Posts Tagged ‘Brother Knitting Machine’

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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Lace Scarf made on the Brother Machine


 

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How can something that looks so hard to knit be so easy? Somewhere on a knitting machine site I saw a red scarf knitted with this technique and it was beautiful. Reference was made to the technique used being from the John Allen book called The Machine Knitting Book. I also saw it called the wave on a Facebook knitting machine group. I had a small ball of  yarn sitting around and decided to use it up.  It might be acrylic with mohair or wool with mohair. I know it feels scratchy around my neck but I wanted it for around a coat collar. I had this knit in less than a half hour on my Brother 940. Once I got into the rhythm , there was no stopping me. I did not want to crochet all the way around the scarf like the woman does in the video. I like the way it curls in and I don’t want to steam it flat. I like narrow scarves. I used seven sets of 4 needles. This video is excellent even though it is not in english.

If you look closely at the top picture , you will see seven strands of yarn between the sets of four. If you have more or less , you will know you made a mistake.  I even like the wavy edges when it is finished.

Here is the link to the video I followed. I hope you give it a try since it was a lot of fun to do.

Passap China Pattern Sweater


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I just finished knitting this  sweater following a pattern  called China Pattern Jacket . It is in Modern Machine Knitting magazine dated June of 1992 . I made this on the Passap E6000 and made lots of modifications. I made it a sweater instead of a jacket. I used win/crea to change the patterns of the leaves so that they were not split in the front like the original pattern. I also spaced them so that they were not in the seams of the sweater and the sleeves. I patterned the neckband so that the design did not go into the buttonhole. There is only one buttonhole in the band at the neck. The yarn I used was Diamonte in Wedgwood Blue and Cream.

Now I am going to tell you that I absolutely love my E6000 BUT ….now I don’t feel like a traitor to Brother machines. This would have been a breeze on the Brother. The only reason I used the Passap was to try fair isle and I won’t do it again. 🙂  EVER!  It is very confusing doing patterns since you have four rows to knit for one row. I also had to keep raising pushers on the ends when I knitted the second color. (like the end needle selection that Brother has). Wrapping was out of the question .

And FLOATS? OMG they are huge. I had to latch tool up behind the flowers to pull the floats in so that there were no gaps between the background and the pattern. I don’t see how that can be avoided using any machine with this pattern though. Well, unless it was knitted in double  jacquard.

I sort of like the jacket better but short items don’t look good on me. I do have to say that this is one of the best fitting sweaters I have ever made and it feels good on me. The sleeves are my perfect length also.

So if a Passap is the only machine you have, this can be done.

 

 

Brother 940 Lace Sweater


 

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This sweater I knitted on the Brother 940 was SO NOT WORTH IT! My original idea was a lace overlay in gray over a black sweater and it was going to be attached at the neck and armholes. I did tension swatches in black Diamonte and gray Tepeyac. I decided to make the front of the black sweater first. Then I started on the gray lace overlay. I spent a long time trying to figure out how to start the lace edge and how many stitches to increase to make the diagonal. Then I think it took me 8 hours just to do the front that actually became the back. lol I knitted too far and was not going to rip it back so I continued and made it the back. When I finished it I realized that Tepeyac is a little heavier than Diamonte and the sweater would be too heavy for my liking. Then I thought that I would just make a gray lace sweater and wear a turtleneck. The lace pattern is 158 in Stitch World .

For every two rows of knitting you have to run the lace carriage across 8 times. I figured that between the front, back and the two sleeves, I ran the lace carriage 4,304 times! It was actually more because I did not count the left front shaping. I knew when I chose it that it would take time but I never figured it to be that much time. The first time I dropped a stitch, it took at least 15 minutes to correct it. And with eight passes between two rows, there were many times a stitch could drop. Because it was so hard to rip out, I knitted a thin piece of nylon thread in with the regular yarn every 20 rows . I think hand knitters call this a life line. I used almost the whole spool of thread but it definitely was worth it. The thread was so strong that it pulled out like ravel cord.

Originally, I was going to have black stockinette sleeves. However, when I changed my mind and decided on gray stockinette sleeves, I had to knit another tension swatch .I did that and laundered it and knitted a sleeve and attached it and……did not like it. I removed it and went back to the lace design for the sleeves. Now add two more days of knitting but I like the look better with the lace sleeves.

To start the lace on a diagonal, I knit up the amount of stitches needed for the front , first with waste yarn, then a crochet cast on and knit one row of gray and removed on waste yarn. When I increased, I just hung the stitches from the strip that I had knitted up. I hung six stitches every four rows. When I removed the waste yarn it looked like I had cast on at the beginning. When I finished the front and back, I crocheted in the cast on stitch on the wrong side. The edge had a wave to it so I crocheted 1 stitch in the next 3 stitches and then 3 crochets in one stitch, then 1 stitch in the next three stitches and then skipped a stitch . I repeated around the bottom. Then I crocheted a second row with the right side facing me. It was like crocheting a ripple afghan .

Oh, one last thing. Because I was originally going to do the two sweaters hooked together I made a higher neck line since I would not be wearing a turtleneck under it. So when I finished the front , I thought the neck was too high so I did a cut and sew neckline. That was fun….not!

