Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sweaters ..... (Click on Photos to enlarge)

Over the last little while I have been busy and not doing as much knitting as I would like but sometimes life just gets in the way.  However I have managed to get a little done and have plans for more this summer.

My granddaughter Maddy wanted a red sweater so she picked out the yarn and I was able to get this one done for her.

 
This was a basic pattern with set in sleeves and a wider neckline (which she really likes) made with Forsell 4 ply Superwash Wool which was a joy to work with.  The "red" is more like a maroon shade but she chose it and was really happy with the final result.  I used my trusty Singer 360 standard machine with ribber for this one and it was a pattern I created using my Knitware program. 
 
While sitting in waiting rooms over the past couple of months for various appointments and tests for my husband I got some hand knitting on the go to pass the time.  I saw these cute patterns in KP (Knitting Paradise) and just had to give them a go.  Also wanted to see if I could convert these patterns to my knitting machine and I really think it is do-able!  A lot of increasing in the yoke but that could be done with a garter bar.  Another project to tackle.  I do love this little sweater and then tried another similar but with sleeves that turned out nicely.
 
The pattern for this one is available at:
 
Took this photo before buttons sewn on.
 
Did both sweaters with the same yarn which is so pretty when made up.  I used Bernat Softee Baby - 100% Acrylic (worsted weight #3) using 4.5mm needles. 
 
Here is the yoked sweater with sleeves:
 
Again no buttons.... 
 
This little sweater can be found at: 
 
Finally one of my Knit Club buddies has been very busy and has made three of the little all in one baby top pattern and brought them in to our final get together in June for our Knit Club.  Note she has buttons on hers!
 
Thank you Marian for such sweet little gems
 
All of these sweaters were donated and so well received at the Pregnancy Crisis Centre along with a couple of blankets I had made earlier.  I did get the buttons on before donating them!
 
Mittens:
 
Now my current project is mittens for our Red Cross charity Winter Warmth Program.  I like to get them done up in the summer as they knit up quickly.  I try to get at least 10 plus pairs done before our first Club meeting in September.
 
Here is the first two off the machine:-  Two down and eight to go!!!!  These were done on my Studio 155 with ribber.  They are tied together to keep them from getting separated when all donated to the Red Cross project.
 
Thumb Side of Mittens
Top Side of Mittens
The pattern is very simple so if you are interested you can find it here: Mittens - Knit Flat


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blue Bulky Cardigan Project

I had some heavier yarn and wanted to make up a blue cardigan for my great granddaughter.  She wanted long sleeves, three buttons at the top and it had to be blue to match her jeans!  I did make it for her and sent it off in the mail as she loves to get parcels.  At five years of age this is pretty much a big deal to get a parcel just for you!

I had a lot of the yarn left over so I make another regular cardigan in a larger size with six button closure.  Our little GGD Evalynne will be able to grow into this one. 

This is the first time I have make the button and buttonhole bands separately and sewn them on after the fact.  I know a lot of machine knitters use this technique and I figured it was about time I gave it a try.  Do like the appearance and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be at all.

I used Knitware for the pattern using a child's 28" chest sizing for this one.  Did my swatch and then using my Studio 155 with ribber I knit it up very quickly.  Did the neckband in 1 x 1 rib and the shaped top of the sleeves I put together on the machine rather than hand sewing doing half at a time.  All the other seams were done by hand.

I have now an order from my 14 year old granddaughter Maddie for a red pullover with some interesting textures in the centre front panel.  A bit of a challenge but I'm going to give it a try.  I have the yarn in a beautiful cherry red.  Next I will have to decide what machine to use.  It is a much finer yarn so I may be able to work this one up on my Singer 360 with ribber or possibly my LK 150 and do a lot of hand manipulating. 

Here is a photo of the finished larger cardigan (sorry forgot to take a photo of the smaller one).

