Saturday, May 25, 2019

Addi King or Sentro Circular Knitting Machine - Learn 2 color Plating!

I have flat bed knitting machines and have always loved the look of plating. I wanted to do it on my circular knitting machines Addi King & Sentro so I did.
I think the natural roll of the purl side on to the knit side would make a nifty looking hat brim.  You can also play around with striping (I talk about it in the video towards the end).  I thought you might enjoy seeing how to do it.  hope you will try this and share with others. 
Happy knitting!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj8QkrZFBqo&fbclid=IwAR3cYo9zMzYOeLbU9n-AFjnqixoEXouDmJEctdECpK_6oeIdKiH1WsB18m4


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Atilla Scarf - Free Knitting Pattern!

I love texture knitting more than I love knitting with multiple colors.  These 2 stitch patterns are both super easy (ALL KNIT!) and are squooshy and comfortable around the neck.  I chose a pretty variegated yarn that looks great in these textures.  (my yarn was from Knitpicks, Swish Tonal, "Canopy" was the color I believe)












Atilla Scarf 
by Kris Basta
©2018

Finished Size is approximately 11" W (at widest point) x 60" L.
I washed mine and then just finger blocked it and let it air dry.

Tools & Materials:

  • U.S. Size 10 (6mm) knitting needles
  • Worsted weight yarn approx.  285-300 yds

Gauge: 

4.5 sts per inch in Garter Stitch



Abbreviations: 

k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
k2togtbl = knit 2 together thru the back loop.
st = stitch
rep = repeat
sl-1 = slip one stitch (do this purl wise)
yo = yarn over
kfb = knit in the front and the back of the stitch to increase

DIRECTIONS:


CO6  then knit one row.

Set up rows:
WS 1. kfb, k1, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
 RS 2. k1tbl, k4, kfb,   [7 sts]
      3. kfb, k1, sl-1, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
      4. k1tbl, k to last st, kfb.  [8sts]
      5. kfb, k3, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
      6. k1tbl, k to last st, kfb.  [9 sts]
      7. kfb, *k1, sl-1, to last 4 sts, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
      8. k1tbl, k to last st, kfb.  [10 sts]
      9. kfb, k3, sl-1, k1, sl-1, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
     10. k1tbl, k to last st, kfb.   [11 sts]

Now work Pattern Rows #1

Pattern Rows #1
WS  1. kfb, *k1, sl-1, rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
 RS  2. k1tbl, k to last st, kfb.
        3. kfb, k2, sl-1, *k1, sl-1, rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
        4. k1tbl, k to last st, kfb.
Repeat rows 1-4 until you have 59 sts, then work rows 1 and 2 once more.  You should now have 60 sts.

Now work Pattern Rows #2

Pattern Rows #2
WS  1. kfb, k1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2togtbl.
 RS  2. k1tbl, k2, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last st, kfb.
        3. kfb, k1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 5 sts, k1, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
        4. k1tbl, k3, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last st, kfb.

Rep rows 1-4 above until you have 89 sts, then work rows 1 and 2 once more.  You should now have 90 sts.

To finish off...
WS  1. kfb, k to last 4 sts, yo, k2tog, k2togtbl.
 RS  2. k to last st, kfb.
        3. Bind off.



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gallatin Scarf - Knitting Pattern

The Gallatin Scarf

Knitting Pattern


Now available HERE

“Gallatin Scarf” named after the beautiful Gallatin Valley where I live, it is the first scarf in a series of 3 to be published on my blog. Worked from the bottom up, this scarf works up fairly quickly using worsted weight yarn and size 10 1/2 needles. A simple repeat in the pattern makes this fairly mindless - a great car project.
My finished scarf was approximately 82” x 10”.
This pattern was fully tested by a great team of testers here on Ravelry.
I didn’t even block mine, just lightly steamed the stockinette/reverse stockinette stripes to get them to lay a bit flatter.
As with all my patterns, feel free to make and sell as many as you’d like.
These make great craft show items.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Bridger Cowl Pattern - Language Versions

Click on a link below, choose the language you want your pattern to be.....
You can then download or print from there.  If this does not work for you, you may try switching from Firefox to Internet Explorer or vice versa.  Worst case senario you can copy and paste the directions into a word doc and print it out.  Enjoy!

