After Thought Trim….for machine knitters

AFTER THOUGHT TRIM,  for stabilizing edges of knitted items.

For use on any knitting machine.
Hold up your work, Public side facing toward the operator.

Hang up edge onto knitting machine needles. Pull needles to holding position. (D on Silver Reed knitting machines)

Crochet cast-on onto the same needles, in front of the item.  (Carriage and yarn on right side of bed.)

Row 1: Knit 1 row.

Row 2: Knit 1 row.

Row 3: Knit 1 row.  (3 in total)

Row 4 …Pull needles to D. Move carriage ( free pass) to right hand side of bed.

Crochet cast-on on those needles. Knit 1 row, across the needle bed.

Row 5: Cast off all stitches. This trim may be left to look like a “roll” or can be steam blocked flat.

Mary Anne Cutler, Yet Another Canadian Artisan 2017

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I was seduced……..Unforgettable…..

I was seduced by the colour and the sheen of this yarn. I purchased and began swatching by hand. The yarn was irritating to my hands. It sat for a year or so, but the colour seduced me again. This time, I tried it on the knitting machine. The Studio/Silver Reed Chunky 9mm. I am impressed with the colour striping.

Details: mine weighed in at 130 gm, Dial Ten 2, Chunky 9mm machine,

Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn. Acrylic. Available at most big box stores.

PATTERN

Start on left side of machine, somewhere about L40 needle. The increases will be on the Right side only, every 10 rows.

Cast-on 5 stitches,

INCREASES

*k10 rows

Carriage on right Cast-on 5 stitches,*

repeat 3 times. (15 stitches)

*Eyelet rows are also done on the increased rows.

Make eyelets(place every other stitch onto its neighbour stitch, leave empty stitch in work.

Knit 10 rows.*

Repeat until you think the shawls is wide enough, then start to Decrease  in the same manner.

Suggested Needle count possibly, L40 to R40 or as wide or narrow as desired.

DECREASES

Cast-off 5 stitches, every 10 rows. Continue to cast -off with decreases and eyelets until remaining 15 stitches, then no longer make eyelets, continue to 5 stitches and cast off so that both ends look the same.

block any chosen method. I use the soak and pin out method. No steam, so that the edges have some interest and texture. The Steam method would smooth out the pattern and increase the size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE 2 ball Garter Stitch Scarf 2017

IMG_11211 ball of self-patterning and 1 ball of solid colour. I used sock yarns and handknit a garter stitch scarf. The one on the right (green) is a self-striping.

Most interesting is the colour repetitions.

This is generic pattern. Garter Stitch
1 ball 50 gm, sock yarn, self patterning type.

1 ball 50 gm solid colour sock yarn

2.75 mm needle


METHOD

Crochet cast-on 45 st and knit 1 row.

Colour A

Row 1…..in *1st stitch, knit 1 make 1, Knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together*.

Row 2……knit across all

Colour B

CHANGE yarn to colour B and REPEAT row 1 and 2

Continue to change colours every 2 rows until yarn is almost used up, then cast off.

Wet block by gently washing, rinsing and air dry flat.

Size is approx 4.75 in x 60 in. It depends on how much yardage is the 50 gm balls.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan,

Mary Anne Cutler, 2017

Caron Cakes…..what is all the fuss? Key Lime Wall Hanging.


I succumbed. I bought a Caron Cake of yarn. For those who are not familiar with them, it is yarn presented as centre pull ball of yarn. It is also generally 4 shades or colours that abruptly change, no gradient. 200 gm in the ball. Most knitter/crocheters are using it for hats and scarves. The product is flying off of the store shelves. It is hard to pick which cake to buy.

Key Lime Wall Hanging


I used the Studio/Silver Reed Chunky SK890 knitting machine.

Method

Cast-on, (crochet cast-on) 54-0-54 needles. Dial Tension 3, Slip stitch from the OEM Mylar.( pattern 3 or 4, I don’t rember which one)

The Striping was a pure accident. I started with the centre strand of yarn and knit until the Yellow/lime colour ended. It looked long enough, so I cast off. Turned it on its side and fringed. On the other end, I needed a pocket to contain a dowel to hang it.

