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Passap Raglan Decreases-Single bed


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I came across an article called Nice’ N’ Easy  by George LeWarre in the Duet International Book Number 8 Autumn/Fall 1991. I compared them to the decreases I had done previously in my blog and they are different. Their may be one that is the same. If you print out the page that is the picture above, you will have the directions and a picture of what they look like. On the third one down, there is a one, two and three stitch decrease. You would pick one of the three, not do them all in a row like my sample. I have about four more to add and will notify you later.

I would like to encourage you to try these and make a sample of your own and label them for future reference. You might want to start your own book of samples.

That is what  I am doing now when I don’t feel like knitting. I am using  large notebooks with pictures and directions and putting in all the samples I have knitted .They will be going with my passap when I sell her so that the next person does not have to spend all of their time on the internet looking for directions on a particular technique.  So far I have about 5 notebooks but I am going to organize them better.

The picture above is in my drop box with the other raglan decreases.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lhfvnw0ncnhgs0t/AADJ_PxwCNWUnUe41dJ7IkA2a?dl=0

Passap Short Row Lesson for Beginners


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I was getting ready to go make a pair of socks on my sock machine. I went to a Facebook website for sock knitters to refresh my memory and I saw this project. The woman said she just knitted five sock heels and then closed it and made a pin cushion. So , I thought I would let beginners know how to short row on the knitting machine before attempting a pair of socks. This can be done on other machines by just putting needles into hold. On the passap, we work with the pushers to make them knit or hold a stitch and using the LX lock setting.

On my sock machine I have a 72 needle cylinder. The toe and heel are worked on 36 needles. So, I decided to work with the same amount on the passap. I like the size the pin cushion is but if you want to use less needles to make it smaller, by all means, experiment. If you want more definite ridges, short row down more than what I did here. I short rowed to 14 stitches and then back out again.

The great thing about learning from this lesson is that you are only working on the front bed and you can open the beds to hang weights and see everything clearly. I have passap heel weights that are flat and slide in nicely between the beds.They are well worth the investment.

Are you ready to try it? And to get a pin cushion out of your lesson? I used sock yarn at a tension 5 and black pushers.  While you are short rowing pay attention to your stitches. If they look like they are starting to rise up, open the beds and move your weights up. With this many needles you won’t have a big problem but move them up for sure after you short row decrease and after you short  row increase in this exercise. After the first heel is complete, you can take off your cast on comb.

Cast on double bed one row and hang a comb so that it will catch the stitches when you remove the back bed needles to out of work position. If you hang it wrong the comb will fall to the floor. Now knit about 10 rows of waste yarn and then knit one row of ravel cord.

TO SHORT ROW- Put the pushers up on the front bed under all 36 needles. Set lock to GX/LX (GX/BX DM80)and knit 1 row to the left with main yarn. Opposite the locks, put one pusher in non-working position and knit one row to the right and wrap the needle on the lock side which is on your right. See the picture below. Continue putting pushers out of work one by one each row until you have 14 stitches in work in the middle of the bed. Your lock will be on the left. Now opposite the locks, put one pusher on the right of working pushers(needle 8) back into work , knit a row and wrap on the lock side. Continue putting one pusher back into work each row opposite the lock until all 36 stitches are back in work. You have completed one “heel”. I did not knit two rows between the five heels. I just started to short row again. I did five heels. I removed the work on waste yarn and no need for ravel cord. It will unravel since it is the last row knitted. Then turn your work so that the purl side is facing out and start to kitchener stitch the beginning of your work to the end of your work. Pull out the ravel cord and the waste yarn on the beginning. Remove the waste yarn at the end of work. Carefully turn right side out through the hole . Stuff your pin cushion , gather the opening with the end of yarn to close the hole and put a button in the middle. I love birds and used a little whimsical button. Great project to use up left over sock yarn from making socks. The woman who made hers used all different colors for each heel. And……..I can’t find the site I saw this project !!!! I also have to tell you that I have sewn for years and I don’t have a decent pin cushion . So this is for me. 🙂

Update on my trip to the lady’s house that offered the free 18 inch doll patterns . I ended up taking two afghans for her. One was the baby afghan lovely and the other one was  the teddy bear one I made that was posted on my blog. I was glad that I did. She gave me about 110 doll patterns!!! So if you dont’ see me posting for awhile, it is because I am sewing…….or getting back to my sock machine. 🙂

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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

Buttonhole in a 2 by 2 Ribbing


Here is the simple buttonhole in a 2 by 2 rib that I used on my last sweater and it is easy and looks nice.  If you are using the passap the buttonhole stitches are transferred from the front bed to the back bed. On other machines you transfer the ribber stitches to the main bed. In the pictures you will see that the first step is to take the two front bed (ribber ) stitches and transfer them to the back bed(main bed) . Once you have transferred the stitches, leave the empty needles in work position and knit one row. You will see the yarn laying in the two empty front bed(ribber) needles. We all know that if you knit another row, the stitches won’t knit off properly.  In the second picture you will take a transfer tool and go between the two needles with the yarn laying in the latches and lift it gently and transfer that loop to the right needle on the back (main) bed .(Make sure the yarn stays in the needles.) Now finish the rest of the rows in the band.  I like the way the hole is in the purl side between two knit columns. It came out perfect for the button that I chose.

