Sunday, October 28, 2018

Window Pane Afghan - Free USM Pattern

Designed by Marilyn Losee
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
55" X 68"(excluding fringe)

MATERIALSUltimate Sweater Machine®
Caron International's
Simply Soft
 (100% acrylic, 6oz/168g):
3 skeins off white #9702 (A)
2 skeins each colonial blue #9709 (B); bone #9703 (C); Victorian rose #9721 (D)
Crochet hook size H/8 (5mm)
Split stitch markers or WY
Stitch holders

NOTE 1: You may find it easier to work 2 or 3 Panels, then work the embroidery on those panels before continuing.
NOTE 2 : Color Placement Diagram is given for machine knitting version, WS facing; reverse for hand knitting.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Size US 8 (5mm) knitting needles, or size to obtain gauge
GAUGE: Using size 8 (5mm) needles and in st st: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4"/10cm 
Afghan may be worked in one piece, in st st, Intarsia method , or worked as individual panels and sewn together. Follow Chart 1 for color placement. 
Intarsia: Work according to Chart 1 , using a separate ball of yarn for each color area. When changing colors, wrap next color around previous color used to prevent a hole.
STITCHES USED: Basic Embroidery stitches
PANELS (Make 7)
Panel 1: Using D, CO 30 sts. * Work even in st st for 38 rows *, pm; rep from ** once. Change to C; work 38 rows. Cont following Chart 1, changing colors and pm as shown, until 9 color blocks have been worked; BO all sts loosely.
Work Panels 2 – 7 following Chart 1
ONE PIECE (Intarsia Method)
Following Chart 1, CO 30 sts in each color. (RS) Beg st st Intarsia; changing colors and pm as shown, [markers will help to position embroidery], work 38 rows for each of the 9 horizontal Color Block Rows shown on Chart 1. Work even until Chart is completed; BO all sts loosely.
Using A, CO 9 sts; work in k1, p1 Rib until piece, slightly stretched, measures 68" or same as long side of Afghan, [342 rows; pm every 38 rows if desired, then match to color changes when attaching]; BO loosely in patt.
Hand version: If worked as separate Panels, sew panels tog, matching markers to color changes.
Both versions: Work Embroidery, following Chart 2, if not worked as panels were completed.
Using 1 strand of A, work Horizontal and Vertical lines along seams and color changes, as given in Embroidery Key.
Sew Side edging to each long side, [matching markers to color changes, if used].
Machine version: Unravel extra rows at top of Side edging and BO rem sts in patt.
Both versions: Top and Bottom Edging: Using crochet hook and A, sc in EOR st across; fasten off.
Fringe: Using A, cut pieces 14" long. Using crochet hook and 4 strands held tog, fold strands in half and attach to EOR sc across. Following Fringe diagram, tie a knot approx 1" down from edge, using 4 strands each from 2 adjacent groups, [8 strands in each knot].
Weave in ends. 

Suitable for USM/ISM/Bond Classic or 6.5 to 9 mm knitting machine
GAUGE: Using USM/ISM KP #3 or appropriate tension setting, in st st with MY: 18 sts and 24 R = 4"/10cm 
Sew-as-you-go: see Ultimate Sweater Machine Pattern Book.

Basic Embroidery Stitches
1. Using closed edge CO method, starting at left with D, CO 30 sts. RC=000
2. K to RC=038, pm. RC=000
3. Following Chart 1, work rem color blocks, pm where indicated; reset RC every 38 R.
4. BO all sts loosely using chain st method.
PANELS 2 - 7
1. Work rem panels, following Chart 1; use sew-as-you-go method to join.
1. Using closed edge CO method, starting at left with A, CO 9 sts. RC=000
2. K to RC=350, [pm every 38 rows, if desired].
3. Convert EOR st, beg St 2, for k1, p1 Rib.
4. Scrap off or place sts on holder.
Work as for hand knit version.

