Archive for February, 2016

Machine Knitted Clothes Hanger


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We had our knit in at a new passap knitters house yesterday and had a great time. Too much to do and talk about and so little time. A woman attended that we have known for years. She knits on the Brother machine and so does her sister. Well, her sister made each one of us this knitted covered clothes hanger. Hers is the top one . I thought it was so nice of her to make one and decided to see if I could make one. I have several of these padded hangers for my clothes. I just used lace that I had. I made this on a Brother 940. I did an wrap cast on and then hung lace and hand knitted that row. Of course, the cast on is in front of the lace and should be behind!!

Here is how I knitted the rest.  I cast on 100 stitches. There are 20 rows of stockinette :

4 rows mc,2 contrast,2 mc,2 contrast,4 rows mc, 2 contrast, 2 main color,2 contrast. I knitted two rows plain and set the fair isle needles on row 2. I then knit 48 more  rows of fair isle using can cun by Tamm at a tension of 7..  The pattern is number 38 in the Brother book.

On row 25 transfer needle r-1 to next needle and leave the needle in work. This is for inserting the hanger hook. After I knit the 50 rows, I took off the comb and weights and inserted the hook of of the hanger through the hole and pulled the padded part of the hanger up snug against the knitting. Pick up the loops from the last contrast row knitted before starting the fair isle and place on the same hooks as work. I then did a latch tool bind off. Because the hanger is curved, I bound off the first half of needles and then lifted from gate pegs and then finished the other side. On her hanger, she sewed the ends. I just took a piece of yarn and ran it along the edges and gathered the ends. Much faster…lol  Lightly steam the skirt part and you are done. Have fun if you make it.

On some of the others I will make, I would even leave off the first 20 rows of stockinette.

 

 

 

Passap Shamrock Placemat to Match Mug Rug


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Here is a place mat to match the shamrock mug rug. I will give you all a good laugh. I liked the technique 190 so I wanted the back to be that technique. I used the sample as a stitch and row gauge and it came out a nice size. However, on the first one the back did not look like technique 190. SO……I made another and the same thing happened!! Well, I was looking at my sample strip and I had technique 189 attached where the 190 sample was! So , this is made using technique 189. I was lucky both samples were about the same size so it came out ok. Here are the instructions to make the placemat. I also made a bmp file if you want to make a scarf. Feel free to enlarge or change the pattern in any way.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0lyf34lfregxjsn/AAC4lx9dKh6psXlaykuin6eHa?dl=0

Passap Techniques186-190


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I just received an email with a picture of a finished strip of the pin tuck designs from a follower of my blog. I was thrilled. Even if I reach out to one person, it makes my day.

I finished one strip with the techniques 180-185 and this strip that is techniques 186 to 190.

I am showing this one first because I loved the back of the sample 190 that is the bottom one in the picture. I decided to make a placemat using that technique. That will be posted next.

This time I will send you the information for the labels so you can put them on your project ahead of time. Just send me an email. The reason for that is that you can see what the yarn and pushers are doing on the rows that I have written down. You will have to use 40 stitches, 2/24 yarn and 40 rows for them to fit your sample.

Passap Version of the G Carrige design


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I am knitting up strips of fabric using the techniques of the passap E6000 for some beginner knitters. I just finished the strip of pin tuck techniques 250 to 255. Six techniques and six different looks. But what surprised me the most was the look of techniques 254 and 255. They look quite similar to the G carriage . It is hard to capture it in the picture but I am referring to the  bottom two samples. In my sample I used 50 stitches and 50 rows.I used pattern 1146.  I made labels that explain what is happening while knitting and the lock settings and pushers used.

The reason I suggest that beginners try this out is because you can’t see the width, length, texture, reverse side of all of these in the pattern book. And, you see all the techniques in one strip for comparison. It makes it so much easier to decide on what pattern and technique if you are making a scarf or garment. It is most beneficial to learn what the machine is doing and to learn the programming of the console at the same time. It also helps to understand when you are knitting, which way the design is facing. This helps with setting the end needles on the bed for knitting.

I have all of these technique labels printed out and ready for you to attach to your strip. I laminated mine because they will go with the machine when I find a new home for it. I will be glad to send them to you but only after you have made the strip . lol

Passap Dishcloth using Tech 153


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I am knitting up strips of fabric using the different techniques to help some new passap knitters. I came across this technique for a reversible fabric. Great technique for a dish cloth or wash cloth. I don’t check the yahoo passap files but I am sure that it is written somewhere , where the book is wrong on this technique but the console is right. The book says to knit four rows of KX/GX and 2 rows of KX/N. It is the opposite.You will find this out when you go to knit and the console tells you differently.

