Archive for October, 2016

Passap DJ Sweater using Sarah James Slip Stitch Pattern Design


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I was at a hand knitting seminar and I bought a hand written pattern by Sarah James and I loved the design. I converted her slip stitch pattern into a fair isle pattern so I could knit it double bed jacquard on the passap. If you buy the pattern, you look at her graph of the pattern and just eliminate the even rows. Her pattern is 12 by 24 and I made mine 12 by 12. You can find this pattern on ravelry  by searching Slip Stitch Pullover CH521 by Sarah James. The pattern is $7.00

I decided to cheat and I did a cut and sew neckline. I know how to divide for the neckline and it is so time consuming on the passap doing double bed. I was glad that I did it. I originally wanted to make a different neckline . I made two separate scarves, hooked them into the shoulder seams and then crossed them and took the ends back to the shoulder seam. Sound confusing…..it was to look like a chain. Well, it did not look good. I just ended up doing a knitted plain neckband like her sweater. I put it on and it did not look good on me. hahahaha . So I knitted up a scarf and it changed the whole look .

Still does not look great because of my chest size. 😦

I like her sweater since the design is larger. Mine came out smaller because I used the dress yarn by Tamm called Estillo at a tension of 3./3.  and one strand of each. I love the weight of the sweater.

I knitted a tension swatch and when I was drawing up the pattern, it came out perfectly centered so that the side seams match. The shoulder seams matched perfectly also. I had 172 stitches for my width. When I entered my design I added one blank column on each end. When it knits up, you have a solid color edge on the side seams and it makes sewing up a breeze.

My width of the sweater was 21.5, waist to hem-15 inches, neckline depth-3.5, sleeve is a 6 inch cap and 16 inches from wrist to underarm. Total sleeve length is 22. I had a 9.5 armhole opening but knitted the sleeve to a width of 18 to eliminate the bulk under the arm.

 

 

 

Halloween Treat Bags


 

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I am going to be seeing some friends of mine and decided to make these little treat bags. They are just the right size . They each hold ten pieces of candy and one sucker.

Since I started the bags at the  top edge, the design is knit upside down. There is a green stem on top of each pumpkin but hard to see. When I knitted, the first two rows were black and green and then the rest are black and orange . The pumpkins looked distorted but that is because candy is in the bag.

I made these on the passap but you can do them on any machine. Here are the instructions in my drop box.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xtnuh6wcffws4co/Halloween%20candy%20bags.docx?dl=0

Halloween Pumpkin knitting short rows


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I know a lot of people like short rowing and this is how this pumpkin is made. It was easy and it came out cute. I would like to make one in wool and felt it. I have had this pattern for over 40 years and never made it . The pattern is hand written and  believe it was a hand out at  my knit club many years ago. I can barely make out the writing to see how the stem was done and I had to guess at it.

This can be made on any machine but I used the passap.   If you use the passap you have to use the pushers under the needles in work and LX on front lock. To short row, just put the pushers out of work and back in work according to the short rowing instructions. I used two strands of 2/24 tension 5 on the passap. The pattern called for Trenzado yarn and tension 7. My finished size is 5 inches wide and almost 3 inches tall.  If you use the Bulky machine you will have a larger pumpkin. Using Trenzado on the standard machine would probably make a larger pumpkin than this one also.

You can see the directions in my drop box link below

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rvxi87d30kifhpo/AACAYIpuY5kjA4DB2YXAvuzEa?dl=0

 

 

 

Passap Halloween Mug Rugs


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I made some mug rug designs in case you don’t want to do the larger placemats. I love these because I can just throw them in the washing machine if they get dirty and they don’t take any space to store until the next year.

Note: In my place mat instructions I did not mention at the end to latch tool bind off the stitches that are on waste yarn starting at the end without the yarn tail. I was assuming everyone would know how to do this.

You can find the instructions in my drop box link.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/776mzn2ch7wvzyi/AAANC08RRuAv_3ofx2KFB7jHa?dl=0