English - Bridger Cowl Pattern

Spanish - Bridger Cowl Pattern

Polish - Bridger Cowl Pattern

Portuguese - Bridger Cowl Pattern


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cutie Cupcake Dolls - Free Knitting Pattern!

I saw this posted on a Facebook group - this is so cute I just had to ask if I could put her pattern notes on my blog.  

Cutie Cupcake Dolls Pattern by Kristy Roberts

(published with permission)

Materials:

DK yarn
size 3 (3.25mm) Needles 


Abbreviations:

CO = cast on
KFB = knit in front and back (this is an increase)
p =purl
k =knit
Stst = stockinette stitch (knit one row, then purl the next row)
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together (this is a decrease)



 ©Kristy Roberts 2017

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Chippyrabbit/cutie-cupcake-dolls

*This is knitted flat, starting at the bottom and working upward.
Base of cupcake
1. CO 6 sts 
2. KFB across. [12 sts]
3. P 
4. *KFB, K1 repeat from * across. [18 sts] 
5. P 
6. *KFB, K1 repeat from * across. [27 sts] 
7. P 
8. *KFB, K2 repeat from * across. [36 sts] 
9. P 
10. *KFB, K2 repeat from * across. [49 sts] 
11. Knit (to create fold line)
Skirt 
1-18. Work 18 rows in K1, P1 to create rib. 
19. Bind off in purl (firmly).
Body 
1. Pick up and K 36 stitches on wrong side opposite fold line. 
2-4. Stst 3 rows 
5. *k4, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
6. Stst 3 rows. 
7. *k3, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
8. P 
9. *k1, k2tog, repeat from * across.

**change to head color 
1. Stst 3 rows. 
2. *Kfb, k1, repeat from * across. 
3. P 
4. *Kfb, k1, repeat from * across. 
5. Stst 7 rows 
6. *K4, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
7. P 
8. *K3, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
9. P 
10. *K1, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
11. P 
12. K2tog across.
13. Cut yarn leaving a tail to thread thru darning needle and gather remaining stitches. 
14. Sew on eyes and face detail.
15. Sew seams and stuff to your desired fullness. 
16. Sew on hair.

Arms - 
1. CO 8 sts.
2-9. Stst 8 rows. 

*Change to hand color 
10. K across. 
11. P across. 
12. *K1, k2tog repeat from * across to last 2 sts, k2.  [6 sts] 
13. P 
14.  Cut yarn leaving a tail to thread thru darning needle and gather remaining stitches. 
15. Sew on arms.

Cupcake hat. 
CO 38 sts. 
1-4. K1, p1 (rib) for 4 rows.

*Change color 
5. K 
6. *PFB, K2, repeat from * across.  
7. K 
8. P 
9. *K2tog, YO, repeat from * across.  
10. P 
11. K 
12. Pick up stitch from first new color row and P2tog across.
13-16. Stst 4 rows. 
14. *K3, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
15. P 
16. k2, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
17. P 
18. k1, k2tog, repeat from * across. 
19. P 
20. K2tog across. 
21.  Cut yarn leaving a tail to thread thru darning needle and gather remaining stitches.
22. Sew seam.
23. Sew on pretty "sprinkles" using other colored yarns.  -I supposed tiny beads could be used as an option for the sprinkles.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

My Sideways Pullover - Knitting Machine rendition


I liked the look of a 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 Cotton. (Sport weight?) see more yarn info at the bottom of this post.

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 the beginning of next row. [223 total sts]          Knit 38 rows.  RC038.  
*a note on casting on that many stitches at the beginning of the row, I find that the latch tool cast on works best.
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, and take carriage off of hold.   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.
On the cherry sweater 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.   On the green sweater I did 4 rows of ribbing on the cuffs, 2" of ribbing on the hem, and no ribbing on the neckline.

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*A note on my yarn choice (cherry color), 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!

My second one, the green is made with 1 strand of Denys Brunton "Magicolor" yarn, and 1 strand of 2/24 acrylic, heather gray color.   This one washed up nicely and I dried it in the machine about 75% then laid out flat for the rest of the drying.  Pleased with the results.

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