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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Easy Machine Knit Pillow Project

 Too much time on the computer, too many movies, and too much political stuff makes for an odd existence these days.  Can't seem to concentrate on anything too complicated, so I decided to use up some of my nice Brown Sheep wool and make some pillows for one of my couches.  I hadn't used too many of the built-in patterns on my 970, usually preferring to do my own thing. Can't erase them from the CB1 so why not give some of them a try?  So here goes my easy project:

The picture makes them look like they are different sizes.  They really are all the same.  It's the angle I took the picture from, I guess.  The 3 in the middle are from the 970 (maybe also other Brother models ?) and the 2 end ones were downloaded from an old DAK file I had.  I wanted to make them approximately 17" x 17" so at T 10 I cast on 120 stitches and knit 300 rows.  My gauge was 7 stitches and 9 rows to the inch. If you want to make some to your specifications, you'll want to figure out your gauge with the yarn you plan to use.  Close is probably good enough for this project.

 I also sewed a cotton fabric lining for each and used the lining to stuff  with the poly fiber fill.  Didn't want the filling to work its way out of the knitting.  After sewing the lining shut I folded the knitting over it and seamed the sides and bottom.  Couldn't be much easier.  Hope they won't ever need to be laundered in my lifetime...

Monday, September 28, 2020

Baby Elf Hat on the standard gauge machine


I wanted to give this hat pattern a Norwegian name.  So, I tried the Google translation service  for English to Norwegian and here are some suggestions.  Not sure which would be most true.

Maybe a Norwegian speaking person could help me out.

Anyway, here’s my first attempt at a 3-6 month hat.  Pretty cute. The size seems ok, but I don’t have a baby to try it on. So this is my best guess. Will be donated, so size isn’t crucial right now. Finished dimensions (including ribs) are width at tip 6”, width above ribbing 5”, top to bottom of the neck 6”.

Yarn: from my stash, acrylic. Use something that gets close to this gauge. Mine had no label.

Machine:  standard gauge with ribber

Gauge for stockinette:  31 st = 4” and 37 rows = 4”  @T 7.  Kinda weird, I know but close is ok I would think. 


Overview… (knit from front of face to back of head)

1.     75 needles 1 x 1 rib.  Do Susan Gualiumi’s nifty cast on for rib.  My new bestie because it lies perfectly flat, no flare, but is still stretchy.

 Use the manual’s cast on with waste yarn, (zig zag row) insert rib comb, add one barrel weight in the middle,  do 3 rows circular, cancel circular and knit about 1” of rib with this waste yarn.  Tension doesn’t matter so much here. Change back to circular and k the last 2 rows with ravel cord.  Snip waste yarn and ravel cord. It’s ok if you forget to switch to ravel cord, but it’s harder to remove at the end than it is when you use ravel cord. 

2.     Main part.  With main yarn, T6/6 do the manual’s cast on again and knit  12 rows ribbing.

3.    Change to regular sinker plate and transfer rib stitches to main bed.  Knit stockinette at T7 to RC 38, which should be about  5”.

4.    Begin short rowing so that you get the elvish point at the back of the head. Important to weight the knitting so the stitches don't pop off.  Set machine to hold.   *CAR put 7 N in hold at the left of the knitting. Knit across, wrap the end st so you don’t get a hole.  Put 7 needles on right in hold.  Knit across to the right and wrap the end st.* Continue from * to * until you have 5 stitches left in work.  Put 2 in hold, knit across and wrap, put two on right in hold, knit to the right. 

5.    Put all stitches back in work (or just undo the hold setting) and knit 2 rows.  Bind off.

6.     Stitch the back of the head seam by hand.

7.    Bottom neck ribbing.  With the wrong side of the knitting facing you, stretch out the bottom of the hat to pick up 70 stitches.  Try to pick up in the ditch between stitches at the same place across.  Knit 2 rows stockinette at T 10.

8.    Change sinker plate to rib, transfer every other stitch to ribber.  At T 6/6, rib 12 rows.  Transfer rib stitches to main bed and bind off with your favorite bind off technique.  On this one I did around the gate pegs. 

9.    I cord Straps:  I know some object to ties, but many babies do live after having had their hats tied under their chins, so I’m going with it.  If you have another method, have at it.

Pick up 4 stitches at the bottom corner of one front.  Set carriage to slip one way, knit the other.  (Brother, one part button.) At T 9 knit 150 rows and bind off.  Same for other side.  Hide yarn ends and tie a knot at the ends of the ties.

Remove the waste yarn.  There are a few yarn ends to hide. I did not steam the hat to block it, but you may want to.

Notes: You may also want to add a tassel or a pompom to the point of the hat and to the I cord ends.  A fairisle pattern would be nice too.  Because the seam at the back of the head can be bulky, next time I will take the top off on waste yarn and kitchener stitch the seam shut. This is an easy knit and a good way to practice short rowing if you are not used to doing that technique.  I wouldn't say this is a fast knit because of the transfers between beds, but worth it, I think. If you don't have a ribber, a hung hem would do.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Educats and Edudogs

 Thank you for the interest in the Educat and Edudog blanket patterns.  They are available for purchase using PayPal for $10.00 each.  My label there is marsmachineknitting.  You need to have DAK (any version) and an electronic machine to download to.  I do also have a hand knitting version.

