Archive for July, 2016

Passap Double Jacquard Square Neck Tunic


Front of Passap DJ Tunic Sweater

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Side view showing ribbing on sleeve and side seam

I tried the square neckline in my last posting because I wanted to make a square necked tunic.  I used Bramwell’s Duo Magic in olive green and wood pigeon! What color is that you ask? It is like a beige color. I used pattern 1289 (8 stitches by 8 rows)in the passap pattern book and technique 183. After I figured the number of stitches I needed I realized it was the perfect amount for the sides to match….a first for me.

I did the neck ribbing after I finished the front .  I sort of thought it looked plain and matronly but I continued to knit the back  .  I figured out how to knit the back with a one inch drop without doing a cut and sew. Then I knit the back rib .

I have not done a lot of double bed knitting of garments but I thought the shoulder seam would be thick with four sets of stitches. I decided to make a band of ribbing that would mask that if it happened. I hung the shoulder stitches right sides together with the ribbing in-between. I then cast off. The shoulder seam is really flat . Now I am looking at it and thinking it is still pretty plain looking and not sure I should have done the ribbing on the shoulders. I came up with the idea of ribbing between the side seams near the hem. I did the same thing by putting the ribbing between the two fabrics right sides together. Okay, not so plain. Now for the sleeves!  The sleeves were 400 knitted rows!!!  I finished both sleeves and then got to thinking   of how to put a ribbing on the sleeve but not between the seam. I knitted up the ribbing, took it off on waste yarn and latch tooled the open stitches from the inside between a knitted column. It worked. lol

Here is what I learned while knitting this.

To take stitches off on waste yarn on a brother is easy .You just pull out the needles to hold that you don’t want to knit. I had to figure out how to do this to remove the left side stitches of the front to work on the right side. I figured out how to do this on the passap and laughed when I succeeded. I used pushers under the front needles I wanted to remove and LX setting on front lock and GX on back lock. On the back I brought in pushers and used BX and GX on the front lock.. I took off circular and it made it easier to rehang  the stitches to do the left front shaping.

The next thing I learned is that when your increases or decreases are in every row if you don’t put the end pushers up on the front bed, the end needles will start to have stitches pile up . That is because you knit four rows for one row and the second color did not always knit the end stitches because of the pattern.I experienced this on the sleeve cap.

The third thing I did was when I knitted the sleeves, I started with 60 stitches and got to 120 at the underarm. When setting up the pattern I set the Left and Right stitches at 35- and 35+. This way, when I was knitting I did not have to take the locks all the way out to needle 60 so the console would not beep and make me reset the pattern. I kept doing this as I increased in increments of five. I never forgot once. What also surprised me is that I never forgot to put a pusher in work or out of work. When I first knitted on the passap , I always forgot since you don’t have to worry about that on a brother machine.

I am now happy with the sweater and especially with the weight of it. I love Bramwell yarns and I am glad I made this sweater instead of an afghan. AND I still have 8 ounces of yarn left on each cone!

Was it as easy as I thought it would be? Yes and  No.  I would say it was more time consuming than difficult. Every time I decreased or increased it was on each bed and it took a lot of time. On my sleeves I had 28 increases on both sides to the underarm. That means four decrease each time(both ends and front and back bed) On the sleeve cap there were 1 stitch decreases on almost all of the rows until the last rows at the top. I think the first sleeve took me 2&1/2 hours to do. The neckline probably took about that length of time also. I started to laugh when I was knitting the front. It was 292 rows on the front to the underarm and it felt like I was knitting an afghan!!!!    🙂

 

 

 

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Passap Mitered Trim for Square Neckline


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I really like square necklines but have never done one….go figure!  It has been so hot and humid and I have been trapped inside so I started looking through books that I have. I came across the instructions for a mitered band for a square neckline knitted on the passap in the book Going Places Knitting Technique Passap, designs by Jan Wold and Jan Mills.

I really like how it turned out. It is a lot of moving the needles down the right and left side  of each corner after you decrease at the corner but I would definitely do one on the machine. My girlfriend Sheila could probably knit it faster than it takes me to do it on the machine.No, not probably, she could!

One thing I don’t get is, after you move all the stitches down( and it is done twice over four rows of the decrease) she tells you to take the end most stitch on the bed and transfer it to the other bed and then take the heel of the stitch next to the needle you just emptied and move it to the right(or left) to keep in a one by one sequence. What is happening is that you are actually decreasing two stitches at the corner and then move all the work over and increase one stitch on each end. I get that but if you look at the edge at the shoulder, it curves up and I would not include that curve when I sew the rib together from the back. Maybe it is there to give and edge to sew.

The great thing about a square neck is there is no neckline shaping on the front of the sweater and that is nice if you are doing double jacquard.  I just might make a sweater for myself and try this out. I did not do a good job of picking up the neckline stitches on the side but would definitely pay attention on the real thing. Also, the side of the little sample is knit at a higher tension since I took off the middle stitches on waste yarn and forgot to turn the tension back down. Of course that won’t happen if I knit a sweater for real. haha

This can be done on all machines with a ribber, but be careful of how you hang the body of the sweater before starting to make sure you are on the right side. This sample has the main body of the sweater wrong side facing and hung on the back bed to start.

Passap Baby Afghan by Joan Swanson Award Winning Afghans


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A dear friend gave me some yarn (yep, will have to move the hubby out to make more room !)  It  is 2/17 yarn and I used one strand of each color. It came out lighter weight than 2/24 but I think it will be nice because of that. Mom’s don’t need to carry more weight including the baby. The pattern was in Prize Winning Afghans and I believe the author is Joan Swanson.  The pattern was narrower and longer so I reduced the rows and increased the width. The final width of the knitted blanket is 30 inches by 30 inches. The pattern is  162 stitches wide and 153 rows in length. I used technique 187.

