Archive for May, 2015

I Never Thought I Could Do This


I wanted to find a different knitting pattern to do a dish cloth. I have a huge book of knitting patterns. I was going through this book and I came upon Mrs. Hunters Pattern. The first thing I thought was that this could be done on the machine.(Not as a dish cloth since cotton does not stretch) My first attempt was wrong. So I hand knitted a sample following instructions to see how the stitches were worked. Then I went to the machine and I was able to do it. I used size five needles so the sample is smaller that is hand knitted. Then I used the same yarn on my Bulky at tension 8. The funny thing is how I was able to duplicate a slipped stitch over three knitted stitches for the pattern.

Rows 1 and 2 are knit and purl. Then row three is K1, slip one, knit the next three stitches and take the slipped stitch over the 3 stitches just knitted. Repeat until the end and end with a K1. The pattern is multiples of 4 plus 2 for the end stitches. Then the fourth row is P1, wrap the yarn to increase where the stitch was slipped off in the last row. Then purl three and repeat the row.

So on the machine I just cast on 16 stitches and knitted rows 1 and 2. COR. On row three I took the second stitch off on a one stitch transfer tool and held it in left hand. With a three prong transfer tool I took off the next three stitches . I took the right three stitches and put the whole transfer tool through the one stitch on the left transfer tool. The yarn stretched out nicely . Then I carefully placed the right 3 stitches onto the same needles they came off of. The bottom  part of the stitch is under the three needles and then the top part is laying on top of the needles. You have to lift that top part of the stitch over and down so it is under the needle heads and does not knit.  The three stitches are in the latches. Repeat to the end of the row .  Now on the next row you have to pull the needles out to hold. Set the hold button. Push  the first 4 stitches on the right back into knit position , knit them and then pull out to hold, e wrap the empty needle and put it in hold , push the next 3 stitches to work ,knit them and pull out to hold, e wrap the empty needle  etc. Then I knit 3 rows since the decrease and increase are actually one row.

I know it sounds confusing but basically in hand knitting it is knitting two rows. Row three decreases one stitch every 4th stitch and then row 4 is putting the decreased stitch back in work.

On the machine it is doing the decrease and increase in one row and then knitting 3.  If you are interested in trying this I can write it up and take pictures.  This is just another instance of doing a design on a machine that does not have all the capabilities that other machines have. So once again I was sidetracked but this was fun to figure out.

Now if I try to do other hand knitted patterns,  do you think I should write a book on hand manipulated stitches? Nah, someone probably already did that. (Susan G.) lol

You will have to double click on the picture to see the design close up. I believe you could try this on the passap but it is easier on the Brother Machines since you can pull all the needles out to hold. It would be time consuming on the passap.

Watercolors Felted Bag





My friend Sheila was getting rid of three bags of yarn and asked me if I wanted it. I would be glad to take it off your hands Sheila,  🙂 Inside one of the bags was a hand knitted pattern kit for this felted purse. It is called Watercolors Felted Bags by Annie’s Hook & Needle Kit Club. (Annie’s Attic) 2008. The toggle button was included. It gives both versions of  knit or crochet.  Of course, I converted  to machine knit and I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for three rows of garter stitch at the top and for the 22 bottom rows. I have a chunky garter bar but decided it is faster to knit on needles. So I knitted three rows of garter stitch on size 11 needles and then transferred them to the machine. You start on one side and increase from the top down, knit 22 rows of garter stitch (I used garter bar for the bottom) and continue up the other side and decrease  and end with three rows of garter stitch and then bind off. The first time I ever came across this and I think it is unique is that the handle and the tab are knitted sideways. For the strap you just cast on 88 stitches and knit five rows and bind off. I believe the reason this is done is because you get more shrinkage in length instead of width. I wish I would have measured the strap before felting. The finished size of this is 9 inches in width and 8 inches in height . The handle is 24 inches. The yarn is size 5 chunky. It did not take the whole ball of yarn but I did not weigh the ball of yarn before I started. lol

Here is my converted pattern.


Brother Machine Knitted Mary Jane Bootie


I was asked if this little passap Mary Jane bootie could be made on other machines like the Studio or Brother. I have a Brother 940 and I thought you should be able to do it. I sat down tonight and tried one on the Brother . It came out the same as the passap version but it took a little longer to do and it is a little larger since the white yarn  is a dress yarn that just happened to be in the mast. The reasons were that I was knitting with black at night and writing down what I was doing .The main reason was that the  passap knits beautifully on either bed with no problems. I find with the Brother machines, that if you want to knit on one bed  with the ribber connected, the stitches don’t always knit off. This is the reason I turned the stitches(bootie) around so that the heel and bottom are done on the main bed instead of the ribber.

The ribbing in knitted first. Then the stitches are arranged for circular knitting. However, you will knit the heel and sole on the main bed and the top of the bootie on the ribber. Then you will knit the toe circular doing decreases on the designated rows on both ends of both beds until a few stitches are left and taken off on the tail of yarn and gathered tightly.

When short rowing for the heel you will drop the ribber bed one notch only and use the main carriage to do the short rowing. When making this you will find that you have to switch from knitting just on the main bed to knitting with both beds about four times.

If you get stuck doing something or my directions don’t make sense,(and that’s a real possibility!) please feel free to contact me . I did not finish the strap on this one. That part is easy .

The directions are in my drop box at the link below. Have fun if you try this. 🙂

Passap Knitted Mary Jane Booties

Mary Jane Booties Made on the Passap

Mary Jane Booties Made on the Passap

How cute is this???? My friend Jacqui in Arizona sent me this hand out for these adorable little booties. Now I know I am a complainer but there are no complaints on this bootie! I did not put the button or flower on the strap yet because I could not wait to share this with you.

This pattern is an altered version from Kathe Keck’s Passap Workshop. I just used 2 strands of 2/24 for trying this out. The pattern is for E 6000 and DM 80. The pattern has detailed instructions and terms used are on the last page. There was only one spot that was unclear but upon reading the next line it explained. When you get to the part at the toe and start decreasing, you will decrease one stitch on both beds both sides. When you do the second decrease, that is where it tells you that. This was fun to make and now I want to do an afghan with these booties to go with it. These would look cute with a scalloped cast on also.

Oh, the strap is not knitted in the bootie. It is separate and makes it look all the more authentic.

Here are the instructions in my drop box. You can thank Jacqui for this. lol 🙂