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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Patience Shawl

Two friends pointed out to me that my Patience Shawl was mentioned on the Knitting Paradise Machine Knitting Forum because iluvcabernet had posted a picture of my pattern that she completed.  She gave me permission to post the picture here.  It's stunning!!! I love the color.
Several people have asked me how to buy the pattern and I realized it  was not advertised on my blog.  So I'm adding it now.  Be advised that this is a machine knit pattern only, to be knit on a standard gauge electronic machine.  If you have a Brother machine, you most likely have the two lace designs already in Stitch World, but you can also substitute other lace designs or manually put the designs into your machine if you wish.  The lace designs are provided in the pattern. It looks complicated, but really it's not so difficult.  A little practice with lace knitting is probably a good idea.

The original was designed for Knitwords Issue #32, so if you have that particular one, you would not need to purchase the pattern.  Knitwords is sadly not publishing anymore and I'm told that issue is no longer available.  Here's the original:
I confess, this is kind of stupid, but I took a photo of it before it was dry.  The point doesn't look so good wet, but once dry, it was great. I knew Mary Ann would re-photo it for the magazine, so at the time I wasn't too worried.

Catherine B made the shawl in purple:  (love it too!)  It's pictured in the Readers' Gallery on the Knitwords website.

So, if you are interested, here is the PayPal button to purchase the pattern.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Silly Machine Knit Project

Needing a mindless kind of project, I decided to knit a pencil bag for my grandson.  He's starting to draw a little so I bought regular pencils and colored pencils for him.  Now he has a place to store them.

On the standard machine, I used Mary Lou's Symphony yarn at tension 8.  Mine is 60 stitches wide by 61 rows tall.  The dimensions are approximately 9" wide by 4" tall.  The words are placed about in the center or maybe a little lower to allow for the zip at the top:
I knit the back first (61 rows) then the front.  I started with a crochet cast on and ended with a bind off around the gate pegs so the edges would be firm.  I used some polka dotted cotton and seamed it, seamed the knit part, then inserted the lining into the bag, sewed in the zipper.  The zipper pull has a little ribbon piece to more easily grab onto.

I have the Designaknit file if anyone wants it.  Just email me and I'll send it to you.  Any machine could be used.  If you don't have DAK, you could hand pull the contrasting color.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Machine Knit Baby Rib Warmer

It's been a while.  I actually did get my machine knitting mojo back and have been doing a ton of charity knitting, but not blogging.    I've been making baby rib warmers.  They are cute cute cute and really easy.  I'm sharing the pattern here and you can use a midgauge, bulky or standard gauge machine to knit these.  Mine will be going to a church in Arkansas that distributes things to needy people.  Hopefully you'll make some for charity too, but I don't mind if you knit for a gift for a special baby.

Baby Rib Warmer ©2015
by Mar Heck  

NOTES:  Directions are given for Midgauge or Bulky with Standard gauge machine in parenthesis.  There is no shaping required because the ribbing pulls in the knitting to make the yoke shape and armholes. So if you have a ribber, this is a fairly fast knit. If you need to hand manipulate the ribbing, it will take a little longer.  Because I have a ribber for my Silver Reed 860 midgauge, I used a 2 x 2 rib in the yellow pictured example.  I used a Brother 970 with ribber for the standard gauge blue example pictured.  If you need to hand latch the ribbing, it would save a little time if you did a 2 x 1 rib.  Check your manual or You Tube for how to latch ribbings. Note that the rib tension is the same as the stockinette.  I think the pattern would be suitable for a boy or girl baby.  I didn’t attempt to do the sweater in mock rib, but that might be worth a try too if you don’t possess a ribber.

Yarn-  whatever yarn gets the same gauge as listed or your garment may come out a completely different shape,  For the sample I used Lion Brand Pound of Love pale yellow, just a few ounces.  On the standard gauge machine, I used Mary Lou’s Symphony, also a small amount.

Machine – midgauge or bulky with standard in parenthesis, ribber if you have one

Gauge- on mid or bulky 4 stitches and 6 rows to one inch; for standard 7 stitches and 10 rows to one inch.  Tension dial will depend on the yarn you use to get this gauge.  Knit a swatch to determine that.  For both samples I used tension 7, but your machine may be different.

Finished Size – about 10 inches wide and 10 inches tall for a 6 to 12 month baby.  For other sizes add or subtract an inch each direction.

Cast on 40 (70) stitches in your favorite method for ribbing doing 2 x 2 rib at  (T7/7). Use the same tension as you will use on the stockinette part.  If you have a smaller rib cast on comb, use that so that it doesn’t pull down so hard. Because there are fewer stitches than on an adult garment, you won’t need so much weight but still some so that the stitches knit off.

 RC 000  Knit 6 (10) rows rib.  Transfer rib stitches to main bed and change to regular carriage for stockinette.  Knit stockinette stitch to RC 38 (66).  Change to rib carriage and transfer every other 2 st to ribber for ribbing,.  Knit to row 60 (100), transfer rib stitches to main bed and bind off (not too tight).

Cast on 20 (36) stitches in your favorite method for ribbing doing 2 x 2 rib at (T7/7). RC000  Knit 6 (10) rows rib.  Transfer rib stitches to main bed and change to regular carriage for stockinette.  Knit stockinette stitch to RC 38 (66).  Change to rib carriage and transfer every other two stitches to ribber for ribbing,.  Knit to RC 47 (79).  For neck, bind off 10 (16) stitches.  On remaining 10 (20) stitches knit to RC 60 (100).  Transfer rib stitches to main bed. Bind off these 10 (20) shoulder stitches.

