Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

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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Passap Fall Mug Rugs


 

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love sitting outside and listening to the leaves separating from the trees and falling to the ground. I decided to make some fall mug rugs and a placemat and I decided to do leaves. The colors are beige with brown borders. The leaf colors are orange, yellow, cranberry(my favorite) and green.

The designs are three colors but you will notice four colors in the placemat. I tried knitting with four colors and I would have had each leaf the same color it is on the mug rugs but it came out too stiff and difficult to knit with such a low tension.  On the placemat I knitted with three colors of beige, brown and cranberry . When I got to the middle of the pattern , I switched the color of cranberry in eyelet three to green. On the back you will see birds eye pattern one half in beige and green and one half in beige and cranberry. I used technique 197 for the mug rugs and placemat. The rugs are 39 stitches and 31 rows. The placemat is 95 stitches by 59 rows.

I am sharing these patterns but please do not use them to sell as your own pattern.

Here is the link to drop box for the patterns and the instructions.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ras1aqz7m95ww8/AABvdJimAWDFJqunFPIO35l-a?dl=0

Enjoy the beautiful season of fall  🙂

 

Passap DJ Sweater using Sarah James Slip Stitch Pattern Design


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I was at a hand knitting seminar and I bought a hand written pattern by Sarah James and I loved the design. I converted her slip stitch pattern into a fair isle pattern so I could knit it double bed jacquard on the passap. If you buy the pattern, you look at her graph of the pattern and just eliminate the even rows. Her pattern is 12 by 24 and I made mine 12 by 12. You can find this pattern on ravelry  by searching Slip Stitch Pullover CH521 by Sarah James. The pattern is $7.00

I decided to cheat and I did a cut and sew neckline. I know how to divide for the neckline and it is so time consuming on the passap doing double bed. I was glad that I did it. I originally wanted to make a different neckline . I made two separate scarves, hooked them into the shoulder seams and then crossed them and took the ends back to the shoulder seam. Sound confusing…..it was to look like a chain. Well, it did not look good. I just ended up doing a knitted plain neckband like her sweater. I put it on and it did not look good on me. hahahaha . So I knitted up a scarf and it changed the whole look .

Still does not look great because of my chest size. 😦

I like her sweater since the design is larger. Mine came out smaller because I used the dress yarn by Tamm called Estillo at a tension of 3./3.  and one strand of each. I love the weight of the sweater.

I knitted a tension swatch and when I was drawing up the pattern, it came out perfectly centered so that the side seams match. The shoulder seams matched perfectly also. I had 172 stitches for my width. When I entered my design I added one blank column on each end. When it knits up, you have a solid color edge on the side seams and it makes sewing up a breeze.

My width of the sweater was 21.5, waist to hem-15 inches, neckline depth-3.5, sleeve is a 6 inch cap and 16 inches from wrist to underarm. Total sleeve length is 22. I had a 9.5 armhole opening but knitted the sleeve to a width of 18 to eliminate the bulk under the arm.

 

 

 

Passap Halloween Placemats


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Halloween is just around the corner so I decided to make some placemats. The pumpkin placemat will have my candy bowl on it for the trick or treaters along with the little witch lady I machine knitted using the Brother machine.
I made the witch placemat first and it really needs more color in it. I am happy with the pumpkin one though.
It took me FORRREVVVVVVER to get the distortion out of my designs. You are welcome to use these for your personal use but not to sell them as your pattern. I have written out the instructions on how to make these. They are around 10.5 inches high by 14 inches in width . I used 2/24 yarn and technique 183. On the directions for the pumpkin placemat I walk you through the whole process of downloading to knitting. I always do my cast on before I turn the console on. On the witch placemat it just gives the directions for the placemat. Both are the same but one has all the details.These patterns are odd numbers in width so you must center the design by programming 1- (minus) in the set up.
The information and both files are in my drop box link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1kb2ybidrwfkh9c/AABoVbQp-DWGk2whHaKYgZUNa?dl=0