I was contacted by a woman who asked if I would donate an afghan for a fund raiser for the wife and child of the gentleman that died at the age of 25 of melanoma.I decided to make an afghan of the gentleman whose name was Erik and give it to the parents .
Archive for June, 2011
I am sure a lot of you have seen this afghan before but I made another one today to donate to a show in the fall. I know it’s early but I don’t like being pressured! lol I bought the border design from The Knitten Buds http://www.knittenbuds.com/ and then I took some graphics of the logos and put into stitch pattern. This is technique 199, three color afghan with tuck stitch on every row. It is 179 stitches wide and 204 rows(1,224 knitted rows)The colors are red, white and dark navy(I know it looks black). Now if the Indians do well this blanket will be in demand. 🙂 For the auction that is! These can’t be sold.
My wonderful friend Sheila bought me the notes from the Pacifically Passap Seminar. There was a pattern for the carpet stitch hat and I tried it today. It is sort of cute but I would not wear it. This is 224 yarn. You can probably make this hat in less than an hour once you see how it is constructed. My loops are not large and that is because I decreased the tension more than the pattern stated. I would also make the rib a little tighter than the pattern called for .
My husband took me and our car to a classic car show today and I had to have something to work on. I saw this pattern last night and I thought it was so cute. I know how to knit by hand but prefer the machine. However, I like something to work on when we go somewhere. The directions are only two rows. Basically you increase on one end and decrease on the other end on one row and then knit a plain row. The picture to the right is what it looks like before putting together. If you want the instructions go to http://wishingiwasknitting.blogspot.com/2008/02/tribble-tutorial.html Have fun if you try it!
This is another dickie that I made on the passap and I put a turtleneck on it. It looks purple but it is plum and matches the sweater pretty good. I increased my tension from four to 5.5 and it came out the dimensions that the pattern called for. It is two strands of 224.The sweater I made on my Brother years ago and it is my favorite wool Jaggerspun Maine Line 2/8
This is a scarf that uses design 1130 and technique 280 and the U100. Stitches are transferred from the front bed to the back bed every two rows. The width is 44 needles and the length is 520 rows (64 inches long) I bought the yarn at Joann Fabric and it is the first time I have seen it. It is Patons Lace. It is a nice yarn to use on the Passap Machines. It comes in 3 oz skeins. It is 80% acrylic, 10% mohair and 10% wool. It can be machine washed on cool and lay flat to dry. I am not crazy about the variegated color. The only solid color was cream. I think it would look better and the design will show better. I checked Patons web site and there is only one solid color called vintage . I am going to try that color next. Left click on picture with mouse to see detail.
This is a dickie pattern used to learn neck lines. The bottom right picture shows the front neckline and how I shortrowed and it came out perfect. The bottom left picture shows the Double E Wrap Cast on for single bed. This was new for me. The top left is the finished dickie. The top right is “I don’t know what!!” I could not follow the pattern. It made no sense to me. So I did what I thought would be done and what I learned on my Brother machine about scallops. This neckline does not look like the picture at all. However, I do think that this machine is a challenge and if a pattern is wrong, it sure can be frustrating. Let me tell you what the pattern says. The pattern has 25 steps. On step 13 in capital letters is says “NO PUSHERS in work on the front bed.” Step 14 says to set back lock at AX-front lock at N. Step 15 says Change to contrast color yarn. Step 16 says Knit 8 rows and remove pushers on front bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where does it say between those steps to put up pushers ? UGHHHHHHHHHHHH! WEll, it is kind of pretty though.lol
I have a notebook that came with my machine and it has all kinds of projects to try on the passap machine. I don’t know the author. One of the lessons is to knit the front of a sweater both sides at the same time. The same colors are put in feeders one and two. Knitting is done on the back bed with pushers working on one side of the sweater only and the lock setting is BX and the left arrow. I thought this was so unique until my pushers starting doing their own thing! I will have to investigate but wanted to share this with you. It was fun to try and I will certainly try a v neck sweater using this technique.
This ribbed sweater pattern is in Duet International Magazine, Number 9, Winter of 1991. I thought it would be real easy . The pattern says that the collar is knitted with the back and front and not attached later. Okay, the back went well. Could not figure out the front so I shaped like I did on Brother machine and attached collar afterwards and it looks like it came out the same. It sure was a lesson in 2×1 rib. The pattern called for 2 strands of 224. Color is dusty rose. The pattern is one size fits all and is meant to fit snugly. It states that if you want it larger to use 3 strands of 224. I would not suggest it. It would be too bulky and warm. The second picture to the right is the front and how I short row decreased and took off on waste yarn. I then rehung front and finished collar the same as the back. The shoulders are short rowed casting off stitches three times. They look very irregular in the picture and they were on sweater. The next picture on the left shows how I joined the shoulders on the machine and the seams come out straight and look nice on the finished side. This is the front side of the sweater shoulder seam that is hung before hanging the back shoulder seam to bind off stitches.
The next picture is the joining of the sleeve. When shaping the sleeve doing decreases, the outside edges also look very irregular. You can see where I hung the sleeve stitches over the sweater stitches and how I bound them off. The shape came out nice after turning to the right side. The next pictureto the left shows the look of the seam on the right side of fabric.
The picture to the right is a comparison of sizes. This pattern said one size fits all. I used a tension one whole number higher and I used weights on the one on the left. On the right, I followed pattern tensions.This is what I would do if you make it and want a larger size.
On the very first picture of this post, you can see that the first 30 rows of the pattern use TD 3.5/3.5 and then the rest of the sweater is 4/4. If you look closely you can see it slightly. Left click mouse for a close up view.
This is a pocket by Doris Paice that I found in a Duet International Magazine Number 9, Winter 1991. The ribbed hem at the top of the pocket does not have to be sewn down after the knitting is completed. Left click mouse on picture to make larger to see detail.The pocket on the left is the correct way. The pocket on the right is the wrong way-the first one I tried. The pattern said to put up the pushers but did not specify which bed. So, naturally, I picked the wrong bed! Once I saw how it was made, I was able to figure out what went wrong-of course, this was while I was in bed at 3 am!
It is a uniqe idea and she is right, you don’t have to sew down the ribbing. If you would like to try this pocket , email me for directions.