Posts Tagged ‘Lion Brand Yarn’

My Cat and Mouse Get Along Fine


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Okay, so they aren’t real! I just finished the felted mouse using the machine pattern in one of the Machine Knitting News Inserts. I don’t think he is as cute as my last one. I hand knitted the jacket because I could not figure the instructions for the machine.¬† Well, I don’t know where my head was at the time but the jacket is knitted sideways and joined at the shoulder. I guess at the time I couldn’t think outside the box. I thought it was starting from the bottom. Duh! Oh and his whiskers are waxed dental floss.

I know I got off track so now back to the vest I started on the passap. ūüôā

Primitive Folksy Felted Purse


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I found this hand knitting pattern and liked it. So I converted it to machine knitting but made it larger. Well…it does not look like the original. The sides were going to have a pleat but it did not felt well. So I was able to steam the pleat out and the shape is much nicer. I needle felted the circles and sewed the brown “beads” on top of each circle. Then I added a tassel of the beads to the left side. I decided to make the handle with the beads in it. I knitted 20 rows of 3 needle “I” cord and put a bead in and continued till I had 200 rows. I felted¬† it in my table top felter and when I took it out it looked like a native necklace! Not sure if I liked it and¬† then I noticed that the finish had come off of the beads and they were very dull. Can’t use that and it was just as well. ¬†So I went back and knitted another “I” cord and started and finished each end with 16 rows of stockinette to act like a tab on each side. I added a magnetic clasp for closure so it would not look funny with a button along with the design. I was happy when I started this and wrote everything down so I could share the pattern with you …ha, ha,ha…..what a waste of time. Not worth making it like this again.

Fern Leaf Border for Afghan or Jacket


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I have a notebook with many patterns that I want to try. I came across this one and decided to try it since I love leaf patterns. There was no picture with this pattern.¬†I started to do the pattern and was going to change each leaf color but I did not see a leaf appearing as I knitted. So I stayed with the solid color. I don’t see it myself but it is a FERN leaf. I have ferns in my yard and they don’t look like this. lol

Maybe it looks different because I used the Bulky machine. This can be done on any machine.

If I thought it looked great it would be nice to finish an afghan off if the edges rolled. I see this kind of border for someone with a bond or very basic machine where you can only hand manipulate stitches. Or if you were knitting a scarf in stockinette stitch and wanted this on the edges to prevent rolling. It might look nice done on the standard gauge mahcines

If you want to try it and want the pattern go to this link. The leaf edge is knitted as you go attaching it to the afghan every other row.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bzhxrbu2ak94txq/UTJeMIPeJ_

I do not see an authors name or copyright on this pattern. It might have been in one of the seminar books I have.

Fingerless Gloves Pattern Corrected


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My girlfriend and I were discussing other ways to knit this glove on the machine. I revised the pattern first. I used 18-0-17 stitches on the main bed in a 2 by 1 rib set up by MaryAnn Ogres directions.  At TD 3  I knit to row 26(4 inches of rib) I placed a marker on each end stitch where the thumb would start. I continued knitting to row 44 where the thumb increases would stop . I placed a marker on each end stitch. Then I continued knitting 14 more rows(2 inches) to row 58 with the carriage on the right. I set the TD at 7 and knit one row to the left. I took a latch tool and from the right I just crocheted one stitch through the next across the bed to the end.

Now for the thumb part. I sewed the seam from the cuff to the marker where the thumb starts. With the wrong side facing you and the cuff end facing the bottom, I took one stitch from each edge and placed it on a needle. Two needles have a stitch on them. I knit two rows, skipped a side stitch and placed the next edge stitch on each side on the end empty needles for increase. Now four needles in work. Knit two rows. I continued doing this to the end marker and had 18 thumb stitches. I put those stitches on a size 3 straight needle and then did the garter stitch until the desired length. ¬†Then I sewed the seam from the finger edge up to the thumb. then I sewed the thumb seam. Only three yarn ends to finish and the look is just about the same and a lot easier! This is Lion Brands Fisherman’s wool.

The picture below shows the thumb after it was knitted and before sewing the rest of the glove up.

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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!

