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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Child's Sleeveless Hooded Vest

I'm launching a new pattern for sale.  I recently purchased an LK 150 to take to knit-ins and classes at our guild.  HAD TO write a pattern for it so I could practice, and made a size that will fit my grandson.  I was thinking I'd like to knit the same sweater on my standard gauge machine too some day so I wrote it for that machine as well.  My pattern is 16 pages long, sizes 1,2 and 3, with lots of details for a new knitter.
This is a pretty versatile vest as far as design elements go.  You can knit it one color, do stripes, or fairisle.  Depending on color(s) will work for either a boy or girl.  The bottom and armhole openings can be done with hung hems, roll + rib, rib or any other edge treatment you want.  If you have a ribber, you would use that instead of the hem described.  The sample pictured uses  roll + 2 x 1 rib edges (hand manipulated) on the midgauge machine.    The pattern has three sizes and gives separate directions for midgauge and standard machines for each of those sizes.  

Photographing red drives me bonkers.  The pictures never seem accurate.  O well, I guess it doesn't matter.

If you're interested in purchasing the pattern, click on the Pay Pal button below. The pattern is $8.00 USD.  It will be emailed to you.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools

Methinks Mother Nature is playing jokes on us.  Supposed to be spring, right?  Tell that to the skies over Minnesota  A look out my front door:
It's times like this that I am so glad to have a hobby (machine knitting) where I can stay in, stay warm and stay occupied. 

Hope it's warmer where you live.  In contrast, here's my little guy at the ocean:
Love the little wet butt.

Friday, March 28, 2014

2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City Dale of Norway Sweater

I finally finished my nephew's Salt Lake City Dale of Norway cardigan.  I purchased the hand knitting pattern, scanned the graph into DAK and changed it into a stitch pattern.   I modified it to fit on my Brother 970 machine and changed the colors to just black and white, as requested.  I used Schuss Plus worsted wool, which was a real workout on the standard machine.  It made a wonderfully sturdy fabric, though, and will be like a jacket for him.  For the first time, I used a full needle rib for the buttonhole and button plackets and was really pleased with how much body they had compared to the 1x1 ribbing.  Don't know why I hadn't done that before.

Whew, am I glad to get that sweater done.  From request to completion was about 3 years.  Knitting time about 2 weeks.  He promised a picture of himself wearing it, but that is yet to be forthcoming.  I think it will be a while before I knit another one.  Too much concentration and too much work!  I think over the years I have knit 32 of these Norwegian sweaters for family members.    But anyway, with that promise fulfilled, I can move on to other things.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lightening Fast Baby Hats for Charity/Hospitals

I went to a club meeting last Saturday at Cindy's Knitting Room in Princeton.  One of the gals showed a baby hat she had knit on her midgauge machine that I thought was soooooooooo nifty, not to mention awfully fast to do.The hospitals have told us they'd like  pink or blue hats that are 11-12 inches wide (circumference) by 6 inches tall.  Using any machine you can get your gauge and do a little math.  If they come out a little big, you can donate them to a different agency.  The  yarn I had on hand is suitable for the standard gauge machine.  (Mary Lou's Symphony.)  So, I allowed a few more stitches for the roll at the bottom and a couple of rows extra for the top.  I got 7 stitches and 10 rows to the inch with the tension dial about 7.  So I knit them 50 stitches by 124 rows, allowing a little extra width and length.  You can fiddle and eventually get the size you are satisfied with.

What is fast is this.  They are knit lengthwise so the number of stitches is the height of the hat and the length is the circumference.  You start each hat and end each with waste yarn.  Leave a long tail of the main yarn at the beginning of each hat that will be used for seaming and cinching the top.   Fold with the purl side facing you and kitchener stitch the edges together.  Then remove waste yarn.  With the same yarn tail, finish the top of the hat.  The top can be done in a couple of ways.  If you do a short running stitch with the purl side facing you, about 2 stitches down and cinch it tight, it ends up looking like a little flower.  If you do an in and out running  stitch on just every other edge stitch with the wrong (knit) side facing you, cinch it tight, it gathers like most hats are done.  If there is a hole, you can sew north and south, east and west, and it covers up the hole nicely. The knitting naturally rolls to the purl side.  I like it for a change.  And with kitchener stitch there is no seam for the baby's tender head to rest on.