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Interesting Vest Project

I came across this hand knit pattern online, purchased it and decided to do it on my bulky (Studio 155 and ribber) instead of the standard bed.  I chose Paton's Décor yarn for this little project.  I then worked with the hand knitting schematics that were given with the pattern to establish a pattern that should fit me!  My thoughts were this vest would be great for après ski or just something to wear over a turtle neck sweater or long sleeve blouse during these cold winter days.

I did my swatch.  The pattern called for a lovely centre panel on the front with cables - I wasn't in the mood for cables.  I wanted some texture but also flatter than cables so I went with a simple eyelet pattern that turned out very nice. 

Next I decided to have a 1 x 1 ribbing then a 6 x 6 rib for the body of the vest.   On the each edge I had 4 stitches (3 for half of the 6x6 rib and one for seaming).  This worked out beautifully as the 6 x 6 rib just flows all the way around the vest.


 
So here are the two pieces as they come off the machine.  They have been lightly steamed as I still wanted some elasticity in the ribbing.
 
 
Now this was the interesting part!  The seam was made up of cast off stitches on the short section and side edge stitches on the triangle shaped part.  I found by pinning I could easily ease the row edge knots and loops into the cast off stitches.

 
Yoke seaming is now done with the opening rolled back to create a collar shaping.  It does tend to look like someone has very round shoulders.  The way it fits the shaping forms over the curve of the shoulder and seems to take that triangle shaping out allowing the fabric to sit on the shoulders nicely.


 
The side seams are now done - really very little sewing on this one!  The space between the blue yarn markers are the armhole openings.  I don't think I will do anything further at the sleeve openings as this is a very casual vest.  The three columns on the edge seems to be enough.
 
 
Here is the back of the vest
 
I changed the pattern quite a bit in that I wanted ribbing on the bottom and a different rib throughout the body and of course that centre panel but then that is what we are all about isn't it.  Experimenting all the time with new textures and the look of the fabric.  I do love the vertical ribs on the main body of the vest and the only horizontal section is at the top front yoke area only.  Especially nice for my mature figure.
 
 
Now I am deciding if I would want to actually add sleeves to this - why not....  I could work with this as a drop shoulder sweater if I wanted sleeves and put them in before I sew up the side seams.  May do that on the next one!
 
If you are interested in the pattern you can find it at http://www.berroco.com/patterns/aquari 
 

 





Saturday, January 18, 2014

Catch Up Time:---

Now that Christmas and year end things are behind me I've been puttering with a few little projects.

Little Boy's Sweater

Firstly my attempt at a square neck sweater for my great grandson.  I find often the neck openings are not big enough to accommodate a child's head so I've been trying to improve on that with this little sweater.  He did try it on and it worked!  He always has a shirt with a crew neck or a sort of turtle neck piece under his sweaters so the square neck still keeps him warm but is much easier to get on.

 
Here is the sweater which is a set-in sleeve style

 
The square neck ribbing was done by hand as the moving on the machine proved to be a little too much for me on this project.
 
The yarn for this project was Paton's Décor and the pattern is a basic from Knitware for a size 8 child.  I used my trusty LK 150 at tension 4 + dot for this one.
 


SOCKS 

Now on to some socks I knit for myself!  I love these in the winter time to keep my feet warm and I also use them as bed socks.  This is the same pattern as the crazy socks I did before and if you want to give them a try just go to that section of my blog and you can download the pattern from there.  Look in July 2013....
 
 
 

BABY BLANKET

Now I have this little baby blanket finished which is measuring about 39 inches square.
 
I made this also on my LK 150 hand manipulating the cables and columns on the panels.  The outer panels were done by re-latching every other bar and the centre panel was doing the cable columns - creating a cable twist every six rows. 
 
Here is the pattern if you want to give it a go:  Baby Blanket
 
I did the centre panel first and as I knit the outer panels I did the sew as you go method to eliminate sewing later.   
 
