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Passap Afghan Another Lydia’s Afghans Series 2

Lydia's Afghans Series 2

Lydia’s Afghans Series 2

These are the colors in their trailer


I decided to make a small afghan for my sister’s vacation trailer. She said they often sit outside with lap blankets or wrap them around themselves in front of the fire. Well , this is definitely a lap blanket. The pattern called for 954 rows. I tried to match the colors in their trailer. I used a wedge wood blue, taupe and cream. I think it will be okay. This is a three color afghan from Lydias Series 2 afghans. I think a border would have been nice on this since the pattern is cut in half on the sides. I was going to make the main color taupe but when I checked the taupe yarn it seemed a little thinner than the others. I am glad I changed to cream as the main color. The blue is not a 2/24. It is Kitty by Tamm and boy is it nice on the passap. I used one strand.

Knitted Coat of Many Colors by Sue Bluhm


Sandwich Neckline

Sandwich Neckline

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did. My husband is home from the hospital, has gained 20 pounds after losing 130 pounds, and he is finally eating. I want to thank everyone that kept him in their thoughts and prayers. They worked. ūüôā¬†I would especially like to thank my sister and¬†brother in law for bringing all the trimmings for Thanksgiving to my house¬†and putting our plans on hold until we knew if my husband would be home.¬† Thanks, sis.

Now, I can get a little knitting done. lol

I wanted to make a jacket for myself and started on this one awhile back. I had made it twice before and did not do a tension swatch. Well, don’t do as I do, do as I say. MAKE A TENSION SWATCH. After I started to knit this I remembered that the arms came out so long on¬†my last two ¬†jackets. Well, because the jacket is knitted sideways and started on wasted yarn , I was lucky to solve the problem. I only had to shorten the first sleeve because when you finish knitting you end on the other sleeve so I stopped knitting sooner. I don’t know if any of you know how to shorten knitting after it has been knitted. I went to the edge of the sleeve where I wanted to shorten it¬†and cut the one black thread and the plum thread in the same row. Then you pull on both of those strands one at a time and then the¬†excess¬†¬†will drop off.(email me if you would like to see this done)¬†I did that to match the other sleeve and then attached the cuffs. I decided on a 2 by 1 rib on the neck and bottom and knitted bands for the front and the cuffs. I did the “sandwich ” neck band . It fits me perfectly but only after adjusting the underarm bulk. I decreased the amount under the arms and it is so nice. So… that it is finished, I decided to give it to my sister. She is so appreciative of the things that I knit.(and I appreciate her!)¬†She was ecstatic. It fit her beautifully. She is shorter than I am so the length really looks good on her. I am going to make her a felted purse with the fun fur since I have the color of fun fur to match the coat. And then possible a scarf.

This pattern is called the coat of many colors because you¬†¬† can use a lot of the leftover yarns that you don’t know what to do with. I just used two colors so my coat is the coat of any color. I used Tamm Can Cun in Black and Plum and my Brother 940 electronic machine.

Baby’s First Ensemble with a Little Dress

Correct Color

Correct Color


I have a friend that wanted a little baby sweater for a shower gift. I made up several swatches of different yarns and ended up using Selina by Tamm. It is so soft and feels like silk.¬† The little sweater and hat are from Machine Knit America Volume 4 No 6. The author is Sheryl Kessler.¬† I made this set on the standard gauge Brother. I made a size 9 month to a year. So when I finished, I found the little dress pattern in a magazine called Machine Knitting Chic Baby and thought it was cute. I was able to change my tension to get the gauge for a one year pattern. You can’t see it in the picture but the top bands are ribbing. The back band comes over the front band and there are two buttons on each shoulder. If I make it again, I would put the buttons on the back band. ¬†It was simple to make except that it took me a whole day. I have a window that I look out while knitting and it is in direct line with my bird feeders. I kept seeing the nuthatches, chickadees,cardinals and the red headed and downy woodpeckers. I would stop what I was doing and look through my binoculars and then take pictures. lol

Incidentally, if you have a chance to buy the magazine called Machine Knitting Chic Baby, it is well worth it. It has over 60 ideas to knit for babies and they are CUTE! There are sweaters, pants, sets, dresses and more. All patterns have the schematics so you can change to your yarn and tension if you don’t have what they call for. This can be knitted on any machine. I would use the passap the next time.

The color is a light pink. It is hard to get a good picture at night and I have to give this to the lady tomorrow.

Slipper Socks on the Brother 940 in Fine Lace





Every now and then I like to do “No thinking” knitting and get something finished. I am making these slipper socks for my Etsy store. They are made with CanCun yarn on the Brother standard machine. It is a baby bootie pattern that I used and just changed stitches and rows to fit adult foot. The cuffs are doubled which is nice because they don’t stretch out and they keep your ankle warm.