Lastly, it needed decor. A length of I-cord was Knit and sewn on bridging the 2 colour changes.

40″ long x 11″ wide. and have yarn left over from 1 Caron Cake.

KR7 knit radar/contour adapter, DIY Instructions 

These instructions are for a DIY adapter for mounting a KR7 on a variety of machines. The KR7 is the mechanical knit contour device made by and meant to be used with the Singer/Studio/Silver-Reed knitting machines for garment shaping.

I chose a 1″thick piece of wood, the length of the KR7 and 4 ” wide.  I inserted a couple of screws, with the  heads protruding , where they would match and fit into the holes on the bottom of the device. Then, place the device (KR7) attaching it onto the adapter board ( sliding it over the screw heads).

Place the unit at the appropriate height for the row tripper to trip the KR7. I used duck tape to attach the board securely onto my knitting table.

My newly designed screw board was approx 1” thick (high) approx 4″ wide and 22 “, the length of the Knit Contour device. A visit to a lumber yarn (Home Depot, Lowes, etc) may turn up a scrap piece of wood the needed size or they may cut one for you.

I have used it with the Superba, the Passap Duo80, the LK150 , the Brother Hobby 350.

Mary Anne Cutler, ON. Canada

Decorating the special needs Bib

I was thinking about the Special Needs Bib.

Plain Ecru is practical, but wouldn’t it be fun for the recipient to have it decorated in their taste. For instance, a cat motif, stamped on it with a rubber stamp and fabric dye/paint. A crochet ruffle along the edges, or tiny bells sewn on so the person could hear them ring. Raised crochet or knit flowers?

Just thinking……..
Mine is Still a plain Jane model

Re-cycle……Re-purpose……..Re-thinkG

A felted piece of yardage hung around my Studio for ages. Initially, it was knit for a purse/bag, but didn’t quite cut it. Then, it lay on the seat my knitting chair. It was nice and warm! The fabric on back of the chair was starting to look very tired. Every time my son visited, he said “Mom, why don’t you knit a cover for for chair?”.

Well, I finally found the perfect use for my felted yardage. The felted yardage was knit as an exercise in the use of a variety of yarns. I like the finished product.

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HOW TO:

Measure the size of the chair back and add 1″ for seaming.

Cut out the shape according to the measurements

I seamed 2 sides on my sewing machine and tried it on to decide how much to curve the corners. The try-on also showed me how much more to seam for a snug fit. The bottom was whip stitched by hand to secure.

Playing with Yarn……SEED STITCH Double Ring Cowl

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The colours of this yarn enticed me. It has a nice sheen. I loved them all, but in the end selected 4. This is a yarn that was produced for those frilly scarves that have been so popular. On the ball it appears as a super chunky or roving type yarn.

After I played  with it for some time, I knitted a “Double wrap” Cowl/ scarf. 6 in wide.

15mm needles,

Yarn, approx 60 metres in 200 gm ball. 100% Acrylic.

Cast on 9 stitches, KNIT in seed stitch til yarn runs out. Join ends.

SEED STITCH is………knit one stitch, purl one stitch and repeat across the row, every row. Must be on an uneven number of stitches.

BIAS LACE SCARF…….for machine knitters

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This scarf was machine knitted from an 80 gram skein of identified handspun yarn. It was knitted on the mid-gauge Studio/Silver-Reed SK860 using a handmanipulated lace stitch and stockinette stitch.

One side has a rib like look to it, the other a lace.b

I chose 6 rows of handknit garter stitch to start and finish the ends of the scarf.

BIASING LACE STITCH: this is a knit 2 together, yarn over ( in handknitting) lattice type stitch. The repetative left sided transfers will result in a BIAS ends on the scarf.

Working over an ODD number stitches. i.e. 17-0-18 .

