Archive for May, 2013

Rubber soles for slipper bottoms


DSCF2662 DSCF2663Here I go again. Do you remember how I am on a mission to find something to put on the bottom of my felted slippers so they don’t wear out? Well, the plasti dip spray just keeps you from slipping but it does wear off. The spray is not expensive to keep reapplying but I wanted something more permanent. I found a company in California that sells sheets of rubber . I told them what I wanted it for and they sent me two samples. The 1/4 inch thick rubber was too thick I thought and would feel like a shoe. So I tried the 1/16 inch and I am happy with it. It can be cut easily with scissors. I then glued the bottom on the slipper with Shoe Goo.(about 5 dollars) I used two small pieces of wood in the toe and the heel on the inside and I placed another small piece of wood on the outside above the inner ones  and clamped the four together to keep pressure on the bottom while it dried. I gave these to my sister and told her to wear them everywhere including outside to get the paper to see if the glue holds well and how they wear. I will keep you informed. The color is gray and that is okay with me.  I had to buy a sheet that was 1/16″ X 36 ” . The role was 3feet by 5 feet minimum and I believe it was 25 plus shipping. I had to pay around 31 or 32 dollars but I will get a lot out of it.

I may just do a large circle on the ball of the foot and one on the heel and see how that works. If you double click on the picture you can see  the address and phone number of the company if you want to buy some.

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Passap Buttonhole by Barbar Rein


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I was so excited when I saw how this third buttonhole was done and I thought I would have a new favorite. My excitement was short lived. Here is a beautiful bound buttonhole . The only problem is that I don’t like bands knitted in the same direction as the garment. So, I thought let’s try it horizontally. Because of the way that the edges of the buttonholes are bound off after taking off of the machine, it can’t be done. I would have to bind off one side of the buttonhole and you would get the effect of Thelm Viers  and hers is easier to do on machine. I also tried to bind the one edge of buttonhole off by pulling one stitch through the other and it works but the buttonhole pulls too tight and the hole would be smaller.

I followed the directions and I feel this band it too wide so I would make it less stitches. Also, it might have helped if I did a purl row on edge . I love the bound off buttonhole look though. It reminds me of the bound buttonholes I did on a lined suit in sewing class many, many years ago.

This band was 25 needles and started and ended on scrap yarn. There are two sets of four needles for buttonholes on the buttonhole row. You will pull out four needles starting with the 5th needle on the right. Then skip 9 needles and pull out four needles again. Take a piece of ravel cord and hand knit just the buttonhole needles and then knit to the next buttonhole.  When finished with knitting the length you want, take off on waste yarn. You will fold the band widthwise and then line up the two sets of buttonhole stitches on the waste yarn with the purl side facing you. You will hang the 4  top stitches above the ravel cord from one set and the top from the other set and bind these off. Then you take the stitches below the ravel cord and put on four needles (plus a loop to keep hole from forming) and hang the second set and bind off these four stitches. Then you pull the ravel cord out and you have a beautiful bound buttonhole. If you did it right, the hole will open with a gentle pull. I won’t go into detail but if you would like a full explanation, email me and I will send it.

In conclusion, I still like Thelma Viers buttonholes.

Passap Buttonhole by Thelma Viers


DSCF2656 thelmaviersbuttonholeHere is the Thelma Viers buttonhole done on the passap machine. STILL MY FAVORITE! It is done on the single bed. She wrote directions for the Brother but it was actually easy on the passap. When I got to the buttonholes I just hand knitted the two rows instead of trying to do it with the carriage.  These buttonholes can be done on any machine. I think they look neater even though you can see them more than KC Knits buttonholes in last posting and in the top picture of this posting.

I started with waste yarn. Knit 6 rows. The next two rows I did by hand. You hand knit the stitches to the first buttonhole. Pull the stitches out all the way and bind off for buttonhole. I used four stitches. Hand knit the stitches to the next buttonhole and bind off and continue to last buttonhole and hand knit the remaining stitches.  To do the next row to the right, you will  hand knit the stitches to the buttonhole. E wrap these four empty needles and hand knit to the next buttonhole and do the same and continue to the  end of the row. Knit 6 rows. I transferred the stitches to the front bed and did a loose row for turning row but I cut the yarn and moved carriage to the left side to knit the one row to the right . I transferred them back to the back bed and continued with the second half of the band. Knit 6 rows. Now you will do the two hand knit rows to complete the buttonhole. Hand knit the stitches to the first buttonhole.  Now pick up the wrapped edge of the buttonhole in the first half of the band and hang on the four buttonhole stitches.(there will be two stitches on each needle of buttonhole) Bind these stitches off and hand knit to the next buttonhole and do the same. For the return row to the right, do not hand knit to the first buttonhole . Instead pick up the bound off edge of the buttonhole from the first half of the band and place these stitches on the empty buttonhole needles. Do that for each buttonhole. Also, pick up the loop to the right of each of the buttonholes from the e-wrapped row and hang on needle on right of the buttonholes (prevents a hole). Take your carriage to the left side on a free pass and then knit the row to the right. This completes the buttonhole. Check it out now to see that  the buttonhole is open. Then knit the last six rows and take off on waste yarn. I hope I have not confused you. I knit these bands about one tension tighter than the garment tension.

Because I put an odd number of rows to do the turn row, I cut the yarn and take carriage to the left and knit one row to the right. You must be on the right side of the needle bed when you do the hand knit rows. The ends of the bands are open but then I just use the end yarn to sew them closed. Next, I will do two more different methods on the passap for buttonholes.

Passap Technique “No Neaten” Buttonholes by KC Knits


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My favorite buttonhole band is by Thelma Viers . However, I found this article in News & Views April of 1994, Volume 23 and just had to try it . It is for the passap machine. I can live with the look of this and it is so fast and finished when it comes off the machine. However, I don’t know if I did it right. lol

The instructions start with CX/CX cast on. You knit both beds CX circular until you start the buttonhole. This amount of rows would be the half of the width of your band. (This is done horizontally. You can also do this vertically) In this case it was 6 rows and then do buttonholes and finish with six rows. The handle is up by the way so stitches are opposite one another. You take four stitches for the buttonhole from the bottom bed and put on the opposite needles on the top bed. Two stitches on each needle. Now you take a piece of the same yarn and take off the four stitches on top bed with two stitches on each. That leaves 8 empty stitches on the bed-4 on top and 4 on bottom. Then it says to fill up the empty needles. You take the purl stitches from the end needles next to the empty ones and place them onto the empty needles. That fills in 4 stitches but there are 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom that are not filled. So here is the part I don’t get.

It says “Stay with me now. You know that piece of yarn that you took the eight stitches off with, get an end of it, the longer end. Make a stitch, not just a loop, on all eight stitches (the ones with the purl stitches, too). Zigzag across the bed, make a stitch on one bed then cross over to the other and back again. I like to twist the stitches after I’m done. You don’t have to do this but I think it makes a neater buttonhole.”

Okay, how do you make a stitch on an empty needle with one strand of yarn if it says not to just loop it?  When you get done with the zig zag row, both ends of the yarn are on the right side of the machine. You tie and cut the ends(not real close)

I took the band off with waste yarn , each bed separately so I could attach to a side of a sweater like I did in the picture.

I will next show the Thelma Viers buttonholes doing it on the passap. I know how to do it on the Brother but this will be a challenge for me.  After that I will do a Betty Fergusson buttonhole for a neater finish if I can do it on the passap also.