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 .

 

Machine Knitted Christmas Ball Cover


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Hi, it has been awhile . I have been busy doing lots of different things. Recently I watched a  video on how to make this Christmas ball cover on a sock machine. It looked like it would be fun and easy to do and it was. I first tried sock yarn to get my tension and then I tried white diamonte yarn by Tamm. When I finished , I thought, this can be done on the knitting machine as well. So off to my 940 Brother and yep, you can make it. The only difference between the two is that there will be a seam up the back of the machine knitted one. The bottom picture shows the one made on the sock machine and under it, is the one made on the knitting machine.

Can you tell which one was knitted on the knitting machine and which is on the sock machine? The ball with the four rows of tucked stitches is the one I made on the knitting machine. (the one on the right)I can’t count because I was supposed to make five of the tuck rows. But it stretches and it fits and that is all that counts.

If you want to try it, here is how it was done.

Set up 72 stitches and then push every other needle out of work. You will be working on 36 needles. Do a weaving cast on to start. This way the stitches can be gathered at the top. Knit 7 rows of stockinette. *Pull every other needle out to hold and set the machine to hold. Knit 3 rows. Cancel hold and knit one row.** Repeat from * to **four more times. Then knit 7 rows . Leave a tail and with double eyed bodkin, take stitches off and these will be gathered also after sewing up the seam. I used tension 4 for Diamonte yarn.  I did have a couple of stitches not knit off after tucking the 3 rows. If this happens, you can knit the stitches back by hand on that row. If you drop the stitch it is hard to try to correct.

I also made a cover in the yarn flash and it is pretty but I don’t have the right color ball to put it over. On the white ones, a little bit of green glitter sprinkled on it might be pretty also.

Red Heart Scrubby on the Standard Machine


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My friend Patty gave me a scrubby (purple one) she made following Diane Sullivan’s video and using Red Heart scrubby sparkle yarn on a mid gauge machine. I love these scrubbys the best. I bought one at a craft show last year and they are my favorite. They are light, wash well in the washing machine and hold up in the dryer. And you don’t even have to put them in the dryer. Let them air dry.

Well, I don’t have a mid gauge machine so I bought some yarn and decided to try one. I used every needle on the Brother standard machine and it was too tight. Then I tried the Brother Bulky and it was too large. Then I tried every other needle and tension 8(her tension in video) on my standard machine and it would not go into a circle when I finished. I finally turned the tension up to the highest position and the mast tension to the loosest setting and it came out very close in size and weight.

Here is what I did .
Red Heart Scrubby made on the standard machine

Set tension dial at 10 and your mast tension the loosest setting (all the way to the negative sign)

Set up every other needle from 41 left to 40 right.

Push back to non working position every other needle. You will have 3 non working needles between each working needle. Put yarn in and knit one row to the left. Hang comb. Bring into work the middle needle from the NON WORKING needles. Your set up will now be every other needle. Knit across row. This is a weaving cast on so you can gather the stitches when finished.

Knit 30  rows . Carriage on the right. Cut yarn and take work off on a bodkin and gather stitches.
I was able to make six scrubbys from one ball of yarn. I paid $2.50 at Joannes for the yarn . It was $5.00 but I had a 50% coupon. So the cost was 42 cents a scrubby.
Suggestion: When you start and finish, do not leave a long tail of yarn because it gets longer when you gather stitches. Only leave about a six inch tail . It will then be long enough to sew up the side. I only had about 12 inches of yarn left after my last scrubby but I did some of them at 32 rows and some at 30 rows.

Watch Diane Sullivan’s video on how to make a scrubby on the mid gauge machine for more detail.

Oh, on a funny note, the power went off so I decided to knit since I could not run the sewing machine. I finished all six of the scrubbys and walked into the kitchen and the power came back on. Do you think it was an omen for me to get back to knitting? lol I am glad it brought me back since all I have been doing is sewing.

Here is my latest sewing/quilted Christmas wall hanging.

I will be knitting again since I saw a cute poncho I would wear in one of Charlene Schaeffer’s knitting books.

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Passap Afghan by Michael Becker


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Oh my gosh, can you stand it? Hearing from me twice in one week? Oh my gosh, thank you to everyone that emailed me and welcomed me back. Good to hear from all of you and that you are all still knitting. Unfortunately, I have turned to quilting and my second block of the month arrived yesterday so I will be going off the grid again. lol

Well, I had to hurry and knit another afghan so you could see my favorite clematis vine in bloom. Just kidding. This is another Michael Becker afghan called Onion. It is in dark brown and beige . It is another fantasy fairisle technique 186. Funny thing is that I don’t like this technique. The afghans come out large but are too prone to snagging. Not good with a cat or a dog in the house. I do like how they look on the back .