Working from the right hand side of the needlebed, EON transfer one stitch onto its left sided neighbour stitch. NOTE: keep the empty needle in working position. On the transfer row, always move the stitch to the left.

*Knit 2rows. Repeat for a total of 40 rows.

TIP: pull needles out to “D” position, to ensure that the stitches knit through.

STOCKINETTE stitch.

Knit 10 rows.*

Continue for your desired length, ending with the 40 row lace segment.

Knitted Mastectomy Prosthesis

Our local Knit Out In Public Day, hosted by the Burlington Public Library, Burlington, ON, Canada brought out many knitters and crocheters. Among them, was a lady who brought to our attention about the need and and want of knitted breast prosthesis. The item was very soft, naturally contoured and attractive. Colour co-ordinate with undergarments or natural.

The following is a site with info about obtaining them, Pattern for knitting them, the donation of them for free distribution to others who have the need. Hand knitters version.

http://www.dfwmachineknitters.com/Patterns/ArleneTitBits.html   (For machine knitters)

http://www.Knittedknockers.org

http://www.knittedknockerscanada.com/index.html

Knitted Knocker Pattern

1 set of 6″ double pointed size 4.5 mm . ( tight knitters are using size 5mm) Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima

PATTERN # STS

Outer P

CO 3 sts-knit 6 rows I-cord –this will be knotted for nipple. Leave about 6” tail 3
Next row –kfb every stitch 6
Divide on 3 needles – start knitting in a round 6 (2 each needle)
Round 1 –kfb, k1 (each needle) 9 ( 3 each needle)

 

Next round-K to last st on each needle, m1, k1 12 ( 4 each needle)
A cup-repeat 18 times or amount to equal 5” across 66 (22 each needle)
B cup-repeat 20 times 51/2” diameter 72 (24 each needle)
C cup-repeat 24 times 6” diameter 84 (28 each needle)
D cup-repeat 26 times 61/2” diameter 90 (30 each needle)
E cup-repeat 28 times 7” diameter 96 (32 each needle)
P 2 rounds
Inner Piece
Round 1-K to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)
Round 2-ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)
Repeat 2 rounds until 12 sts total (4 each needle)
Cut yarn (long tail) –thread tail through 12 sts. Do not tie off to allow for stuffing
Knot I-cord very tightly and stitch down for small nipple

Fill with soft high quality FiberFil used for pillows-we will stuff for you if you wantJ
While Knitted Knockers are a great “stash buster” taking only about 50 yards of yarn, we recommend Cascade Yarns’ Ultra Pima Yarn because it is 100% cotton; washable, soft and affordable. A skein of Ultra Pima sells for about $11 and will make up to 51/2 knockers and the Ultra Pima Fine sells for about $6 a skein and makes up to 3 knockers depending on the sizes you are making. If using Ultra Pima Fine, we recommend using a size 4 needle and making two sizes larger (meaning using a size D pattern you will end up with a size B knocker).
The most requested colors are the “nude” and pastel colors. If you don’t have enough of one color to finish a knocker feel free to finish the inner piece with a complimentary color using the same type of yarn. If you get bored with the flesh tones by all means make a creative, bright pair if you want. We do get requests for those tooJ. Don’t stress too much about the sizing. The most important thing is to make sure all pairs are the same size (same number of stitches). About 75% of the requests are for sizes B and C and the rest size A and D.
We realize this is not the easiest pattern being knit on double point needles but they are beautifully contoured and hold up really well. Getting past the first few rounds is the most challenging but once mastered it becomes easy, fun and a portable project taking most people about 2-3 hours to make one. If you do not want to knit the nipple just CO 3 sts and go to next row!
Abbreviations:
CO-Cast On m1-make a stitch
kfb-knit in front and back ssk-slip, slip, knit

Please mail your completed knocker to:

Knitted Knockers of Canada

115 Fiddlehead Cres.

Waterdown, Ontario L0R 2H8

Pattern courtesy of KnittedKnockers.org

More patterns such as the crochet pattern and magic loop pattern available for download at Knitted knockers.org of the USA