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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 Doily in Cotton-Pattern Carole J. Thimidis


DSCF2500I am still doing short rowing and I have to tell you how I came upon this pattern. I saw a pattern for a round dishcloth and I loved how the outside was finished. The pattern was by Marg Coe and the pattern was available in the LK150 knitting machine group. I made the dishcloth on my passap out of sock yarn and it came out the size of a coaster. I have lent the sample out but will post when I get it back. I emailed Marg Coe and asked her if I could make that pattern larger because  I wanted to use it as a doily and not a dish rag. It is too pretty. She emailed me back and gave me some suggestions. So that is my next project in short rowing to share with you. When she answered me she sent me this pattern and told me that it comes out rather large and it is a doily. Well I had seen this pattern in the LK150 group and that was my next mission to find it. And here it shows up in my email!! Thank you Marg! So I used a cotton yarn, tension 6 on the passap. No console is needed and it is so very,very easy. I emailed Marg and asked if I could share this pattern with you. She told me that Carole was an instructor that gave this pattern to her and told her to share it with whoever she wanted . If you would like to try this pattern, just email me. It is written for machines that can pull needles to hold. I did a sample on the Brother to see how it was made. To make it on the passap,you can’t pull the needles to hold.  I cast on both beds , hung the comb and dropped the stitches off the back bed. I knitted several rows of waste yarn and followed her pattern . Since you can’t pull needles to hold on the passap you have to have 41 pushers under the 41 stitches. The lock has to be set to LX and GX on the back bed. When it says to pull two needles out to  hold, all you have to do is lower the two pushers to non working position. There is no wrapping of stitches and it knits rather quickly. I took my time so I did not drop any stitches. There are 16 wedges and I reset the row counter after finishing one wedge. I actually got to the point of memorizing the pattern and did not have to look at the sheet. I also used the one eye transfer tool instead of a multiple one since it was too easy to drop a stitch if all did not transfer.  I was going to crochet an edge but I think this is just lovely the way it is.

I am sorry I have not posted anything but the weather has been beautiful and I don’t want to stay inside. Also, I did not have a cable to download to my passap from a  laptop. I got rid of my pc and now I can download easier. I am now up and running and hope to be doing something soon before I forget how to use my passap and Brother machines. lol

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.

 

 

 

Snowman Ornament


IMG_20151201_172058789~2My sister is putting a lot of snowmen on her Christmas tree this year. I saw this snowman on Pinterest with just the glass ball and white snow inside and the painted face. Well, I did not have snow so I used salt. Stop laughing!! Then I decided to try knitting a little black top hat. I  think it came out cute. I used 2/24 yarn and I made the brim on the Brother 940 electronic and I hung that on the Passap machine and knitted circular to finish the top part.  It took no time at all. I used a 1&1/2 inch glass ball. I painted the eyes, mouth and nose . If you don’t want to knit circular I have directions for knitting straight on the single bed.Here is how I did it . This is a good lesson for short rowing for beginners.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bws8npob4g4whu6/AAAXbcwLvEGvci8LQor7Yi5ca?dl=0

Passap Knitted Ice Skate Ornament with Carpet Stitch cuff


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Okay, I know you were expecting a lot more in knitting from me. The truth is that I want to get knitting more but we are working on our house. I just finished staining all the woodwork for 9 doors and baseboards.

So I was able to play around in between the staining and varnishing. I know I need to get a life when I look at the hours I spent  to get this little ornament knitted. I think it is cute though so time was not wasted. I got the idea from a magazine picture of a felted ice skate. This can be knitted on any machine but you would have to do a different cuff. The cuff is the carpet stitch and I used the stitch ditcher attachment but you don’t need one to do this. It is just faster and easier with one. The great thing about this carpet stitch cuff  is that it curls around the top of the skate body by itself.  I tried making this four times and the best way to knit it is to knit the cuff, take off on waste yarn and then knit the shoe part from the bottom up so you are doing decreases instead of increases. I then Kitchener stitched the cuff to the body, hung the sides on machine with right sides together and bound off and then when I came to the bottom where the waste yarn was I bound off two stitches at a time. Turn in side out and stuff lightly. I made laces with the white yarn. Pompoms would look cute on the ends of the laces. Or you could put a pompom on the toe like I used to do eons ago when I used to roller skate. The yarn I used was called flash I believe. It has a very pretty sparkle to it. The cuff has sparkle in it but it is hard to see in my picture.  If you want to make it here are my pattern instructions in my drop box.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1vt9xm3nvn8s4lp/AADTaPnapAXonAXvUD66_GqGa?dl=0

Light Weight Hat made on the Brother


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Years ago my brother in law asked me if I could make him a light weight hat, one layer, without all the bulk at the top of the head. I did and then his little grandson took it from him and put it on and never gave it back. So he asked me to make another and I did not even remember how I made it, and of course, no pattern .

So one night I am looking for something and I came across the pattern jotted down on a small piece of paper with the information. If you saw how many patterns and books I have you would see how unbelievable this was!  I even still have the partial cone of yarn that I used!

My brother in law works outside and when he gets too warm, the thick hats make him warmer. I measured from the top of his head to where he wanted the band. Don’t ask me how I came up with figuring the decreases on the top. lol  I know I had to decrease a lot and the garter bar would have taken forever. Looking at it now, I could have probably started the decreasing triangles sooner and decreased every other row.

My brother in law has a large head so if you want to try this measure the person’s head around and the length from the top to the band. Do a tension swatch! If the stitches are less, make smaller triangles at the top. I have posted the directions in my drop box , since I typed them out to save them and put in a folder. I have a diagram and you can see how it is made. Very simple and finished in less than two hours. Now off to make an afghan for someone.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/85vxicsnrfxbhnj/AADFAYb02DtMBsm6xnKjzessa?dl=0

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