Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MK Handtowel from Knitstuff Plus

MK Hand Towel

This was adapted from a hand knit pattern I have. The towel is finished when it comes off the buttons to sew on. This was done on a bulky machine with tuck capabilities.

What you'll need...
  • Made on an Brother 260
  • worsted weight cotton
  • Tension 8-10, whatever makes the fabric feel nice

Crochet cast on 64 stitches.
Knit 90 rows in tuck stitch.
Cancel tuck, knit 2 rows.
Remove to waste yarn or garter bar.
Rehang on 32 needles, doubling stitches.
Knit 2 rows, remove to waste yarn or garter bar.
Rehang on 16 needles, doubling stitches.
Knit 1 row, move the two middle stitches to adjacent needles to create buttonhole.
Knit 1 row with all needles in working position.
Knit 30 rows in tuck stitch.
Cancel tuck, knit 2 rows, remove to waste yarn.
Pull out 6 needles, hang one stitch on the very left and ewrap the 5.
Knit 4 rows. Hang the next stitch and knit 4 rows.
Repeat until all 16 stitches are done.
Latch tool bind off and cut yarn. .

Could not get a link to this pattern to save. So, copied it to my blog. It can be found at Knitstuff Plus.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Discovering My Intarsia Carriage

It's been sitting in a box in my craft room for years calling me.  I didn't really know what intarsia was until I hand knitted a hat as a Christmas present for my daughter.  I was having trouble getting the pattern to work and sent a picture to an experienced hand knitter friend.  She sent back "Oh you're doing intarsia you need to twist the yarns."  I looked up videos on what the heck I was supposed to do and it was simpler than I thought.

When I had a bag to do out of the same book as the above hat I thought why couldn't I do it on my knitting machine.  OH!  I have that intarsia carriage let's get it out and see how to use it.  Meanwhile, looking online at a YouTube video of a machine knitting pattern done by a Russian gal I came across a video of her using the intarsia carriage to knit my arch nemesis yarn Sashay.  I was quite excited that I recognized that it was an intarsia carriage and I gave myself a V-8 forehead slap, because why didn't I think of using it myself.  It made making a Filly Scarf on the knitting machine that much easier.  I had gotten it down to 2 hours.  Greatly faster and greatly less frustrating than doing it by hand.  If I could do it faster that would be even better as I had 3 skeins of that stuff left that I was very tempted to throw it in the trash.  Yes, it's aggravated me that much.  So much so that one skein was on my craft room floor.  Every time I saw it there I didn't think "Oh I should pick that up."  I thought, "Oh that's right where you belong."

Today with the intarsia carriage I made peace with Sashay.  In one hour I had knitted a Filly scarf easy.

 I found out the weight I used was too much.  Took it off when scarf was about 12 inches long and the weight of the scarf was plenty.  The needle set up was from the video.  I could easily hang the Sashay skipping every other hole with the needles that far a part.
 Can I refind the video on YouTube?  No!  It's in Russian, so I can't even search for it.  When I come across it again I'll post it.  It gave me such a wonderful idea.

Big thank you to my commenter Misha Moon for giving me the link to the youtube video:  Video Lesson "Curly" scarf.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Just Another Reminder!

If you want a reply from me you need to include your email address.  I get <> all the time.  That is because you don't have an email address attached to your name when you email me from the blog. Essentially, you are anonymous to me.  I love answering questions and helping when I can.  So, it's not that I don't or won't answer.  It's because I can't.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Always Something New To Try!

Needles of Steel's blog pointed me toward this fascinating pattern.  Yes it's in Russian, but the needle bed is shown and I think we machine knitters can figure it out.  There is a discussion and pattern on Ravelry that I missed as I spent the last few month practicing my hand knitting and crocheting.  Anxious to get back to machine knitting when I see beautiful pieces like this.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Gossamer Tuck Lace and The Learning Curve

Believe it or not I have been doing some machine knitting, but mostly hand knitting.  I'm trying to become a better hand knitter in hopes it will help with my machine knitting.

I did do some machine knitting in December working on a pattern I thought was very similar to my favorite pattern of 2010, BUT uses the ribber.  In fact this pattern is on the same pattern sheet as my favorite pattern.  It is the pattern on the bottom of the sheet just not using the ribber.

The pattern Gossamer Tuck Lace is done on the Passap, but I found it very easy to translate to my Studio 155.  I worked up a swatch and LOVE LOVE LOVE the texture.
I did learn it needs a lot of weight and constant all across the knitting weight.  I had a lot of drop stitches and tucking that was wasn't getting... well... tucked.  I'm casting on with the cast on comb when I start the scarf. I was wondering how I was going to keep this weight going as every time I moved the weight up it was a pain in the butt and didn't work well.  Oddly, I get an email from I believe about my very problem. Tried to find a link to it and of course can't find it.  Anyhow what was done was to roll the knitting around cast on comb and rehang weights.  Keeps the constant weight across the whole piece without having to remove the cast on comb.
It also looked like I might need to adjust the tension to get my tuck to be the same size from main bed to ribber.  Although I kind of like the difference in the sizes as a design feature.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lil Punkin Hat... well not quite

Using my bulky Toyota KS650 punchcard machine I tried my hand at making the Lil Punkin hat by Baby Jane Knits.  It's a free pattern if you belong to the "Fun with Big Brother" yahoo group. The group is free too.  So, give it a try.  Look for the pattern under files and look for Baby Jane Knits.

I punched the card suggested, but I don't think the card I have is compatible with my Studio machine.  I had a 1X1 punch card and I lined it up and they just didn't quite match in size and shape. Anyhow the card didn't work.  SO, I decided to use the 1X1.  It still made the most fricking adorable pumpkin hat.

The pattern said it was a pretty small hat and gave instructions on how to make it bigger.  I casted on 60 needles and when it came to the slip rib section I knitted 48 rows.  It still made a pretty small hat.
As luck would have it I was babysitting a 5 year old and was waiting for him to come home from school.  I thought he'd be a perfect model, so I could tell what size the hat should be and how to adjust it.  I was prepared if he fell in love with it to let him have it.
I thought I'd have to coax it on him, because he's all boy ruff and tumble, snip and snails and puppy dog tails.  He's still 5 and instantly fell in love with it and wouldn't take it off.  Made me feel good that he loved it as much as I did.  I did find out it is still a little smaller than I'd like, but for just wearing and having fun it was perfect.
Since I was knitting at someone else's home I didn't have all my manuals with me and as it always is I needed to make an i-cord and didn't know how to set my machine.  I knew it needed to slip in one direction, but I so seldom set my machine to slip anything I need the manual.  I did have my computer and all I could find was how to make i-cord on a brother machine.  I needed Studio.  I came across this handy little video that was perfect and saved the day.  I-Cord by Crystal Sutherland.  It is a manual way of making i-cord using knitting machine needles.  Since I only needed to make a small stem on my hat making i-cord in this manner was still faster than using knitting needles.  I hung 3 stitches from the top of my hat and began.  To get my rhythm going I just remember to always wind in a clockwise manner.