Archive for January, 2014

Passap Shawl That Was On My Bucket List!


Panna Frost Flower Lace Shawl pattern by Foldi that  I knitted .

Panna Frost Flower Lace Shawl pattern by Foldi that I knitted .

Pana Frost Flower Shawl

Yep, I had this on my bucket list for over 2 years when I bought my passap machine. It is a fee pattern by FoldiKnits. Here is the link.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/panna-frost-flower-lace-shawl
I started this shawl and when I got to row 13 you reset your row counter to 0. Okay, so now I look at section 2 and I realize you have to knit that section 3 times! I did not realize that but I continued on thinking this is going to take forever. And yep, it did! When I did the second half of the scarf I got it down to a day and a half!. I know I have at least 25 to 40 hours in this project and I am quite proud that I stayed with it and finished. I like the idea of making each half and grafting the two together. The funny thing is what kept me going is that I wanted to see it. Of course, on the passap the work has to be down quite a bit to see it underneath. So I was really motivated. When it got longer I was in awe of the design. When I finished the first half I did not feel like ” Oh no, now I have to do it again.’ I knew what I was doing the second time and it was much faster. I typed up the helpful tips for you if you want to make this.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o9xhyj72tisc2h6/M5Mh5ZReVX

Go to her sight and download the pattern. Make several copies of the graph on page six and you will see what to do with them in my directions.
If you don’t want to spend that much of your life on one of these, I think just doing each of the sections 2 times would look nice also. What I like about this is the directions she has are clear. There is a mistake on page 3. The second transfer down should say transfer stitch to the right.

I do have another passap project on my bucket list but this is enough for me now. I need something easy. lol Actually this was easy but very time consuming.  My hubby and friends wondered what happened to me since no one has heard from me. lol  I call my knitting room my woman cave and after being in there day and night, my husband is calling me a cave dweller. 🙂

I enjoyed doing this and watching the snow coming down by the inch while I was at it.

Felted Christmas Tree


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This was the last thing I made yesterday from my Things To Try Notebook. I thought this was a little pattern that I could use to make a felted tree ornament. Wrong! I knew it was going to be big when it said to cast on 60 stitches. This pattern is from a book from a knit shop that used to be here in Ohio about an hour away from me. The woman was a passap dealer and the shop was called Eileens. This pattern is called Applique Knit Tree by Terri L. Burns of Beaverton, Oregon. Well, she was there in 1993 but don’t know about that now. lol

I used some left over red yarn in case this did not turn out. Well, it did so I am sorry I did not have green. I love the way it was knitted. Very easy to follow instructions. She even had the rows and needles marked in case you wanted to put buttons on for decoration. I chose beads because I had them. I even had the beading tool that I used once in over 20 years of owning it.

I thought the edges might curl up or in while felting  so I took ravel cord and hung all of the edges and added waste yarn before felting. I checked early in felting to see if I needed to pull the edges to keep in shape. All was well. It took about five minutes to felt. I pulled on the bottom edge to get it to curve instead of being straight across. I left a piece at the top for a hanger. I crocheted the last strand for about two inches for hanging. The finished tree is about 12 inches tall and about 12 inches at the widest part. I want to knit a brown trunk to add to it. I was going to needle felt some ball ornaments on it. Anyone have any more ideas as to how to decorate?  What can I use it for besides a wall or door hanging? I suppose I could use it for placing trays of cookies or refreshments on at Christmas time. I can’t use as a hot pad because of the beads.

I would like to scale this down to make a tree ornament since I like its shape.

Hemmed Tuck Stitch Scarf on the Passap


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Yesterday was a play day on my machines. This is another project in my Things to Try Notebook. This is a pattern by Maggie Bordner of Toledo, Ohio. Well , she might not be there now since this pattern is so old.

The scarf is started with 60 stitches. It is a 28 row hem. Once you hang the hem, you take the 7th stitch on each side and move it to the 6th stitch and move #7 needle out of work. On the next row you will ewrap 7 stitches on carriage side and knit one row and ewrap 7 stitches on the carriage side and knit one row. Then you isolate your pattern on the middle stitches in between the needles that are out of work. A lace pattern was suggested but since I was doing this on the passap I did not want to try to learn that quickly. I was mainly interested in seeing how this technique looked.  I set up for a tuck stitch but should have set the pattern in by 2 needles more. The needle left out of work had twisted strands of yarn from a tuck stitch next to it. I also had to pushe the needles that were added on for the border into work every row because they would not knit without the pushers and I did not want the pattern on them either. Will have to study that more. I know I could have used the console and added three patterns but again, I wanted to see how this came out. You knit all the way to the end. Then you take the end stitch on each side off on a safety pin and  bind off six stitches on the next two rows. Those are the bands that fold over and get latched up for closure. You put all of the needles in work and knit one marking row for hanging a hem. You knit 14 rows, one turning row at looser tension and then 14 more rows. Hang a hem and bind off.  Then I steamed the sides so when unraveling the end stitch, the others don’t come with it! You undo all the stitches to the beginning and latch tool each stitch between the ladders all the way to the top. You will have to go through every two ladders to make it come out right. Once I got the hang of it, it wouldn’t take that long to do the sides.

The fabric that came out does drape nicely but it looks to me like it is unbalanced. Does that make sense. It seems the borders are heavier than the actual scarf. Even a lace would feel the same way. If I were to use this on a scarf, I would only do a 6 row hem on each end and do fringe. And then on the sides I would narrow it down also. It might be harder to latch up in between the ladders but I think it would make the scarf look better. In the picture, the one side is perfect. Of course, I don’t like the right side of the fabric. The tuck side looks nice. Also, when you are at the beginning and knitting two rows to add the side stitches, I would start the design. You can see the two rows of stockinette before the pattern begins. But, since the scarf would be long and moving while wearing, I don’t think anyone would notice.

