Friday, July 14, 2006

Patriotic Afghan

Red Heart Super Saver: Soft Navy, Cherry Red and White I'm not sure how much was used since they weren't new skeins but maybe 1.5 red and 1.5 white and 2 blue?
Singer LK100
T:4 or Bond with Keplate 3 would probably work
Gauge : 15 sts x 24 rows=4”
There are 9 panels I started with the center panel which has the eyelet on both sides.

With Soft Navy, e-wrap CO 20. Knit 4 rows and transfer the 2nd stitch from the end to the next stitch over to create 1 eyelet on each end. Make the eyelet on each side every 4th row for 355 rows. Knit 4 more rows for a total of 359 rows and knit onto 6 rows of waste yarn. Unravel 2 center stitches and mock cable by using a crochet hook (I used an I hook) to latch up the "run" you just unraveled. Begin at the CO edge and twist 3 bars of yarn around hook to make the loop you will draw the next 3 bars of yarn through. Continue this up the panel until you reach the waste yarn. Rehang all the live stitches and bind off. You will want to be sure your loop is on the stockinette side otherwise your mock cable will be on the purl side of your panel.

With White, e-wrap CO 20 and knit 4 rows. Using the eyelet join method attach the white panel to the Navy. You will have the join on one side and create the eyelet on the opposite side to allow you to join the next panel.

Continue in this manner but only join the final edge panels without making the eyelet on the outer edge until all 9 panels are joined together. I did toy with the idea of creating the eyelet holes on the outside edges too and then do a narrow strip joined to roll the opposite way to finish the edge but ended up with a piecrust edge on the sides and the crab stitch fringe from

If this doesn't make sense, please let me know and I'll try to write a better pattern. It's really just a variation on the paneled afghan in the book that comes with the Bond machine and the eyelet join from the Yahoo Incredible Sweater Machine group and the Friendship Afghan pattern from


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Slipper Pattern

I have been asked by several people for the pattern I use to make these slippers. The pattern I use is from memory. It was a high school classroom assignment way back in 1969 and my teacher had given us "ditto's" of the pattern. I made it so many times that it committed itself to my memory, but there is a similar pattern on the net called Dorm Boots and it's very similar.
That webpage is scroll down to the original pattern, the one knit on 2 needles, not knit in the round. The main difference is that I combine Red Heart Super Saver with what ever yarn I am using, knit (with 2 strands held together) for 20 rows to get a wider sole and it comes up over the sides of the feet to add extra warmth for the toes, break off the Super Saver and continue with one strand of yarn for the rest of the slipper. The other difference is that I do the cuff with a plain old garter stitch, usually 16 rows for 8 ridges.

Ok, a few other differences, so here is all of them... I use size 8 needles, cast on 76 sts with double strand of yarn, K 20 rows in garter stitch for sole, break off one strand and continue with one strand of yarn. Decrease down to 36 sts ( the decreases are done exactly like their pattern) then garter stitch the top cuff and bind off very loosely.

I hope this helps, they are a very good learning project. I remember stressing out about the Knit 2 together from the back. It confused me to no end, then I figured out that it was so the top stitch would look the same on both sides of the slipper. There is a little almost slip stitch looking ridge down the front.