Archive for Babies

Child’s Ribbed Hat Any Machine


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It was a rainy cold day yesterday and I had an area in my knitting room to clean up. I came across this little hat in an “In Knitters” book, Volume 5 No. 19,  that I picked up at a seminar last spring. It is designed by Ruth Schnell. She gives the hand version and machine knitting version. I love it. I hate to make pompoms even though I have nice pompom makers. I made this on the passap since it is my favorite. It took less than 20 minutes to knit it. I used two strands of  2/24 yarn though she calls for Tamm 3 ply astacryl.  There are three children’s sizes S,M, L to fit 18″,20″,22″ head circumference. She casts on at tension 6 and I don’t recommend that. I used a tension 3.5 and I would go tighter than that. But remember, I am using the passap.  Then you set up needles in 1 by 1 rib 110(138,152) and knit for 86(94,100) rows after doing the cast on with the contrast yarn. You then transfer she says to the main bed. I used the back bed on the passap. But when you transfer you don’t put the stitches on the empty needles . You double up the stitches on the same bed. In other words, put the ribber stitch on the main bed needle that already has a stitch on it. You will have two stitches on every other needle. Then you bring the out of work needles in and knit 11 rows of stockinette stitch. (You will have a row of eyelets where you started to knit the stockinette).  Your carriage will be on the left side. Knit one row with the contrast color to the right and put your tension dial up to 10 or 8 I believe on the passap. Knit one row to the left and bind off one stitch through the next. Sew up the seam and make an “I” cord that is 12 inches long. 3 stitches with one part button in and knit about 300 rows on the Brother. I made my “I” cord on the Brother. She calls for a tension of 10 but I used a tension of 4. I did not want a big cord.

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Passap Tuck Stitch Single Bed Baby Sweater


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I had to make a little sweater to go with the afghan I just made and decided to try a pattern from the Metbury Baby Book for E6000 machines. This little sweater pattern was in single bed tuck stitch and I never tried that on the Passap. I have done it on the Brother. I like doing the tuck stitch on the passap because the stitches are on the front bed which would be the ribber on the Brother. The stitches stay on nicely.

I made the fronts and back and one sleeve and had it all put together  and did not like the tuck side . In fact, I thought the reverse side was softer looking. So I took it apart and assembled with the other side as the right side. I don’t like the collar and if I had time I would have done a sandwich collar. This is the newborn to three month size . The baby is due in February so won’t have much time to wear it. I probably should have done the nine month to one year. I have to make more items for this baby so I might go larger.

 

Passap Tuck Stitch Baby Afghan by Jean Curry


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I posted this afghan pattern by Jean Curry done on the passap machine in February of 2014. I had to make one for a dear friend and I decided to post it again to show you that I think the design shows up better in white. I made the hat and booties but I still have the sweater to make. It is not a mistake in the middle of the afghan. It is a fold line.

Passap Baby Buggy Baby Afghan


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I was playing around scanning pictures again.  I came up with this design for a baby afghan based on the picture of the baby buggy from an afghan in a magazine years ago. The colors are light pink and aqua though it looks more blue in the picture. My passap was knitting beautifully while I knitted this I might add. 🙂

I am sharing the pattern and the directions and you can do what you want to this. I think the buggy should be wider and I corrected it and there is a file in the drop box called wider baby buggy. Download both and you will see the difference in the pictures. I am not unhappy with this but the wider one will look better. Make this your own by changing the colors, borders , size or personalize it. You can also make the buggy a solid color . This is a good time to play around in win/crea or the other design programs if you are new at this.

I happen to really like the size of these for babies. They don’t take a whole pound of yarn and are not huge.  The finished size on this is 31 wide by 35 long and it weighs 12 ounces. If you want to make it a large one just add the columns to 189 stitches and more rows to make 250.

Here is the link for the pattern and directions.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/swvexg18ai7vo77/FaGq8CGwE0

Passap Baby Blanket- I Made the Pattern


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              Baby on the Moon

Now I know why I buy patterns instead of making them. I have a great appreciation for people that do this. I have been working on this pattern for three days. On my first pattern I knitted it a third of the way and the moon was too narrow and the babies’  head was too big.  I also had the words Someone New in the upper left hand corner and the words To Love in the lower right hand corner. I started over and this is what I came up with. I can see that I can take more rows out of the moon right where the star is and then shorten the star.  I used 165 needles and knitted 600 rows and the afghan came out a square. It is 33.5 in width and length.

I am sharing it with you for your own personal use, not production knitting.  If you want it wider, you can add stitches next to the borders. You can also add more rows near the upper and lower borders if you want it longer. You can change the saying to the Baby’s name or put a different saying like Heavenly Angel or Angel sent from Heaven or…..well, you get the idea. I think this would be cute as a three color afghan also so that the baby shows up more. The pattern is available in my drop box at this link. I have a bmp file and a cut file. There is also a word document where I write out how to answer the questions after you download the file into win/crea. I set this design on needles 83 left and 82 right so I had to position the pattern on the needle Minus 1

Have fun if you make it . Would love to see your results if you knit it. 🙂

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7ynxelxem7sk8hv/llaDg89aOd

Passap Baby Afghans-Two more


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After I made the first afghan in blue I sort of thought the bunny and the bird might have been too girly for a boy. So I went in and changed the designs in the blocks and came up with Precious Baby. The cut file is in the drop box that lullaby baby is in. I also added two more columns on each side of both afghans so the border is a little wider and it looks perfect. You can take this file and open it in win/crea and change the animals to anything that you like. They are anywhere from 25 to 30 rows if you are looking for new designs.