Jewel Box Backpack - Free USM Pattern

For the Ultimate Sweater Machine® 

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
10” x 11”; 2.5” depth

MATERIALSUltimate Sweater Machine®
4-ply worsted weight yarn, one 8-oz or two 31/2-oz skeins (MC); small skein contrasting color in same type yarn (CC); crochet hook; pompon maker (optional).
Caron® Jewel Box™(64% acrylic, 20% rayon, 16% polyester; 2.5oz/70.9g, 100yds/92m): 2 skeins in # 0018 Garnet;
4.5mm (US size G/6) crochet hook;
tapestry ndl (tn)
Suitable for USM/ISM/Bond Classic or 6.5 to 9 mm knitting machine
Using USM/ISM KP#3 or appropriate tension setting, in St st with MY: 14 sts and 22 R = 4”/10cm 
Stockinette stitch (St st): Knit side = RS
1. COL. Using closed-edge cast on method and MY, CO 84 sts. RC=000.
2. K to RC=066.
3. BO loosely across.
1. COL. Using closed-edge cast on method and MY, CO 32 sts. RC=000.
2. K to RC=016.
3. BO loosely across.
1. Block pieces to measurements.
2. Join 12" sides of Body to form a tube. [Seam will be at center Back.]
3. Fold 1” along top edge to WS; using tn and yarn, sl st in place.
4. Pin Bottom to Body along lower edge.
5. With RS facing, using crochet hook, join Bottom to Body.
6. Drawstring: Using crochet hook, work a chain 30” long; fasten off.
7. On top edge, pm at center Back [seam], center Front and mid-point at each side.
8. Fold Backpack in half by bringing the markers of the sides tog, then fold bringing the markers of the Back and Front to the same point, flattening piece; [piece is folded with all 4 markers tog].
9. With Front of Backpack facing, insert crochet hook from Front to Back, 1” in from the side folds, through all 4 thicknesses; pull one end of the Drawstring through from Back to Front; rep for the other side, so the drawstring will tie at the Front of the Backpack.
10. Straps (make 2): Using crochet hook, work a chain 32” long; fasten off.
11. Attach one end of one Strap to the seam at lower edge of Back, [where Bottom and Body are joined], 1” in from the side.
12. On top edge, pm 3” from the center Back seam and another 2” from the center Back seam.
13. Insert crochet hook at second marker [marker closest to center Back seam], then out at first marker.
14. Pull through rem end of strap.
15. Rep for other strap.
16. Tie strap ends tog in a bow, or allow to hang.
Weave in ends.

Holiday Appliqued Afghan & Tree Pillow - Free USM Pattern

Holiday Appliqued
Afghan & Tree Pillow
As seen in Crafts Magazine
August/September 2003
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate 

Afghan: 38"x 58" (96 cm x 150 cm);
Pillow: 13"x 15" (33 cm x 38 cm)

MATERIALSUltimate Sweater Machine®
Afghan: Caron International’s Wintuk (100% acrylic) 100g/3.5-oz pull-skeins, 7 skeins #3002 Off White (MC); Victorian Gold Christmas Yarn, 1 skein each #1950 Cranberry (color A) & #1951 Balsam (color B); Grandma’s Best Crochet Thread #504 Black (color C); 2 skeins 6-strand silver metallic embroidery floss (color D), separated into 6 strands; 1 yd lightweight iron-on interfacing for knits; fabric glue or hand sewing needle and dark green and burgundy sewing thread; permanent ink pen; K crochet hook; Magicord® Machine, spool knitter or (optional) #H crochet hook; fabric scissors; if hand knitting, 1 pair #8 hand knitting needles (or size to achieve gauge).
Pillow: Victorian Gold Christmas Yarn, 1 skein #1951 Balsam; 1 bag polyester fiberfill; if hand knitting, #8 circular hand knitting needle, any length.
16sts x 23 rows over stockinette stitch = 4" Keyplate #3 or #8 handknitting needle. 
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES USED (Sweater Machine knitters only): Sew-as-you-go.
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES USED (all knitters): backwards crochet, eyelet stitch, appliqué.
SWEATER MACHINE KNITTERS: Number of needles required: 50; helpful: 1 claw weight

1. With MC, cast on 150 sts and work in st st until piece measures 12", ending wrong side.
2. Work 1 row eyelet stitches: knit 1, *yo, k2tog* Repeat bet *’s, ending knit 1.
3. Continue in st st until piece measures 12" above eyelet row.
4. Repeat eyelet row (Step 2).
5. Repeat Step 3.
6. Repeat Steps 4 & 5 until there are a total of 4 eyelet rows.
7. Repeat Step 3 & bind off across.
8. Place marker at 50 sts and 100 sts in from one side to separate the afghan into thirds.
Stars & Trees
1. Stars: With Color A, cast on 40 sts & work in st st until piece measures 20". Bind off across.
2. With Color B, cast on 80 sts & work in st st until piece measures 24". Bind off across.
1. With closed-edge, CO 50 sts.
2. K 62 R.
3. Work 1 R eyelets on every other stitch across row.
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until there are a total of 4 eyelet rows.
5. K 62 R & BO across.
6. Make second panel as for first, attaching first to second using the sew-as-you-go technique,
7. Repeat Step 6 for third panel.
Stars & Trees
1. Stars: With WY, CO 40 sts & K 4 R. Change to color A & K 116 R. Break off. K 4 R WY & remove from machine.
2. Trees: With WY, CO 80 sts & K 4 R. Change to color B & K 138 R. Break off. K 4 R WY & remove from machine.
Make appliqués:

