙂

Passap Christmas Gnome


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I was at a craft fair and saw a gnome made with old sweaters. I thought it was so cute. I have tons of swatches and went to work this morning to make my own.

This design was knitted in a circle on the passap  where the design is knitted on the front bed and you get a vertical stripe on the back bed.  This can be opened up and you can see all the floats inside. I was going to do a scarf this way but it was time consuming and I wasn’t sure I liked the stripe on the back for a scarf. It was probably technique 243.

Of course, you don’t have to have this type of swatch to make this little guy. Any machine tension swatch will work.

I just cut pieces for the arms and legs and sewed a tube and turned inside out. I used the front fairisle for the hat and arms and the back side of the fabric for the legs. I sewed a piece for the hat starting wider at the beginning and narrowing it down  to a point.  I turned it inside out. When I folded up the brim I have the stripe from the back side that looks like I ribbed it.

I inserted a pipe cleaner bent in half into the hat to make it so I could bend the shape. I used a styrofoam base and hot glued the red felt to the main part for the body. I hot glued the arms on next. I hot glued the legs to the bottom. I used wool roving for the beard(Thank you Tina!) and just pulled the hat down onto the top of the styrofoam pyramid.( I cut the top point off and shortened the height from the bottom because it was a tall one.) I hot glued the nose on that is just a stuffed piece of stocking.  I added the wreath because it gives stability for sitting.

So what I would do if I make it again? I would use up the  cardboard knitting cones that I have stacked in a corner. lol   It would have been easier. All you would have to do is stuff the ends of the leg up into the tube and hot glue and it will sit nicely. You won’t have bulk on the bottom. I just used felt for the hands and feet and just guessed at the shape. If you don’t have felt for his body, use another tension swatch instead.

So you have plenty of time to do this ladies. Get out your tension swatches that I KNOW all of you make. 🙂

Passap Afghans


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I had a chance to make two more afghans to donate to this school for their craft show. You have seen these patterns before but I  just wanted to show you that I am knitting. :). The top one is really a bright pink and not red

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Well, I can still knit. lol

A school near me that has a craft bazaar has a raffle table that is run by the students. They sell tickets for items that people make. I donated a number of items I made (sewing….oops) and decided that the afghan lovely might bring in some money for them.
So I have told you I don’t like the room I have my machine in and still haven’t moved it, but I forced myself in there. And when I confronted my E6000 I was scared and felt intimidated!  Hahaha, I told my machine that I was afraid I could not remember anything and I was right.
So at 12:30 a.m. (really good time to start things wouldn’t you say?) I cleared everything out around the machine, got the yarn ready and decided to try to download. I did remember the procedure but I have a switch on my download cable that is on download. Then when the pattern is downloaded I have to switch to knit before putting in the technique and other stuff. Well, the machine screamed error at me! Can you imagine that?
I figured it out and started again. I did remember how to cast on and got everything ready to go in the morning. I even left the laptop and knitting machine on.
After having coffee, I got up my nerve. I had 500 rows knitted in 20 minutes(no motor and my arms will hurt tomorrow 🙂 ). Then the machine screams at me with a 206 error. Oh shoot, don’t know what the error is but it is something I have to deal with….again. So I WROTE DOWN THE ROW ON THE ROW COUNTER. And it is a good thing to do and hope you all do it. Of course, if anyone has made this afghan it is the row where it looks like 10 strands of yarn are on each needle! So I took my time and unraveled the row, reprogrammed and the machine was so mad at me, it sent me back to the wrong row!!!!! My counter said 674 and the machine returned me to row 670. Oh no , now what do I do? I know I only ripped out one row and it should have gone to 672. So I left the G/X buttons on and knitted two rows to 672 and then set the locks to KX/N. I hung a marker thread on the end of the row to see if I had to start again. And of course, I had to knit about 50 rows so I could see where it happened. In the picture you can see a string in the lower right on the edge. That is the row and it is perfect. So I think it was just the machine trying to fool this old lady for ignoring her for so long.