I also knitted the bear. It is a gypsy cream pattern.

Passap Stargate Afghan by Tatiana Knits


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I found more yarn in my house I did not realize I had, so I decided to knit the other pattern I bought from Tatiana Knits. It is called Stargate. I used technique 186. The colors I used are hunter green and light tan. I used tension 5/5. for the body of the afghan using 2/24, two strands of each color. Cast on was tension 3 and CX rows tension 4. It was 984 rows  of knitting. I knitted to row 982 and shut console off. In other words I did not knit the last two rows of color 2. I set the locks for CX and knitted two rows with color 1 and then one row at N/N at the loosest tension possible. Then I took the afghan off of the machine on 12 rows of waste yarn at settings CX/CX. I latch tooled one stitch through the next to the end and removed the waste yarn.

Passap Intarsia


 

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Top sample in picture 2nd Try, Bottom sample is my 1st try

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I can’t believe how I have never come across many articles on Intarsia on the Passap. I thought there was a special little carriage you had to have. So today I decided to explore Intarsia and what a challenge. My top picture was my second try after wrapping the yarn when I knitted across. The bottom sample in the 2nd picture down was my first try. lol, look at all the holes! I made the color lighter so you could see them.

After trying that I started going through all of my books that I have. I found Intarsia in the Carl Peterson book Learn to Program and Operate your E-6000 in 10 Easy Lessons.

Well the knitting is simple enough. Just single bed and the LX setting using pushers. The programming of the console for the four color is something I have to go back and think over. I just followed the book for programming so I got that right, haha, and then knitted so I could see the design . The four color was just the arrow part. The colors are hunter green, white, navy and yellow. In his book he programs 2 stitch patterns A and B. A was a two color intarsia of 20 rows and then the four color was pattern B.

I have done intarsia on the Brother machines and it is a lot of work and reading of graphs. I can not believe how easy this was to do. The key is wrapping and I need to research more on that. The other key to getting it right is to gently lift the yarn colors as you go across so you don’t get loops on the back. In the bottom picture, the two yellow loops were where I did not lift the yarn enough. I think the bottom picture showing the purl side is quite neat for Intarsia and I am not sure I am even doing it totally correct.

The really funny thing about trying these swatches is that I got out my Passap Tricofit so I would not have to bind off all the stitches by hand and it worked like a charm. I was ready to put it up for sale. Let me make one thing clear though. I would only use it for the tension swatches and not to bind off an afghan or garment. I am finding the key to using it is to keep on cranking and don’t hesitate or stop after you start until you get to the end.

I would really encourage you to try the intarsia on a  day where you just want to  try knitting something on the machine .

Passap Cleveland Cavaliers Afghan


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Well, this is the second time I knitted this afghan because I misspelled the word Champions. DUH! Why don’t these knitting design programs have spell check? hahahaha

So, after the Cleveland Cavaliers became the NBA champs of 2016, I thought it would be fun to design and knit an afghan. I worked for one and a half days on the design. It took three knitted swatches of the basketball until I finally got it round and not egg shaped. Then I had to work on the lettering and spacing. On my first one, I dropped the afghan from the machine because I did not like the yellow that is called Discovery Gold. Looked for more yarn in different shade…..nope….all those cones and I don’t have it. Then I went on the internet and looked at the teams colors and the discovery gold color is definitely in the ball park…or should I say in their court. hahaha

I then rehung it and finished .

So, I ripped out the whole afghan because of course the mistake was right at the beginning. I re knitted it and not one mistake or dropped stitch or pusher error. Yay!

I can’t share this pattern because of copyright laws . I can share the information though. I used technique 199, 178 stitches and 186 rows. I used 2 strands of  2/24 wine and  discovery gold and one strand of white Bramwell duo magic. I used 10.5 ounces of wine, 4 ounces of white and 3 to 4 ounces of gold.

I am going to donate this afghan since I can’t sell it. A couple of years ago I donated to a school in my city. Can you imagine the laugh they would have gotten getting an afghan that had a misspelled word? Oh brother, I will never live this down and I was not even having a glass of wine. lol

 

Passap doily using Marg Coe Dishcloth pattern


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DSCF2554DSCF2379I made Marg Coe’s Dishrag on my Passap 6000 using sock yarn. I wanted to try more short rowing on the passap. I love the pattern but I wanted the size larger since the first one came out the size of a coaster. I also wanted to use it as a doily since I think it is so pretty.  Marg has given me permission to share her dish rag pattern with you. It is made using the Bulky machine  and that is why there are only 15 stitches used in the pattern. On my second attempt to enlarge the pattern I was successful. There are twelve wedges in the pattern and I was able to knit three wedges in 45 minutes. It is easy to do but you have to really keep track of where you are. I have shown a method  to follow in my directions so you don’t mess up. It is not fun unravelling the pattern.

I have the doily under my orchid plant and if you notice it is ready to bloom. I have waited over a year for it to do so. 🙂

Here is the drop box link with Marg Coe’s dishrag pattern for the bulky or LK150 and also my instructions on how to make a large doily using her pattern on the passap.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uco6yuacatx6di6/AABAHfCj25Ge20ztyoGCsR4Ia?dl=0

 

 

Passap 4th Of July Mug Rug


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I am not that thrilled with my design for the 4th of July but if I take any longer making one, the Holiday will be over. I made this on the passap E6000.  You can share this with anyone but you can not claim this pattern to be yours. You can find the directions at the following link from my drop box. There are two files with direction. One is a word document and the other is pages for Apple users. If you have trouble getting to drop box, please email me.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pcyns3ripwqaw9d/AAAm1GMgf5sfrfP-RYvYIlE_a?dl=0

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!