1. Pin the iron-on interfacing to the wrong side of the knitted length for the Stars and lightly press to adhere.
2. Repeat adhering the interfacing for the knitted piece for the Trees.
3. Trace the images on this page for the Star and the Tree onto separate sheets of paper.
4. On the interfacing side of the knitted lengths and using the permanent ink pen, trace around the star twice and around the tree six times.
5. Cut out the Star and Tree appliqués and, using the chart as a guide, glue or sew the appliqués to the afghan, turning the direction of the knitting for interest.
6. Border of appliqué: holding 1 strand of color C and 1 strand color D together, knit (on the Magicord or spool knitter or crochet with the H hook) a cord that is 30" long for each star and 22" long for each Tree.
7. Sew or glue the cording around the edge of the appliqué to cover the raw edge.
Border of afghan: Holding 3 str of MC tog and using K crochet hook, work one row of backwards crochet around entire edge of afghan.
Make 2
1. With color B, cast on 16 sts
2. Work in st st, following Pillow Chart.
3. Make I-cord: using circular needle, cast on 4 sts.
4. Slide sts to opposite side and knit 4.
5. Repeat Step 4 until there is 46" of knitted cord.
6. Work 1 row eyelet stitches: knit 1, *yo, k2tog* 
1. With color B, closed-edge CO 16 sts.
2. Follow Pillow Chart until complete.
3. Using color B, make I-cord (use claw weight instead of hem): closed-edge CO 4 sts.
4. Lift KP up and slide carriage to opposite side.
5. K across.
6. Repeat Steps 4 & 5 until knitted cord measures 46". BO across.
FINISHING (Hand & Sweater Machine):
Sew edges of pillow together, leaving a 5" opening to stuff. Stuff with fiberfill to desired thickness. Sew opening closed. Using hand sewing thread, sew I-cord around edge of pillow.

Jumbo Christmas Stocking - Free USM Pattern

Jumbo Christmas Stocking

Level of Difficulty: intermediate

Approximately 24" from top edge to heel

MATERIALSUltimate Sweater Machine®
Two 3-oz skeins red worsted yarn; one 3-oz skein white; few yards black and green; very small amount brown; ten 4mm silver beads; 5/8" plastic star; H crochet hook.

The stocking is knit from the top down then the top of the foot is knit, then the toe, then the bottom of the foot, then the heel. As you read this it may sound somewhat confusing, but, trust us, it works. 

With WY, CO 74 sts. With red, K 6 R. Break off. With red, K 16 R. As described in your Pattern Book for Beginners (bunting pattern, instructions for making a casing), lift up the sts from the first R MY up onto the working needles so there are 2 sts on each needle. K 8 R. Break off red and thread carriage with white. As you knit the stripes, dec 1 st each end every 14 R 3 X: 68 sts. *With white, K 14 R. Break off white and K 14 R red.* Repeat between *'s until you have completed 4 stripes of white. COR.
SHAPE TOP OF FOOT: Break off white. Remove 17 sts on both LHS and RHS onto WY or spare circular needle. Knit on center 34 sts only. Adjust weights. With red, K 14 R. Break off red and thread carriage with white. K 14 R. Break of white and thread carriage with red.
SHAPE TOE: You will now be learning how to do "short rows." You may need additional small weights for doing this. You will be building up rows in the center of your work, which will need the additional weighting, while the side needles are gradually put in HP. The you reverse this process. COR> K1 R. Push last needle on LHS up to HP. K 1 R. (The yarn will loop around the needle in HP.) COR. Push last needle on RHS to HP. K 1 R. COL. Push next needle beside needle in HP up to HP. K 1 R. COR. Repeat for RHS. Continue in this manner until there are only 10 sts in WP. Now reverse the process: COR. Push last needle put into HP on LHS back into FWP, making sure the latch is open. K 1
R. Continue this manner until all the needles are in WP. COR

