Monday, 16 February 2004
Here is my latest
experiment, the 'Altogether Sock'! It
is knitted in one piece and seamed-as-you-go so that when you take it
off the machine it is already together with no seams left to do by hand..
You can make it in one color or with contrasting cuff, toe, and heel.
I've even tried one plated with stripes. Can easily be adjusted to be
smaller or larger. Try it and let me know what you think!
Stitch Techniques and How-To's
|Slip-Stitching can be easily
done on the Bond in one, two, or more colors with the intarsia keyplate
minus the wire guide. Some of the patterns are called "mosaic
Many HK lace patterns
can be adapted to the Bond. They may take several transfer moves
per repeat. Eyelets can be adjusted to be small, medium or large.
Lace is one of my favorite stitch techniques!
|For a change
of pace, try this round
afghan with diamonds in the center. Knitted in one piece using
holding position - ends grafted together on the machine. With worsted
weight yarn, 55" diameter.
Lace Tablecloth, about 60" dia. Adapted from Carole Thimidis'
smaller 14" lace doily pattern for the standard gauge machine,
chart for that also on this page. I think this is really very pretty
and unusual. Knitted with holding position and 4-ply worsted. Also
see picture of 70" tablecloth
made by fellow Bonder Gene Ortloff from Binghamton, NY. Nice job,
Two Color, Two Strand Floatless Fairisle - Similar to the
technique above but knitted with the intarsia keyplate and minus
the wire guide. By hooking pins on the strands - which causes
the colors to "trip'n flip"
back and forth on the same row - the contrasting stitches show
up as knit, not purl stitches on the front. Here too, there are
no floats and the pattern is exactly reversed on the wrong side!
Click here for charts for
Afghan Panels I came across this a few days ago and thought
it looked very interesting. Knitted using the holding position with
no wrapping. Seam panels as you go.
This is my latest experiment, The 'Altogether'
Sock! It is knitted in one piece and seamed-as-you-go so that
when you take it off the machine, it is already together with no
seams left to do!
Here are just a few drawings to show what the knots and strands
that we use to join panels with look like up close. It made the
method a lot less mysterious for me, maybe it will work for you
- Here is another way to join panels after the fact if you haven't
managed the seam-as-you-go technique or forgot to leave a needle
out of work for latching them together. Done with slip stitches
and a crochet hook and can be used on sides and top and bottom also.
scalloped crocheted edging that can you add to the sides or
all around a blanket or other project. Easy to do and looks pretty,
well, at least I think it does!
|Scalloped lace edgings look
nice at the bottom of a sweater or maybe at the neckline and cuffs
|Here's another way of making
scalloped doubled hems using the EON cast-on method or maybe a ribbed
scalloped hem for a buttonband?
Knitting - I tried for several days to come up with a way of
making square eyelets, I had no idea there were so many possibilities!
This looks most like crochet and can be used to make letters and
pictures too. I think it works best with finer yarns.
another eyelet pattern that lets you put pictures on mesh. I knitted
this sample with Lustersheen and keyplate 15.
to knit will produce an embossed effect on the front of the knitting.
It can be done with the seed stitcher after knitting all the rows,
every row, or every few rows with the latch tool.
Ann's beautiful afghan (now with instructions) which has a "mock"
plaid pattern that, as she was nice enough to tell me, resulted
from knitting a certain number of needles with variegated yarn,
I also did some experimenting.
If you come across an accidental pattern like that, I hope you'll
let us all know! Thanks, Ann, I think you're a genius!! See also
pictures of two Wedding-Wedding
Anniversary Afghans Ann recently knitted, really pretty! NEW
Tuck stitch is not too
easily done on the Bond for more than two rows but I found out
that if I hooked a cast-on comb (made from bobby pins, rulers,
and the weighted hem) on the stitches, I was able to tuck three
or even four rows.
are a few small Christmas projects.
Most are knitted with 4-ply yarn, the star with tripled metallic
crochet cotton. The bow, poinsettia, and the gingerbread man would
make nice decorations for the wreath, I think. There is also a
a mini-mitten, hat, and sock
as decoration for your wreath, a gift, or your Christmas tree. Instructions
for Bond ISM/USM and LK150.
|If you have problems
like I do when it comes to converting
HK stitches to the knitting machine,
maybe this section will help. I'm still trying to get it straight
myself! I've just started this so they are not all there yet!
A Bit More Unusual Techniques,
if you like
to experiment like me! :)
Fair-Isle, Intarsia Charts, and
|If you have as many (flat)
Legos at your house as we do, you could make this 7-EON multiple
latch hook tool. I made a second one with 14-EON, in combination
with two 7-EON transfer tools. They help put the stitches back on
the needles and can also be used alone to make allover eyelet patterns.
Here's a seed stitch alphabet
if you would like to try that. If you have no Legos, Catherine
, I believe, now also carries adjustable latch hook tools at her
a fellow member on the Bond list first came up with the great
idea of using bobby pins for a garter bar (thank you, thank you,
you are so clever!!) so I thought they might also work for a cast-on
comb. They do work, but I have discovered that paper clips
will work even better, so why not try and make one!!
Make your own "Groovy
Plus" Bobby Pin Garter Bar, it's easy! I think
the grooves make putting the stitches back on the needles a little
easier and the extra pins inside the grooves also eliminate catching
the stitches from the row below. Click below
for new tips on using it.
|Or how about a handy needle
selector in whatever arrangement you need?
A few more tips after many "grrr's"!
for step instructions and more drawings on how to use the
"Groovy Plus" bobby pin garter bar. Since I have transferred
LOTS of stitches this week, I think I have it down to as few
moves as possible!
Enquiring Bonders Might Want to Know...
Well, I did anyway! :)
|What in the world is a Knitsmart??
It's a neat little machine, almost identical to the Bond, and I
really like the carriage......
Filet Crochet Table Runner
liked this old-fashioned table runner so I thought maybe someone
else would like to make it too. The one thing about these doilies
is that they last forever and make a pretty gift. Now one could
make this on the Bond with filet knitting but it would be very large........
If you have comments, questions, or suggestions,
just drop me a line!
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