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Passap Lace with the Stitch Ditcher again


Acrylic with Angora yarn

Acrylic with Angora yarn

I tried another pattern and a different yarn with the stitch ditcher and the lace technique 253. I had this pretty yarn and thought it would come out beautiful but the pattern does not show as well as a finer plain yarn. I did try something on finishing the edges that works well. I only made this as a sample but will try it on the real scarf. The next picture shows the front of the scarf. I programmed the design on 32 stitches and then added three stitches for plain knitting on each end. I loosened the tension to 6 on the back bed and 4 on the front bed where the stitches drop off. I loosened the tension mast also.  Both edges look the same . However in the last picture ,  on the back I took another piece of the scarf yarn and used the latch tool to crochet up the edge on the purl side of the work. I did it quickly so it is not as neat as I would like it. Then I steamed it to see if it would work before going up the whole side. It lays much nicer and does not roll. Both sides look the same but feel different.  However, the yarn is scratchy on my neck so would not use this for a scarf.  Double mouse click on the last picture and you can see the difference.

Front Edges

Front Edges

Back side

Back side

 

 

 

Passap Lace Using Stitch Ditcher


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My friend Susan just bought a passap DM80 and I teased her that she will have to go out and buy a stitch ditcher. Well, tonight I went back to the passap and tried the lace using the stitch ditcher and this is better than doing lace on a Brother with the lace carriage. It is so easy. My only problem is that my shoulder starts to hurt pushing the carriage with only one hand while the other is pushing the stitch ditcher.

I only used one strand of 224. I did a circular cast on. Then transferred all stitches to the back bed. I selected the needles and the settings are LX/N without back bed pushers. I used TD 5.. on back bed and 2… on front bed. I programmed the pattern on 27- and 27+ but added three stitches on each side that I just wanted the machine to knit. The pattern is 1130 and the technique is 253. I ended up getting 8 rows to the inch and 7.27 stitches to the inch. I would like it if I did not have to steam the scarf afterwards but don’t know what else to do to finish the edges. Once I steamed the edges though, they stayed and did not roll. I want to try a looser tension and a different yarn to see if the edges roll. Too much to crochet around the outer edges for me! Might try to figure out doing a rib on each end so it looks nicer.

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Stitch Ditcher on the Passap Machine


Top of Stitch Ditcher

Top of Stitch Ditcher

Bottom of stitch ditcher

Bottom of stitch ditcher

carpetstitch

 

OMG I love this little gadget! I like the carpet stitch but when I posted the carpet stitch in my blog I was using a straight edge piece of plastic to release the stitches each time I had to dump the stitches . It took awhile to do but not unreasonably long. Well…..until I tried this little guy! It just glides over the bed one two three!! I had to try a sample just to see how it works. I used a pattern in the passap book but I did not do the larger loops. I think you can still see the effect. I hope to do the carpet stitch jacket and this will get my you know what in gear. My friend Jacqui was really nice to let me know she saw one on ebay. Thank you Jacqui!!!