Monday, March 18, 2013
As an extension of my post on how to make shortrowed ruffles, Marzipanknits has graciously posted her electronic version of shortrowed ruffles on her blog at http://marzipanknits.blogspot.com/2013/03/ruffles-on-knitting-machine.html. I urge you to try her version if you have an electronic or punch card machine. And what an opportune time, right before the Purls of Joy seminar with their focus being ruffles this year.
Her electronic version is faster than hand pulling needles as in the manual version that I posted, but if you're doing Sew As Ya Go to attach to an already completed project, you will still need to pause to hang those stitches and you still will need to finish the edge of the ruffle to tame the curl. However, lots of time is saved in just not having to manually pull needles for the shortrowing and it doesn't get nearly as tedious.
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Adjust tension to your yarn depending on the drape you want. I knit this blanket on my midgauge machine with Caron Simply Soft and chose T6 to work nicely.
NOTE: This method will create eyelet 'holes' along the knitted row. If you don't want the eyelets, manually wrap the first needle in hold before knitting the 2nd row to the right.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Check out a few tips that I learned along the way at the end of the article.
As always, please leave a comment if you find errors or if I'm not clear enough and I'll promptly fix it.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
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MITTENS, 2 color DBJ, Birdseye Backing
Size: Woman’s Medium, 7.5” L without cuff
Machine: Brother KH965i and KR850 ribber
Yarn: Main Color WEBs Sock yarn on cone
Contrast Color 5th Avenue Funky sock yarn
Tension: T7 in hand, T5 in dbj cuff
Gauge: Approx 8 sts, 20 rows = 1”
1) CO 28 sts as for dbj, pitch H5, ribber slide lever on 'lili' or ‘II’ for a tighter cuff. (Must be even sts on ea bed)
2) T1, K across from L to R for zig zag row, hang CO comb and 2 large ribber weights; T2, set carriages for circular and K2R; T5, K1R across all needles, past the L turn mark and into the color changer. COL.
3) Set machine for dbj and K21 pattern rows after the foundation cast on rows. (43 rows on RC)
1) T7, ribber slide lever on ‘lili’, K in dbj pattern to RC156. (79 rows in dbj pattern) COR.
2) Make all decreases when COR. Keeping in pattern, decrease fingertips by 2 sts with 3 prong tool on each side of each bed. To decrease 2 sts on each bed, use 3 prong tool and move the outermost 3 sts in 2 needles. There will be 2 sts on ndls 2 and 3 on both beds.
3) K4R, remembering to keep in pattern and changing yarn when carriage is on the left hand side. Be sure to keep an even number of stitches on both beds and empty needles moved to out of work before knitting across.
4) Dec fingertip down to 8 sts ending with RC175 and COL.
5) Discontinue DBJ patterning and set carriages back to plain knitting. Transfer ribber sts to corresponding main bed needles. There will be 2 sts on ea needle.
6) T6, K1R across.
7) Scrap off with several rows of waste yarn for grafting later.
Make 2 identical pieces, however you may use a different pattern for the other side if you choose.
THUMB: Make 2 (Worked in fairisle using the same fairisle pattern as the hand)
1) Begin with WY and ravel cord, hang weights and e-wrap 3 sts.
2) RC000, T7, K3R with a single strand of yarn.
3) Set machine and yarns for fairisle patterning.
4) Increase 1 st on carriage side of every row until 26 sts by bringing out one ndl to upper working position before knitting across.
5) Knit even in fairisle patterning to RC048. Then discontinue fairisle and set machine back to plain knitting.
6) Cut one yarn and continue with only one strand. Dec sts to EON across. Move all empty needles out of work.
7) T3, K1R, gather and secure.
Graft fingertips, mattress st side seams leaving a space in one side seam for the thumb. To fit the thumb in, I seamed the cuff first then positioned the thumb and sewed it in with mattress st, up one side and down the other. The thumb sts may need to be eased in to fit the opening.
This is an example of birdseye backing, set with the 'lili' buttons. It's kind of hard to pick the pattern out with the varigated yarn, but birdseye knits every other stitch alternating on each row, like a checkerboard pattern. For ribbers without 'lili' buttons, the backing will be striped, one color per row.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I have a great update to a previous post, DIY Decker Comb, that I posted on Sep 17, 2012. A friend on Ravelry.com sent her sweet husband on a mission to find a better way to hold the stitches on the Decker comb while turning her work. He came home with a pack of hair bands and they do indeed work better than the report cover slider bar and binder clip that I came up with. The hair bands cling to the metal transfer comb better, hold the stitches on nicely while turning work and not as cumbersome as the slider bar and clip combo. It was a great find.
As a reminder, I'm also showing the original tool with the slider bar and binder clip that I was working with and posted earlier. The hair band works much much better.