Archive for November, 2018

Machine Knitted Comfort Doll


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fullsizeoutput_879My friend Patty called me and told me about an idea she had to present to her knitting guild. It was her turn to do a demo and she came up with the idea of asking her club to make a collection of Comfort dolls to donate. How could anyone not like this idea!! Here is what she writes in her pattern.

“For those of you interested in knitting comfort dolls, they are great projects for using up yarn cone ends. I am going to donate them to our local police or deputy sheriffs.
Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs can carry them in their vehicles because
they’re very comforting to children who have just been through a traffic accident or whose parent has been taken into custody for various reasons and the child is waiting for Child Protective Services or other family members to arrive. However, they could also be a great asset to many other facilities such as hospitals, EMT’s, and Children Services.
There are many occasions when being able to hold a soft, loveable doll will bring a child great comfort.”

I went through my patterns and found one by Marty Godlewski. I made the girl and boy and they did take some time to do. The fair-isle slowed me up since I entered the pattern into my machine. The way the feet are done is also time consuming. You take all of the stitches off the machine, turn with a garter bar and then put the middle half of the stitches back on the machine and then hang half of each back set of stitches onto the front stitches and then bind off.  In the meantime, I had also made a Santa doll on my sock machine. When I got together with Patty, we discussed the pros and cons of the patterns. Patty wrote a pattern and it is knitted much quicker and just as cute. After all, she said ,it is your own doll and they all take on a character of their own.  She has all kinds of suggestions so you are not in your knitting room for hours working on one doll. She suggests self striping yarns, hand manipulated stitches, fine lace, stripes , just plain stockinette and the list goes on. It will take you no time at all to knit the body. She is willing to share her pattern if anyone is interested in doing this in your knitting guild or if you just want to make one for a grandchild or as a gift with an afghan. Just email me if you would like her pattern. Great idea Patty!!!  I hope other knitting guilds jump on board with the idea. And the guild does not have to be a machine knitting guild. Hand knitters can easily knit this rectangle .

 

Machine Knitted Christmas Ball Cover


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Hi, it has been awhile . I have been busy doing lots of different things. Recently I watched a  video on how to make this Christmas ball cover on a sock machine. It looked like it would be fun and easy to do and it was. I first tried sock yarn to get my tension and then I tried white diamonte yarn by Tamm. When I finished , I thought, this can be done on the knitting machine as well. So off to my 940 Brother and yep, you can make it. The only difference between the two is that there will be a seam up the back of the machine knitted one. The bottom picture shows the one made on the sock machine and under it, is the one made on the knitting machine.

Can you tell which one was knitted on the knitting machine and which is on the sock machine? The ball with the four rows of tucked stitches is the one I made on the knitting machine. (the one on the right)I can’t count because I was supposed to make five of the tuck rows. But it stretches and it fits and that is all that counts.

If you want to try it, here is how it was done.

Set up 72 stitches and then push every other needle out of work. You will be working on 36 needles. Do a weaving cast on to start. This way the stitches can be gathered at the top. Knit 7 rows of stockinette. *Pull every other needle out to hold and set the machine to hold. Knit 3 rows. Cancel hold and knit one row.** Repeat from * to **four more times. Then knit 7 rows . Leave a tail and with double eyed bodkin, take stitches off and these will be gathered also after sewing up the seam. I used tension 4 for Diamonte yarn.  I did have a couple of stitches not knit off after tucking the 3 rows. If this happens, you can knit the stitches back by hand on that row. If you drop the stitch it is hard to try to correct.

I also made a cover in the yarn flash and it is pretty but I don’t have the right color ball to put it over. On the white ones, a little bit of green glitter sprinkled on it might be pretty also.