Repurposing Swatches………

Swatches, most often I keep them until the end of a project. Perhaps, using the yarn for seaming or a pocket. If large, just unravel and reuse in a different project.

Today, I needed a new flag at the end of my driveway to warn drivers of a sprinkler head.

I had painted my front door a spring green colour and a green flag might be nice.

When, I pulled out my green yarn, I noticed the swatch. Maybe, flag size? It was.

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Experimenting on the Chunky 9 mm machine

Of late, I have been experimenting with the use of Fingering weight yarn on the Studio Chunky 9mm knitting machine and ribber. I have surprised myself. I used a yarn that I had knit on the Standard gauge , 4.5 mm machine at Dial 8. This time, I set the machine and ribber at a radically different setting.

Full needle rib, MB at 2 and the RB at 7. The result was a variation of “long stitch”.

The scarf itself was pleasant enough, but needed some umph!

SLIP Stitch…….grid type

I was aiming for a grid type stitch fabric with SLIP stitch on the Knitting Machine. This type of fabric can be produced most readily using a Knitting machine that has an automatic patterning system, no matter if Punch card, Electronic or Electronic connected to patterning software. The Manual knitting machines and the Plastic Hobby machines too, but require hand pulling of the needles, every row.

Here are a few samples to view and consider possibilities.

The place matt was using Caron Cake yarn, an acrylic yarn. I think it is “whimpy” and could an “iron-on” backing. The other was using a thinner Cotton yarn.

Most any card can be used for Slip Stitch; the bottom patterns would be more useful for a Grid.

The fabric produced can be used for placemats, cushion covers, chair covers, wall hangings. It also produces a fabric suitable for skirts and jackets.

Enjoy the discovery of various yarns and stitches on the Knitting Machine.

Machine Knitting Guild activities

Our local Machine Knitter Guild celebrated our Xmas Holiday meeting. We enjoyed a potluck meal and socializing.

Show and Tell, a bit of eye candy of the various stitches and yarns in the projects.

The group had a large project knitting challenge. Wonderful blanket type items were submitted. There was a random draw for cash prizes for those that submitted.

The Final entertainment was the Silent Auction of knitting related items. What a wonderful choice of items submitted by members of the group. The picture represents 1/2 of the items in the Auction. A small commission was donated to the Guild. It was great fun bidding up each other. Some of us seem to like the same goods. ūüėá

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that wasn't enough, there was a draw for the Christmas cactus and poinsettia table setting plants.

Everyone went home happy. Even the weather co-operated as many members drive over 1 hour to attend.<<<<<
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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

I was seduced…..Unforgettable…..SHAWL

Shawl shape….suggestions.  SHAWL PATTERN Below

 

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: Shawl

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.

Mary Anne Cutler, Yet Another Canadian Artisan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‚ÄĚ 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.