Saturday, April 29, 2017

My Sideways Pullover - Knitting Machine rendition

I liked the look of this hand knit pattern called Jujuba, it is a free pattern on the Berroco website.  http://www.berroco.com/patterns/jujuba



I wanted to make this on my knitting machine.  You need a long length machine to make this as there is over 200 needles at work at times.  I used my Brother KX350 (mid-gauge), I have 2 of them joined together.  I suppose the Ultimate Sweater Machines, LK-150's or any other machines, that folks have joined together, could also be used.  I write this out not as one of my patterns, simply to tell you how I made mine on the machine.  I am a 36" bust size, typically wear size medium, my height is 5'7".  This fit me perfectly.  Hope this helps someone else out that may want to make this pattern on their knitting machine.  

Tension set at 5.  

Yarn: 2/2 Conshocken Softball Cotton. Color #088 Cherry.   (Sport weight?)

Gauge: 19 sts x 26 rows = 4". 

This sweater is made in 2 sections.

Right Section

Sleeve: RC000. Cast on 53 sts, knit 6 rows. 
Inc Rows:  Inc at each end, knit 1 row.  [55 sts].  
Rep this inc every 6th row, 11 times more – [75 sts].  RC066.  Work even for 10  more rows, end with carriage on the right.  RC076.
Set RC000.   
Next Row: Cast on 74 sts at beginning of this row and at beginning next row. [223 total sts]          Knit 38 rows.  RC038.
Divide for Neck: 
Set RC000.  Place left-most 112 sts in Hold position, leaving right-most 111 stitches in work.  Set carriage hold buttons.  
Back:  Knit 2 rows.
Dec Rows:  Using 3-prong tool and FF decrease, decrease 1 stitch at neck edge.  Rep this dec every other row 4 times more.  [106 sts.]  Work even until RC032.  Remove these 106 sts with waste yarn. 
Front:  RC000.  Put the right-most 112 stitches in work position.  Knit 3 rows.
Dec Rows: Using 3-prong tool and FF decrease, decrease 1 stitch at neck edge.  Rep this dec every other row 13 times more.  [98 sts.]  Work even until RC032.  Remove these 98 sts with waste yarn.  **IMPORTANT** Mark this as your Front section as it is confusing when you go to seam if you haven't marked it. 

Left Section:

Work same as right side only make sure to mirror it. 

Finishing

Sl 106 sts of each back section onto two 29” length circular needles.  Hold pieces together with WS together.  Perform a 3-needle bind off.  Join front sections in the same manner. 
Seam under arms and sides using any method you prefer.  I like using mattress stitch.
I picked up and knit 4 rows of ribbing on the sleeves, hem, and neck edge.  -but this is optional.  I liked the way it looked.  A single crochet edge would also look nice. 
*A note on my yarn choice, Conshocken Cotton Softball.  I loved the look when I first had it all made up. ....then I washed and dried it.  ugh.  The yarn lost a lot of color and dulled down quite a bit.  Not totally loving it.  I do love how the pattern made up though and will definitely make this again!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Oatmeal hat

OATMEAL SLOUCHY BEANIE



I am suddenly obsessed with the camel stitch (a hdc that is performed in the 3rd loop).  This beanie is made with all hdc camel stitches.  You begin working the band on one side of the round, then you'll turn as you would at the end of a row worked flat, turn the beanie inside out, and work on the other side for the whole rest of the hat.  This will give you a ridge-y ribbing look to the band and a bumpy oatmeal texture to the body of the hat.  Super super simple once you understand the camel stitch of working in that 3rd loop.  

Materials:

Size "I" (5.5mm) hook
Yarn - worsted weight approx. 140-150 yds

References:



  • Hdc decrease (please note that she demonstrates this as a regular hdc, not camel stitch version, you will need to do this decrease as a camel stitch in the 3rd loops.)  Also keep watching her video to the middle point as she says a preferred way that she does this - I use the same method and it is less bulky in appearance.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ngoj60GnNM

DIRECTIONS:


Ch64, join in the round with a slip st in the first chain.
1. Ch1 then hdc in same ch, hdc in each ch across, join by slst into top of first hdc.[64 hdc]

2. Ch1, then hdc in the back (third) loop to perform "camel stitch" (see video above under references if you don't know how to do this.) Proceed to hdc camel stitch in each hdc around.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.
3. Repeat round 2 until you have worked 1.75-2" (whatever width you like the look of).

4.  Ch1 then turn the work so that you are working on the other (inside) of the round - I actually just turn the hat inside out at this point.  Hdc (regular hdc, not camel stitch - for this row only) in same stitch as join then in the back loop of each st around, slip st into the top of the first hdc.

5. Work hdc camel stitches in each st on every round until pc measure 9" from beginning chain.
6. Ch1, then *work 6 hdc camel st, now work a hdc camel stitch decrease over the next 2 sts. (also worked in that back third loop as camel stitch), rep from * to end of round.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.
7. Ch1, then *work 5 hdc camel st, now work a hdc  camel stitch decrease over the next 2 sts. (also worked in that back third loop as camel stitch), rep from * to end of round.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.
8. Ch1, then *work 4 hdc camel st, now work a hdc  camel stitch decrease over the next 2 sts. (also worked in that back third loop as camel stitch), rep from * to end of round.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.
9. Ch1, then *work 3 hdc camel st, now work a hdc  camel stitch decrease over the next 2 sts. (also worked in that back third loop as camel stitch), rep from * to end of round.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.
10. Ch1, then *work 2 hdc camel st, now work a hdc  camel stitch decrease over the next 2 sts. (also worked in that back third loop as camel stitch), rep from * to end of round.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.

Please note, It will get a bit tight working in this small amount of stitches but can be done.

11. Ch1, then *work 1 hdc camel st, now work a hdc camel decrease over the next 2 sts. (also worked in that back third loop as camel stitch), rep from * to end of round.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.
12. Ch1, then *work a hdc camel stitch decrease over the next 2 sts. (also worked in that back third loop as camel stitch), rep from * to end of round.  Join with slst in top of first hdc.
13. Cut yarn leaving 8" tail and thread thru the last stitch to close it, then with a darning needle and yarn tail, weave the yarn tail thru each of the tops of the hdc's, cinch tight and tie off.   Cut yarn a bit shorter and weave in yarn tail.