Now going to make another in a heather green color before my luck runs out.

Passap Knitted Pumpkin


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Wow, it has almost been a year since I posted anything. I have not been knitting because my machine is in a room that is not bright or large. I was contemplating getting rid of my machines but I think I will move the passap to a larger lighter room and see what transpires.

Anyway, I was looking at a quilting sight and in the picture was a knitted pumpkin and I thought it was cute.  It isn’t the traditional orange one. I decided to just do a small one and see what it would look like. I knew the passap machine had a similar pattern built in.  So I sat down at the passap and knitted a square and gathered it at the top and bottom. Then I took jute and used it to make the veins. I have papier-mache in the house so I made my own stem. Then I hot glued the stem onto the top of the pumpkin. Of course, now that I look at the original, I should have done two rows of jute for the veins and really tightened the tension up. Oh well it was just an experiment.

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Here is the picture that I saw.

On the passap I used the pattern 1301 on page 63 and I used technique 183. I only used 60 needles and knitted about 100 rows. I used tension 5/5 but if you want to make one lower the tension so the stitches don’t separate while stuffing it. I think if I had made mine larger it might look similar to this one.

Now, it is not a good idea to stay away from this machine because everything you learn goes out the window. LOL. I wanted to cast on single bed so there would not be a lot of material to gather. I managed to cast on single bed and went into double bed work.  At the end I transferred all the back stitches to the front bed, knitted a row and then transferred every other stitch to the next needle. I knitted a row and did the same and then took the remaining stitches off on a bodkin. When I took the work off the machine I had open back bed stitches where I had cast on(tee hee) and gone from single bed to double bed! I was lucky and just took a needle with a piece of yarn and gathered all of them.

This would be the easiest to do on my Brother machine. I would do a weaving cast on and then start the fairisle design . I would end with one row knitted plain and then transfer stitches and then gather. You can make this pumpkin on any machine. It is just knitting a square or rectangle depending on how large you want the pumpkin.

Of course, you could get creative and knit a five by five rib in a solid color and it would probably look just as cute.

Machine Knitted Comfort Doll


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fullsizeoutput_879My friend Patty called me and told me about an idea she had to present to her knitting guild. It was her turn to do a demo and she came up with the idea of asking her club to make a collection of Comfort dolls to donate. How could anyone not like this idea!! Here is what she writes in her pattern.

“For those of you interested in knitting comfort dolls, they are great projects for using up yarn cone ends. I am going to donate them to our local police or deputy sheriffs.
Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs can carry them in their vehicles because
they’re very comforting to children who have just been through a traffic accident or whose parent has been taken into custody for various reasons and the child is waiting for Child Protective Services or other family members to arrive. However, they could also be a great asset to many other facilities such as hospitals, EMT’s, and Children Services.
There are many occasions when being able to hold a soft, loveable doll will bring a child great comfort.”

I went through my patterns and found one by Marty Godlewski. I made the girl and boy and they did take some time to do. The fair-isle slowed me up since I entered the pattern into my machine. The way the feet are done is also time consuming. You take all of the stitches off the machine, turn with a garter bar and then put the middle half of the stitches back on the machine and then hang half of each back set of stitches onto the front stitches and then bind off.  In the meantime, I had also made a Santa doll on my sock machine. When I got together with Patty, we discussed the pros and cons of the patterns. Patty wrote a pattern and it is knitted much quicker and just as cute. After all, she said ,it is your own doll and they all take on a character of their own.  She has all kinds of suggestions so you are not in your knitting room for hours working on one doll. She suggests self striping yarns, hand manipulated stitches, fine lace, stripes , just plain stockinette and the list goes on. It will take you no time at all to knit the body. She is willing to share her pattern if anyone is interested in doing this in your knitting guild or if you just want to make one for a grandchild or as a gift with an afghan. Just email me if you would like her pattern. Great idea Patty!!!  I hope other knitting guilds jump on board with the idea. And the guild does not have to be a machine knitting guild. Hand knitters can easily knit this rectangle .

 

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