Our Knit Club put out a challenge for each of us to come up with something we could make using an Easter theme.
I found an adorable sweater with a bunny on the front which was a hand knit pattern (you can see it here Easter Rabbit Sweater ). There was a bunny graph for the back which I didn't do for this project.
I decided to use my LK150 for this little project and after doing my swatch, I rounded up the yarn and used my Knitware program for a basic child's 26" chest sweater. The graph was great and gave me the opportunity to use my Intarsia Carriage which has been sadly neglected for a long time. I really enjoyed this little project.
I will be donating this sweater to our local Women's Resource Centre and hopefully some little person will have fun wearing this on Easter.
Here is a photo of my little project.
I just completed a little bunny rabbit to go with this sweater. He/she is wearing a little toque/hat to match the sweater. Here's a photo of this little addition.
The bunny turned out to be about 10" tall and was hand knit but the pattern could easily be done on a knitting machine as it was knit flat and seamed. There was a couple of sections that would have to be done in reverse such as the arms to get the proper gathering. Also the bottom of the legs I would cast on every other needle then immediately bring all needles into work to get the proper gathering there. Around the neck there is decreasing and increasing of stitches which could be done using waste yarn or a garter bar. The little hat is made in such a way it has a slit to accommodate the bunny ears!
Every year our Knit Club makes Christmas stockings and gives them to the Women's Resource Centre for mothers and children that may be there over the Christmas season. Local stores donate lots of goodies to stuff the stockings. We make enough that there will be one for each bed and a few extras "just in case". Some of the pretty ones are for the mothers and some are more for the children of all ages.
So far this month I have done three. Two are pictured below and the third is a work in progress which I will post when completed.
All the socks are made from the same basic pattern. They can be done on a standard, mid-gauge or chunky/bulky machine. Fairisle can be used, intarsia, beads or whatever strikes your fancy.
This year I seemed to be fair isle inspired at least for the first two but the third one is completely different. You will see soon.
This one was done on my LK 150 mid-gauge using my fair isle carriage.
This one was done on my Singer 360 Standard gauge machine using a punchcard. I also did a tuck pattern on the cuff which had to be turned so the texture would show properly on the public side.
The third sock is completed now so here it is!
A "Minion" sock for some little person who loves these silly critters! I followed the basic sock with a black bar and blue foot. The bib and straps were knit on later. The eyes were crocheted and sewn on with a black round button in the centre. The mouth was just embroidered on. This was really a fun project.
Some time ago I saw a TV program with a charming knitter showing how she made hand knit spiral hats. I thought I bet this could be done on a knitting machine. So I got out my trusty LK 150 mid-gauge and played around with it.
Because there was a lot of turning of the fabric I chose my garter bar to make things easier. That said, one could easily do the same with a circular needle or waste yarn.
Here are a couple of hats I made when practicing the pattern
Here is one by a fellow machine knitter (Roz Porter) made along with a matching scarf - So pretty.
I can't remember who made this one but isn't it pretty - Love the top
A new knitting buddy, Taina from California, tried out my pattern and look how cute this one turned out. Way to go Taina. You can see more of her work on Ravelry under the name of honbun
If you would like to give this little hat a try here is the pattern I came up with Spiral Hat Pattern
I had a fair bit of the Roselan yarn leftover from my little pouch pocket sweater project so I decided to use it up on a couple of small projects.
First I made my favorite slippers (Diane Sullivan's pattern from "Footnotes") using my LK 150 once again. I found some cream Roselan to use for the inside lining. Just love these slippers - so easy to make and no sewing!!! Another great Sew As You Go project
Then I still had yarn left so went ahead and made a pair of bed socks for me - again Sew As You Go project. Got a little fanciful with a little cream stripe or two in the cuffs.
The Roselan isn't a really soft cushy yarn so I washed the socks and that did the trick - much better.
I still have some Roselan left - mmmmm I wonder what I'll use that for? I'm sure something will come to mind soon.
While in "Sock Mode" I made a couple of pair using odds and ends of yarn just to use it up.
This pair was knit flat and has a side seam and the yarn was left over from my shawl project.
This pair are Sew As You Go - Unsure of the yarn used.
