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Passap Thanksgiving Placemat for Turkey



Okay, I am sorry it took so long to get this posted. I had been working on it but then other issues came up and I had to put this on the back burner. I wanted one for my turkey so I finally finished it and knitted it. This size is 95 stitches by 55 rows. Total rows 330. Technique 197. Finished size is 13.5 inches wide and 11 inches long. I did change my main tension to 4 from 3and two dots. I was discussing the bind off with a knitter friend of mine and she asked if I finished it using the kitchener stitch. DUH! I never thought of that. So that is what I did and I like the finished edge better than the latch tool. Yes, it took longer to do it but I think it is much better. So that is my way of finishing mug rugs and mats from now on. To finish it I knitted 330 rows. Then I set the locks to N/N and knitted one row of color one at the same tension I used for the mat. Then I took it off using waste yarn and circular settings (CX/CX)with a good contrasting yarn. The colors are beige, brown and orange and I used two strands each of 2/24. Here is the link to my drop box, I put the file of the design in bmp and stp format. The stp file is urkey.stp       lol   I guess I was in a hurry and missed the t in turkey.


In the lettering it looks like a mistake on the letter “a” but that is from a letter graph that I used. Feel free to go in and change it if you don’t like it.  Please do not sell this pattern as your own.

I would like to wish all of my followers a very Happy Thanksgiving!  🙂

Passap Machine Mug Rugs


Today was a rainy nasty day and I was feeling lazy. I wanted to knit but did not want to really concentrate. So I knitted some mug rugs . The colors are the football colors for the Browns on three of them. One is Navy and bright red and the lower left small one is hunter green and cranberry.

I have one by my computer where I have my coffee in the morning. I use large mugs for my coffee so I like the larger ones. However, I changed the tension by two dots and that is how I made the smaller one. If I was going to make a lot of these in one day I would put the design in win/crea. However, this is a great lesson for beginners on how to isolate a pattern. The instructions are in the E 6000 Shortcut Manual by Patricia Wetzel under How to make use of “ADD” on page 6. She walks you through every step while entering the pattern on the computer.

Here is how I made mine. I cast on 35 stitches . Both end needles are on the front bed. I used needles 42 right and 76 right. I centered the pattern on needle 58.  I knitted 3 rows(actually 12) or 2 rows(actually 8) between the words mug and rug. I used two strands of 2/24 for each color.

The first row cast on at 1../1.., CX rows 2../2.. and the last N/N row at 3../3.. if you want the smaller one (5″ by 5″) The larger one is 5″ by 6.25 ” and knitted at tension 4 on both beds.

You have to enter the letters you want from the pattern book for passap. You will be programming in three letters next to each other. At this point you follow page 6 or use your passap manual . (or download a design of your own that fits inside of 35 stitches and  29 to 30 rows(29 times 4 rows =116 total knitted rows) . The letters in the passap manual are 12 rows high and that comes to 48 rows of knitting. Now I have to check my manual and see if you can program these letters smaller. Does anyone know?

While you are knitting the plain rows, continue using the two colors so that your stripes are continuous on the back of the mug rug. When the design is finished I knit one row(actually 4 rows of knitting). COR knit CX/CX rows at 2.., COR and knit one row N/N tension 6.  Then I take the carriage back to the right using G/X on both beds. I change the settings back to C/X on both beds and take off on waste yarn. Then I crochet one stitch through the next to the end.

I also have made Beer Mug rugs  and that would be cute in the football colors . I have also done one with a coffe mug in the middle.You be the creator for the design .

The bottom picture is the back of the rug.


Felted Mouse Ornament





What is not to love about this mouse? He is a free download on Ravelry at Barbara Primes’s Fuzzy Mitten. It is called the Housemice pattern.   You have to look at her picture of the pattern before you read my critique of my little guy.  He is a hand knit pattern that I converted to machine. Well….all except the hat. I had to hand knit using DP needles.  I made the mouse and hat  with Patons wool on the Bulky Brother and then I felted it. I used scraps of the wool yarn to use as stuffing as it would shrink also. Now I know you are laughing thinking that there is something funny about mine. Well, here is my critique. Mind you, this was my first try. I would needle felt the nose instead of using yarn before felting. His schnozz is too big. lol His mouth also looks like a mustach! Need to work on that. I also did not take the time to look up how to do bobbles on the machine and I just marked stitches where they were to go. I would do them the next time while knitting the body like the instructions said. Okay….his tail is too thick. His scarf would look better in a piece of red felt and his eyes would look better with beads. I needle felted a red heart on his chest. I absolutely love the little red beret!  I can’t wait to do the little female. You must visit her site. I can’t believe how many adorable knitted patterns she has . I would have definitely bought the mouse pattern but it is a free download.

Oh, one more reason I felted this mouse  is that I hand knit but felting hides the areas where my tension might be too tight or too loose. I am going to make this little guy into an ornament.

Some More Felted Wine Bottle Covers

I made more wine bottle covers but now I have the pattern even better. I start at the top , for example, I started with a picot edg and knitted straight for 40 rows on the main bed. Then I took off half of the stitches and placed them on the ribber bed for circular knitting. I knitted 154 rows and then took off on waste yarn. I then gathered all of the stitches and pulled in to form the bottom. At the beginning, I started with 41 stitches , did the picot edge, then increased one stitch on each end until 49 stitches. On the cream with the pink poinsettia, I did the one row on picot edge in the pink but it does not show up well. I then took a single strand of the yarn and embellished the scalloped edge to give more color. On the red poinsettia I did a scallop edge also but did not embellish with yarn since I did a row of eyelets to weave the yarn through. On the Christmas tree, the design is needle felted and I sewed on the gold garland and the lights. I had a gold yarn that I used to make the scalloped edge stand out. The grape one is an order for a lady who wanted two of them.