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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.

Red Heart Scrubby on the Standard Machine


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My friend Patty gave me a scrubby (purple one) she made following Diane Sullivan’s video and using Red Heart scrubby sparkle yarn on a mid gauge machine. I love these scrubbys the best. I bought one at a craft show last year and they are my favorite. They are light, wash well in the washing machine and hold up in the dryer. And you don’t even have to put them in the dryer. Let them air dry.

Well, I don’t have a mid gauge machine so I bought some yarn and decided to try one. I used every needle on the Brother standard machine and it was too tight. Then I tried the Brother Bulky and it was too large. Then I tried every other needle and tension 8(her tension in video) on my standard machine and it would not go into a circle when I finished. I finally turned the tension up to the highest position and the mast tension to the loosest setting and it came out very close in size and weight.

Here is what I did .
Red Heart Scrubby made on the standard machine

Set tension dial at 10 and your mast tension the loosest setting (all the way to the negative sign)

Set up every other needle from 41 left to 40 right.

Push back to non working position every other needle. You will have 3 non working needles between each working needle. Put yarn in and knit one row to the left. Hang comb. Bring into work the middle needle from the NON WORKING needles. Your set up will now be every other needle. Knit across row. This is a weaving cast on so you can gather the stitches when finished.

Knit 30  rows . Carriage on the right. Cut yarn and take work off on a bodkin and gather stitches.
I was able to make six scrubbys from one ball of yarn. I paid $2.50 at Joannes for the yarn . It was $5.00 but I had a 50% coupon. So the cost was 42 cents a scrubby.
Suggestion: When you start and finish, do not leave a long tail of yarn because it gets longer when you gather stitches. Only leave about a six inch tail . It will then be long enough to sew up the side. I only had about 12 inches of yarn left after my last scrubby but I did some of them at 32 rows and some at 30 rows.

Watch Diane Sullivan’s video on how to make a scrubby on the mid gauge machine for more detail.

Oh, on a funny note, the power went off so I decided to knit since I could not run the sewing machine. I finished all six of the scrubbys and walked into the kitchen and the power came back on. Do you think it was an omen for me to get back to knitting? lol I am glad it brought me back since all I have been doing is sewing.

Here is my latest sewing/quilted Christmas wall hanging.

I will be knitting again since I saw a cute poncho I would wear in one of Charlene Schaeffer’s knitting books.

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Passap E 6000 Baby Bear Blanket


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I am so proud of myself. I decided to knit the afghan that I first wanted to knit . I found some extra time last night. The pattern is from Knitten Buds. I can no longer find them on the internet.  I wonder if anyone has any information on them.

I did not want an afghan this large but I am happy with how it came out. I did not have all the information on the baby so I just put what I had in the heart. I am sure the woman will love it. The pattern was 179 stitches and 250 rows. I shortened the pattern to 216 rows . I used technique 187. I used two strands of 2/24 and tension 5 on both beds. The color is mauve and white. The finished size is 35 by 50 inches. I was glad I have DAK to add the name inside of the heart.

I really need to give my passap an affectionate name since she knitted so beautifully for me after ignoring her for so long. She holds no grudges.

Now I have to knit some slipper socks on my Brother  for a woman who was in the hospital. Then back to sewing. 🙂

Okay, a friend found this link but I am having trouble getting all the pattern pictures. Maybe it is my computer.

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20090515042505/http://knittenbuds.com:80/

Passap Baby Blankets


 

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Okay, I lied. My next post was not attaching the neckband without the sandwich. This is my excuse and I am sticking to it. 🙂

I have to thank Gillian for getting me back into my knitting room. I have been absorbed with quilting and having work done in my house and ignoring my beloved passap. Gillian sent me a picture of the baby blanket she made from my posting on February 5, 2014. It is a baby blanket by Jean Curry. I had to make a baby blanket for a gift and when I saw her pictures of her blankets I decided this would be the quickest to knit and I think it is very pretty. It is a tuck stitch and you don’t use the back bed pushers

So…….I learned one very important thing about the passap knitting machine . I learned that if I had stayed away longer, I would be following my own blog to learn all over again! hahahahahaha

I had to cast on 3 times.  I used the number 3 cast on and I don’t usually use that. I got out my book and casted on and I wanted a tighter tension. I removed the work and thought I remembered the racking sequence for the cast on and ended up doing it wrong. So then I finally cast on the third time. Now it is time to download. Went through the sequence and it beeped and I went through setting up and then it dawned on me that it did not say wait in the memo window of the console. I had disconnected my laptop awhile ago and thought maybe it was the wrong port . Nope. I repeated and nothing again. Then I started to laugh. My switch for going between download and knitting was not in the download position. LOL  But, the velcro piece that holds  it on top of the console had come loose and the box was hidden behind the console. Oh brother, now I have been in my knitting room for a half hour and I have not even knitted the 568 rows. I started it at 10 p.m. and walked out of my knitting room at 11 p.m with the cast off row on waste yarn. I was surprised since it felt like I was in there for hours.