Here's a diagram if that helps visualize the construction better:

What made them super fast for me is the diagram on the right.  I started out with 20 rows of waste yarn, knit the hat, then 20 rows of waste yarn, etc. until I had 10 hats in a long snake-like piece of knitting, ending with the waste yarn.  20 rows of waste yarn was sufficient to have enough space to cut them apart.  Not having to cast on repeatedly, saves a lot of time.  I made 18 of them yesterday in a couple of hours and then spent some time finishing them while watching a movie.  I still need to wash and dry them but that won't take long.

Wanted to share in case you are into charity knitting.  I just thought this was cool and cute and am always happy to find something that goes so fast.  Thanks to Pat!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy Accident

A while ago I posted a baby ballet sweater for the midgauge machine. It can be found here in case you missed it:   I like to use this pattern for charity baby sweaters because they go really fast and are so easy.  Friend Rita doesn't have a midgauge machine so she used the stitch and row counts of the midgauge pattern on a standard machine and it came out perfect for an 18" doll!  Here are pictures of it.

She added a sweater underneath and a frilly skirt.  I thought it was adorable and was amazed that it fit the doll! 

And, here's what she said about it:
I thought readers might be interested in this happy accident since there's as lot of interest in making doll clothes.  Thanks for sharing, Rita!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuck Baby Blanket

I may have mentioned before that my favorite charity to knit for is the Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association.  They help new mothers and they like to bring a little gift along with them when they visit.  An easy project to knit for charity is a tuck baby blanket.  If you have DesignaKnit, make your design about 186 to 190 stitches wide x 450 to 460 rows long.  Put a 1 x 1 border on the bottom, left and right and the top.  Any tuck pattern will work in the middle of the blanket.  You may need to adjust the number of stitches so that you get even repeats across.  This one uses squares, both single and double tuck rows:

With electronic machines, it's a good idea to do a swatch--- not necessarily for size, but to make sure the tucking is working correctly.  Sometimes, depending on your download to your machine, the tuck and plain stitches get mixed up and you need to do the negative of the pattern.  You'll see right away if it's correct.  If not correct, you get a tangled mess. Something to consider:  tuck stitches that are double length stand out more than the single row tuck.

If you have a punch card machine, try something like this.
It has a built-in border when repeated across the bed.  Do a dry run without yarn to make sure you have calculated the correct number of stitches to get the side borders.  Adjust your stitches if needed.  This pattern is 12 stitches by 12 rows.  You can use your 1 x `1 punch card that came with your machine to do the bottom and top borders.  Just switch between punch cards for that.  Be sure to read the section on tuck stitch in your manual.

A nice, and easy edging (pictured above) to control the curl is to crochet the following:  Do one row of single crochet around the entire blanket.  Still with the right side of the blanket facing you, on the next row, single crochet in the first stitch.  Chain 4 and single crochet in the same stitch.  Single crochet in each of the next two stitches.  Repeat around and fasten off.  A mindless thing while watching a movie...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Snow, Ice and Dragonflies

Hello brave winter survivors!  If you're like me, you only go out when absolutely necessary.  When I was working, I didn't have the luxury of staying put, but life is certainly different for a retiree.  As I type, the good fellows who snow plow my driveway are chipping ice and shoveling off my roof.  For the 4th time.  Spring has got to be around the corner.  Seems like most areas of the US have been negatively affected.  Even the west coast with their lack of water.  Too bad Minnesota can't ship some of their 10 foot tall snow drifts to California. 

So I've been doing some knitting and pattern writing.  I'm offering my Dragonfly Shawl pattern.  A version of this was in an old issue of Knitwords where designing threadlace in DAK for electronic machines was the focus, so if you have them all, you won't be interested.  Sorry I can't remember which issue.   The pattern has been revised so that any machine that can do patterning, punchcard or electronic, any gauge, can be used.  I love the gracefulness of dragonflies, so that was my inspiration for this threadlace design.  If you are interested, click on the BUY NOW button.  The pattern is $10.00 US.
Directions are also given for the scalloped edge:

Or, you can finish with fringe:

The pattern guides you through the threadlace process and gives you the files for DAK and punchcards.  You can choose between lining up the dragonflies in a row or staggering them.  All of the files are included in your purchase.  Thanks for looking!

Hope you are staying warm and cozy these days.