Next on my agenda is 10 pairs of mittens for the Red Cross Winter Program that will be handed in to them in September. These are done on my Studio 155 with ribber (bulky 9.0 mm). May incorporate some nice fair isle designs this time.
Also have some beautiful blue yarn I want to use for a cardigan for myself.
I found this little pattern in one of Irene Wood's books "LK 150 Classics - 19 Patterns for Men, Women and Children" and thought I would give it a try. This pattern works up very quickly so I decided instead of having a lot of hand manipulating of a centre panel on the front I would put my garter bar to use and do a simple pouch pocket.
Great granddaughter has hinted she would like a sweater with this pocket feature so this will be my trial run until I get her measurements from her mom (my oldest granddaughter). I followed the instructions for a size 6.
I used a single strand of Bramwell Roselan on my LK150 at T3 and it was just like knitting through air! I love that yarn and so did my machine! I have enough left to make a pair of socks or slippers to go with the sweater. I didn't start with a full cone so I really don't know how much yarn I actually used.
Here a couple of photos of the final product. I am rather pleased and hopefully it will fit. If not it will go into my Charity Box and a larger size made for Evalynne. These little ones grow so fast it is hard to keep up with them!
Just a simple sweater with raglan sleeves (my favorite) and a pouch pocket
Closer look at the pouch pocket without the sleeves inserted.
Here is a photo of the book cover from which I found this cute pattern. If you need a good starter book this would be a good one to add to your collection if you can find one. I've had this book for a very long time and not sure if it is still available.
Irene Woods can be contacted on her website http://clearwaterknits.com. Take a look at her blog. There are lots of great inspirations there to get those knitting juices going. On her blog there is a section to contact her if you require more information.
I personally own many of her books and find them very easy to follow as I work through one of her patterns.
In April our knit club decided we would take a basic shawl pattern and attempt to make it using a punch card or hand manipulating stitches to create something pretty but serviceable. Members were encouraged to make changes to the basic pattern - no holds barred on this project.
Our member Krys did a great presentation offering a pattern well in advance of our knit-in to encourage our members to try something on their own. Work with punch cards or hand manipulation patterns that weren't being used normally. In other words "something different" that was also a bit of a challenge. They could either start it at home to complete at our knit-in or start from scratch at the knit-in and possibly finish at home.
Krys showed many samples of her shawls using tuck and fairisle. Photos hopefully will be made available for me to put up on my blog.
I decided to work with my LK 150 for this project. The yarn I chose was James C. Brett's Baby Marble Double Knit color BM5 (produced by Monarch Mills In England - his website is www.jamescbrett.co.uk if you are interested in this yarn now available here in Canada and probably in the U.S.A. as well).
The yarn has a grading of color from cream through shades of beige to brown then pale to dark blue. This was a beautiful yarn to work with as it seems to love tension 4. The carriage slid back and forth easily throughout the project.
Now bearing in mind that lately it seems I can't have too many things going on at the same time throughout a project I'm knitting I decided to keep it simple and utilize some tools I should be using more often. One of which will transfer every other stitch over nine stitches at the same time and also my garter bar was an option as well.
On the left side of the shawl I followed Diana Sullivan's "Decorative No Roll Edge" that she showed to us in April and it really works - go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XztMJV4ERBo and you will see for yourself. Thank you Diana for this great gem of a technique. I will most certainly be using it I the future.
I worked on an eight row pattern. Starting with 8 rows of stockinet stitch then transferring every other stitch but leaving 6 stitches on the left to do the Decorative No Roll Edge and increasing and or decreasing on the right keeping five stitches unworked in pattern throughout. It really turned out quite nice - I have blocked it but still think I'll do a crochet edging along the ends and bottom of the shawl just for added length and weight. I used almost all of two 100 gram balls on this project so far so any additional edging will get the third ball involved for sure.
Here are a couple of photos of the shawl so far. Updates to come with hopefully more photos of what our members have come up with at our May meeting! Click on the photos if you wish to enlarge them.
Diana Sullivan's Decorative No Roll Edge!
Shawl folded in half
Finished the soft scalloped edge
Close up view of scallop edging (crochet)
The only way I could figure to show the whole shawl was to drape it over the back of my sofa.