Archive for Short Rowing

Short Rowed Scarf made on the Brother Machine


 

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I was talking to a woman that contacted me to learn the passap machine. She was telling me that a knitting guild she belonged to had a knitting challenge doing any machine knitted  item that was short rowed. She told me a woman in the guild made the most beautiful scarf and that she wanted to try it. She found the pattern and I liked it and bought it . I used a yarn that has the feel of perla. It is a thin yarn and the variegated yarn was even thinner. I did not crochet around the scarf when I was done. I used the “worm” edging . The worm edging is on you tube by Kate Winslow. The edge still curls a little bit but I think it is okay.

This was a lot of fun to make.Breezy Spencer  states in her pattern that  you have to concentrate ….and you do…..but once you start to knit you will see that you don’t have to look at the pattern any more. Her pattern tells you the yarn she used and that she made hers on the Bulky. I don’t like wide scarves so I used the same amount of stitches in her pattern and made mine on the Brother standard gauge machine. The pattern is five dollars and it is on Ravelry and it is called Machine Knit Short Row Scarf by Breezy Spencer

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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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. 🙂

 

 

Passap doily using Marg Coe Dishcloth pattern


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DSCF2554DSCF2379I made Marg Coe’s Dishrag on my Passap 6000 using sock yarn. I wanted to try more short rowing on the passap. I love the pattern but I wanted the size larger since the first one came out the size of a coaster. I also wanted to use it as a doily since I think it is so pretty.  Marg has given me permission to share her dish rag pattern with you. It is made using the Bulky machine  and that is why there are only 15 stitches used in the pattern. On my second attempt to enlarge the pattern I was successful. There are twelve wedges in the pattern and I was able to knit three wedges in 45 minutes. It is easy to do but you have to really keep track of where you are. I have shown a method  to follow in my directions so you don’t mess up. It is not fun unravelling the pattern.

I have the doily under my orchid plant and if you notice it is ready to bloom. I have waited over a year for it to do so. 🙂

Here is the drop box link with Marg Coe’s dishrag pattern for the bulky or LK150 and also my instructions on how to make a large doily using her pattern on the passap.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uco6yuacatx6di6/AABAHfCj25Ge20ztyoGCsR4Ia?dl=0

 

 

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

Passap Perfect Circles by Billie Hall


Okay, why did I try these knitted circles? I DO NOT like short rowing. Well I came across an article by Billie Hall  in one of the Passap University manuals and I read the article on making circles. The sample she gives you is a placemat. In the article it says “if you want to avoid  the” holes” in the knitting, knit to the left. Hang the purl st of the last st formed on the left on the needle to the left.” I made the circle so I could try this way of avoiding the holes. The blue sample is coaster size instead of a whole Placemat. I used a sock yarn and I really like how it looks as far as no holes. However, it would not absorb any liquid . So I had some serenity sock yarn in vibrant colors and decided to make some drink holders for a plate set that I have. I love them and the yarn feels like cotton, I ironed it and it absorbs liquid. However, it was more difficult for the passap to knit by using the heel of the purl stitch like she said in her directions. So I just short rowed by lifting the needle next to the one with the pusher in work and wrapped the yarn and it was easier and faster! Hahahah, so at least I tried it. On my colorful coasters, I crocheted the outside and put two single crochets at each of the twelve points so it is not perfectly round. I used the pie crust trim on the blue one  and I like it but it took forever to do or so it seemed like it. 🙂  I have to say that I would make a Christmas tree skirt doing short rowing. So now I do not dislike short rowing .

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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

Small Felted Fling Purse


 

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TWO INSIDE POCKETS

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I am trying to get some things done for my etsy store and decided to share this little purse with you. It is called the fling purse and it is a hand knitting pattern that I bought from Carol Bristol Designs. I made one plain and then I decided to use up some of the incomplete balls of yarn that I had to make diagonal stripes like I did on another purse. On this purse the diagonal colors are only on the front and they wrap around the side since the sides are knitted while doing the front piece. The reason I did this is because I wanted 20 stitches for each stripe width and there were 59 stitches.(I increased to 60)

Things started out okay but drew a blank on how to do the fourth diagonal. It finally came to me after about three days. lol   I finished it , sewed it together and felted it and was sick when I opened the washing machine. I had one beige color that was not wool!!! All that work, time and yarn wasted. So I went back and did it again. I made up several knitted leaves in all colors and felted them. I had knitted this oak leaf first that is on this bag but it was way too large. When the little leaves looked funny I decided to felt the large oak leaf and it came out the perfect size. I only put one leaf on and one acorn.