I just made it with the pink yarn so had to settle for doing the trim in white but it looks okay and I'm sure the new mom/baby will not notice and it will be one of a kind!
 
The blanket is a pale pink and a nice crib size
 
Color is a little off (dark) but it does show the cables and relatched sections
 
 
Just went with a simple crochet edging in white




Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Stockings ~ 2013

This year I decided to go with red and white.  Did find some fuzzy yarn for the cuff of the one on the left but had to weave it in as it kept breaking if used through the machine itself.  Turned out okay though.  I like the candy cane stripe one myself and will definitely do that one again.

Altogether our club did 22 Christmas Stockings to donate to our local Woman's Shelter along with sweaters, slippers, mittens, scarves, socks and hats.  Hopefully that will keep these ladies and their children warm and cozy during these winter months.

We had our Christmas luncheon on December 9th and had a great time.  Ordered Swiss Chalet Festive dinners which we consumed without any problem whatsoever.  That is sure the way to go.  We pre-order the dinners and have them delivered to our usual meeting location and have a great visit, play some games and dine without a care in the world.  No preparing anything ahead of time and very little clean up.   Here are a couple of photos with hopefully some more from our photographer for the day who was using her brand new iPad type of tablet and hasn't forwarded the photos she took that day. 

 
Here is our little group as we got together for our Christmas Luncheon

 
Not the best photo but here are some of the sweaters (two completed and two almost done) and all the Christmas Stockings in the background that we made for the Woman's Shelter.
 

Merry Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year

filled with wonderful knitting adventures.

 
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Measurements + Schematics = Pattern Project

Recently our Machine Knitting Club have been doing some special workshops.

MEASUREMENTS:-

February 2013 we made our first attempt with the current group of members to learn how to measure for a sweater.  The whole concept was our members wanted to make something for themselves and it would fit!  

This went very well and I think everyone came away with a much better knowledge of what to measure and why. 

SCHEMATICS:- 

October 2013 we progressed to working with schematics that we see in all our knitting magazines and books.  Everyone was saying they can never match the gauge or have that particular yarn but would love to make a sweater like that.

Solution:  Make a swatch!!! 

Choose your machine and yarn and make a swatch to determine how many stitches and rows in one inch.

Using the schematics measurements apply your information of stitches/rows per inch and you can duplicate the pattern.

SWEATER PROJECT:-

As a group, we all worked on the same schematics for a child's sweater size 8 and we all used the same stitches/rows per inch information. 

We then walked our way through the back, front, necklines and sleeve applying identical stitches/rows per inch information to the schematics.  Made good use of our calculators, pencils and erasers but we got it done.  Most were amazed at how simple it was and wished they had tried it long before now.  Working together on this exercise was the best way to keep everyone on a level playing field.  Lots of questions and discussion on sleeve decreases - shaping front and back neck and of course the shaping of the sleeve cap.  However it all went smoothly and by the end of the actual workshop the gals worked up their pattern with information from a swatch I asked them to do at home.  Amazingly after lunch the machines were set up and they were actually working on their little sweater projects - I was thrilled to see such eagerness to get this Sweater Project underway.

Our homework for our November 25th meeting was to bring in the finished sweaters.  If there were any problems we can go over them as a group.  Hopefully this will get everyone trying something different now that they have become more relaxed with this information.

I have had a few calls just to verify some points or measurements but all in all it seems to be going smoothly.

I will post the photos of our little sweater project after the November meeting. 

If these sweaters aren't already being used as a Christmas/birthday gift to family or friends, we will donate them to our Women's Resource Centre for some little ones there that might need a cozy little sweater to keep warm as winter sets in.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ear Flap Hat Pattern


I have had a lot of knitters want to give this pattern a try so I have put the link here for them.

If Yahoo is going to continue to be miserable with our files I am seriously considering putting them all here in my blog until things settle down. 

In the meantime just click on this  Earflap Hat