Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Passap E600 Christmas Knitted Key Fob


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Measures 14 inches total length

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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 Knitted Ice Skate Ornament with Carpet Stitch cuff


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Okay, I know you were expecting a lot more in knitting from me. The truth is that I want to get knitting more but we are working on our house. I just finished staining all the woodwork for 9 doors and baseboards.

So I was able to play around in between the staining and varnishing. I know I need to get a life when I look at the hours I spent  to get this little ornament knitted. I think it is cute though so time was not wasted. I got the idea from a magazine picture of a felted ice skate. This can be knitted on any machine but you would have to do a different cuff. The cuff is the carpet stitch and I used the stitch ditcher attachment but you don’t need one to do this. It is just faster and easier with one. The great thing about this carpet stitch cuff  is that it curls around the top of the skate body by itself.  I tried making this four times and the best way to knit it is to knit the cuff, take off on waste yarn and then knit the shoe part from the bottom up so you are doing decreases instead of increases. I then Kitchener stitched the cuff to the body, hung the sides on machine with right sides together and bound off and then when I came to the bottom where the waste yarn was I bound off two stitches at a time. Turn in side out and stuff lightly. I made laces with the white yarn. Pompoms would look cute on the ends of the laces. Or you could put a pompom on the toe like I used to do eons ago when I used to roller skate. The yarn I used was called flash I believe. It has a very pretty sparkle to it. The cuff has sparkle in it but it is hard to see in my picture.  If you want to make it here are my pattern instructions in my drop box.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1vt9xm3nvn8s4lp/AADTaPnapAXonAXvUD66_GqGa?dl=0

Miniature Knitted Sweater with Tatted Wreath-new pattern


 

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For those of you that may have tried this pattern, I hope you won’t be mad. 🙂

I made a couple more of them and changed the pattern and it is easier and comes out with less  bulk on the shoulders and armholes. The sweater with the wreath and red bow is the new pattern and the wreath with the gold beads is the older pattern. I know it is hard to see the difference but there is. Besides, knitting the sleeves from the top down and no ribber on the sleeve stitches saves a lot of time.

I changed the way the shoulder stitches are bound off. I pulled one set of shoulder stitches through the other and then latched them off one stitch through the next and secured at the shoulder seam.

I knitted the sleeves from the top down by hanging two stitches from the sweater armhole edge to start. I knit one row and then picked up a stitch opposite the carriage onto the next needle to the right of the first two stitches and knit a row. I repeated this until I had 15 stitches on the bed. When I finished with the sleeve, I knit 3 rows at tension 3 and one row at tension 4 . Starting with the second stitch in from the edge I reformed the stitches and knit them back up. I did this with every other stitch for the rib. Then I took these stitches off on waste yarn and latched one stitch through the next until all were latched off. It was easier and the cuff is tighter.  The new directions are in my drop box.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/26e6yosrehgae0i/AAD4DOJITEWYr7GO_MqKtUUda?dl=0

Felted Christmas Tree


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This was the last thing I made yesterday from my Things To Try Notebook. I thought this was a little pattern that I could use to make a felted tree ornament. Wrong! I knew it was going to be big when it said to cast on 60 stitches. This pattern is from a book from a knit shop that used to be here in Ohio about an hour away from me. The woman was a passap dealer and the shop was called Eileens. This pattern is called Applique Knit Tree by Terri L. Burns of Beaverton, Oregon. Well, she was there in 1993 but don’t know about that now. lol

I used some left over red yarn in case this did not turn out. Well, it did so I am sorry I did not have green. I love the way it was knitted. Very easy to follow instructions. She even had the rows and needles marked in case you wanted to put buttons on for decoration. I chose beads because I had them. I even had the beading tool that I used once in over 20 years of owning it.

I thought the edges might curl up or in while felting  so I took ravel cord and hung all of the edges and added waste yarn before felting. I checked early in felting to see if I needed to pull the edges to keep in shape. All was well. It took about five minutes to felt. I pulled on the bottom edge to get it to curve instead of being straight across. I left a piece at the top for a hanger. I crocheted the last strand for about two inches for hanging. The finished tree is about 12 inches tall and about 12 inches at the widest part. I want to knit a brown trunk to add to it. I was going to needle felt some ball ornaments on it. Anyone have any more ideas as to how to decorate?  What can I use it for besides a wall or door hanging? I suppose I could use it for placing trays of cookies or refreshments on at Christmas time. I can’t use as a hot pad because of the beads.