I knitted the white one with Tamm star at tension 4 and I knitted the pink one at tension 5 and two strands of 2/24. You can tell that the white one came out smaller and shorter using a smaller tension.

By the way, for the new people following my blog, here is a link to my drop box to see what I have posted from the beginning of my blog up to  February of 2016 .

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fdj4frh7820yw6k/AAAlxycpQONOxFDcNpGii55qa?dl=0

Passap E600 Christmas Knitted Key Fob


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Sorry I have not been knitting. I went off into a sewing tangent. lol  I made a quilted Christmas tree skirt so that I won’t be rushing to do it in the last few weeks before Christmas .  I finished a large autumn table quilt also. My latest project was mug rugs and key fobs. When I made the key fob I  thought, okay, this could be knitted also. This took about 15 minutes to make. The snowflake is the first one I did. I have a picture of the snowflake you would enter into your knitting program for downloading. Then I went and looked in the pattern book and there are many designs to choose from. More on that later.

First I found a small snowflake design . I knew I could not have many stitches to make a one inch width. I looked at my knitted strip of all the techniques that I have and technique 184(long stitch) looked the best for less distortion. Both end needles will be on the front bed.  I cast on  9 stitches (fb) and 8 stitches (bb) double bed with 2 strands of 2/24 at tension 1../1.. I hung a small comb and two weights….yes, two green weights! I used 2../2.. for CX rows. Then tension 3 for last N/N row and for the main tension. I knit 8 rows of solid red before downloading and knitting the pattern .  I knitted on needles 60 R and 68 R so that my work was close to the color changer. I knitted 392 rows . (total of 14 inches)I turned off console and knitted 8 rows of red to finish. I took off on waste yarn and kitchener stitched the top so I would not have a lot of bulk to go inside of the metal clamp. I also had my mast tension on 5.5 for number one and 6.5 for number 2. Since all machines are different, if the eyelet pops out of the holder while working, your mast is too tight. lol Then I just put the two ends into the metal clamp and closed .

If you don’t want to do the snowflake design, just look in your stitch book for small designs that are the width of the band(9 stitches) For example, pattern 1126 is the design in the top picture of the key fob. It was 7 stitches wide and 7 rows. I entered the design in win/crea and added two columns, one on each side.  If you want to do pattern 1304, you only have to add one blank column since there is one blank column in the pattern. You can even go to 10 stitches wide and be safe it will fit in the metal closure.

Also, if you don’t want to buy the metal one , you can start this on waste yarn and end on waste yarn. Before joining , put in a key ring circle. Then graft your stitches and sew a line just below the ring through both thicknesses so that the circle is closed. Okay, now back to sewing. hahaha

Passap ” I Love Dogs” Afghan


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I made a baby afghan for a neighbor’s grandson. She told me he loves it and has worn it out. He is now 2. I told her I would make him another one and asked what he liked. She said he loves dogs. I spent about 4 to 5 hours playing around with ideas and came up with this one. Some of my blog followers have also asked if I had a design  for an afghan for dogs since I made one for cats. So I am killing two birds here with one stone. 🙂

I wanted to use blue but did not have royal blue 2/24. That was my first mistake. I found some Sky  yarn that I have tons of. It is a 4/15 yarn and it knitted like a cotton on the passap. I don’t even know how I was able to cast on with 2.. for the CX rows. My main tension was 6../6.. and I could have gone higher. I also used yarn spray and that helped . I was okay with higher tension since I wanted the afghan larger than 30 by 30. (If you use 2/24 yarn it will come out like the cat afghan) To make matters worse I thought I was going to run out of yarn and that was stressful when I got to row 270. I made it though so that was good. I knitted it in about an hour……….. and then  it took forever to finish it. I had to do the CX rows of the cast off 4 times using different tensions. When I tried to use tension 2 ..it would not knit off the stitches. Tried tension 3, the same thing. Had to go to 4. When I did the last N/N row at 7/7 I lost a lot of front bed stitches. Picked them all up and decided to cast off on the machine. I washed it in the machine and the size got smaller but it is still good. I am used to 2/24 yarn but with this yarn I will probably have to  lightly steam the edges and top and bottom to get it to lay flat.  I don’t know how it is going to wear but I will ask her to let me know.

I used a paw design from free punchcard patterns on the  internet along with some of the small dogs and the word Woof. The dachshund I found in Wendy Phillips Just Dogs  book. I found the bone in Marc’s Motifs by Marc Pohlman’s The Kennel Club. I used the dachshund because the little boys grandmother has a dachshund .

