Archive for November, 2013

Baby’s First Ensemble with a Little Dress


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I have a friend that wanted a little baby sweater for a shower gift. I made up several swatches of different yarns and ended up using Selina by Tamm. It is so soft and feels like silk.  The little sweater and hat are from Machine Knit America Volume 4 No 6. The author is Sheryl Kessler.  I made this set on the standard gauge Brother. I made a size 9 month to a year. So when I finished, I found the little dress pattern in a magazine called Machine Knitting Chic Baby and thought it was cute. I was able to change my tension to get the gauge for a one year pattern. You can’t see it in the picture but the top bands are ribbing. The back band comes over the front band and there are two buttons on each shoulder. If I make it again, I would put the buttons on the back band.  It was simple to make except that it took me a whole day. I have a window that I look out while knitting and it is in direct line with my bird feeders. I kept seeing the nuthatches, chickadees,cardinals and the red headed and downy woodpeckers. I would stop what I was doing and look through my binoculars and then take pictures. lol

Incidentally, if you have a chance to buy the magazine called Machine Knitting Chic Baby, it is well worth it. It has over 60 ideas to knit for babies and they are CUTE! There are sweaters, pants, sets, dresses and more. All patterns have the schematics so you can change to your yarn and tension if you don’t have what they call for. This can be knitted on any machine. I would use the passap the next time.

The color is a light pink. It is hard to get a good picture at night and I have to give this to the lady tomorrow.

Diana Sullivan’s Entrelac Machine Knitted Hat


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In September I went to a knitting machine seminar with Diana Sullivan as the demonstrator. It was excellent for beginners and advanced. I have done entrelac before but never saw where I would use it. I loved her hat when I saw it. I stayed up late  the other night just so I could finish it and see how it came out. I did this on the Bulky Brother but it can be done on any machine. This took me well into the hours of the night because there was an error in typing and I couldn’t figure it out. So I guessed and I was right.  However, I did not take any of the scrap yarn off of the eight points in case it was wrong and I had to rip back to the previous rows. Well that left a lot of strings hanging. And, as the work was getting smaller near the top I thought I would end up with dropped stitches. I didn’t and I am happy with the hat. Now I did get the yarn on sale but I will still make another one to justify the cost. I used Red Heart Worsted Weight (4) Super Saver. The colors are Buff Chamois and Aspen print. There is buff color in the variegated yarn . In the picture it does not look like it matches. It took almost 3 ounces of yarn for this hat so I will be able to make quite a few. This is a great hat to make with left over yarns. I recommend that everyone try the entrelac at least once. I would strongly recommend different colors for the rows so you don’t get confused.

And now the funny part. This hat does not look good on me! lololol

This looks great on women with longer hair. Mine disappears under the hat and it does not look good.  Of course, it is warm and would be great walking the dog at night in the dark. It fits snuggly on my head and I would probably add another block when I make it again.

I showed it to my husband when I was done and he said “It looks like a basket weave” and I said, it is but it is called entrelac and he said ” I knew they couldn’t just call it basketweave! “