Archive for September, 2016

Passap Halloween Placemats


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Halloween is just around the corner so I decided to make some placemats. The pumpkin placemat will have my candy bowl on it for the trick or treaters along with the little witch lady I machine knitted using the Brother machine.
I made the witch placemat first and it really needs more color in it. I am happy with the pumpkin one though.
It took me FORRREVVVVVVER to get the distortion out of my designs. You are welcome to use these for your personal use but not to sell them as your pattern. I have written out the instructions on how to make these. They are around 10.5 inches high by 14 inches in width . I used 2/24 yarn and technique 183. On the directions for the pumpkin placemat I walk you through the whole process of downloading to knitting. I always do my cast on before I turn the console on. On the witch placemat it just gives the directions for the placemat. Both are the same but one has all the details.These patterns are odd numbers in width so you must center the design by programming 1- (minus) in the set up.
The information and both files are in my drop box link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1kb2ybidrwfkh9c/AABoVbQp-DWGk2whHaKYgZUNa?dl=0

Passap China Pattern Sweater


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I just finished knitting this  sweater following a pattern  called China Pattern Jacket . It is in Modern Machine Knitting magazine dated June of 1992 . I made this on the Passap E6000 and made lots of modifications. I made it a sweater instead of a jacket. I used win/crea to change the patterns of the leaves so that they were not split in the front like the original pattern. I also spaced them so that they were not in the seams of the sweater and the sleeves. I patterned the neckband so that the design did not go into the buttonhole. There is only one buttonhole in the band at the neck. The yarn I used was Diamonte in Wedgwood Blue and Cream.

Now I am going to tell you that I absolutely love my E6000 BUT ….now I don’t feel like a traitor to Brother machines. This would have been a breeze on the Brother. The only reason I used the Passap was to try fair isle and I won’t do it again. 🙂  EVER!  It is very confusing doing patterns since you have four rows to knit for one row. I also had to keep raising pushers on the ends when I knitted the second color. (like the end needle selection that Brother has). Wrapping was out of the question .

And FLOATS? OMG they are huge. I had to latch tool up behind the flowers to pull the floats in so that there were no gaps between the background and the pattern. I don’t see how that can be avoided using any machine with this pattern though. Well, unless it was knitted in double  jacquard.

I sort of like the jacket better but short items don’t look good on me. I do have to say that this is one of the best fitting sweaters I have ever made and it feels good on me. The sleeves are my perfect length also.

So if a Passap is the only machine you have, this can be done.

 

 

Tawashiknot made on the Brother Bulky


 

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Okay, don’t laugh . Last night I saw this cute little scrubby  called a tawashiknot on Pinterest and it was a free download. I was watching a movie with hubby and decided to hand knit it. It looked like fun trying to assemble it. In June of 2011 I posted a similar scrubby called a tribble that was hand knit. I made several and I love them.

So I started it last night and finished it this morning. Then I thought, okay, this could be knitted on the knitting machine. I used a cotton sugar and cream yarn and tension 5 on my Brother Bulky.

Here is the link for the free download of Marte Fagervik’s pattern

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/marte-fagervik

Here is how you would do it on the Brother Bulky:There are only two rows to the pattern and they are repeated 7 times for total of 14 rows.

Cast on 76 stitches double bed and hang comb. knit several rows and then transfer all stitches to the main bed. Knit several rows of stockinette stitch and one row of ravel cord. Pull all needles out to hold and wrap cast on. Knit one row. Bring ribber into position and starting on the left , leave the first 8 stitches on the main bed. Now transfer the next 15 to the ribber, the next 15 stay on the main bed, transfer 15 stitches to the ribber and the next 15 stay on the main bed, transfer the last 8 st to the ribber. After you have all stitches transferred, Knit one row to the right. Now you will take the stitches that are on the main bed and put them on the ribber, then put the ribber stitches on the main bed and knit one row. You will knit 4 rows with main color, 2 rows of contrast, 2 rows main, 2 rows contrast and then 4 rows main color.

Now for the bad  news. I think it is easier to hand knit and more enjoyable than transferring all the stitches. And…it took the same amount of time for both! The machine knit one seems a little thinner but the stitches are very even and look better. Even the beginning and end look better than my hand knitting. The hand knitted one has more body to it though.

So, if you don’t know how to hand knit and you have a Bulky machine, you can try this. Haha

Maybe it took the same amount of time for the machine because I did not start with waste and ravel and the stitches were not weighted down enough. I hung claw weights but it is not the same. I had to pull all the needles to hold to knit each row so I did not lose a stitch.

Can you tell which finished one was hand knitted and which  one was machine knitted?

Brother 940 Lace Sweater


 

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This sweater I knitted on the Brother 940 was SO NOT WORTH IT! My original idea was a lace overlay in gray over a black sweater and it was going to be attached at the neck and armholes. I did tension swatches in black Diamonte and gray Tepeyac. I decided to make the front of the black sweater first. Then I started on the gray lace overlay. I spent a long time trying to figure out how to start the lace edge and how many stitches to increase to make the diagonal. Then I think it took me 8 hours just to do the front that actually became the back. lol I knitted too far and was not going to rip it back so I continued and made it the back. When I finished it I realized that Tepeyac is a little heavier than Diamonte and the sweater would be too heavy for my liking. Then I thought that I would just make a gray lace sweater and wear a turtleneck. The lace pattern is 158 in Stitch World .

For every two rows of knitting you have to run the lace carriage across 8 times. I figured that between the front, back and the two sleeves, I ran the lace carriage 4,304 times! It was actually more because I did not count the left front shaping. I knew when I chose it that it would take time but I never figured it to be that much time. The first time I dropped a stitch, it took at least 15 minutes to correct it. And with eight passes between two rows, there were many times a stitch could drop. Because it was so hard to rip out, I knitted a thin piece of nylon thread in with the regular yarn every 20 rows . I think hand knitters call this a life line. I used almost the whole spool of thread but it definitely was worth it. The thread was so strong that it pulled out like ravel cord.

Originally, I was going to have black stockinette sleeves. However, when I changed my mind and decided on gray stockinette sleeves, I had to knit another tension swatch .I did that and laundered it and knitted a sleeve and attached it and……did not like it. I removed it and went back to the lace design for the sleeves. Now add two more days of knitting but I like the look better with the lace sleeves.

To start the lace on a diagonal, I knit up the amount of stitches needed for the front , first with waste yarn, then a crochet cast on and knit one row of gray and removed on waste yarn. When I increased, I just hung the stitches from the strip that I had knitted up. I hung six stitches every four rows. When I removed the waste yarn it looked like I had cast on at the beginning. When I finished the front and back, I crocheted in the cast on stitch on the wrong side. The edge had a wave to it so I crocheted 1 stitch in the next 3 stitches and then 3 crochets in one stitch, then 1 stitch in the next three stitches and then skipped a stitch . I repeated around the bottom. Then I crocheted a second row with the right side facing me. It was like crocheting a ripple afghan .

Oh, one last thing. Because I was originally going to do the two sweaters hooked together I made a higher neck line since I would not be wearing a turtleneck under it. So when I finished the front , I thought the neck was too high so I did a cut and sew neckline. That was fun….not!

I recently saw a beautiful lace cardigan on one of the Facebook knitting machine groups and the woman said that for the time it took her, she would have been better off going out and buying a sweater. I am in agreement with her there! 🙂

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