Archive for April, 2013

Embossed Diamonds on a Scarf


I made this scarf on the Brother Bulky because the sequins get caught in the needles on the passap . The yarn is Paton’s Lace.  I used the embossed diamonds design from a baby jacket I made awhile back that was in the Machine Knitting News magazine dated September of 1998. If you click on the picture you will see that the left side of the scarf is the back side of the design.  The right side is the front side of the scarf. It would not look bad with either side showing.

I thought, gee, I bet the edges won’t curl if I do the scarf in full needle rib. And they don’t. I used TD 5 on both beds. After I knit 7 rows of full needle rib, I transferred 3 stitches each side of the middle ribber stitch to the top bed. That is for the diamond. Then I transferred two more stitches on each side of those to the top bed to give room next to the ribbing. All the ribber needles that stitches  were transferred are left in non working position. When you do this there is an odd amount of needles for the diamond(on the ribber) so you have to be sure your borders are the same amount of needles. You knit 2 rows, and bring one needle on each side of middle ribber needle into work(now 3 stitches) Knit 2 rows and bring up the second stitch from the middle ribber needle into work.(now 5 stitches) Knit 2 rows and then bring the third needle from the middle ribber stitch into work (now 7 stitches) . Knit two rows and start decreasing 2 stitches on the ends until one stitch left(6 rows) Repeat that for the total design. This scarf is 24 stitches wide and the width comes to not quite 5 and 1/2 half inches.  The length is 60 inches. I knitted 24 diamonds. Each diamond pattern is 12 rows. I added 7 rows at the beginning and ends for the enclosed border.

Paton’s lace yarn is so soft and nice around the neck. You don’t feel the sequins either. It is hard to see the sequins in the picture but they sparkle nicely. I also used less than one skein of the yarn. There was more left if you wanted it even longer.

Here is the needle set up when you do the diamonds.

NEEDLE SET UPOn my scarf I have 24 main bed stitches and 23 ribber stitches.  On the ribber on each end there would be six in working position and eight more needles in work on the top bed.

Felted Ornament with Folk Art Santa


I won’t bore you with a lot of information. I had the ornament already felted. I didn’t use it because you can still see the stitches. Decided to try the needle felted Santa and it was HARD to do!! I reduced the picture to half  the size of pattern. This took more time than the larger one on the felted mitten!  😦

Oh, I did use a darker red on this one than I did on the mitten. It is not the camera

Felted Door Mitten


I purchased this knitted hand pattern at the seminar for hand knitters that I attended last Saturday. The pattern is called Felted Door Mittens by Two Old Bags, formerly Wool YouOrder.  The felted Santa is a design from another hand knitting pattern for felting a Christmas ornament that I also purchased there. The name of that pattern is Needle Felted Folk Santa Ornament Pattern #W325P by Mary Dolan/Wistyria Editions.

I figured out how to knit this on the machine and it was quite easy but time consuming when it came to the decreases. This mitten is huge but I failed to put a measuring tape next to it. It was at least 30 inches long. Felted it is almost 16 inches.

It took almost 7 ounces of wool to make. This also can be used for a stocking on the fireplace as it is large enough to fill with gifts, candy and other items. It looks a little plain for the fireplace so I would add maybe snow or I don’t know what. lol

For the door hanging, the greenery should be holly or pine needles. Of course, these greens are arborvitae but you get the idea.



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Floating Buttonhole Toggle

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I finished my hand knitted scarf but I needed a closure for it. I was at a hand knitting seminar with my friend Shelia last Saturday. It was put on by the Northcoast Hand Knitting Group. All I can say is WOW. The fibers and yarns available were gorgeous. I was looking for large buttons and I came across a booth with these Floating Buttonhole Toggles. This is the Large Black number CL61-1. I bought two of them and I can change to several different looks because of that. Here are just a couple. The toggle on the left is the complete set. The one on the right is how it looks unassembled. I can use just the oval and two silver middles. I can use the oval with two large buttons on each end or two small buttons on each end. I can use four small buttons alone or two large buttons alone. They are made of leather. There is a slot near the hole on one end so that you can button them and the button slides into the hole. The screws are long enough so that they will not come undone and fall out. I think this is a very unique idea. They are not permanent on the scarf and you can put them on other scarves that you own. There are also different styles and colors of leather.  She also has them in different colors of just the large one by itself. Check out her site. It is  Click on products catalog.