I have to tell you that I mostly learn from trial and error. If I would go read a lot on the yahoo groups I could probably save myself a lot of time. In Michael Becker’s instructions he tells you to break the Carmen router rule and put one back bed pusher up on the back bed so you don’t drop a stitch. On my afghan mist I had the right end stitch on the front bed and the edge came out nicely. So in making this one I put both end stitches on the back bed and did not like the edge on the right. So I changed it to the end needle on the right side on the front bed and the back bed needle on the end for the left side. I like how it came out. So, you might want to experiment ….or not. I am sure when giving these afghans away, most people would not notice.

I used two strands of 2/24 tension 5/5. When setting up the needles I programmed left 87 and right 88 and it came out centered. I always forget which side to put the extra needle on when there is an odd number of stitches. But then that is why I cast on and then do the set up with gx /gx to check. I should do it before I cast on but that would be too easy. 🙂

Passap Afghan by Michael Becker


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My, it’s been such a long time since I have knitted on any of my machines. Since it  has been so hot I am staying inside. I decided to see if I hooked everything up right after moving my machine to another room and if I  remembered how to knit on the passap . lol

I have moved all my machines out of my knitting room and it is now a sewing room. My 940 and bulky are in another bedroom but set up so that I can knit. My passap is set up in a room by itself but that is the smallest of all the rooms. It has a wood floor. My passap has cardboard under the wheels so the floor does not get scratched. There is one window up high 😦 and my machine faces a wall. 😦  For this reason it is not fun knitting in there. To top it off, the machine was moving and I was sliding off my knitting stool as it moved back away from me. Also, it is the only room in the house without an overhead fan but when the air is on it is VERY NICE. That is about the only good thing about where the machine is.

I have another afghan set up to start and I think I will only knit about 250 rows and take a break. I was so used to sitting and looking out two windows and watching the birds when I needed a break. I miss that.

I have gotten into quilting and had a break between a block of the month quilt so I gave this afghan a try. My friend Patty made this afghan and sent me a picture of it and I loved it. Now to make you laugh, I have the pattern and never saw it in the book , or if I did , it did not strike me as something I wanted to do. This is from Michael Becker’s Passap Instant Afghans Book 3.  It is called Mist. I made mine in  hunter green and cream. I used 2 strands of 2/24 at tension 5. I used the fantasy fair-isle technique .

I am going to make afghans to donate to the high school in Mentor where I live. Every year they have a craft bazaar and they sell raffle tickets to raise money.

Passap Double Jacquard Diagonal Hearts Baby Blanket


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Okay, after I finished the little stroller blanket I remembered another pattern I had that had hearts in it. It was a pattern that was on a reader sheet that was with my machine when  I bought it so I don’t  know who the author was. Anyway , I took the blocks and made them larger and then arranged in the same configuration as the stroller blanket. I love it even more….or maybe it’s the color. lol I think it would be pretty in aqua and also one in yellow. Don’t know if I would do in blue for a boy but maybe change the design in the blocks. Maybe a teddy bear or a train.

The blocks are larger and so is the blanket. The finished measurement of this one is 29 inches in width and 30 inches in length. Feel free to make this even larger  if you want. I put this pattern file in the same folder as the stroller blanket and a small written pdf file telling you to cast on 156 stitches and 142 rows(568 knitted rows). I also put in a bmp, png and tif file. Check the design on the tif file since my computer said something about the file being larger the way I converted it.

I was in a hurry to get a good picture in the daylight so you can see I have waste yarn at the top and there is a strand of yarn across the left front . lol

Here are the directions and files in my drop box. The files are called Double Jacquard diagonal hearts blanket

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4p18eqxjw9fl2ab/AACGHkqu50ClSlNr_uoIq1Yja?dl=0

Passap Double Jacquard Stroller Blanket


 

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I am thinning my files of knitted items and I came across this pattern that I made years ago on the brother machine.  It is in News & Views April 1988. The designer is Sandra Dominiak. I put the design into win/crea and then chose a size to make and added a border. I really like how it came out. I don’t know if it is the design or the soft color. The color is mauve and off white. I am getting into quilting and this reminds me of a quilt block. lol

I have the instructions and the file in bmp, tiff and png format if you would like to try this. The drop box link is below the sock picture . Feel free to open in win/crea or DAK and make it larger or smaller. This stroller blanket is 23 inches wide by 26 inches long.

A little while back I did knit two pairs of slipper socks in CanCun on the Brother 940 for a woman who was recovering from a hip transplant.It was at Easter time that I visited her so I thought I would do Easter colors.

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This is the link for the stroller blanket.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4p18eqxjw9fl2ab/AACGHkqu50ClSlNr_uoIq1Yja?dl=0

 

 

Passap E 6000 Baby Bear Blanket


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I am so proud of myself. I decided to knit the afghan that I first wanted to knit . I found some extra time last night. The pattern is from Knitten Buds. I can no longer find them on the internet.  I wonder if anyone has any information on them.

