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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.

Machine Knitted Santa Ornament/Package Tie


 

I found a pattern in one of my books for a Sant pin, or tree decoration. I don’t know who the author is or where the pattern is from. I just know that it was in a file I have of all Christmas ideas. I decided to make him because it uses “pencil fringe” . I had never tried it though I have heard of it. I made this on my Brother 940.

This was so easy and quick to make and I think he is adorable. He is knitted flat and not stuffed. Because of the way this is knitted, the edges pull in making it look like he is. The yarn suggested was 2/15 or 2/20. I used Flash in white for the face and red for the hat. He actually sparkles if you see him in person. haha

For the beard I had a type of white ribbon yarn .

He is made by e wrapping 15 stitches in white yarn. Then you knit one row. The beard is made next using the pencil fringe. You will have a separate ball of white yarn on the floor to wrap around the pencil. You will start on the left  with all the needles out to hold and put the yarn around the end needle and then down and around the pencil and then back up over the next needle and keep doing that along the length of stitches. Then you knit one row.(You can knit this row by hand if you don’t want to take the carriage across) Then wrap in the opposite direction.For his beard, the first pencil fringe is made wrapping the pencil one time. The second row is made wrapping two times around the pencil and the third row is made wrapping the pencil three times. After this you move on to the face. Continuing on the same needles,you will put 5 stitches in hold on the next two rows. Then you will put one back in work opposite the carriage until you are back to 15 stitches. Then knit 5 rows and take off on garter bar or waste yarn.

Now you will start the hat the same way as his beard. With white, E wrap 15 stitches and do three  rows of pencil fringe but only wrap each row one time around the pencil. Remember to knit one row after wrapping the pencil. Put all needles to hold after knitting that row so you can remove the pencil . When you are finished with the three rows of pencil fringe, rehang the the face stitches that were removed on the garter bar onto the same needles. There will be 2 stitches on each needle. Knit one row of white

Now you change to red yarn and finish the hat. You will knit 6 rows of red. Decrease one stitch on each side and knit 3 rows. Then decrease 1 stitch each side every other row until one stitch is left. Fasten off and leave a loop to use for hanging on the tree or for a package ornament. (or pin)

I did use a tighter tension(5) for my yarn. I made my first sample with 2/24 and he was too long in the face. Also, use a loopy yarn for the beard. You want fullness. The loops of 2/24 were okay but did not make him look very cute. The pattern suggest sequins for the eyes and a pink sequin for the nose. I used black little pompoms I had and a red rhinestone for the nose. He is sure to bring a smile whether you wear him as a pin, hang him on the tree or put him on a Christmas gift. Hope you try him. 🙂

 

 

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

Miniature Knitted Sweater with Tatted Wreath-new pattern


 

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For those of you that may have tried this pattern, I hope you won’t be mad. 🙂

I made a couple more of them and changed the pattern and it is easier and comes out with less  bulk on the shoulders and armholes. The sweater with the wreath and red bow is the new pattern and the wreath with the gold beads is the older pattern. I know it is hard to see the difference but there is. Besides, knitting the sleeves from the top down and no ribber on the sleeve stitches saves a lot of time.

I changed the way the shoulder stitches are bound off. I pulled one set of shoulder stitches through the other and then latched them off one stitch through the next and secured at the shoulder seam.

I knitted the sleeves from the top down by hanging two stitches from the sweater armhole edge to start. I knit one row and then picked up a stitch opposite the carriage onto the next needle to the right of the first two stitches and knit a row. I repeated this until I had 15 stitches on the bed. When I finished with the sleeve, I knit 3 rows at tension 3 and one row at tension 4 . Starting with the second stitch in from the edge I reformed the stitches and knit them back up. I did this with every other stitch for the rib. Then I took these stitches off on waste yarn and latched one stitch through the next until all were latched off. It was easier and the cuff is tighter.  The new directions are in my drop box.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/26e6yosrehgae0i/AAD4DOJITEWYr7GO_MqKtUUda?dl=0

Miniature Sweater with Tatted Collar


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Before Christmas I received an order for five miniature white plain sweater ornaments.  Every Christmas this woman’s grandmother would wear a plain white sweater and her grandfather would wear a red vest.The woman recently lost her grandmother and she wanted to have these to give to her uncle and siblings in remembrance of them. The uncle got a sweater and the red vest the grandfather wore.