I paid 17.99 for one of these. The single buttons she has are 7.99 a piece.

Intarsia Squares Felted Purse




I found this intarsia design in a magazine for hand knitters called Creative Knitting March 2005 issue. I just started the design with out planning what the purse would be like. Big mistake. I think it was more work for me that way. I started with the smaller block without black around it . I started on waste yarn and used 45 stitches. There are ten stitches for each color and one stitch of black between them.  I did four rows of blocks and each color block was 12 rows with two rows of black between them. I knitted ten rows of black at the top to fold over for a magnetic closure. I wanted a bottom on it so I rehung the stitches I started with on waste yarn . I knitted 18 rows for the bottom but I also cast on 12 stitches on each side for the sides. Mistake! Should have added those stitches when I started the back and not on the bottom. I have a triangular fold on the inside to make the bottom square. No big deal though since it came out okay. I did not want to do the back in intarsia but the stitch gauge would have been way off. I was up to the third row of blocks and I forgot to knit the two rows of black between the rows of blocks!!!!    Rip out time ! It was good that I ripped out because that is when I was thinking of what to do for a handle. I knitted using fairisle technique and changed colors every twelve rows. I decreased from the sides up so that the handle would not be wide. Total number of stitches for the band at the thinnest part of it was 6 for the  top colors and  8 on the bottom ( two stitches for seaming) in the black.  I felted a cord and put it under the flap and through the purse to gather a little to pull the opening in. I then tied the two pieces into a bow that I will sew so it stays straight. I also am putting a magnetic closure in. On the bottom I have four little silver ball “feet”. Since I am using  plastic canvas on the bottom to keep it square, I may line it also. It will be for sale in my Etsy store soon.

The colors in the Intarsia are light gray, dark gray, cream and natural.

Hand Knit and Machine Knit Helpful Tip


I am in the process of hand knitting a scarf. I will tell you that I am not an experienced hand knitter. I got stuck in the pattern and I emailed a wonderful lady I met who is very intelligent and she tried to explain it to me. I still wasn’t getting it so she made a video of her knitting it and sent it to me! WOW, my very own private knitting lesson!

So I was able to get the pattern down pat but row five of the pattern is where I would have trouble. She emailed me a link showing the technique of a “life line” so if you make a mistake, when you rip back you won’t lose all of your work. Especially while knitting lace. This would definitely work on the knitting machine also. Just apply the same principle. Just take a piece of yarn, cord or whatever and use your double eye needle to thread through the stitches in the row that you want to put it in. I have done fine lace on my knitting machine and if there is a dropped stitch I always start again but this is a perfect solution. I wish I could take credit for it.

Double Click on the picture and you can see it close up.

In the picture I have two lines. The lower one is brown so I changed to red to show up better. When you are finished, you just pull them out.

My knitting life just gets easier and easier. 🙂

Intarsia Woven Cable


OMG what fun this was to try. I can’t believe how much I still have not done on my machines. This is from the book by Susan Guagliumi called Hand Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters. It is an excellent book. If you get your hands on one it will be well worth the money. I feel her book is like Voque sewing patterns versus McCalls sewing patterns. You are expected to know a lot without a detailed explanation in Voque patterns. Below is the graph she gives you to follow. Now when you get to the top the numbers are 1324. But if you start over from the bottom the numbers don’t match. I finally figured out that you will work back down the graph instead of starting at the bottom again. You are not told this in the book. Maybe there is still some hope for my brain. 🙂

The design is just four stripes 3 stitches wide and it is knitted with the Intarsia carriage. I did this on the Bulky machine but I was not worried about the quality of the knitting on either side. This took me about a half hour.