I used cotton and made this longer than the first one I did because of shrinkage. I have explained in the directions what happens when you knit using this technique. Great beginner project and watch what the machine is doing. My color one was pink and the one side comes out with the second color dominating. So if you want a certain color as the main one in the final outcome, put it in color two position. Here are the directions.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hezi9f8kayuf32b/AAC_VTKZy_3rfOl0WoXxXV6Ca?dl=0

Passap 6000, Watching the Back Bed Pushers using Technique 181


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DSCF1783My friend Sue asked about knitting with cotton on the passap so I decided to try some cotton I found in my stash of yarn . I also wanted to see how a new pattern I found would look knitted up. I decided to knit a dishcloth so I would have something to use when I finished.

I finished the first one and I did not like the edge stitches. I had both end needles on the front bed. I made a second one and used the end needles on the back bed. LOL, they look the same. On my second one I decided to match the beginning and end so the pattern looks complete. That is the longer one. On the one with the white back I used the carmen router rule and both edges look just okay-not great.

I decided to try technique 181. Technique 181 knits a solid color on the back. While I was knitting the first ones, I noticed that the back was not solid. Hmmmm….I am not doing something right. I finished and decided to try it again using a pattern in the console instead of downloading. In technique 181 all the pushers are in work on the front bed and all the pushers are used on the back bed. However, only the end needles on the back bed on the right and left have pushers in work position .The rest of the pushers are resting AGAINST the rail, not inside the rail. (all the rest of the pushers not in the needles selected for the pattern are in the rail.)

I have written what happens and how it looks to get it right.  You must try this. This machine is amazing. If you don’t see the pushers in the positions that I have explained, you won’t get a solid back. I have done this a couple of times and ended up with a birdseye back like the first one I did here. That is why I went back and studied what was happening. I hope that you try this just to see how it knits.

As far as knitting with cotton, this is a gloss 100% cotton. It is strong and has a beautiful sheen to it. It knits nothing like the 6/4 and 8/2 cotton that I have. I had to loosen the mast tensions AND I could have knitted a looser tension and let the washing machine shrink it to size. If you try this I don’t suggest this kind of cotton for a first  try. I would use 2 strands of 2/24 and use tension 2,3,and 4.. for the cast on. The yarn had a price tag of 23 dollars on it and was marked down to 11 dollars. I believe a friend gave this to me that was getting out of knitting. It was made at Ruby Mills in North Carolina. It is a beautiful cotton, it is a shame to use for dish cloths. lol

The  directions for trying this technique are in my drop box. Would love to know if you try this and are successful .

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dp0s9f18dgc0lmo/AADLTMQbqCULy6cXY3AxbYgga?dl=0

 

 

Passap Primary Color Child’s Blankie


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I have to say that I admire people who write their own patterns. I don’t know why I keep trying to do it ! I took this puzzle design and had to add to it to make it wider. I did not want an adult afghan so I settled for this. If you turn it sideways, it will fit a stroller. If I made it double it would look cute on a child’s bed. Anyway, it is not good as a four color. You can see the background colors because they are so bright and the color for each row is not distributed well. Lesson learned! I also should have made a border on sides since the bottom cast on is green. Since I didn’t do that  I did the cast on in green to match the two end blocks and I did the cast off in red to match the two top red end blocks.

New Link to Drop Box for Mug Rugs


I believe this link will work now for the mug rug files and directions. I also added a snowflake design mug rug pattern. Follow the same instructions as the others being careful to notice how many stitches the pattern has so you set up the right and left needles correctly.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fdt66f97qwauwzo/AAD7vXTM4eHqkKfO-0TbP_E9a?dl=0

List of all the information in my blog for easy reference


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We had a knit in last Friday for a new passap knitter. She learned how to download from the computer to the machine and then how to program the machine from the console. We had her knit a sample of the afghan lovely pattern and a valentine mug rug. Here are her knitted samples. She did not make a mistake. She just has to latch tool finish the mug rug and her afghan lovely sample, but she can do that at home. She will also be able to knit the afghan lovely by downloading the larger pattern into her machine .

Also, I decided that I wanted to make a list of all the items I have posted in my blog . Even I can’t find the post I want for the information so I thought I would share it with you. Here it is in my dropbox. I am having issues with drop box . If you can not get to the drop box, email me and I will email you the pdf.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fdj4frh7820yw6k/AAAlxycpQONOxFDcNpGii55qa?dl=0