Archive for February, 2013

Passap Stained Glass Window Afghan


staingl4I saw the picture of this stained glass window design and thought it would make a pretty afghan. I used a photo program and then resized it. I worked a little bit every day on it . It came out okay but I have a lot more “tweaking” to do.  I don’t think I know enough about doing my  own patterns. The picture was huge so I shortened it to 190 rows. I worked and worked on it. Then I looked up four color afghans and they are usually 160 rows. So while it was in win/crea, I resized it and it squashed it down and I think that helped with eliminating elongation.  I also wanted to use fuscia for the flower but the 2/24 fuscia I have seems a lot thinner and I was afraid the other colors would bleed through. I used  off white, black, hunter green and plum. It did not come out that large since my mast tensions were on the tighter side. It is a great size for a lap blanket or a wrap. It is 32 inches wide by 50 inches long. I think if I clean this pattern up more, it would like nice at Christmas with a poinsettia and colors red, green ,black and off white. On second thought, I think I should leave pattern designing to other people.

Knitted Leaf Trim


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For years I have looked at this trim for a collar and always wanted to try it. The design first appeared in the Nihon Vogue Spring/Summer 1990 hand knitting issue. Lynn Wohlsen converted to row by row directions to knit this on the machine. The directions are in a magazine called Design Studio by White Spring and Summer 1993. In the magazine the trim is done in cotton and you can see great detail. I knitted this in wool and the first try of the three leaves is incorrect. The single leaf  is the pattern I did correctly. You start on waste yarn and ravel on 6 stitches which is the base of the leaf on the right in the top picture. Then it is a series of increases and reformed stitches.. One leaf is 18 rows. On the last row there is a decrease on the edge of the leaf and then you bind off 5 stitches and end up with the original six you started with.  I am going to try felting the 3 leaf sample but I think the detail will be lost. The mistake I made in the group of three is because I did not follow the directions! It says to transfer a stitch to the next one and there is an empty needle. Then you reform the stitches to the left which means they are now knitted stitches. It says to do full fashion increase from the reformed knitted stitch and put on empty needle. Well, since it is a knit stitch there is no loop to pick up so I used the purl stitch to the right to fill in the empty needle. Duh! I knitted it over and found the bar on the knit stitch and that is how you do it. You actually want it to pull in tight so that you see the detail on the edge of the leaf that is not bound off. Look closely and you can see the difference.

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Hiding a zipper in a jacket.


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I saw an article about hiding a zipper in a jacket. I knitted double bed on the passap (pattern 1302 and technique 180)so I could count the rows and stitches if this worked out for a makeup bag. Well, the size is right but the design is not good. I wanted to be able to tell how many stitches I would need. This is a 20 stitch by 20 row design repeated once. I added 8 stitches on each side of design to knit plain. (total of 56 stitches. I knit three repeats of the pattern for 60 rows(240 using 2 colors)I first knitted the piece of fabric. then you do a hem starting on waste yarn  and ending on waste yarn. then you hang the fabric and then the hem and bind off.  The zipper is then sewn “in the ditch” of the cording. Yeah, right, easier said than done. Very hard to get the cord even in width while sewing it in. Because this fabric was not long enough I took the zipper apart and sewed the other side and then reassembled the zipper. It looked long enough for a makeup bag so I  turned it inside out and crocheted through the fabric on the sides. I think this would be easier to do up the front of a sweater instead of this small swatch. I also think you would get a nice look by just doing a roll edge. lol

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Felted Purse with Heart Braid


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The first thing I thought of when I made the sample of the heart braid by Pat Wetzel was that it would make a strong strap on a purse. Here is what I came up with. Let me tell you that I should sell this as a bowling bag because this strap will never break! My husband said that the bag looked like a duffel bag from WWII before it was felted. 😦

I made the braid handle on 11 stitches and the braid around the flap on 5 stitches. I attached the handles to the bag before felting and I sewed the bottoms(where they attach to the purse) together so the strap would stay in the right direction. I attached the braid around the flap before felting also.  The colors are heather brown and oatmeal. I don’t know that I will add any needle felting since it may be too much design. And….now the trim does not look like a heart! The bottom picture is before the felting.

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Heart Braid Trim done on the Passap Machine


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I am organizing my knitting patterns and I came across this heart braided trim in a book called Fabulous Finishes & Trims by Patricia Wetzel. I think it is really unique. I darkened the first picture so you can see the knit side of the trim. In the picture on the right it is the reverse purl side and it is pretty also.  To make the braid you take an uneven number of stitches(she uses seven and so did I for this sample) so that you have a center stitch with equal stitches on both sides. Using a color of your choice, knit ten rows, transfer the middle stitch left or right onto the next needle and leave needle in working position. Knit ten rows and repeat to length you want. Then do a second strip in another color the same way and the same number of rows.  When finished, lay one strip on top of the other, knit sides up. Hold both bottom ends together and take the top strip and weave it through the first hole in the bottom strip. Then take the top color and weave it through the hole in the bottom strip. Keep repeating this without twisting the fabric or missing any holes. Suggested ideas are for a belt or a bottom of a jacket. I have an idea I am going to work with and I hope it does not come out as bad as my Puckered Lips posting! lol

I used the back bed of the passap but you can do this on any knitting machine.