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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Machine Knit Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath

@2012 By N Banks

Sample was made on an SK700
Wreath is about 6 ½ inches
Materials needed:
Tamm 3 ply Astracryl in white, red, and Green
1 4 inch Christmas type bow
Strong bendable wire, appx ½ yard.
Wire cutters
Yarn needle
Shape long eyed needle to fit through the top of the bells.
6 to 8 Small gold bells
1. RC 0: With green, and * leaving a long tail, e-wrap the 10 center stitches. (5-0-5). Knit 8 rows. Pull long tail through the opposite side of stitches at bottom. Hold on to this, moving your hand up as needed, knit 200 rows. The strip will curl into itself along the sides.  This is what you need it to do. Bind off around the gate posts, and pull the long tail through at the top like you did the bottom edge. Set aside.*
2. Repeat from * to * above, with the other two colors.

Photo 1
3. Thread the yarn needle with each of the long tails from the three strips.
4. Holding the white in the center, place red and green strips to each side, hold and sew in place. See picture 1.
5. Braid or twist the strips together, making sure the back (where it curls into itself) stays at the back of the wreath.

Photo 2
6. Thread yarn needle with tails again, sew bottom together just like you did the top. Lay piece flat, form circle and ties ends together. See picture 2. This is front side, and where you tied it will be the top of the wreath.

7. Turn piece over, and insert wire into back of wreath running it in and out the wreath, making sure it does not show on the front of the wreath. Twist the wire in back and using the wire cutters, cut off excess. Shape wreath into a circle.  See Photo 3.

Photo 3
8. Tie a bell to each end of the tails; tie three times to hold the bell in place. Cut each tail a different length.  Cut excess yarn from the bell. These will hang in center of the wreath from the top. Turn wreath over.

9. Tie bow at top and on back form a loop for hanging.
You can also make a bigger wreath, just knit more than the 200 rows, try 300 or 400 rows and see what happens. You can use this same pattern and make belts, hot pads, whatever you want.  For a belt, make the strips are the same size of your waist, braid the strips together, and then the tails. Use the tails to tie the belt in place. 

Photo 5
For a hot mat, try using 12 stitches (6-0-6) placing cording inside the strips, then sew the strips starting in the middle and just keep going until you have it the size you need Just remember the bigger the cording the wider your knitted strip (more stitches) should be

Photo 4
Inserted the cording into the knitted strip (photo 4) and sew it in place. (photo 5)

I’ve used a darker thread so you can see it in the photo; you would use the same color as your knitted strip. The beginning base strip should be about 2 inches long, turn it so that it is beside the next part of the same strip and   sew it place. Now just keep going until you have it the size you want for the hot mat, or bowl base. If you want the hot mat, finish off by sewing the end to the base with several stitches. If you want a bowl, just keep the base flat, then start up the sides for the height of the bowl.

Photo 6




Monday, October 5, 2015

Snowflake dishcloth October 2013 Pattern of the Month

October 2013 Pattern Of The Month Crochet

Snowflake dishcloth
 @2012 by N Banks.

G hook
1 ball cotton yarn

ch 5, join with slip stitch.

Rd 1: ch 3, 13 dc in ring, join with slip stitch.

Rd 2: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, * ch 2, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * around. End
with ch 2,  join with slip stitch to top of beg ch 3.

Rd 3: ch 3, 1 dc in same place, ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, * ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3,
skip 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * around, join with slip stitch to top of beg ch 3.

Rd 4: ch 3, * 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in next sp, ch 3, skip 2 dc, 
 repeat from * around,  join with slip stitch to base of beg ch 3.

Rd 5: ch 7, * skip 3 ch sp and next 3 dc, in next ch 3 sp, work 3 dc, ch 3,
3 dc, ch 3, yo 3x, in next sc work 1 double trible, ch 3, repeat from
* around,  join with slip stitch to 4th ch of beg ch 7.

