Archive for June, 2015

Passap Santa using Yarn Cones-Free Pattern From Sandy Ewing



In September of 2013 I posted an angel I made using Sandy Ewing’s free pattern. It also had a Santa pattern. I decided to make it along with several miniature stockings with a carpet stitch cuff.

The Santa pattern was so easy and quick to finish. I did not make the head from a Styrofoam ball and a nylon stocking. I made a paper mache head. As you can see I am still not great at that part yet. Just wanted to post in case you want to make it and do the head your way. The arms are knitted all in one. The nicest part was making the white trim around him to make it look like it is a robe. It is not an I cord. It is knitted circular and just a few stitches. The mittens are knitted circular as well as the arms and hat. Nothing to sew when you get finished-my kind of pattern. ūüôā

Here is the link to her free pattern

Passap Afghan with Borders using the Console without Downloading into it.










I have covered this technique before and decided to make another afghan using the console. Well, it took so long to remember that I decided to write the whole technique out ….for your advantage as well as mine. There are two afghans here in the second picture. One is pattern 1144 and the other is 1153. The pattern is programmed in using the console and no downloading from computer. It seems very confusing but it really isn’t. If you print out the directions you can substitute other 40 stitch patterns like patterns 1147,1148,1151,1153 and 1154

You can use any fairisle pattern no matter what the pattern size. If it is a smaller pattern you just have to enter it several more times than a larger one. If you make this you will start to see how it is done. In these afghans the patterns are 40 stitches by 40 rows. On each of the afghans I repeated the pattern 3 times for width and that is 120 stitches. Then I added 9 stitches on each side for the border. You can go wider than that if you want to. I was making a baby afghan. Then I repeated the design 3 times row wise making 160 rows times 3 =480 rows. I did 32 rows of the border at the beginning and at the end. Here are the complete programming directions for you in my drop box.

A WORD TO THE WISE; If this is your first time doing this enter your information on the console. Set up the needles and test the pattern. Start your program .On the border pattern all the needles will be in work. Then push the COR button and agree to 69- and 69 plus for the needles. Then when it tells what row you are on enter row 30 and wait for a reset . Go through that set up and when it says row 30, knit two more rows(that is the border) the blanket design will set up on the last row you knit. You will see 9 side stitches on each side(or ten if the middle design is in work)for the side  borders and all of the needles in the middle will have a pattern. If not there is an error. HOWEVER, if when you program the console says 120 stitches and 160 rows, you should be okay.

My next sample  will be using technique 187.



Hairpin Lace Hem on Knitted Sweaters




I have been working diligently in my yard and enjoying it so you aren’t seeing too much knitting from me lately. It rained today so I had a little time to fool around after I cleaned the house and made some soup.

I have cleaned up my knitting room hundreds of times and I come across the hairpin lace tool. Do you think I can find it now? No! So I used a large cable holder (I think that is what it is) and tried hairpin lace again like I did hundreds of years ago…well…not that long ago.

I have a book called The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery by Mildred Graves Ryan that has 687 pages of all stitch crafts. I opened it up and it came to hairpin lace used as a scalloped edging. I decided to try it. It is not perfect because of the tool I used and I have not done it in so long . In fact, thank goodness for you tube! lol

The tool is narrow at the top and wide at the bottom but you get the idea. I tried adding beads but these don’t make it.

To make the edging this is what you do.  Once you make the hairpin lace you keep the work on the tool and chain 6 and single crochet through three loops on one side of tool. Chain 6 and repeat until you are at the bottom. Take work off tool. I had a swatch for a buttonhole with cables and found the same red yarn so I attached the hairpin lace and finished the edging at the same time. I crocheted into the hem three times. Then * I put the hook through three loops (on the edge you did not do the scallops) and crocheted a stitch. Crochet three stitches in hem** and repeat  from * to **  I could see this in a sweater made of cotton. Also, I  would not put this on a sweater that had this kind of front band.

You can also see how my stitches are not in the center on some of them. Told you it has been awhile since I did it. ūüôā