Knitted Slipper Socks with Fine Lace Design

I decided to make a pair of my slipper socks because I have not knitted on my standard gauge Brother in awhile. It really felt funny. I have not made a pair of these in awhile  and I actually had to look at the pattern I wrote. They are made using the fine knit setting on the lace carriage. They are made with CanCun yarn at a tension of 6. All I did for the pattern was to take a baby bootie pattern and just use my stitch and row gauge after I measured my foot.

They are for sale in my Etsy Store.

Knitted Crochet Edging #2 on the Passap Machine

Okay everyone, I reknitted  the first crochet edge in this first picture  and it looks like the picture in the book. I first tried an 8/2 cotton and the yarn broke either because the yarn is weak and old or the tension was too tight. Did not care to figure which  one so I decided to try Perla by Tamm that looks like a cotton. It came out better and more detail. You can see the row of eyelets in this picture just below the main body of the piece.

The next picture of the second edging is the same pattern but on the last four rows before starting the garment the tension is left at the same as the edging tension. In the first one the last four rows before the garment are knitted at the tension of the garment which is about 2 and 2dots more on the dial. This hem has more body to it  . I will tell you that I hang a comb after the first row and it is easier and the points of the picot are more defined.


The picture on the left shows the edge number one on the bottom and the second edge just above it so you can see the two side by side. The picture on the right shows how it was done. If you double click with left mouse button on either picture you can see more detail. On the directions on the right I don’t think you will have to go to a higher zoom level to see it.

Knitted Bed Slipper Socks

Most of you have seen these before. They are slipper socks knitted with Tamm Can Cun Yarn. This pattern that I have is just an adaptation of a baby booty pattern that our club used to knit for the Crisis Center. I just readapted it to adult size with the stitch and row guage of the yarn. I knitted it on the Brother Machine because I can do it with my eyes closed since I have made so many pairs. It can be done on the passap but I would have to redo the guage. I used 72 needles and a tension of 5 for the body of sock. It is knit with a fine lace design in it that is hard to see in the picture. I am knitting them so I can restock my Etsy store. I sold out of them at Christmas. The color is a deep plum. If you left click on the picture you can see the shimmer in the yarn.

Passap Lace Scarf using racking

This is a scarf pattern that I found for free from a yarn shop in Canada. The picture on the left is the scarf as it comes off of the machine. It is nice if you like narrow scarves. The picture on the right is the scarf stretched and pressed showing the lace design. The yarn is Estillo by Tamm. The pattern called for over 70 stitches but I used 40 just to try it out. The author is Pat Holbrook. If you do the proper needle set up, the racking is easy. It is 24 rows racking from middle to right to left and back to middle position. If you MUST leave the machine, just leave with the lock on the left side. When you come back, you will knit to the right and racking handle tells you which direction you are moving. Left click on picture to make larger to see detail.I am glad that I tried this because I tend to stay away from racking because of losing my place. I enjoyed the challenge. Estillo was one of the yarns suggested and it is very light, drapey, and airy. It feels very soft around the neck.

Passap E 6000 Carpet Stitch 1 & 2 Colors

I finally did it. I found instructions in a seminar manual that came with my machine. The sample on the left has the carpet stitch in the design only. The sample to the right is a two color carpet stitch and both colors are the carpet stitch. It is too long to write how I did this but if you want the directions you can email me and I will send in pdf file. The previous blog is good for  cuffs and the tops of Christmas stockings. Would also look nice on the brim of a hat. I received an email from Diana of Pullman, WA and she said she uses the carpet stitch to make dust mitts! Good idea Diana!

Passap E 6000 Carpet Stitch

I am having problems with reading directions for the carpet stitch. I don’t think they are detailed enough for a beginner like me. So…..I played around and this is what I have and it looks like it is right to me or let’s just say, I would be happy with this on a sleeve cuff or top of a Christmas stocking. After casting on I transferred all front stitches to the back bed and then I knitted two rows EX on back bed and CX on front bed. The pushers on the back bed were every other one and no arrows. ¬†Then I knitted two rows N on back bed and GX on front bed. Then I took the orange comb and pushed all stitches off¬† front bed needles and left them in working position. I repeated these two steps and that is what made this pattern. I had a tighter tension on the back bed and I used Trenzi yarn in sample.

This picture is a close up of the loops of the stitches that are dropped from front bed.

This was my first try . (well…my first ones are in the scrap pile) I just did a circular cast on . When I finished trying the stitch I knit a couple of rows and then transferred the back stitches to the front and knitted a couple of more rows.

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