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This is a collection of nearly free knitting helps. Some are original inventions of The Answer Lady. Others have been passed on from knitter to knitter. All are designed to make your knitting go more smoothly with less money and to prevent the derailing of a project if a tool goes missing. I am especially pleased to be able to offer the tool-making section. It includes ways to make all the tools machine knitters regularly use plus some extras. 21 fully illustrated pages.
contents: Yarn management,making the yarn flow smoothly, combining yarns to make tweed, preventing tangles, intarsia bobbins, knitting from balls and skeins, latch opener, center pull balls without a winder, spare cones for most winders, pompoms, tassels, tool-making, weights of all sizes, cast on combs, latch tools, needles selectors
TABLE OF CONTENTS
List of supplies………..page 3
Safety notes…………...page 5
Basic process…………..page 6
Shaping handles……..page 10
Basic baked clay…...page 12
Fancy baked clay…..page 14
Clay coins………………..page 15
Handle making process....16
Tool making log…… .page 25
Tools for any gauge or brand of machine may be made using the methods in this book. The materials required are readily available from knitting machine suppliers and craft stores. The process is simple, quite fast and the results are just as good as purchased tools.
This tea cozy measures 10”X6” and will accommodate a standard 1 quart
teapot including the handle and spout. The roof is stuffed with fiberfill to
give it shape and extra insulation. The sides are reinforced with craft foam
for the same reasons. The piece is a sampler of many stitches and
techniques, making it a good practice piece. The weaving, tuck and slip
stitch all use the same punchcard. It also makes an excellent gift.
Any bulky machine can make this including Bonds and other hobby machines. Help notes for hobby machines are included. If your mid-gauge knits worsted weight yarn comfortably, it may be used as well but do remember that there is weaving and tucking in use so if stockinette requires the largest stitch size and knits stiffly, most likely weaving and tuck will be problematic.
What is he busy doing? Anything you want. The sample is loom knitting but take a trip to the dollar store and look around. Yours could be babysitting, playing musical instruments, picking flowers, cooking and the list goes on.
YARN, GAUGE, SIZE
Any machine may be used. The octopus shown is knitted flat. However, those with two beds could knit him in the round so instructions for that are included. Two gauges are given. The bulkier one, using Mary Lue’s Liberty Plus or a similar worsted weight yarn at stitch size 3 works on bulky and mid-gauge machines. An option using fingering to sport weight yarn will work for standard, Passap and Superba machines. Gauge is 4.5 stitches/ 6 rows/” for the worsted weight version, 7 stitches/10 rows/” for the fingering-sport version. For this pattern, matching gauge is not at all critical. Feel free to substitute yarns. Adjust for a firm fabric so that the knitting will hold the stuffing in nicely. The bulky version is given first with the numbers that apply to the standard version in parentheses. If gauge is matched perfectly, tentacle is about 7” long. The octopus sits about 5” tall. 4 ounces or less of yarn required.
|Most knitting machines will do the same things but the settings on the carriage are unique to each brand. click here to download a chart that compares the settings for various brands this file is hosted on the free version of mediafire which means that ads will pop up. They are safe--just ads. So ignore them and click only on my file and you will be fine.|
|FREE KNITTING GRAPH PAPER Graph paper that is sized to match a stitch and row gauge exactly is a handy tool and a great "cheap trick". It can be used to chart a sweater design without any math at all. It may also be used to position a motif, experiment with fairisle looks, and chart intarsia patterns. Using such graph paper often advances our ability to visualize sweater parts. To work well, the paper must be very close to representing the true size of a stitch. Here are some common gauges of papers for you to experiment with. The link below will take to to a mediafire download page where you can retrieve them. There is a microsoft .doc version, and Open Office odt. version and an image version. Try to set your printer to print full size without scaling. You may need to adjust the margins to get this. Some printers will automatically get one version just right. Sometimes you have to experiment. Should you come up with tips or other graph papers you are willing to share, please get in touch. We'll expand this file as needed to include as many graph paper helps as we can assemble. Mediafire is a legitimate file-sharing service but its advertising will offer you other things. To be safe, ONLY click on the files you went for. download graph paper|