Posts Tagged ‘Baby’

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 Primary Color Child’s Blankie


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I have to say that I admire people who write their own patterns. I don’t know why I keep trying to do it ! I took this puzzle design and had to add to it to make it wider. I did not want an adult afghan so I settled for this. If you turn it sideways, it will fit a stroller. If I made it double it would look cute on a child’s bed. Anyway, it is not good as a four color. You can see the background colors because they are so bright and the color for each row is not distributed well. Lesson learned! I also should have made a border on sides since the bottom cast on is green. Since I didn’t do that  I did the cast on in green to match the two end blocks and I did the cast off in red to match the two top red end blocks.

Baby’s First Cable Cardigan – Machine Knit from Hand Knit Pattern


Knit on the Bulky

Knit on the Bulky

I saw this pattern at a hand knitting seminar a year ago. I went to the same seminar with my friend about a month ago and I bought the pattern. I wanted to convert it to machine knitting. The pattern is designed by Diane Kostecki. It is available through Kalamazoo Knits. The sweater is knitted from the sleeve cuff to sleeve cuff all in one piece. I chose to knit to the middle of the back yoke on both sleeves and then kitchener stitched the two together.

I made the first sample with old yarn that I use for scrap yarn. I used my passap machine for it. I did not have trouble crossing the cables with the acrylic yarn.  A couple of things I did not like. The 1X1 ribbing seems too flimsy and the 2X1 that I used on the second is too large BUT that is because of the yarn I used using the Bulky. I also  did not like how the purl stitch was carried across the back yoke. I eliminated that. Too much bulk at the neck. By eliminating that , it does not look funny . I made this twice and I don’t like the band done as all one. I don’t like seams in ribbing but if I make this for someone, I will do the two front bands and then the neck. In order for the band to curve at the beginning of the neck, the stitches really stretched. In my sample, there is a mistake on the left side . crossed the cable wrong and also one of the purl needles accidentally got pushed out of work. It was okay since this was just scrap yarn and trying to convert pattern. This is just to show how the original pattern comes out. In the pictures in drop box you will see what I am talking about on the back yoke with the two  purl stitches going across the back.

Another thing I don’t like about hand knitting patterns is when there are  no schematics . 😦  Okay, I am done complaining. lol

Sample made on the Passap

Sample made on the Passap

I knit the good sweater on the Bulky since the pattern calls for 5 stitches to the inch. That is what I got with Bernat sport yarn on tension 3. The yarn looks and feels like cotton and it has white specks in it that you can’t see in the picture. The bad thing is that it was too hard to cross three stitch cables so I did a progressive cable so it was not hard on the machine.  If you want to try this out I have written up the pattern with the changes and put pictures with it to show you how it is knitted and assembled. My sweater  came out 9 inches wide and the newborn size is supposed to fit a finished chest size of 18 so I was okay with tension.

Here are the directions in my drop box.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8qnwezp4d01q8y6/AAD3h31sFnVeREeFvnmA1fica?dl=0

 

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

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. 🙂

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 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.

Baby’s First Ensemble with a Little Dress


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I have a friend that wanted a little baby sweater for a shower gift. I made up several swatches of different yarns and ended up using Selina by Tamm. It is so soft and feels like silk.  The little sweater and hat are from Machine Knit America Volume 4 No 6. The author is Sheryl Kessler.  I made this set on the standard gauge Brother. I made a size 9 month to a year. So when I finished, I found the little dress pattern in a magazine called Machine Knitting Chic Baby and thought it was cute. I was able to change my tension to get the gauge for a one year pattern. You can’t see it in the picture but the top bands are ribbing. The back band comes over the front band and there are two buttons on each shoulder. If I make it again, I would put the buttons on the back band.  It was simple to make except that it took me a whole day. I have a window that I look out while knitting and it is in direct line with my bird feeders. I kept seeing the nuthatches, chickadees,cardinals and the red headed and downy woodpeckers. I would stop what I was doing and look through my binoculars and then take pictures. lol

Incidentally, if you have a chance to buy the magazine called Machine Knitting Chic Baby, it is well worth it. It has over 60 ideas to knit for babies and they are CUTE! There are sweaters, pants, sets, dresses and more. All patterns have the schematics so you can change to your yarn and tension if you don’t have what they call for. This can be knitted on any machine. I would use the passap the next time.

The color is a light pink. It is hard to get a good picture at night and I have to give this to the lady tomorrow.

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.

I’m The Big Brother Afghan made on the Passap E6000 in 5 colors


The shower that I was supposed to go to was moved a week later so I got the idea to knit the new baby’s brother Hunter an afghan of his own. My sister said he carries blankets around all the time. I asked my friend Sheila if she had any ideas and she told me to google I’m the big brother and that is where I got the idea. I had to snag each child and then reduce the pattern without using the correct proportion box.  I used five colors . I had to arrange the grass and the wagon so that I could change the yarn in the feeder to the fifth color without having five colors in a row. On the back there are two green striped areas where I did this.  I wish I had more time because I would revise this . I only had navy and light blue. Royal blue would have been better. On the bottom of his pants in the afghan in the picture it looks darker where the green was on the back but in looking at it here,  it does not show at all. The second picture shows the back and the third picture is what I would do to correct the pattern. I also would move the girl and boy over to the left which is in the revised picture. Would also seperate radio flyer on the wagon and move to the left.

In the revised picture the boy has to be moved up and a couple of more rows added to seperate the grass a little more.This is what happens when I hurry! I get stressed and can’t multi-task. lol

I only used 120 rows instead of 160 for a four color afghan and I like the size much better. It is about 34 inches wide by 41 inches long.

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