Rd 6: ch 3, 2 dc in same place, * ch 2, skip 1 dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 3, in
 next 3 ch space, work 3 dc, ch 6, sc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3
 skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, 3 dc in top of double trible,repeat from
* around, end with ch 3,  join with slip stitch to top of beg ch 3. Fasten off.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Country Knitting Of Maine News & Views 2015 Hat Contest


Country Knitting Of Maine News & Views
2015 Hat Contest

Country Knitting Of Maine News & Views  2015 Hat Contest -
Win Prizes - Hats are Donated to the Needy. 

To Anyone That Knits or Crochets Hats. Either Hand Knitting or Machine knitting. Join our fun Contest and win prizes.  Let's "Keep Maine Warm".

Our Hat Contest is continuing for 2015. Enter your hats to win some wonderful prizes. The hats are then donated to the needy in my area to help "Keep Maine Warm". All sizes and colors can be sent.  They will be greatly appreciated.

This contests judging will be in mid November, 2015 so your hats need to be received on or before November 1st.

This is what I would like to do. They don't have to be your own original pattern.  Make them colorful, make them plain, make them however you desire. Any style, shape or color. I do recommend acrylic yarn so they can be washed and dried easily.

Enter as many hats as you would like. They can be hand knit, machine knit, crocheted, whatever method you like. Let's make as many children and needy adults as warm as  possible next winter. Last year's hats went to some elementary schools, senior citizens, homeless shelters, food kitchens, local town office for Christmas Baskets and other needy citizens. You should have seen the happy faces on the children, especially when they found out they could keep them. They were worn with pride. You  can send as many as you would like.

 Be sure and put a tag with your name and mailing information on each hat for the drawing.

Send them to:

Country Knitting OF Maine
351 White Schoolhouse Rd
Madison, ME 04950-3202

We have a challenge sponsored by Kathryn Doubrley.
 From Kathryn Doubrley: My 2015 challenge to knitters is to knit 100 hats along with me to contribute to the “Keep Maine Warm” campaign. As my Grandma use to say, “good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,” I will be knitting and sending 100, also. So if you get bored, aggravated and lonely while you work, remember you aren’t really alone. Several of us around the world are knitting maniacally too. Those who do send 100 hats to Linda for the charity will receive one of my books for free plus gratitude and respect from many sources.
Kathryn -


Make sure that you attach a piece of paper to your hat with your name, address, phone number and email address if you have one. Hats need to be received here no later then November 1, 2015.
Prizes to be Awarded in 2015: Prize donations have been coming in with more to follow. I will update the prize list as they come in.
A. Six month subscription to Knit It Now from Sue Jalowiec 
B. 10 pound box of yarn from Peter Patchis - 
C. 2 cones of Yarn from Stephanie’s Yarn Planet - 
D. A year’s subscription of Country Knitting of Maine News & Views - 
E. A Pattern Book by Eileen Montgomery Mittens & Socks - 
F. A Pattern Book by Maggie Andrews - 
G. A Pattern Book by Jo Newton - 
H. Pattern Donated by Cindy Schmatz 
Kathryn Doubrley will also donate a downloadable pattern book of your choice to every person that donates 100 hats - 
Dorothy & Bernie Rosman of Custom Knits will donate an issue of Machine Knit Monthly to two contestants whom send 100 hats each. The 100 hat knitters names will be put into a hat and drawn for the two prize winners. 

Pattern book from Country Knitting Of Maine for five winners to be drawn from non specified category winners.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Beginner's Cabled Scarf Pattern update

Beginner's Cabled Scarf 2003 @ N.L. Banks
Pattern update
This pattern is for knitters that are learning to do cables. It's a simple pattern with three main rows that are repeated to get the cable. I have found that a U shaped cable needle works best, less likely the stitches will fall off the cable needle. I have also found it much easier to follow the pattern, if you use stitch markers between  groups of stitch patterns. It is also helpful if when counting rows, you count only the pattern rows as you work, that way you will know at row 6, you will need to do the cable to the back, and you will always know where you are in the pattern.  After row 6, start over again at row 1. You can make the scarf as long as you want, just keep going. If you are knitting a sweater or using a type of pattern that you have to keep track of the rows, then use two row counters, one for the rows, and the other to count pattern stitch rows. The cable is cabled to the back. If you hold it at the front, then it's cabled to the front. 
 I used a 50% Wool and 50% acrylic yarn called Aspen in camel color for the first scarf, detail is shown below. The second scarf in Jiffy is the update pattern pictured above.