The Vest That Took Me Forever


DSCF2815 copyDSCF2812a copyI started this vest over a month ago. I saw this sweater on my neighbor and told her I thought it was so cute. She gave it to me and I took pictures up close and the measurements of it once I tried it on. The shoulders were too wide so I had to do a set in armhole. I finished the fronts and  back. I thought the armholes looked too large for a crocheted edge so  I put a ribbed band on . Then I let it sit and when I went to do the other arm band, I had not written tension and stitches. Had to do an armband two times. Then, because I sewed the side seam up I had to attach the second band in two sections.

I did not like the way the front edges were curling and hanging so I did a 2 by 1 rib and took it off. Then I did my favorite button band and it looked too formal.¬† I decided to try a single crochet and then a backward single crochet (crab stitch) that I have never done in all of the years I have crocheted.¬† I like it and it did pull the edges up so they were not longer than the rest of the sweater. So, now I try it on and I don’t like the armbands with the rib. They felt too tight and¬†they were off the edge of my shoulder so…..¬†I took off the arm bands and did the single crochet and the crab stitch and I like the outcome. On my neighbors sweater there are two buttons at the bottom and the button holes are done on a machine. I may do that since the buttonholes were in between the ribs. Then again, I might not do any. ¬†I also made a button called the Star Knot, sort of like the monkey fist button but easier. I used cotton braiding cord. ¬†That is in the last picture. If I use buttons, these are what I will use.

The second picture shows the vest with the arm bands. The third picture is my neighbor’s sweater with the¬†front edges ¬†straight up because I was measuring. I figured my stitch and row gauge and then went to DAK and printed out the picture so I could follow it at the machine.

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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 Purse with Heart Braid


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The first thing I thought of when I made the sample of the heart braid by Pat Wetzel was that it would make a strong¬†strap on a purse. Here is what I came up with. Let me tell you that I should sell this as a bowling bag because this strap will never break! My husband said that the bag looked like a duffel bag from WWII before it was felted. ūüė¶

I made the braid handle on 11 stitches and the braid around the flap on 5 stitches. I attached the handles to the bag before felting and I sewed the bottoms(where they attach to the purse)¬†together so the strap would stay in the right direction.¬†I attached the braid around the flap before felting also.¬† The colors are heather brown and oatmeal. I don’t know that I will add any needle felting since it may be too much design. And….now the trim does not look like a heart! The bottom picture is before the felting.

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Felted Purse with Fish Scale Design


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Here is a purse that I knitted and felted . Yesterday I knitted the purse. I only had this color wool and did not feel like going to the store. It looked plain and it looked like the flap was going to be too small so I played around with the brown wool. I ended up not letting the scales roll when they felted since they would roll up and I wanted it to have the scales going down. I stuffed each scale with some saran wrap so they would not lay flat and give the purse a little dimension.  The purse itself is 51 stitches wide and I added 6 stitches to each side for the sides. I knitted 70 rows and decreased one stitch on each side 7 stitches in every ten rows .I made a front and a back  but on the back piece, before I started the flap, I cast off 4 stitches on each side so there wouild be room for a grommet for the strap . When I got to the point of the flap I  decreased down to two stitches and then I increased out for about 12 rows so that there is a backing at the point to put a metal closure in without it showing on the front. I decided on a  brown leather . This purse measures 11 inches wide and 8 and 1/2 inches tall. It took the longest time to crochet around the scales and I would definitely not take an order for this one!It is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Fish Scales on the Brother Machine by Susan Guagliumi


I was looking for the pattern for the knitted flowers for my slippers yesterday and I saw this design and thought it would be fun to try. It is from the book Hand-Manipulated Stitches fro Machine Knitters by Susan Guagliumi. Once I figured the scale out I was able to go back and do it correctly. The first row shows cast on-terrible. No explanation in instructions. Also, that is when I realized that you had to leave 3 stitches or however many you want inbetween the scales.  Row two I left 3 stitches between the scales. I also knitted three rows of stockinette between scales instead of one like she did in her picture. Row three I had the wrong number of stitches and spacing was off. Rows 4 and five have perfect spacing. I then tried doing the scales in a different color and it worked. I did this sample in wool because I want to see what happens when I felt it. I should have used a looser tension though so we will see. Also, in making this the number of stitches for my final test would be 3 needles on each end and then scales would be 5 stitches with 3 stitches in between them.

If the felting comes out where the scales look like balls, I could do them in acrylic at a tighter tension and let the yarn felt tight around them. I am on a mission-also using up a lot of time! lol!

 

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