Archive for April, 2014

All that I have knitted in Nine days


Dish liquid covers and matching tribble

Dish liquid covers and matching tribble

Tribbles and parts of mouse to stuff and felt

Tribbles and parts of mouse to stuff and felt

 

My husband has been in the hospital for 9 days and I was going to get all of this hand knitting done. Ha, Ha. I have been jumping like a jack rabbit to help my husband and can’t sit long enough. He is in intensive care again and I can’t concentrate on directions so I am just chugging away at making the tribbles. I am happy with finishing the mouse to felt him . Well almost finish. I have two arms and one ear to go. So far I have lost a knitting needle-an old one I had and one craft needle so I could not gather the tribbles that are in strips. Well, it looks like my hubby will be in at least another week so hope to get something else done. Ha, Ha.

Crossing Stitches for 8 Stitch Cable on a Knitting Machine


Finished crossing of 8 Stitches

Finished crossing of 8 Stitches

Andrea asked if I would post how I crossed the cables that were in the buttonhole bands. Here is the link to see pictures of the process. I also wrote down in a document the steps involved to do it so you can take them to your machine. If you click on the pictures in the drop box you will see the pictures on the whole  screen and can scroll with the arrows. Or you can right click and download them.

If you would like to see how I made the buttonhole, just email me and I would do another sample with just one buttonhole.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kdxdxnifidognbi/FTMU3OOtKV

Same Idea, Different Look


4StitchCablebuttonholes

Thelma Viers    Buttonhole

Thelma Viers Buttonhole

Okay, I tried again. This time I started the band on waste yarn and took it off on waste yarn and then attached it to the fabric. I decided not to cross the stitches when starting so it did not pull in. The look is different but the band lays flat. It is a little decorative but I am not totally happy with it.  The second picture is the buttonhole that I love. When it comes off the machine, no loose ends or sewing to do. They come out perfect.

The way to cross 8 stitches came out to be easy when I did it this way. When I wanted to cross the stitches I hand knitted the 8 stitches with ravel cord  and put needles all the way out of work. I hung a small weight below the stitches and slightly pulled so all the needles came into work. I took two 4 prong tools and removed all 8 stitches. I crossed the right to the left. Then I pulled on the ravel cord end on the right  and the stitches go back onto the needles on the left. Then I crossed the remaining four and put on the right needles. I pulled the ravel cord on the left and used a transfer tool to put it back on the needle. Then I continued with the next one. On the last needle you will have the ravel cord with the two ends in your hand. When you pull both ends, the stitch will appear and lift it with the transfer tool and put on last needle. Then I hand knit one row with an extra piece of yarn so it is not hard on machine to knit the next row. If anyone wants pictures of this I will gladly do over and take pictures. Just email me.

 

Good Idea, Bad Result! lol


2stitch buttonhole

2stitch buttonhole

4stitch buttonhole

4stitch buttonhole

 

I was looking for a hand manipulated lace design in Susan Guagliumi book and I saw a cable with holes in it. I thought, why not do a button hole band with the holes in the cables for the buttons. Well, first of all I put the hole in the middle of the cable instead of around the sides like she did.  Second, I hung the fabric and then knitted the band. To do this with more stitches between cables, I would knit the band and then attach to the garment.  I absolutely love Thelma Viers buttonhole band. It is the only one that I have used for years. It is so professional looking and the buttonhole is finished when you take the band off of the machine. I used her technique to put the buttonholes in. Of course, the band has a back so the back has to have the hole in it also. I won’t go into detail on the rest since the result is not so good. The first picture I just did a 6stitch cable and made the two middle stitches the buttonhole. Too small. Would only be able to use very small buttons as in picture. On the second picture I made 8 stitch cables (figured a good way to cross them over with minor difficulty) Then I made the buttonhole 4 stitches. Well, onto another failure….I mean project. lol

Knitting Machine Crochet by Barb Kapraun


 

KNIT SIDE

KNIT SIDE

 

 

PURL SIDE

PURL SIDE

 

UNFINISHED SIDE EDGES

UNFINISHED SIDE EDGES

 

Boy, I don’t know why you never see this technique posted whenever someone asks how to finish a side edge to keep it from rolling. The bottom picture is the fabric once it comes off of the machine and steamed flat. This is lace pattern 168 in the Brother Stitch World Book and it is a 10 stitch repeat and I used 20 stitches plus one on each side for the knitted edge stitch. When it comes off the machine it has a curvy edge that is nice but looks unfinished. I tried the machine knit single crochet and did not like it. It was okay on the front of the fabric but not nice on the purl side.

This sample in the first picture on the left side is the crab stitch done on the machine and the one on the right side of the fabric is the double crochet machine stitch. Both were very easy to do and look really nice when finished. The crab stitch on the purl side is very inconspicuous and looks nice. The double crochet on the purl side gives a raised two column look which I also find attractive. On the double crochet you can try it hanging the fabric from the wrong side and see what that looks like. I know it will look nice.
Both of the edges, crab stitch and double crochet would look nice around an afghan, scarf, front edge of jacket, cuff band and even collar. On this particular fabric design, where it curved in I picked up every other stitch on the fabric so it would curve nicely. If it comes out a straight edge, you would not have to do that. The beauty of these edges is that they can be knitted using any machine.

Here is the link with the directions if you care to give it a try. I make notebooks after I try things and I attach the sample to the page of directions. Easy to find when you need to use it.

You will also see pictures for the single crochet and decide if you want to try it.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xe9djnydz15jjd2/5Up1s6RSIf

 

Knit Edges by Barb Kapraun of Indiana


BARB KAPRAUN KNIT EDGES

Barb Kapraun “Beginner’s Machine Knit Edges”

I am really glad that I stumbled on this hand out. I think I got this when I was in Indiana at the Knit Knack Shop Christmas in July.(years ago)   These two edges I love. You can put these on the bottom edge of sweater or on the vertical edge of sweater after the sweater is knitted. I did them with the contrast yarn so you can see what part is the knitted edge. I think they would both look nice going up the front  edge of a jacket . You have to try this to see how nice the edge looks. Here is the link.

All of these trims can be done on all machines.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ru72moumib6pj1/lpdRWmZZnX

 

More Trims done on the Brother Machine


Renda Kidwell Trims

Renda Kidwell Trims

My Variations of Trim # 3

I have some more trims to share with you. Again, no pictures but I really like trim one and three of the first picture. The trims are compliments of Renda Kidwell, a hand out at a seminar. The  sheet of instructions has three trims and the fourth in the picture is a variation she suggests after trying trim # 3 .

So it got my mind thinking and I played around with the third trim variation(which is no. 4 in picture)

Here is the link to get the directions and pictures.  There is a word document that explains the three trims that I tried. There is a handout of her instructions and two pictures of the trims.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ru72moumib6pj1/lpdRWmZZnX

 

Three Trims Done on the Brother Machine


Three trims done on the Brother Machine

Well, I was in my knitting room looking for a vertical trim I remember seeing that I wanted to do. I came across a hand out sheet from Brother. It had three trims but no pictures. I sat down at the Brother machine and decided to do them and put them with the hand out sheet. Here they are. I really like the middle ribbon trim. It even looks unusual on the wrong side. I did not put ribbon in the holes since I did not want to get it out. Instead I knitted a five stitch “I” cord and weaved it through the holes. I think I like it because of the colors.  These trims can be done on any machine. Here are the directions.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ru72moumib6pj1/lpdRWmZZnX