Archive for March, 2012

Passap E-Wrap Cast On in Two Colors


I found this ewrap by Kamalini Trentham for machines like the Brother that you can pull the needles all the way out to hold position and then knit one row. I decided to do it on the passap machine. I first cast on with waste yarn. Then I knitted one row of ravel cord at loose tension. I pulled all of the needles all the way out as far as they come. You take two different colors of  yarn and tie ends together and start at the left to ewrap first with one color and then the next color all the way to the right. The important thing here is to make sure the yarns are crossed and the wrapping colour lays over the top of the wrapped color. When you are finished, you can’t knit these back with the machine so you hand knit the first row to the left. Bring the carriage across on G/X setting and start knitting your garment. This is a nice flat edge and there is no bulk or pulling. I think you can go any thickness of yarn for this since you will be hand knitting the trim back. On my sample, if I was to make a simple sweater I think I would double the strands of each color for a little more thickness. The black you see in the picture is just the background color to make the trim stand out.

 

Crochet Edgings on Passap-Last 2 samples


I think you will get a good laugh at this one. I was trying the 256 Edging. If you look at the needle set up in the diagram it can only be done if the racking handle is up. I should have known when I knitted the first row and the stitches were just laying in the needle heads. But no….I kept going. The exciting thing about passap machines is that you can’t see the work until about 6 inches of knitting so I had no idea what was going to come out. Well, sample one is it! It is actually pretty and soft edging but if you look close you can see the first row of knitting just being carried across the row. And it looks nothing like the one in the picture. Now the reason why is when you change the lock settings you only change the back lock!!! Well I didn’t know that. So my first sample was knit with K/x and A/X and then my lock changes went to N/N. Now I try again and what do I do? I set up exactly the same way withe the needles(WRONG!) but I change the back lock correctly. That is sample number two. Should I get the book out for needle set up for the technique? Why not. Should have done that to begin with! It ended up knitted correctly but came out the lacy trim because my tension was on the loose side. This edging also flares and is too heavy for a single knit fabric. I started to wonder if I had the technique wrong because it says 256 edging and the technique is 265 that you use on the console. This may have taken me awile to figure out but it was the easiest one to do with the racking and all. Go figure. That is it for the crochet edgings on the passap. Hope you try some of them. 🙂

Left click mouse on picture to left and put zoom level to 200% and you will  see this full page.

Another coat on the Passap for Petey


Okay, now don’t laugh. I am going to get one right -soon! I copied the measurements from a coat in the pet store. Of course, I did not try it on him. I took the measurements and it would have gone well except after taking my stitch and row guage I did not include the rib in the total measurement thus the coat came out longer! I think if I unravel half of the rib at the tail it will be okay. But…I am going to make again and make the collar much longer and the top about an inch narrower and it should be perfect. He was not happy about modeling it today since it is 73 degrees so I had to promise him a cookie or he said he would not pose! This pattern is just two squares . One on top and a narrower one on the bottom. Both pieces start with rib and end with rib. I like the rib on the tail since it pulls the knit in. The only problem I ran into is binding off. I tried a nice bind off in a passap book that was really easy but it did not pull the rib tight and it does not look nice. So, that will be a change too. Hope to have a perfect one with the pattern for you . 🙂

Passap Sharp Point Edging


This edging is called Sharp Point. The top sample is the edging and then double bed knitting. The bottom one is the edging and single bed knitting. My tension could have been a little bit tighter. I did not take the time to pin each point before steaming but I think you can see the idea of it. The article mentioned that this is good for a tuck stitch sweater because you are doing the edging on double bed to begin with. Double click on the directions and you should be able to see how this is done.

Knitted Crochet Edging #2 on the Passap Machine


Okay everyone, I reknitted  the first crochet edge in this first picture  and it looks like the picture in the book. I first tried an 8/2 cotton and the yarn broke either because the yarn is weak and old or the tension was too tight. Did not care to figure which  one so I decided to try Perla by Tamm that looks like a cotton. It came out better and more detail. You can see the row of eyelets in this picture just below the main body of the piece.

The next picture of the second edging is the same pattern but on the last four rows before starting the garment the tension is left at the same as the edging tension. In the first one the last four rows before the garment are knitted at the tension of the garment which is about 2 and 2dots more on the dial. This hem has more body to it  . I will tell you that I hang a comb after the first row and it is easier and the points of the picot are more defined.

 

The picture on the left shows the edge number one on the bottom and the second edge just above it so you can see the two side by side. The picture on the right shows how it was done. If you double click with left mouse button on either picture you can see more detail. On the directions on the right I don’t think you will have to go to a higher zoom level to see it.

Knitted Crochet Look Edgings done on the Passap


This is the first of several Knitted Crochet Look Edgings I will be doing on the Passap. I found them in a Machine Knitters Source Sept/Oct of 2000 Volume 16 No 98. They were created by Penny Ragland and are from her book Creative Edgings. I did not do this in cotton and wonder if that is why it does not look as good as the book. I used Diamonte.  I will try again with a cotton and see if there is a difference in the look. I also am not sure I racked the right way since this was the second try at this hem.

I was hoping if you left clicked on the directions you could see them but it is too small. If you left click on the directions and put your zoom level to 150% you will be able to read it.

 

 

 

Felted Black Purse with Chickadee


I knitted this purse the same way as the brown one but I used Paton’s wool yarn. I made the body of the bag longer but the straps shorter . I knitted the pocket piece first and hung on the bottom stitches when doing the back.  I inserted a zipper in the pocket for safety. I used black and grey fabric to cover the plastic canvas in the bottom and up the sides of the bag. I used a magnetic snap and I felted a button. I had a beautiful black and grey button but the snap would not allow attachment without the button wobbling around. I made the circle in DAK and started design of isolated motif on row 10. The circle was 42 rows so I did ten rows after the circle and 22 rows which is the length of tab.

I found a picture of a chickadee and I resized it to one quarter of its size so that it would fit into picture. The left picture shows the zipper in the pocket opening and the right picture shows the inside of the purse. The material is dark black with grey and is very subtle. The flash makes it appear light grey.It took me three hours to needlefelt the design onto the front. I hand sewed the sides of the pocket and the insides of the material covered plastic canvas. The purse took three skeins of yarn. It is 10 inches wide by 9 inches tall and 2 inches deep. It is for sale in my Etsy shop .