This would be easier on the Brother machines. I had to use the front bed for the design on the passap and it made hanging a hem a little harder.

Now, where I see this being used is on an afghan for a border! It would look great on a baby afghan. You need to have room on each end to add the extra stitches. If you want to try this and need more details,  email me. 🙂

Fern Leaf Border for Afghan or Jacket


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I have a notebook with many patterns that I want to try. I came across this one and decided to try it since I love leaf patterns. There was no picture with this pattern. I started to do the pattern and was going to change each leaf color but I did not see a leaf appearing as I knitted. So I stayed with the solid color. I don’t see it myself but it is a FERN leaf. I have ferns in my yard and they don’t look like this. lol

Maybe it looks different because I used the Bulky machine. This can be done on any machine.

If I thought it looked great it would be nice to finish an afghan off if the edges rolled. I see this kind of border for someone with a bond or very basic machine where you can only hand manipulate stitches. Or if you were knitting a scarf in stockinette stitch and wanted this on the edges to prevent rolling. It might look nice done on the standard gauge mahcines

If you want to try it and want the pattern go to this link. The leaf edge is knitted as you go attaching it to the afghan every other row.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bzhxrbu2ak94txq/UTJeMIPeJ_

I do not see an authors name or copyright on this pattern. It might have been in one of the seminar books I have.

Passap E6000 Scarf using Technique 155


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I said I would like a scarf using technique 155 and decided to try it. I liked the yarn I was using for scrap on my samples and looked to see what it was. It was Tamm’s Perla. I have several cones of it and decided to do black . The design does not show up well but I knew it wouldn’t. this is just like the white sample in the previous post on my blog.  I wrote out the instructions if you would like to try it. Go to this link. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/shjonfybhezqz45/Passap%20E6000%20Scarf%20using%20Technique%20155.docx

I found with this technique that tension is a big issue . You are only using black strippers so that only works on one bed as far as I know. I knitted at a tension of 6.. on both beds and ended up having a lot of stitches drop. I noticed they were all on the front bed needles where they dropped. At first I thought it was the needles. So I started again and watched the stitches. Where the stitches were tucking, the tension was too loose on the front bed. I ended up using tension 6.. on the back bed and tension 5.. on the front bed. I knitted 760 rows without any stitches dropping. I also would suggest that you don’t use really heavy weights. I used the two small weights that come with the Brother machine. I love the design on both sides and you can see in the picture that the sides have little points that look like picots. When you finish knitting it is all done. No steaming or blocking.

Hope you try it 🙂

Carol-1, Passap-1


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Ah hah, I figured it out but don’t know if I can explain it. lol
I really had problems with technique 153 and I decided to try a scarf. Back to the same problem of incorrect pushers. I decided to sit and study the situation. I believe the answer is in setting up the proper pushers. Here is what I am suggesting if you try any of the techniques . First do a test run without the yarn. Turn on the console(you can skip the cast on) Make a note of what position the wracking handle indicator says. Put all of the pushers to work position on the front bed. When you go through the settings the proper pushers will come into work. Then look at your manual and set up according to it. When you do this, you can set up anywhere on the bed and pick the correct end needles.

1. I then knitted technique 153 in one color and two colors. I would only do the one color since the edges don’t look good with two colors.
2. I then knitted technique 155. But I did this before doing what I suggested for needle set up and in the pictures you will see what happened. The side needle on the front bed group of three was tucking and that is wrong. I went and set up with all the pushers in work and found out that the two side stitches of the groups of 3 should be tucking and the middle one knitting. When done like this, it was correct and a bump forms where the middle needle is. I also would definitely do a scarf in this because the edge stitches are pretty. I posted that picture above.

3. I then knitted technique 156 and it is the same on both sides.

4. I then knitted technique 157 and it was uneventful. I just posted the front side and the back side. I don’t like this for a scarf but I would like the purl side with vertical lines but only in a solid color for a sweater.

I took pictures and put information on them in case you would like to try these. Here is the link to the drop box with the techniques in them.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2d9aqg5e79cc4nn/aipzQf1MJe

Felted Slippers using Diana Sullivan’s pattern


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If you are going to try felting Diana Sullivan’s sew as you go lined slippers, here are some more suggestions. This is a woman’s medium size. I added four more stitches , two on each side to allow for more felting without getting too narrow. I will add 6 stitches when I do them again. I used tensions 7 and 8, 8 for the outer layer. I was not sure if I had enough cream color to do the whole lining so I just used it when I did the toe shaping. If you make these I would also tell you to stitch the seam closed with a piece of matching yarn so you don’t get lines. I used the seam to needle  felt the stems so they matched. The wool I used was Paton’s.  The roving is a blend of yellow, orange and green giving the petals a different shade from each other. I can’t tell you how light and good these feel on your feet. I think they feel lighter because you don’t feel side seams.  They will be for sale in my Etsy shop and will have rubber circles on the bottom where the ball of the foot and the heel of the toe are so they don’t wear out. In fact, I put the rubber circles on the bottom of the ones I made in brown with the poppy  and you don’t even feel that they are there. These slippers take about 6 ounces of yarn.

Happy New Year!


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I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. I want to thank all of you for following my blog. You keep me going with your comments, suggestions , compliments and your own experiences. 🙂

It is snowing right now in Mentor, Ohio and I took a walk and took this picture. I love the snow.

I am happy right now in my cozy warm home with my hubby and the fireplace is going…..doesn’t get any better than this. 🙂