I am sharing this pattern with you. Please use it for yourself or to give as gifts. Please do not sell this pattern as your own or the afghan itself on the internet.  I have a bmp file for win/crea users and a png file for DAK users. Remember, for this afghan you are using both beds but using a single bed technique. You have to reverse the colors. I have explained this in instructions to help you when you download.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8tm8eavg03aagx1/AAAWBoHBG-gR0WOzpjsSfJiTa?dl=0

Passap E6000 Owl Baby Afghan


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I promised my sister I would knit her a baby afghan for a shower she was going to before I broke my arm. The baby’s room is being done in owls and the colors of purple and pink. She called and wondered if I was still going to be able to do it since she needs it ASAP. No pressure there. lol  No sympathy either with a broken arm. Lol, just kidding sis! I already made her feel bad telling her that her husband and son are landscapers and they did not come and cut my lawn for me . That wasn’t fair since they live an hour away.

I wanted to try something awhile back so I thought I would try it on this afghan.I read an article that said you can take any Japanese design and knit it on the passap without distortion if you use the  single bed technique  179 but knit it double bed. You have to do two things to do this. You have to have an even number of rows and you always have to reverse the main and motif colors. I googled owls on the internet and found a punch card with this design. I entered it into win/crea since it was only 21 stitches wide and 35 rows and made up the design. I used 168 stitches and the pattern is 198 rows. The afghan came out 29 inches by 29 inches. I could have added another row of owls but did not want a real large afghan. The colors are purple and pink even though the pink looks white. The owl does look better in the purple rather than the pink. The pink ones look like they have ghost eyes. haha

I was able to knit with one arm. The only hard part was putting the cast on comb in. I took my time and no mistakes…..always a good day when that happens!

I have the directions on how I knitted this afghan(but not the file) in detail right down to  how to program the console for color reverse. Email me if you would like a copy.

 

Another Passap Mug Rug


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Hahahahaha, bet you did not want to open your email from me just to see another mug rug.   🙂

I made this baby afghan lovely yesterday. I told my husband I was making it for someone and needed an hour of uninterrupted time. I  surprised myself since I finished it in 32 minutes…..without a motor.

Now, I have shown this before and directions are posted in my blog. I have to tell you why I made it. My friend and I were in JoAnn fabrics and I saw a pattern for sale for an 18 inch doll. (Sister’s granddaughter has one and now making clothes for it) I asked the clerk if the sale included the doll pattern and she said she thought so but to check on the price check scanner in the store. I did and got the shock  of my life. The pattern was on sale at 50% off and the sale price was $13.70!!!!! I put it back and my friend and I started to have a discussion about how expensive patterns are nowadays. A woman approached the two of us and said she could not help but overhear our discussion abut the prices of doll clothes patterns. She then told us she has a ton of them at home along with her sister’s collection and we were more than welcome to them for free if we come and get them. She said she would like to know that someone used them instead of throwing them away. Whooooo Hoooooo……so we are going tomorrow to pick them up.

So in talking to her she said her eyes are failing and she does not sew too much any more and all of the children are grown. She mentioned that a grandson was  born in the family a month ago. So I decided since she was not charging us, I would make this afghan for her to give for the little baby boy.

On second thought, I could give her some sets of mug rugs to say thank you !!!!!!! LOL

Passap Scarf Knitted without the Console


 

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I saw this rib pattern in the Passap Club patterns Number 11. It is a beautiful rib. It is made with the needles in a 2by2 rib using AX/N with both arrow keys pushed in: automatic pattern. I used a yarn I had by Bramwell called Hot Pink duo spun. It is a nice light weight acrylic. I decided to make a cowl scarf . I made it 48 inches and it is perfect. I wanted it around the neck for warmth. This is a gift for someone. I will explain the pusher set up and my tensions in the pattern information. This will make a great quick Christmas gift that will not take you longer than an hour to make.

Here are my directions

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7p612qfinmpjju3/AAAHZ-TSnojxuv9Y4T1Pouqoa?dl=0

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Passap And Brother Knitted Santa Scarves


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I wanted to hurry and knit these scarves for my nephews  daughter and girlfriend .  The pattern is adapted from a circular sock machine pattern. You can find a free pattern for it that is similar at this link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/santa-scarf-5

or you can google “machine knitted Santa Scarf” and you will see several similar and different ones.

I used yarn that I had except for the white that is called pipsqueak. I bought it at Joanne fabric store on sale for 2.69. The large red one is  Red Heart and so is the white for pompom.

I used 44 stitches and tension 6 on the Bulky. On the passap I used the same amount of stitches and used a 3 ply yarn at tension 5..  I knitted the faces to the brim and then re hung stitches and knitted circular for about 250 rows(500)

I did the white beard for both of them on the Bulky machine . For the little scarf I used 22 stitches on the bulky  to fit the width of the one for the passap.

I know my nephew will laugh and his girlfriend is so cute she will love it.

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