The blanket is lined as you go and the edges are bound with multi-color Icord. I have made mine with acrylic so they would be easily washable.  Any yarn that works with your machine is ok as long as the different colors are the same weight.  I think the blanket would be ok to do on a garter carriage for the front, although I personally don't have the patience.  The idea is like an "I spy" quilt where you have the child find the cat who is sad or the dog that looks like Harry Potter, etc.

If you wish to purchase, just email me with the address you'd like the pattern to be emailed to and I will send you an invoice.

Thanks again.  If questions, just email me.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Super warm hat for winter

Having a hard time motivating myself to knit these days.  Ironic since I do have all the time in the world staying home, hiding from the pandemic.  But, thought I would try a hat for my son.  Winter is coming, for sure. If you want to follow this pattern, you'll need to use a ribber.  Maybe you could do a mock rib for the cuff, but I don't know how that would look, haven't tried it.

This one is extra super warm because it's doubled.  Measurements are about 21" around and 9" tall with the rib folded.  If a person wanted a slouch-look, you wouldn't have to fold the cuff.  This is an adult sized hat, so if you need a different size, you'll have to adjust stitches and rows.

 My gauge with Tamm Sport was 7 stitches and 9 rows to one inch.
*I started with waste yarn, every other needle, over 148 needles. Knit about an inch then changed to the main yarn.  (No need to cast on, just knit right over the waste yarn.) 
*Knit one row with the eon arrangement then bring all needles to work.  
*Knit 100 rows of the stockinette, then transfer to 1 x 1 rib.  
*Knit 60 rows rib, then transfer back to stockinette. 
* Knit 99 rows so that the carriage ends up on the left.  
*Transfer to every other needle, knit one row left to right. Leave a long tail of the main yarn.  
*Take off on about an inch of waste yarn, still in the eon arrangement.
* Fold the hat in half so the two ends meet and hand sew the stitches together.  Remove waste yarn and cinch the stitches as tight as you can.  
*Then seam the side with a mattress stitch outside and inside.

I made two I cords for the top, not a pom pom, because my son doesn't like pom poms.  They are 5 stitches wide and 80 rows long.  (With I cord, the knitting is really only 40 rows long.) I stuffed the two ends into the hole at the top, which conveniently closes it up.  secured the ends on the inside.  Then I tied a knot on the outside top. (You can kind of see it in the picture.) Both ends also have a knot.  Actually I do like pom poms.  One would cover the top hole nicely too.
I would not say this is a quick-to-knit hat because of the transferring of stitches.  However, some acrylic yarns if used single layer are not warm enough in our climate, so the doubled ones are better.  If you wanted, you could put a fairisle pattern on the top half. 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Beautiful rib cast on


I’ve been using Susan Guagliumi’s nifty cast on for rib for my projects.  I love this cast on because it lies perfectly flat, no flare, but is still stretchy. Can’t believe I didn’t know or use this before. This would work with any machine that uses a ribber, but you will need to also consult your manual.

How to:   

*Use the manual’s cast on with waste yarn, insert rib comb, add barrel weights as needed for your project. Knit about 1”.  (Tension doesn’t matter so much here but I used a tighter tension because my waste yarn was thinner than my main yarn. )

*Change to circular and k the last 2 rows with ravel cord. 

*Snip waste yarn and ravel cord. (It’s ok if you forget to switch to ravel cord, but it’s harder to remove the waste yarn at the end if you don’t use ravel cord.)

* With main yarn, do the manual’s cast on again using the recommended tension and knit the number of rows you want for your rib.

*When you are ready, remove waste yarn and ravel cord.

Thanks to Susan for this easy – to – remember rib cast on.  So smart and beautiful.



Sunday, July 26, 2020

Tiny Ted #90

Have been using my embroidery machine to do some more charity stuff.  These tiny teds are intended for the local visiting nurses group at a metro hospital.  As mentioned before probably, they like to bring a little gift to the new mothers and babies.

This is a free design obtainable from
The owner doesn't specify that your teds be for charity, but it would be nice if you made some for your local hospital.   I use the 5 x 7 hoop.  They go pretty fast and use up those little scraps of fabric you can't bear to toss.  I've made every color combo imaginable and most have an applique nose.  Goes faster if you don't do the applique, but it does add to the design.  I bought my polyester fiber fill (32 oz.) from Amazon for $10 and it has lasted through 5 throw pillows and most of my teds with lots to spare.  Ted's finished dimensions are 4.5" from tips of hands and 5.5" tall.  Good size for a baby's little hands. 

I always wash my fabric first with laundry detergent that has no perfume, because you know he'll inevitably end up in a baby's mouth.  Still, it's an incredibly easy and fast pattern.
PS, I did clip corners, but maybe I could have done more on this one.  O well, is still cute.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Diana Sullivan's Fingerless Mitts

This is one of my favorite patterns.  It's a free one on Diana's blog:
I'm surprised it was almost 7 years ago.

Because of the yarn I used (Mary Lue's Wintuck) I found I needed to loosen the tension and add 2 stitches in width of the cuff, hand and thumb. Otherwise, I followed the pattern for stitch type and row count.  They fit nicely. In the scan it looks like the thumb pooches out but actually when worn fits snug to the thumb.  The pattern is easy and I think clever.
I'm making items that can be used as Christmas presents in a group home.  
I'm making items that can be used as Christmas presents in a group home.  
I've sewn and embroidered 30 zip pouches, which I'll photograph one of these days.  Other than gardening, crafts are my main occupation.  Waiting for a vaccination like everyone else before venturing out too much.