I did not want an afghan this large but I am happy with how it came out. I did not have all the information on the baby so I just put what I had in the heart. I am sure the woman will love it. The pattern was 179 stitches and 250 rows. I shortened the pattern to 216 rows . I used technique 187. I used two strands of 2/24 and tension 5 on both beds. The color is mauve and white. The finished size is 35 by 50 inches. I was glad I have DAK to add the name inside of the heart.

I really need to give my passap an affectionate name since she knitted so beautifully for me after ignoring her for so long. She holds no grudges.

Now I have to knit some slipper socks on my Brother  for a woman who was in the hospital. Then back to sewing. 🙂

Okay, a friend found this link but I am having trouble getting all the pattern pictures. Maybe it is my computer.

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20090515042505/http://knittenbuds.com:80/

Passap Baby Blankets


 

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Okay, I lied. My next post was not attaching the neckband without the sandwich. This is my excuse and I am sticking to it. 🙂

I have to thank Gillian for getting me back into my knitting room. I have been absorbed with quilting and having work done in my house and ignoring my beloved passap. Gillian sent me a picture of the baby blanket she made from my posting on February 5, 2014. It is a baby blanket by Jean Curry. I had to make a baby blanket for a gift and when I saw her pictures of her blankets I decided this would be the quickest to knit and I think it is very pretty. It is a tuck stitch and you don’t use the back bed pushers

So…….I learned one very important thing about the passap knitting machine . I learned that if I had stayed away longer, I would be following my own blog to learn all over again! hahahahahaha

I had to cast on 3 times.  I used the number 3 cast on and I don’t usually use that. I got out my book and casted on and I wanted a tighter tension. I removed the work and thought I remembered the racking sequence for the cast on and ended up doing it wrong. So then I finally cast on the third time. Now it is time to download. Went through the sequence and it beeped and I went through setting up and then it dawned on me that it did not say wait in the memo window of the console. I had disconnected my laptop awhile ago and thought maybe it was the wrong port . Nope. I repeated and nothing again. Then I started to laugh. My switch for going between download and knitting was not in the download position. LOL  But, the velcro piece that holds  it on top of the console had come loose and the box was hidden behind the console. Oh brother, now I have been in my knitting room for a half hour and I have not even knitted the 568 rows. I started it at 10 p.m. and walked out of my knitting room at 11 p.m with the cast off row on waste yarn. I was surprised since it felt like I was in there for hours.

I knitted the white one with Tamm star at tension 4 and I knitted the pink one at tension 5 and two strands of 2/24. You can tell that the white one came out smaller and shorter using a smaller tension.

By the way, for the new people following my blog, here is a link to my drop box to see what I have posted from the beginning of my blog up to  February of 2016 .

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fdj4frh7820yw6k/AAAlxycpQONOxFDcNpGii55qa?dl=0

Passap Cut and Sew Neckline


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Tina, this posting is for you. 🙂
Tina asked me if I all of my work was cut and sew(necklines)
I told her that I did knit one sweater and divided the work at the neck and finished each side. Would I do it again? Absolutely not. I am a definite believer in cut and sew for passap double bed work.
I used the side of a scarf that I started and did not like so you will see the stitches going sideways. lol Ladies, get your tension swatches out and lets try this technique.

Most of my sweaters I made were finished with the following technique that I will share with you. I just know it as the sandwich neckline. I believe it might also be called the commercial neckline. I have had this information for over 30 years so it has been around.
I read somewhere that a neckline will make or break a sweater and I believe that to be true. You can also add button and buttonhole bands and cuffs using this sandwich technique. I did this on a blue diamonte sweater that was posted on my blog.

The first step is to just knit the front of your sweater straight up from the armholes. Then take the shoulders off on separate pieces of waste yarn. Then take the middle neck stitches off on waste yarn. You will join one shoulder and then figure the number of stitches for your ribbing.

You can make neck templates from cardboard by using your favorite sweaters to see how much of a drop you like. I don’t like ribbing that chokes me so my templates are around 3 inches with a two inch tall ribbing. I also like the look of a 2 by 2 rib and you get more stretch so it is not too tight going over your head.
My sample is a 1 by 1. The ribbing is double so if you want a one inch ribbing and your gauge is 12 rows to one inch, you would knit 24 rows. My sample is 22 rows.

I always do tension swatches and launder the fabric and wait a day before knitting.
That way I know how many shoulder and neck stitches I will have to take off separately on waste yarn.
When I knit the back of my sweater I do a one inch drop. I do the same as for the front neckline but just make a straight line one inch from edge and angle the line up to the shoulders. When you see how the front is done this will make sense to you.

I have pictures showing you how I do this along with some more instructions in the drop box link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mm6dk3z2ac0yqtm/Finishing%20a%20neckline%20using%20the%20back%20stitch%20by%20hand.pdf?dl=0

 

 

My next posting will be the cut and sew without the sandwich. I have added a pdf file with both of these instructions if you want to try them . I also have a sheet that explains the procedure in detail. If you have any problems or questions, feel free to email me. Hope you try it!
Happy Knitting!

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