So I drew up this pattern with little set in sleeves so the arms did not stick straight out. While making one of the fronts, I came out with an extra stitch on the front  so I tossed that aside and continued to knit the rest. While I was finishing one I thought about a tatted collar since the collars are hard to do because they are so small. On the five sweaters I used a roll collar  but it was difficult to sew the seam. I decided to use the front I had made and finish a little sweater and try a tatted collar since I am back into that hobby. I took the pattern for a tatted necklace and made the collar and then I just crocheted it on. So, here is my five hour sweater! LOL

Here is the link to my drop box for my pattern. 🙂

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9t8j67ck9rv7fny/MINIATURE%20SWEATER%20WITH%20TATTED%20COLLAR.docx?dl=0

Miniature Knitted Christmas Sweater


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I have knitted a lot of the miniature sweaters that were in a Machine Knitters Source Magazine and I don’t like the way the sleeves stick straight out. So I changed the pattern so that it had set in sleeves.  Here is my pattern if anyone wants to try it. I used my Brother 940 machine.This one just has roll hems and collar and a 4 stitch cable that crosses every 6 rows. There are four cables on the front and five on the back. You don’t even have to do the cables on the back. I used a dress yarn that is white and really sparkles. Hard to tell in the picture. I think the yarn is called  Flash.

Here is the link for the pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mg4kdnd6ovpwaf2/Miniature%20Sweater.docx?dl=0

Felted Christmas Tree


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This was the last thing I made yesterday from my Things To Try Notebook. I thought this was a little pattern that I could use to make a felted tree ornament. Wrong! I knew it was going to be big when it said to cast on 60 stitches. This pattern is from a book from a knit shop that used to be here in Ohio about an hour away from me. The woman was a passap dealer and the shop was called Eileens. This pattern is called Applique Knit Tree by Terri L. Burns of Beaverton, Oregon. Well, she was there in 1993 but don’t know about that now. lol

I used some left over red yarn in case this did not turn out. Well, it did so I am sorry I did not have green. I love the way it was knitted. Very easy to follow instructions. She even had the rows and needles marked in case you wanted to put buttons on for decoration. I chose beads because I had them. I even had the beading tool that I used once in over 20 years of owning it.

I thought the edges might curl up or in while felting  so I took ravel cord and hung all of the edges and added waste yarn before felting. I checked early in felting to see if I needed to pull the edges to keep in shape. All was well. It took about five minutes to felt. I pulled on the bottom edge to get it to curve instead of being straight across. I left a piece at the top for a hanger. I crocheted the last strand for about two inches for hanging. The finished tree is about 12 inches tall and about 12 inches at the widest part. I want to knit a brown trunk to add to it. I was going to needle felt some ball ornaments on it. Anyone have any more ideas as to how to decorate?  What can I use it for besides a wall or door hanging? I suppose I could use it for placing trays of cookies or refreshments on at Christmas time. I can’t use as a hot pad because of the beads.

I would like to scale this down to make a tree ornament since I like its shape.

Felted Ball Ornament with Needle Felted Santa


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I made this ornament last year but did not finish it. It looked funny with a bow at the top. I tried felted yarn and it did not look good. So this morning I decided to try to get the look of the metal caps that are on ball ornaments. You can see it better in the second picture.

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My Second Santa

Oh No, I am a liar. I told Lynne I would not try this again. However, my last little guy sold the night I put him in my Etsy store. A very nice woman by the name of Joann stumbled onto my blog and hurriedly went to my Etsy store to see if he was still there. She emailed me that she is starting needle felting and that she appreciates the time that goes into these things and she also said he was going to a good home. I am so happy he is going to get loving care he deserves . lol 🙂  She told me she hoped that I would not give up on doing him again. So, very motivated, off I go to the machine again. Yes, this took less time. I don’t think his face is as cute but this was a lot easier. I knitted him without the cuffs, pom pom and brim and then felted him. I used my other roving that is not as white or silky but was much easier to control.

I just compared the two Santas and I think I need to make his eye brows less bushy and move the eyes closer and put the blue part lower in the eye.

 

 

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