Posts Tagged ‘Afghan’

Passap Baby Afghan by Joan Swanson Award Winning Afghans


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A dear friend gave me some yarn (yep, will have to move the hubby out to make more room !)  It  is 2/17 yarn and I used one strand of each color. It came out lighter weight than 2/24 but I think it will be nice because of that. Mom’s don’t need to carry more weight including the baby. The pattern was in Prize Winning Afghans and I believe the author is Joan Swanson.  The pattern was narrower and longer so I reduced the rows and increased the width. The final width of the knitted blanket is 30 inches by 30 inches. The pattern is  162 stitches wide and 153 rows in length. I used technique 187.

I also knitted the bear. It is a gypsy cream pattern.

Passap Stargate Afghan by Tatiana Knits


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I found more yarn in my house I did not realize I had, so I decided to knit the other pattern I bought from Tatiana Knits. It is called Stargate. I used technique 186. The colors I used are hunter green and light tan. I used tension 5/5. for the body of the afghan using 2/24, two strands of each color. Cast on was tension 3 and CX rows tension 4. It was 984 rows  of knitting. I knitted to row 982 and shut console off. In other words I did not knit the last two rows of color 2. I set the locks for CX and knitted two rows with color 1 and then one row at N/N at the loosest tension possible. Then I took the afghan off of the machine on 12 rows of waste yarn at settings CX/CX. I latch tooled one stitch through the next to the end and removed the waste yarn.

Passap Afghan “Fans” by Michael Becker


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I had to make another afghan for the other grand daughter of a friend of mine. The first  girl liked black and cream. This girl likes black and white. The pattern is from Michael Beckers book Passap Instant Afghans Book 4.

I have made this before but I thought I would post this since I see a lot of people asking what tensions to start with on the passap.

I used two strands of 2/24. I don’t like the racking cast on. I did a circular cast on. First row N/N 3, CX/CX  4,  N/N  5/4…

Main tension is 5/4…      I  had all needles in work except the last one on the back bed on the right. Both end needles are on the front bed.

Tension Mast 1-5,  Tension Mast 2-6

When programming the console, when it asks position I put in 1-

The pattern is 179 stitches and this will center it.  I finished this afghan in one hour  and got a wonderful work out! Felt like I was having a ten minute hot flash. 🙂

I used Michael Becker’s cast off but I took off on waste yarn circular so I would not have to bend over the machine. I then sat and latch tooled only the front bed stitches. Removed waste yarn and finished.This has not been blocked yet.

Passap Afghan by Michael Becker of Distinctive Knits


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Michael Becker Afghan

I made this afghan for a woman’s granddaughter. Her granddaughter saw one that I made her and she told her grandmother that she wanted it. Of course, she said no. So I asked what her granddaughters  favorite colors are and she said cream and black. Yep, I have those colors. And so the story begins.

Sometimes I think I should just give up knitting because I always run into a dilemma, through no fault of my own…snicker….snicker.

My passap was practically singing to me while she is knitting for me, doing a great job. I finished this in less than an hour and a half with 1000 rows. Now here it comes. The bind off. I read the bind off Michael Becker says to do and think, no, I can do the one I always do . I do my last rows. Take off circular in waste yarn and go to latch one stitch through the next and it is too tight even though my last row was knitted at tension 8. This is that fantasy fairisle that really spreads out and I thought, this won’t do. Put back on the machine? Nooooooooo! Hmmmm . Yes, that is what I did. It took forever to put back on because what color am I using for the background? Black!  So I start the long slow tedious process because of course I can’t see and I am using 2 strands of 2/24. What? Now the sun is going in and getting really overcast. I finally got it back on and did his bind off and it is perfect and stretches nicely.  So actually, the bind off dilemma took longer to do than the afghan. lol

The pattern is from Passap Instant Afghans Book 3 by Michael Becker. The colors are black and cream even though it looks white. I really was surprised how pretty this is. His cover on his book does not do this justice. The edges look like they are scalloped but they aren’t. Of course, I love black and cream too. I know her granddaughter will like it.

 

Passap Afghan Another Lydia’s Afghans Series 2


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Lydia’s Afghans Series 2

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I decided to make a small afghan for my sister’s vacation trailer. She said they often sit outside with lap blankets or wrap them around themselves in front of the fire. Well , this is definitely a lap blanket. The pattern called for 954 rows. I tried to match the colors in their trailer. I used a wedge wood blue, taupe and cream. I think it will be okay. This is a three color afghan from Lydias Series 2 afghans. I think a border would have been nice on this since the pattern is cut in half on the sides. I was going to make the main color taupe but when I checked the taupe yarn it seemed a little thinner than the others. I am glad I changed to cream as the main color. The blue is not a 2/24. It is Kitty by Tamm and boy is it nice on the passap. I used one strand.

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 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

 

Adding Borders Using Passap Console vs DAK File


Left blanket knitted from file. Right blanket knitted adding borders into console.

Left blanket knitted from file. Right blanket knitted adding borders into console.

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In my previous post I made Lovey Blankets on the Passap instead of hand knitting them from the pattern from Lorraine Pistorio.  I used pattern 1071 in the pattern book and added borders programming it with the console instead of downloading a pattern. I had a woman ask if I had the Cut or DAK file for it.  When I went to make this I thought how easy it would have been if I could just download it but I used the console and it really is easy. BUT…. I was up for the challenge. I went to DAK and put in pattern 1071. Then I copied and pasted it once so that I had 64 stitches. Then I added 6 extra stitches on each side for the borders and 8 rows on the top and bottom for those borders. I saved it and downloaded it and knitted it. For the borders I had two black rows and two white rows alternating up the sides and for the top and bottom. I knitted 1/3 of the blanket and looked at it and it was wrong. Went back to the pattern and only used single rows of alternating black and white rows for the top , bottom and sides. I knitted a full blanket because it did not look bad but it is not the same as adding borders with the console. I took a picture of both blankets side by side and you can see the difference. Left mouse click on the picture to see a close up.  I like both of them but the borders that were added into the console look like English Rib to me. I put the BMP file in my drop box if you want to knit it but don’t want to learn how to do it through the console. I am stumped on this because you use technique 186 as the pattern for the borders and for knitting the blanket. I might put this past Pat Groves of the passap group or if anyone can enlighten this dim mind, I am open for answers. 🙂

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.

Passap Personalized Baby Blanket


afghancambtI just finished this baby blanket for a co-worker’s daughter. I blocked the date for privacy. She did not want baby colors. A lot of women are  going that route.  I always worry that they won’t like it but she did.  I used four colors, two strands of 2/24 for each color. The white is an off white so it was not a bright contrast in colors. I used 179 stitches and 138 rows(which comes to 1104 rows) The afghan was 36″ by about 43″. I used tension 5 on the front bed and 4.. on the back bed. I used mast settings of 5.5 on the first two from the left and 6 on the right two masts.

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