I would like to scale this down to make a tree ornament since I like its shape.

Knitted Angel on a Cone knitted on the Passap


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think this is one of the cutest things that I have seen done on leftover machine knitting cones! I don’t remember how I found Sandy Ewings  site but here is the link for her site. And  it was so nice of her to provide the free pattern!  If  you scroll down you will see the directions or click on Christmas on the home page. The picture below is her Santa and Angel. They are so adorable and designed beautifully. I love the Santa and how you make the white trim and put it on so it looks like a coat! And the wings for the angel are absolutely graceful and look really nice . Also, very easy to knit.

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http://www.molalla.net/dallas&sandy/

Of course, I had to make it since I have the yarn for the wings. I think it is called Flash but not sure. It has a nice sparkle to it. If you click on the picture you can see the sparkle. I also learned how to OPEN cast on tubular. Well, that is after I made the body!   The bottom of the a cone is covered because I started out with a closed cast on. DUH! The good thing about it is that the person can’t see the inside. I attached the head with a pipe cleaner for stability and also glued it on.

I tried needle felting a face and it came out horrible. So while I was at Marc’s shopping I saw this little doll head on a body . I won’t tell you what I paid!!

I love the way Sandy made her arms. You cast on open tubular for full needle rib so that the stitches can be gathered. You knit one circular piece and then take off on the end piece of yarn. You put the strings of the two ends together over the top of the cone . I love it!  I went off to the fabric store for the gold trim  but forgot to look for the greens and berries for her arms. So guess what I did? I used the CARPET STITCH  and the stitch ditcher to make the muff for her hands. (Please say your remember the hand muffs from years ago!)I used the same yarn as the wings. I also made a little collar with the same yarn using 15 stitches and knitted the same way as the start of the wings.

I also bought white hair and was going to change this but I think she looks cute. I am going to make another with the white hair and maybe some lace on the lower band. Stay tuned. The possibilities are endless on making her look different.

This is going to look precious on my fireplace mantle. I can’t wait to make the Santa.

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. 🙂

Felted Ball Ornament with Needle Felted Santa


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I made this ornament last year but did not finish it. It looked funny with a bow at the top. I tried felted yarn and it did not look good. So this morning I decided to try to get the look of the metal caps that are on ball ornaments. You can see it better in the second picture.

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Felted Mini Stocking Ornament


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I tried another ornament from Kay Furfaros’s book. I followed her pattern but just put my tension up at 8.. and it came out a decent size. It is 5 inches long and about 3 inches at the widest part. I then needle felted some holly and berries on it. THe stocking opens up to put things in like money but not wide enough for a gift card. This did not take long to do so I don’t have to charge 50 dollars for it in my Etsy store!

Felted Door Mitten


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I purchased this knitted hand pattern at the seminar for hand knitters that I attended last Saturday. The pattern is called Felted Door Mittens by Two Old Bags, formerly Wool YouOrder.  The felted Santa is a design from another hand knitting pattern for felting a Christmas ornament that I also purchased there. The name of that pattern is Needle Felted Folk Santa Ornament Pattern #W325P by Mary Dolan/Wistyria Editions.

I figured out how to knit this on the machine and it was quite easy but time consuming when it came to the decreases. This mitten is huge but I failed to put a measuring tape next to it. It was at least 30 inches long. Felted it is almost 16 inches.

It took almost 7 ounces of wool to make. This also can be used for a stocking on the fireplace as it is large enough to fill with gifts, candy and other items. It looks a little plain for the fireplace so I would add maybe snow or I don’t know what. lol

For the door hanging, the greenery should be holly or pine needles. Of course, these greens are arborvitae but you get the idea.

 

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Felted Christmas Ball Ornament with Needle Felted Cardinal


I knitted this ornament and then felted it. I then needle felted the cardinal and tree on the front. I need suggestions as to what color or type of bow to put on this. Reds are hard to match. Husband said green. I thought maybe gold and red?

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