Sunday, 12 August 2012

 At last I've finished the Tuck/lace cardigan. The colour is gorgeous and the style reasonably flattering on me. I'm disappointed with the bands. If I knitted it again I would start the bands with the chain stitch cast on rather than e-wrapping the needles. I can't get it to lie flat even after much steaming. I was hoping to wear the cardigan with some of the lower buttons undone, but the band just wants to curl under. I may have to sew the band in place so that it becomes a top instead of a cardigan.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

I thought I'd add a hat pattern today. It's a pattern I created when asked by my knitting club to knit hats for are seamen. I'm told that they are given to them as part of an annual Christmas present.
I've knitted hundreds of them, they are very quick to knit. It makes a secure fitting and warm hat.
As knitted on Knitmaster 580 machine. Fine knit bar may be needed, but not always necessary. Yarn Brake Tension 7. Main Bed T7 and 1 dot. Ribber Bed T9 and 1 dot.


Yarn 3 strands 2/30s or equivalent.


Side weights needed. Move weights up every 50 rows or so.


Cast on 69/69 sts 2 by 2 rib. Knit 3 circular rows at 0/0.
Tension 4/4 Knit 10 rows.
M/T knit 210/220 (On last 10 rows I reduce sts by transferring some of the sts from each bed, to reduce number of sts) When you have reduced sts transfer all sts to main bed leave a long thread and thread through all sts. Pull sts as tightly as possible and sew long seam, thread through circular sts and draw edge up tightly as opposite end and fasten. Push one end of hat into itself to make double layered. Fold back brim to make 4 layers over ears.


By the way the red cardigan is beginning to grow on me now that it is nearly finished.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Still not finished my Red Tuck/Lace cardigan. I'm not sure I'm going to like it and this is stalling me from finishing.
 I've also started a Knitwords (Mary Anne Oger) project it's another lace cardigan in Dark Navy. I found that if I put some A4 white paper below the sinker posts, fixed to the machine with blue tack I can keep a look out  for dropped stitches and correct knitting of pattern etc. The photos below show how much better you are able to view lace knitting with dark colours.