I put two pockets on the back piece inside. In my directions I explain how I attached it while knitting the back. You have to knit the pocket first to do this. I like the size and the way they both came out. I needle felted a chickadee on one bag and used an “I” cord for the flower he is sitting on.

Here are my directions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. These are fun to make.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o1jhffjq8tczgqk/AABjRIm2mi7qVwqX_GT6b7Jva?dl=0

 

 

 

 

 

Passap Sock by Vera Hutton


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Second Sock with Wrapped Stitches

Second Sock with Wrapped Stitches

Short rowed wrapped heal

Short rowed wrapped heal

Ribbing

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If you have always wanted to make socks but were afraid you couldn’t do it, this is the sock you have to try!  The pattern is for the DM 80 and the E 6000 .The pattern is shared by Vera Hutton and the link is

http://www.northtipton.com/easy_passap_socks.htm

I have made tons of socks on the machines and this is a keeper. You don’t even have to use weights when short rowing because the stitches do not pop up. She says you can make one in a half hour and she is right. I used two strands of 2/29 that you can get new on ebay by seller Colobriyarns. Her shop is called GloKnit.

This came out perfect for my foot at her tensions. You will see a line across the top of the toe.  That is the cast on at tension 1. No hanging the cast on comb. You are starting at the toe and working up. You short row the toe, knit circular and then short row the heel and then do the ankle circular and then do the  rib in two parts. It is by far one of the easiest patterns. I recommend using your decker combs when it comes to the ribbing because if you cast off with waste yarn it will be hard to pick up stitches since they are so small.

I love how she says to start the ribbing. You use the decker combs to take off the back bed stitches and drop between the beds. You will be doing the rib on the front bed. (there will be two seams up the sides of leg) On the front bed you will have every needle in work. You then set up the back bed in 1X1 rib the way that she tells you. If you follow her directions the seams come out perfectly on the sides.

When you finish the rib she tells you to take off on waste yarn. So I did that . You will fold the waste yarn down and start at the end of the rib where there is no tail of yarn and latch tool one stitch through the other and when you get to the end stitch you will pull the tail of yarn through to finish that half. I thought it would be tight but the fact that you have 36 stitches from FB and 18 needles from back bed compensate for a tight edge. The rib comes out like a 2 by 1 rib and is very stretchy and stays up. I did my sock twice the length for the rib because I don’t like cold ankles.

Now if you try this, and I hope you will, when you set up for the rib you may have to turn your racking handle down to get the set up relation she is talking about for the rib.

AND the second thing  is you should wrap the stitches when you short row. I wish a pattern would tell you this . It is not always a given with the Brother to wrap when you short row so it should be stated in the pattern if you should or shouldn’t do it. Unless on the passap you are always supposed to do that. Any way, the first sock I did I did not wrap stitches and the toe came out fine. At the heel there were very nice holes! On my pair, on the first sock I just laid the yarn in the needle to wrap and on the second sock I actually wrapped around the needle. They sort of look the same but I would recommend wrapping the stitch . Left click on the picture to see it up close

Awhile back I showed a latch tool that you buy from the Beauty stores that is for hair extensions. It is very very tiny. This was perfect for latching up the ribbing.

Hair extension tool and knitting latch tool

Hair extension tool and knitting latch tool

If you want the two techniques for short row wrapping on the passap  click on the drop box link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ftrwpqgsff1g3e/heel%20short%20rowing%20for%20socks%20on%20the%20passap001.pdf

Mini Stocking Using Carpet Stitch and Stitch Ditcher


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I had two reasons for making this, well actually three. First one was to try the stitch ditcher and it was really quick! I did not use a technique like the directions said. I just used setting FX on the back bed and CX on the front bed. This way the whole row is loops.

Second, I forgot how to wrap and use pushers for short rowing. My mistake was that I was starting with all pushers out of work instead of in work. I made a second witch on the passap and it was really quick but when I got to the little feet I could not remember how to wrap the stitches to avoid a hole. So I took them off the passap and put on the Brother to finish. I cheated. However, it made me get the book out to do it so that is a good thing.

Third, they will be for sale in my Etsy shop. 🙂

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