I recently saw a beautiful lace cardigan on one of the Facebook knitting machine groups and the woman said that for the time it took her, she would have been better off going out and buying a sweater. I am in agreement with her there! 🙂

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Buttonhole in a 2 by 2 Ribbing


Here is the simple buttonhole in a 2 by 2 rib that I used on my last sweater and it is easy and looks nice.  If you are using the passap the buttonhole stitches are transferred from the front bed to the back bed. On other machines you transfer the ribber stitches to the main bed. In the pictures you will see that the first step is to take the two front bed (ribber ) stitches and transfer them to the back bed(main bed) . Once you have transferred the stitches, leave the empty needles in work position and knit one row. You will see the yarn laying in the two empty front bed(ribber) needles. We all know that if you knit another row, the stitches won’t knit off properly.  In the second picture you will take a transfer tool and go between the two needles with the yarn laying in the latches and lift it gently and transfer that loop to the right needle on the back (main) bed .(Make sure the yarn stays in the needles.) Now finish the rest of the rows in the band.  I like the way the hole is in the purl side between two knit columns. It came out perfect for the button that I chose.

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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

Machine Knitted Clothes Hanger


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We had our knit in at a new passap knitters house yesterday and had a great time. Too much to do and talk about and so little time. A woman attended that we have known for years. She knits on the Brother machine and so does her sister. Well, her sister made each one of us this knitted covered clothes hanger. Hers is the top one . I thought it was so nice of her to make one and decided to see if I could make one. I have several of these padded hangers for my clothes. I just used lace that I had. I made this on a Brother 940. I did an wrap cast on and then hung lace and hand knitted that row. Of course, the cast on is in front of the lace and should be behind!!

Here is how I knitted the rest.  I cast on 100 stitches. There are 20 rows of stockinette :

4 rows mc,2 contrast,2 mc,2 contrast,4 rows mc, 2 contrast, 2 main color,2 contrast. I knitted two rows plain and set the fair isle needles on row 2. I then knit 48 more  rows of fair isle using can cun by Tamm at a tension of 7..  The pattern is number 38 in the Brother book.

On row 25 transfer needle r-1 to next needle and leave the needle in work. This is for inserting the hanger hook. After I knit the 50 rows, I took off the comb and weights and inserted the hook of of the hanger through the hole and pulled the padded part of the hanger up snug against the knitting. Pick up the loops from the last contrast row knitted before starting the fair isle and place on the same hooks as work. I then did a latch tool bind off. Because the hanger is curved, I bound off the first half of needles and then lifted from gate pegs and then finished the other side. On her hanger, she sewed the ends. I just took a piece of yarn and ran it along the edges and gathered the ends. Much faster…lol  Lightly steam the skirt part and you are done. Have fun if you make it.

On some of the others I will make, I would even leave off the first 20 rows of stockinette.

 

 

 

Passap Broken Toe Cast ON


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OMG, my favorite cast on can be done on the Passap machine.  I should have known that my favorite knitting machine can do just about  anything by now. ha,ha. Now if it could just cook!

I really need to look at the information I have on my shelves here. I have always liked the Broken toe cast on for the Brother machine. Then I found this one for the passap in the book Going Places , Passap Knitting Machine With the Beginner In Mind by Jan Wold and Jan Mills.

The second picture is how it comes off of the passap machine. It does not look like this when you do it on the Brother and it is because the ravel cord will only be on the back bed of the passap.

Here is how it is done:

Racking handle up and bring your needles into work on both beds in a 1 by 1 arrangement. Use stitch size 1.2 on both beds and knit one row across with ravel cord. Hang your comb in a way that the points of the comb come between the “V” of the back bed stitches . Lift all of the front bed needles and then put them back down in the same  position again. You will see that the stitches drop from the front bed but remain on the back bed with the comb hanging from the ravel cord under the back bed stitches. Now knit one row N/N with your garment yarn and make sure all stitches knit . If some did not knit, hand knit them.Now change the stitch size on both beds to 2.2 and set both locks to CX/CX. Knit 3 rows. Change the locks to N/N and your rib tension and put in your strippers and knit away. Try this, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Small Felted Fling Purse


 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolors Felted Bag


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My friend Sheila was getting rid of three bags of yarn and asked me if I wanted it. I would be glad to take it off your hands Sheila,  🙂 Inside one of the bags was a hand knitted pattern kit for this felted purse. It is called Watercolors Felted Bags by Annie’s Hook & Needle Kit Club. (Annie’s Attic) 2008. The toggle button was included. It gives both versions of  knit or crochet.  Of course, I converted  to machine knit and I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for three rows of garter stitch at the top and for the 22 bottom rows. I have a chunky garter bar but decided it is faster to knit on needles. So I knitted three rows of garter stitch on size 11 needles and then transferred them to the machine. You start on one side and increase from the top down, knit 22 rows of garter stitch (I used garter bar for the bottom) and continue up the other side and decrease  and end with three rows of garter stitch and then bind off. The first time I ever came across this and I think it is unique is that the handle and the tab are knitted sideways. For the strap you just cast on 88 stitches and knit five rows and bind off. I believe the reason this is done is because you get more shrinkage in length instead of width. I wish I would have measured the strap before felting. The finished size of this is 9 inches in width and 8 inches in height . The handle is 24 inches. The yarn is size 5 chunky. It did not take the whole ball of yarn but I did not weigh the ball of yarn before I started. lol

Here is my converted pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zpcjk688axh0l21/AADyPLyyE3isUgTOpCmzoRyba?dl=0

 

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