Same as left front except knit to RC 48 (80) to bind off neck stitches so that the carriage is on the correct side for binding off.

I used what I call the “2 Row Wonder” for the front edges.  It is nice for baby cardi’s because it’s dainty and helps the edge lie flat.  It’s easy to incorporate buttonholes by skipping stitches from the garment as you are hanging garment stitches. 

Hold the edge up to the machine without stretching to get an estimate of how many stitches you’ll need.  With the wrong side of the edge facing you, pick up whole stitches from the garment and hang on the needles.  You may need to skip a garment stitch now and then because you are matching stitches to rows.  Also, for girls, put a button hole (or evenly spaced button holes) on the garment’s right front and on the left for a boy.

 After you knit one front’s edge, write down the number of stitches you picked up so that the other side turns out the same.  Also, try to get to the very edge of the ribbings on both sides so that the edge extends all the way. 

Push the needles all the way out on the first row to aid the carriage in knitting.  After the first row, when a loop is formed for the buttonhole, hang it on the needle above.   Knit two rows total at garment tension.  Carriage is on the right.  Bind off around the gate pegs.  If your machine doesn’t have gate pegs, pull a needle out to act as a gate peg to even out the stitches and make the rope-like stitch.  The yarn goes to the right of this needle.

Stitch shoulder seams.  Mattress stitch side seams up to the point where the yoke ribbing starts.  Hide yarn ends and sew on a button (buttons) securely.  If the fronts need a little steam to lie flat, be sure to not touch the yarn if you are using an iron.
If you can’t achieve my gauge, use this schematic and some math to achieve the same size as I did.

  Interesting note…now that I have taken pictures, I see that my midgauge machine knits at a different tension every other row!!! Not too happy about this, but I don’t know if there is anything to be done about it.  It’s too consistent to be my fault, right? Reminds me of hand knitting where the knitter uses a different tension on purl vs knit rows.  Actually, in person it doesn’t look so noticeable.  Cameras can be mean sometimes.  Truth hurts.  OH WELL…

Back view

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Would
love to see a picture if you do knit it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Debbie Bliss Teddy Bear

About once or twice a year I get the urge to hand knit an entire piece.  I've admired Debbie Bliss's teddy because I thought the pieces were nicely shaped.  Wouldn't want to do it by machine since it's garter stitch so I "cheated" and knit it by hand.  ;=)

I combined 4 strands of thin-ish coned yarn, two of which are fuzzy.  They didn't rise to the occasion, so to speak and he doesn't look that fuzzy.  The resulting color is ok for a bear, though.  I checked out other examples of her bear on Ravelry and several said it was a "fast knit".  O MY!  I'm not a fast hand knitter, but I'm not that slow either.  Took me two weeks of nightly knitting to get him done.  Machine knitters and hand knitters have different definitions of the word "fast".  

I was faithful to the instructions except I omitted the muzzle and added a belly button.  Embroidering the face kind of gave it some shape.  Here are some more pictures of this cutie;
I think, but am not sure, that Debbie uses a machine for lots of her patterns.  Clues to me are that many things are knit flat rather than on circ needles, she gives row counts along with inches or cm's and the gauges seem to work on our machines.  Could be totally wrong, though.  I might do this  bear on the midgauge machine with stockinette and see if he turns out as nicely.  Some pieces might need to be knit upside down since changing the number of stitches so quickly is better done by decreases rather than increases.  A fairisle bear might be cute.  Her pattern is free, by the way.  There's a link on Ravelry.

Now, what should I name him???  I'm sending him to California along with some other little things for an Easter present.  Suggestions are welcome...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Machine Knit George, Peppa Pig's Brother

 A while back, I blogged about taking a coloring page of Peppa Pig and converting it to a stitch pattern in DesignaKnit.        But, I don't think I showed you the end result.  First I did a pillow:

 Well, actually it's George, Peppa's brother.  I added some fairisle designs to his cheek, jacket and hat to help with floats a little. I also wrapped the edges with strands of the main color to keep it from separating.    I used new cotton dishtowels for the lining.  I find that making the lining after knitting the outside of the pillow makes for a perfect fit. I just placed the knit piece on top of the dishtowel and cut allowing for 1/2" seam.   It's stuffed with polyester material that you get at any fabric store. The lining was sewn on the sewing machine; the outside seamed by hand.

Encouraged by the results, I did a sweater, also for my grandson.

The long floats on the pillow didn't matter, but for the sweater they were bothersome.  So I bought some iron-on nylon stabilizer and affixed it to the back before sewing the sweater together.  The advantage of this nylon stuff is that it stretches with the knit a little  but keeps the floats in place.

You can kind of see on the left side where the interfacing was cut.  It's just a little larger than the fairisle pattern. You can also see where I hung a few of the floats, but it  got tiresome really fast, so I quit and opted for the interfacing.   Yes, dbj would be another way to go, but alas I'm still not doing it.

Closeup of the design.  Cute, eh?  I love how George's nose goes off to the side, kind of like a child's drawing.

And finally, proof that it fits.  Hard to get a picture of a constantly moving target!
If I were to make this again, I'd do a modified drop shoulder.  The regular drop shoulder is too bulky for a little kid.  I knew better, but sometimes the brain isn't engaged.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What a difference a day makes!

Got the snow.  Luca is overjoyed!
The hat and mittens worked well.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

It fits!

The pirate sweater fits.  It's always a big guess but I hit the mark this time.  We live kind of on the edge of the woods and you can see that we have no snow.  Very unusual for Minnesota this time of year.  Many are disappointed.  But to the California people, it's not such a big discrepancy from what they are used to.  Having a wonderful Christmas with the family.  Hope you are too!