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


Sometimes simple is better…….


I tripped upon this yarn and love at first sight. I loved the colouring of the “nubs”.
I sampled this and that stitch, but not really happy with any of them. Crochet was troublesome. Then, I tried plain ordinary garter stitch. It looked best, no pooling of the coloured nubs. It felt nice to the hand even though the label said MIxed Fibre, Polyester acrylic, it felt somewhat like chenille.

8mm needles and a cast on of 20 stitches. Width is 6 1/2 ” wide and 2 balls long.
Garter stitch every row.

A little TIP. I knit through the back loop of the knit stitch. It gives the stitch a little twist and holds its’ shape better.

So far, it’s looking like a scarf, but I’m not done yet. 🙂


A scarf it became. 2 balls, 50 gm each made a 60″ scarf with 4 in of yarn leftover.
It looks great on a black coat or sweater.

American Doll outfit

I used 1 ball (50 gm) of self striping sock yarn (Debbie Norville Serenity sock Yarn), a fingering weight, wool/bamboo mix. on a 2.75 mm needle. Lovely for knitting doll clothes.

There was enough yarn for a dress and underpanties for the American Girl 18″ doll.






The velcro back closure was fixated with “steam a seam” glue on tape. My velcro is a bit heavier than that on the store bought doll clothes, but none was available to me. NOTE: it didn’t work well and I ended up sewing it in place.

The pattern is quite a bit of a deviation from what is generated by Knitware Basic Software.
I can’t say enough good things about that Knitting Software.

Patterning is achieved by random stitch combinations, hopefully to enhance the yarn stripes.

If, anyone wants to knit one without instructions, I would suggest a cast-on of approx 90 stitches for the hem edge and then decrease approx 10 stitches evenly spaced near the waistline.

My granddaughter took the last photo. She’s acquiring photography skills. 2 thumbs up!


This is a free “HOW TO”
I am always amazed and charmed by the NORO yarns.

NORO SILK GARDEN, 2 balls. 50 GM each, 5.5 Mm needles.
I knitted it flat and seamed the ends together for a long loop.

Cast on 180 stitches.

Knit 5 rows stockinette,
Knit 1 row for a garter stitch ridge.
Knit 1 ( edge stitch for seaming) K2TG, yarn over, repeat to end of row, end with a Knit 1, for the other edge stitch.
Knit 1 row, ( it will look like a garter ridge)

Continue in Pattern until yarn runs out. Cast Off and join ends.
Wash gently. It softens up beautifully.




Tuck Lace Hat & Skinny Scarf


I really like this hat. I started off knitting a length of fabric as a scarf, 80-0-80 stitches and 700 or so rows, knitting in tuck lace on the Studio Model 360. This is a standard gauge machine with a punchcard patterning system, using the standard card #3 A, needle setup for Tuck Lace. The yarn is Acrylic, knit at Tension 7.

My original plan was for a scarf, but, circumstances changed. I started playing with the fabric and twisting and turning, this a way and that a way. Then, a Eureka moment……….a hat.


The blue skinny scarf was knitted using less number of stitches, but still approx 700 row.
As always, the question, do I kill the yarn or do I leave it “au naturel”?
The lacey holes aren’t the main feature, but I do like the texture.

Mittens with 2 thumbs………why or why not

I finally have found out the “why” of knitting mittens with 2 thumbs.
The photo is of mittens in a store in Reyjkevik, Iceland, but no one mentioned the “why” .


Today, while looking through an older book in my library, (1985) I ran across a chapter about Icelandic knitting and an article about the 2 thumbed mittens.

It seems that workers thought that they were very practical because they could be turned around if one thumb became wet or worn out.

Sailors’ ones had a cross on them for protection while they were at sea.

The mittens from the western fjords were patterned.

Textile factory high in The Andes

A friend has recently returned from a visit to Peru. She has kindly sent me this link to some photos that she took at this small textile factory high in the mountains. The women are dying the fleeces and yarns in such small quantities. A small tasting of the photos.



Some really cool stuff…..leggings

Leggings are in style. Patterned ones, not the plain chocolate ones.
How are these?Any crocheter can make them.


Ruffled scarves are popular. I see them everywhere. But, let’s face it, its a trend.
I ran across this picture and thought what a great use of the ruffled yarn, since it comes so many colours. It is bound to fit in with decor and is very classy.


Top down….bottom up

The choice of knitting top down or bottom up has some considerations that knitters need to think about.
When knitting from the top down, some knitters claim that the increases can be hidden easier. I think with care, both styles of knitting can have a very smooth transition for increases and decreases. I’ve worked both ways, and often can’t remember which way I knit the garment.

Necklines can be very precise using both methods. Checking the fit of a garment is easier when knitting “top down”. It is as easy as pulling the garment over your head and looking in the mirror.
Hopefully, when the garment reaches the body the length, the needles and cord is long enough to go around the body comfortably to keep checking.


This picture shows the start of a “top down” Icelandic type sweater. LetteLopi is a very nice softly spun wool yarn from the Icelandic sheep. It is water repellant and ideal for outerwear and other outdoor activities.

The design work started with a published pattern, but I deviated after the first few rows. This one is a “design as I go” project. 🙂