I also knitted the pink afghan at 5.25 on both beds and it was too loose on the back bed. So I used the tension of 5.25/5   The afghan did not come out that much larger because of adding columns. I do like the size though.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7kq0n3tv1tkmrva/2kvH-WbJXr

Passap Lullaby Baby Blanket by JoAnn Teodori


 

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This pattern is in Machine Knitters Source Magazine  May/June of 1998 Vol. no 84   This pattern is in two parts in the magazine and intended for Creation Six. Okay, so how do I get the pattern . I was reading an old magazine and it said if you want  to scan a picture to convert to knitting, scan at 100dpi. So I set the magazine on my scanner and lowered the dpi. Then I saved it into DAK. The bunny and the bird came out so I copied and pasted into a new file. I went back to the original and I could tell where the arrows were. To make a long story short I was able to put it together into a file. My heart does not look as wide as hers but I think it is okay. If you want to change it in the pattern that I am sharing with you in my drop box, you can.

I was ready to knit it and realized I did not want a big blanket. So I worked on a smaller one and that is what is pictured. The small size is 26 width, 32 length. If you want to use the tension she suggests which is one dot higher than I used, it will come out a little wider. If you want to add more columns, add one more column at each side to make the border 3 stitches instead of two. My blanket is 135 stitches by 148 rows. If you add more columns, remember to select the right needles. You will knit 592 rows and 2 rows for bind off. Her blanket is 704 rows and 2 bind off rows.

I have the large blanket and smaller blanket in bmp and cut files. There is also a word document on how I made mine and how she makes hers. Hope you try it and have fun. I think it is cute. Will have to go look through some more magazines and see if I find some more baby afghans.

When I bind off, I like to take the blanket off knitting circular rows of waste yarn and then sit and latch tool one stitch into the next going from front bed to back bed and then front bed along the whole border .  In JoAnn’s pattern she has you knit two rows at blanket tension, transfer all the front bed stitches to the back leaving the front bed needles in working position. Then she knits one row at td 5/5.25, drops the front bed and binds off one stitch through another. I have to try this since I have never seen this bind off in afghan patterns. I will post that next so you can see the difference in the two bind offs. I tend to get a back ache when I bind off on the machine but willing to suffer that little bit for you in case you want to knit this. lol

Please look over the larger pattern if you do it and search for mistakes. I don’t think there are any but my eyes cross after looking at the computer screen for so long.

By the way, the technique is number 187. I will add it to the document in my drop box hopefully before you print it out. 🙂

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7kq0n3tv1tkmrva/2kvH-WbJXr

 

Finished Bunny, Lamb and Bear Blankies


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About a week and a half ago I fell on the ice on my right shoulder and could not machine knit for awhile. At the time I had just bought this pattern. So for a couple of days I sat and hand knitted the little characters. I assembled them yesterday to get them ready to put in my store. I especially love the bunny and just in time for Easter. 🙂

Passap Mini Lovey Blankie by Lorraine Pistorio


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I bought the Mini Lovey Blankie Minagerie Pattern from Lorraine Pistorio and I am not disappointed! Another wonderful illustrated and well written pattern. For the price you would expect to only get one design but you get all six animal designs and the blankets also.

You can find it here.http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-lovey-blankie-menagerie

Well you know I am not one to hand knit a blanket since I have the passap so I went to work and made a blankie on the Passap E6000. It was so quick and I used the console to make the blankie and added borders.  My blankie is 17 inches by 17 inches and comes off the machine finished. To match the collar I used five strands of 2/24 that I used for the blanket and I hand knit that. It came out the right size. I used a four ply yarn that I had for the bear. I hand knit all of him because I was away from home at the time but you can do the arms on the machine very easily.(Bulky machine)

If you would like to make this little blankie, buy her pattern for the heads, all the information is at this drop box link for the blankie including how to program the console to knit borders. This can be done on the DM80 and I included the picture of the punchcard for the DM80. Don’t ask me how to do anything else on the DM 80 because I could not help you. 😦

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jo9a1e30gaz6c72/6w3vuH0OMX

This little blankie is great for putting over the baby in a car seat without all the hassle of carrying a large one. Great for putting it over the baby while carrying it on your shoulder. Great for putting it over the baby in one of the carrying holders.

I can’t wait to do the bunny blankie.

Passap Baby Tuck Afghan by Jean Curry


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I have a box of magazines and patterns I wanted to get rid of and while waiting for my hubby to go somewhere, I picked  up Machine Knitters Source July/August of 2001 and leafed through it. I came across this pattern by Jean Curry and I think it is beautiful. I like it better than the afghan lovely. The stitches are raised and look like the popcorn stitch.

The pattern was not a graph to put into DAK or win/crea so I tried to scan it. Didn’t work. Then I took a close up photo of it and put it in DAK. In the conversion I was able to get one complete diamond. So I opened a new stitch file and copied and pasted the diamond in. It took me two hours to complete but after making it, it is a keeper. Glad that I spent the time.

I was stumped by pattern though because it says 162 rows and I only came up with 161. Well, if I had read to the end of the pattern, I would have seen that the last row is the bind off. I followed her directions for the cast on and I really like it . It is the racking cast on. I downloaded the pattern and when I realized how large it would come out and that it needed 15 ounces of yarn, I had to stop. That is a very large blanket. So I went back to the program and reduced the size to 142 rows by 138 stitches and it came out the size that I wanted. Finished size is 36″by 38″ . I also added one more tuck row so the borders would look alike. I am glad that I did. I corrected the pattern and if you go to my drop box link you will see two files in bmp format. One is the original size and the smaller one is the one that I made for baby afghan.They can be downloaded and taken into win/crea if you want to try this.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/itmej4adpw3qeze/BclrCMh-4h

In the drop box at the bottom is a document on how I made the smaller one.

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