You will need:
10 1/2 knitting needles Several balls (3 to 5) of a bulky weight yarn, like Jiffy
1 cable needle Row counter
8 Stitch markers.

The stitches I've used are:
Seeding or Moss stitch       Pearl = P Knit = K
Twisted Stitch = TS Cable over 6 stitches

Cast on 30 stitches.
Seeding Rows:
Row 1 & 3: k 1, p 1 across row, turn.
Row 2 & 4: p 1, k 1 across row, turn.

Now reset row counter to 0 and start pattern rows.

Rows 1, 3, & 5:
(5 Seeding Stitches at the beginning and end of each side of the scarf) (K1, P1,) twice, K1, place marker, k2, place marker, P 2, place marker, k 3, place marker, P 6 (for the cable), place marker, k3, place marker, P 2, place marker, K 2, place marker, (P 1, K1) twice P 1.  This is the back of the scarf. Slip the markers as you come to them.

Rows 2 & 4
(P 1, K1,) twice,  P3, TS 2 (these two stitches will be the twisted stitch, skip 1 stitch, but DO NOT remove it from the left hand needle, knit the next stitch, but again, do NOT remove it from the left hand needle, now knit the first stitch that you skipped, and remove them from the left needle. This may seem hard at first, but with practice you can do it. In the pattern it will read TS 2) P 3, K6, P 3, TS2, P2, (K1, P1,) twice, K1. 

Now rows 2 & 4 with out the explanation reads:

P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, P2, TS 2, P 3, K6, P 3, TS 2, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K 1.

Row 6
(P1, K1,) twice, P3, TS2, P3, slip 3 stitches to the cable needle and hold at back of work, K 3 the next 3 stitches, then knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle, P3, TS2, P2, (K1, P1) twice, K1.

Repeat these 6 rows for pattern until you have it the length you want. Then do 4 more seeding rows. Bind off, weave in the ends of yarn.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hot Peppers Dishcloth

     Hot Peppers Dishcloth     
@2000 N. L. Banks
Peaches and Cream Cotton Yarn  by Elmore-Pisgah, Inc.

        1 ball  #10 Yellow
        1 ball  # 95  Red
        1 ball  # 185 Mexicali
         "G" hook

Skill Level: Intermediate

Stitches Used:
 Single Crochet  = sc
 Double Crochet = dc
 Double Trible Front Post Stitch = DTFP  (this is yarn over 3 times)

Rw 1: with Red, ch 28, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.

Rw 2:  ch 2, 1dc in same place, 1 dc in next sc, * FPS, around next sc, skip sc, behind post, 1 dc in next 3 sc, repeat from * across, turn.

Rw 3: ch 2, 1 dc in same place, and in each dc across, fasten off Red, turn.

Rw 4:  attach Mexicali, ch 2, 1 dc in same place, 1 dc in next dc, * DTFPS (yo 3x) around post stitch of row 2, skip dc behind post, 1dc in next 3dc, repeat from * across row, fasten off, turn.

Rw 5:  attach Yellow, ch 2, 1 dc in same place, 1 dc in each dc & in each DTFPS across row, fasten off, turn.

Rw 6: Attach Red, repeat row 4,  turn.

Rw 7:  repeat row 3, fasten off Red, turn.

Rw 8:  attach Mexicali, repeat row 4, fasten off, turn.

Rw 9:  attach Yellow, repeat row 5, fasten off, turn.

Rw 10: attach Red, repeat row 4, turn.

Rw 11: repeat row 3, fasten off, turn.

Rw 12: repeat row 4, fasten off , turn.

Rw 13:  attach Yellow, repeat row 5, fasten off, turn.

Rw 14:  attach Red, repeat row  4, turn.

Rw 15: repeat row 3, fasten off, turn.

Rw 16: attach Yellow, ch 2, dc around, placing 3 dc's in each corner. Do not turn.

Rw 17: repeat row 16, fasten off, do not turn.

Rw 18: attach Red, ch 1, sc around, placing 3 sc's in each corner. Fasten off, weave in the ends. 

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