Posts Tagged ‘Stitch Ditcher’

Knitted Angel on a Cone knitted on the Passap


Angel with Halo

Angel with Halo

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.


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.

Passap Lace Using Stitch Ditcher


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.


Stitch Ditcher on the Passap Machine

Top of Stitch Ditcher

Top of Stitch Ditcher

Bottom of stitch ditcher

Bottom of stitch ditcher



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!!!