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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Romeow and Juliet

Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley

Love this book. Great characters, fast paced and the first in a new series for me. Whales and Tails mysteries. Want to read the next one called The Mad Catter.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 2015 Pattern of the Month Machine Knit

March 2015 Pattern of the Month Machine Knit
Knitting Machine Eyeglass case@ 2012 by N Banks

This was knit on a Studio SK 700 standard machine.

I have been trying to find useful ways to relearn how to knit on my knitting machine, which I tucked away about 25 to 35 years ago. This pattern makes a padded case to fit a standard pair of glasses.
                                                                             Silver Reed Card #265
Silver Reed Card # 265
Tamm 3 ply Astracryl in white and lavender or two colors of your choice.
Fabric and matching thread to match your main yarn:

With white cast on with an e wrap  66 stitches (33-0-33).

Ten 7, RC O set machine to knit, be sure your latches are open.  Knit 9 rows. Hang weights, COL.

Inset card # 265,
1. Set machine order #1 as per manual (for Fair Isle or Knit it) , and knit one row to the right,

2. Set machine order #2 (page 24 of SK 700 Studio manual) (fair lsle). Be sure and add your second yarn to the feeder, (First time I tried this, I didn't add the second yarn and everything fall off the machine. So after a few more tries, tears and some not so nice words, I got it to working right, don't laugh, I am sure you have all had the same problems at times.) Also double check your settings for row 2 again. And of course I didn't and it would not knit for me when I was playing around with the machine.

RC O, knit 70 rows.

3. COL RC O, 

4. Remove 2nd yarn from feeder.

5. Set machine to plain knit. Be sure and check your settings again, if you don't have them right, your work will fall off the machine, just like mine did, lol.

6. Knit 10 rows. Bind off around gate posts.

7. Steam piece flat.

8. Lay knit piece flat with wrong side up and measure from side to side and from the top to the bottom of the design (not the white part at the top and bottom).  Cut fabric to this size.

9. Lay this piece of fabric on the wrong side of the knit piece and tack in place.

10. Steam top and bottom flaps (white parts) down so that only the design shows on the right side. Pin in place and sew down.

11. Pin center seam (sides) together matching top and bottom, sew in place.

12. Center the side seam in the middle of case at the back of the design and sew bottom closed. Turn right side out and stream lightly.

This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor sold, recopied or reformatted. It is for your personal use only.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Socks of all Sorts

Socks of all Sorts 

by Kathryn Doubrley

   PDF Instant download $20. 38 pages. Two gauges with very clear instructions for the standard, mid gauge and bulky machines in men’s, women’s and children sizes. Lots of forms, charts, diagrams and pictures to help you make the eight patterns, three of which do not require a ribber. It has a section on making assorted sock tops and making socks into slippers.  For all knitting machines including the Passap. You really need to check out her site, has tons of stuff on it.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Open Work Hat Bonus Pattern 2015

Open Work Hat © 2014 by N Banks
to match open work scarf

Note: If you have never worked a lace type project before, it would be easier for you if you used a very light colored yarn, (not a variegated one) and stitch markers between each group of stitches, (between the k 1, p1, k1, & the five open work stitches). Picture shown is the med one.

½ skein Patton's Pink Worsted Weight Yarn
1 row marker
25 stitch markers
Size 5 & 7 circular knitting needles
1 set Size 7 double pointed knitting needles

With size 5 circular needles, cast on
104 for ex-large, 96 for large, 88 for med, 80 for small, join being careful not to twist stitches.

Rd 1: knit
Rd 2: k 1, p 1 around.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 four times, for a total of 8 rounds.
Change to size 7 circular needles
Rd 9: p 1, k 1, around
Rd 10: k 1, p1 around,
Rd 11: Repeat round 9.

Now start round 1 of pattern

Row 1:  * k1, p1, k1, (place marker), k5, (place marker) *, repeat from
              * to * around.  Slip markers as you come to them.

Row 2 & 4 *p 1, k1, p1,  * k5, repeat from * to * around.

Row 3:   * K 1, p1, k1, (slip next stitch to right hand needle,) 2x, insert left hand needle into the back loops of the two slipped stitches and move to the left needle, then k 2 tog, yo, k 1, yo, sl 1, k 1, psso*, repeat from * to * around.

Repeat rows 1 to 4 for five  pattern repeats, and then do row 1 again,

Rd 1: p 1, k 1, around
Rd 2: k 1, p1 around,
Rd 3: Repeat round 1.

Rd 1: knit, placing markers after every 8th stitch.
Rd 2: Knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2 tog.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have 1 stitch between markers.
Run yarn needle through remaining stitches, draw up tight, through again. Weave in ends.

This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor copied. It is for your personal use only.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Duffle Jacket

The Duffle Jacket  

by Sandy Lightfoot.

 BO20  10 pgs, $7.50. Plus postage.    For the bulky machine. Jacket is sized for 30 to 64 inches. The cables on the front can be done by the ribber or hand,  so the ribber is not needed to knit this cabled tuck stitch hooded jacket with toggle fastenings.  Learn new techniques:  Tuck stitch by hand and cables with out a ribber.  Each piece is knitted first, and then you put it together. She tells you how in this easy to knit jacket with step by step directions. It has charting diagrams and knitting notes.  Email her for details or  instant download at