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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Knitting Machine Seminar 2016

I have very recently attended a Machine knitters Seminar in the USA.

I came home very disappointed. I realize that the Host has worked hard to even present a seminar. We are all thankful. Many attendees drove hours to get to the location.

Where are the younger knitters? Where are the new to the knitting machine knitters?  I spoke with a few who were returning to the craft. No fashion show by the presenters or the attending knitters to show off their current work and fashion styles.

Very, very few people wearing  a knit. Are knitted garments out of style? No one wearing shawls and cowls like they do at a Handkniters event.

It appears to be a craft in decline and a dying skill. Perhaps, I hope that I am wrong and just venting my disappointments.

Here are a few photos that I was allowed to take of samples that one of the demo’rs. She has been using the popular self-striping sock yarns in her work.


  

The brown one appears fuzzy, it is a smooth yarn and one strand of chenille yarn.

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

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

HOW TO SELL a KNITTING MACHINE for NON KNITTERS

A Guideline on How to SELL a KNITTING MACHINE for NON Knitters

A knitting machine is a complex item. There are various levels of complexity and are priced accordingly. Most of the machines in the Used Marketplace are 20 to 30 years old, some with electronics that are also 30 years old. Some are metal, some are plastic, some are mechanical. It all matters.

1. Find the MANUALS. They should be nearby the knitting machines, but often have been placed on a bookshelf.

2. There is a page near the front of the manual that shows a PICTURE of all the pieces that came with the machine and should be sold with the machine. The manuals, the punchcards, the mylar pattern reader cards.

3. GATHER the pieces together. Clean them if necessary. A Dirty, dusty machine will not bring in the best dollar.

4. DETERMINE the Brand and Model name and number. This is necessary for advertising and fielding questions from buyers. This will also indicate the complexity of the machine.

5. PHOTOS. Take pictures of the pkg and closeups of the main pieces. Take photos of the covers of the manuals and any other books or yarns that you are including in your sale.

6. ADVERTISE locally first. A local pickup is best. Do mention Your CITY. Some buyers will take a roadtrip to you or meet in the middle. If, there is a Knitting Machine dealer nearby, the owner may take it in on consignment or purchase it.

7. SHIPPED knitting machines often arrive at their destination DAMAGED due to insufficient packing. The goods travel on conveyor belts and drop into large sized bins and drop 4 ft or so. The machines, being heavy on one end, flip and fall on their ends, damaging the machine. The plastic parts on the machine are becoming brittle with age and cracks and break. Replacement plastics are very difficult to locate for repair. When shipping, be prepared to spend time and materials for safe transit. Solid styrofoam on the ends of the machines for cushioning during transit. Peanuts are NOT adequate. Double boxing is best.

8. PRICING is probably the most difficult aspect. 1/2 price of the original price is fair and a good start. If, the electronics are questionable, then the value becomes much less to almost $0.00 as some Brands no longer have replacement parts. It would then be considered a PARTS MACHINE. Most manufacturers have ceased production, 10 to 15 years ago.

Although, you may not be familiar with knitting machines, following the above suggestions, should result in a win/win sale.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan 2015
Mary Anne Cutler,

http://www.cutlermac.wordpress.com

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Frustrated new Knitting Machine users……some suggestions

On the knitting forums, I have been reading about knitters that are new to the use of the Knitting Machine and are frustrated. Machine knitting has quite a learning curve. It is not a matter of threading the yarn and pushing the carriage across the a bed full of needles.

The first place to learn about knitting with the mainbed and/or the ribber is the Manual that came with the Machine. It’s somewhat like cooking. If, it’s not done right, it goes into the garbage. As we all know, some cooking recipes require a knowledge of basics and others are very detailed. Knitting machine patterns are the same.

Begin at the front of the manual. If, your manual is downloaded from the internet, print it out. You will be glad you did. I know it is alot of pages, they are ALL important. Then, proceed to work your way throughout the various samples. Each sentence is important, each setting on the diagram is important. Watch the needles and the yarn on every row and recognize what is happening.

Jumping around the manual is a waste of time and frustrating, because you won’t know why you are executing a particular setting.

Trying to sort out a problem on a group list is helpful, but the readers need to know specific settings, type of yarn, machine being used etc to solve the problem. One machine cannot use all weights of yarn.

Lastly, a new knitter needs classes of one sort or another, be it a DVD, a seminar, private classes from a local tutor. A 2 minute You tube video is not enough until you have learned the basics.

Vogue Live often hosts the renowned Susan Guagliumi teaching classes on the SilverReed knitting machine and would be well worth the bucks, especially, if one is local. For out of towners, a day or a weekend in the Location site is worth the time spent as there are other knitting events going on throughout the weekend.

Mary Anne Cutler
http://www.cutlermac.wordpress.com

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Snow plough marker flag

It’s winter! The snow plough operator now has a marker for the edge of the road.

This flag was knit on the Singer/Studio/Silver-Reed Chunky SK890 electronic knitting machine. This is a metal bed with the 9mm spacing between the needles and the EC1 patterning device.

The How To…….
Crochet type Cast-on approx 17-0-17 needles.
Knit 10 rows,
Knit 1 row (fold row ) at loosest tension,
CHANGE Dial to reg tension,
Knit another 10 rows before hanging up a hem. ( pick up every other loop from the crochet cast-on edge and place it on the needles on the bed. Knit 1 row across.)
Knit 2 rows,
AT THIS POINT….. I chose a slip stitch pattern to give the flag a bit of substance and body.
Start to Decrease each edge every 4 rows, until 3 stitches. Cast off and secure.

Trim as desired.

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Please note that I did not include type of yarn or tensions. This is determined by your chosen yarn. If a wider width is desired, add more stitches when casting on.