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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Elf Christmas Stocking

Elf Christmas Stocking     @2012 by N. Banks


This is a knitting machine pattern. I wanted some useful patterns while I re-learned  to knit on my machine. This one pattern was a mistake and I liked it so much, I keep working with the pattern. Hope you enjoy it.

Materials needed:
Tamm 3 ply Astracryl in white (main), red or green.  (2nd color) or colors of your choice.
1 small bell
Red, Green or white ribbon ¼ wide about 1 yard.
Thread to match the main color of your sock.
Sewing needle
Yarn needle
Silver Reed Punch Card 254A

With Red, Green or White E-wrap cast on 60 stitches (30-0-30)

1: RC O: Tension 6.  Knit 5 rows, hang weights. I used four.

2:  Knit 32 rows.  COR. Be sure and move your weights up.

3: Ten 10, hang hem. Knit 1 row to left.

4: Ten 6, knit 2 row.

5:  Ten 7. COL. Starting from the left, transfer every 3rd stitch to next needle, having 2 needles at left and right ends in work.  Leave empty needles in working position. You will have 2 stitches on left and 3 stitches on the ends. Knit 1 row to right.

6: Ten 6 knit 1 row to left.
7:  COL.  RCO. Ten 6. Insert Silver Reed card number 254A into the machine and set for Fair lsle (knit in) per manual page 24, order 1. Be sure and recheck your settings before you knit. Knit 1 row to the right.
8: COR Insert 2nd yarn into feeder and move weights up. Set machine as per manual to order number 2. Recheck your settings. If you get into a habit of this, it will save you a lot of headaches later on. Hold yarn with your hand while you move the carriage slowly to the left, attach yarn to the weights and remember to move your weights up.

9: RC0. Ten 6. Knit 47 rows. Remember to move your weights up.

10:  Cut 2nd yarn, set machine to plain knit and knit 2 rows.

11: E-wrap 2 needles each side of the carriage 4 times, for a total of 68 stitches. Move weights up each time.

12: RC 53. COR. E-wrap 12 stitches on carriage side two times for a total of 92 stitches. Re-hang weights at each end each time you add the 12 stitches.

13: RC 55. COR.  Knit 5 rows.

14: RC 60. COL. Transfer 1 stitch on carriage side to next working needle. Leave empty needle out of work. Be sure and move your weights up so you do not drop stitches, until you have a total of 80 stitches left. RC 71.

15: Bind off. Weave in the ends of the yarn. Sew bottom and sides together. Turn inside out.  Sew bell to top of toe.

16: Weave ribbon through the eyelets holes at top below the cuff and make a hanger, tie a bow to the front.
This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites,
lists, newsletters, nor sold or recopied.  It is for your personal use only.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


September 2012 Pattern of the Month Knit

Dishcloth @2006 N.L. Banks
This dishcloth is worked best in a solid color. It's also one of my favorite to make. Hope you enjoy it.

Size 8 knitting needles,
2 markers
1 row counter
1 ball Peaches & Creme Cotton Yarn, any color

Note: pm =  place marker, (slip markers as you come to them)

Cast on 40 stitches

Rows 1-4 Knit

Row 5: K4, pm, (place marker), *K3, P1, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, pm, K4

Row 6: K4, *K1, P3, repeat from * to next marker, K4.

Row 7:  K4, *yo, slip 1, K2 tog, psso, yo, P1, repeat from * to next marker, K4

Row 8: K4, *K1,P3, repeat from * to next marker, K4. (40 stitches)

Repeat from row 5 until you have completed about 8 1/2 inches from
beginning. K 4 rows, bind off, weave in the threads.

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.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ski Hat #3

Ski Hat #3
@ 2008 by N. L. Banks

Another one for Charity, and this one seems to be the best one, as I get a lot of requests for it, its also one of my favorites.

Red Heart Sport Weight 3 ply yarn:
1 Skein Red
1/2 Skein Blue
1/2 Skein Green
1/2 Skein Yellow
1/2 Skein Orange
circular knitting needles in sizes 5 and  7
1 pair double pointed needles size 7
Row counter

Read all directions first.
With red cast on 108 stitches, being careful not to twist stitches,
Rds 1 to 10: Knit 1, Purl 1. At the end of round 10, change to size
 7 needles
Rds 11: knit

Now start chart rows 1 to 36
Rd 37: decease 12 stitches evenly around.
Continue with chart to round 42
Rd 43: knit with red.
Rd 44: K 2 tog
Rd 45: knit
Rd 46: K 2 tog, Run needle thru remaining stitches, draw up tight,

B = Blue    Y = Yellow    G = Green    O = Orange    Blank = Red

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.

Wanderlust Cables

Wanderlust Cables  by Kathryn Doubrley
$20.00  Instant download. 41 pages. Great patterns from scarves, hats, pillows, bags, to a shawl/blanket, which is my favorite, just beautiful! For the standard, mid-gauge, bulky and Passap machines. Very clear easy to follow instructions, she even explains the working of cables. Has baby sweater.  Adult sweater is sized from 33 to 51. Uses Tamm yarns, Lots of diagrams, cable diagrams, pictures.  Another must have for you knitting library.

Dessert Mash-Ups

Dessert Mash-Ups by Dorothy Kern
I won this book off Goodreads and I love it.  The book is about taking your everyday baking recipes for desserts and mixing it with another one,  I really liked  the idea, so I started reading and was not disappointed by any of the many recipes in the book.
 Who wouldn’t love Blueberry muffin waffles, Lemon Merinque Pie Fudge, and Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles? Or how about Truffle Topped Brownies? Or Peanut Butter Cookie Cake?  Sounds hard, but they are not. She gives you easy to follow step by step directions for each and every recipe.
Dorothy also give a list of baking equipment, ingredient tips and substitutions along with a great sense of humor. I loved this book. There are sections on cakes, pies, candy, and more. If you love to bake, then this is one you must have.  She also has a website/blog with a free newsletter that you can sign up for and get even more great tasting recipes at You can order the book from her too.