UNDERSIDE OF FOOT: Break off red and thread carriage with white. K 14 R. Break off white and thread carriage with red. K 14 R.
SHAPE HEEL: Work same as for toe. When shaping complete, break off red, laving a 2-ft length. K 6 R WY. Remove from machine.
Finishing: This may look like a confusing bit of knitting, before you assemble the stocking. Sew back seam of stocking. Bring the sections with WY attached (lower back of stocking to upper part of heel) together and graft together (see illustration). Brigs stripes of top and top of foot together and sew. (There will be a sew along each side of foot.)
LOOP AT TOP: With red and crochet hook, ch 22. Turn. Sc in each ch 1. Break off and secure to top back of stocking.
EMBROIDERY: Following chart, select lettering to embroider (5 letter maximum, unless you make them smaller). Work duplicate stitch in black across first white stripe. Following chart for working embroidery for tree, work over center of next white stripe. Do the same for the three wreaths on the third white stripe. Make three small bows from red and glue to bottom of the wreaths. Glue star to top of the tree and beads scattered on tree.

*My apologies, I cannot get the image of the chart from the old website (previous owners).  I am still trying to find it.  As soon as I have it I will post it here.  

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fabulous Skinny Scarf (EASY!) - Free USM Pattern

For the Ultimate Sweater Machine® 
Skinny Scarf 
designed by Cari Clement

Level of difficult: Easy
SIZES: One size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Appx 2” x 110” excluding fringe (the scarf is wrapped around your neck a few times, hence the long length)

Ultimate Sweater Machine®
1 ball Caron International's Fabulous (100% Nylon; 160 yards/146m 1.76 oz. ball): 1 ball #0003 Misty Violet
H crochet hook for attaching fringe

Not important, but use a #2 setting on the Intarsia Keyplate 

  1. Using an e-wrap, cast on 21 stitches. 
  2.  Manually knit the first row.  
  3. Using the intarsia technique, knit until RC = 200.  (Tip – as you knit, if any of the stitches do not knit, be sure to fix them before knitting the next row.  This is usually caused by an errant “ladder” catching on the needle, but if you don’t fix it, the needle will not kit more rows.)  
  4. Using the 1-prong tool, move the stitches on the needles into the hooks of the needles (so they don’t drop when you pull down on the knitting). 
  5. Drop every other stitch STARTING AT THE EDGE STITCHES.  (This prevents the edges from being too tight.)  Bind off the stitches on the needles loosely. Continue unraveling the stitches to the hem.  
Wind Fabulous around a 9” wide book or piece of cardboard 36 times.  Cut along one end.  On each end of the scarf, make 3 fringes of 6 strands of yarn.

Snowman Toy - Free USM Pattern

For the Ultimate Sweater Machine® 
Snowman Toy

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Approximately 13" with hat

MATERIALSUltimate Sweater Machine®
Two 3-oz skeins in white worsted yarn (MY); one 40-gram ball sport weight glitter yarn in green (color A); few yards of sport weight red yarn (color B); one square black felt; polyester stuffing; H crochet hook; fabric glue.
NOTEA basic knowledge of crochet is required to make base. Ch= chain; sc= single crochet
Using a closed-edge, with MY CO 76 sts, leaving a 2-ft length of yarn. K 50 R. Remove MY from carriage but do not break off. Thread carriage with WY & K 6 R. Break off MY & remove work from machine.
Bring forward 38 needles to HP & hang sts from last R MY onto these needles, placing 2 sts on each needle. K 32 R. Break off MY leaving an 18" length. Thread this yarn through the loose sts on the needles and remove work from the machine. With the length of MY at the cast-on edge, sew seam up body and head and secure. At top of head draw MY that is threaded through the loose sts tightly and secure. Stuff head. Where head joins body, with MY threaded into tapestry needle, make running stitches around neck and draw together to form more defined separation between head and body. Stuff body.
ARMS (make 2)Using a closed edge, with MY CO 20 sts. K 34 R. BO across. Fold in half lengthwise. Sew hand ends and along long seam, stuffing as you sew.
With MY and crochet hook, ch 3 and join to form ring. Ch1. Round 1: work 2 sc in top of next sc. Work 3 in top of each of the rem ch around. Join with slip st to top of first sc. Ch 1. Round 2: work 1 sc in top of next sc. *Work 1 sc in top of next sc. Work 2 sc in top of next sc.* Rep bet *'s around. Join to ch 1 with slip st. Ch 1. Rounds 2, 3, 4 etc,: rep round 2, until diameter is 6". Fasten off. Sew body to base, adding stuffing as you sew. Sew arms to body at sides 4 rows down from where head joins the body. 
HAT (knit from top down)
Using color A, KP #2 and open-edge, CO 58 sts, leaving a 12" end of yarn. K 20 R. Remove yarn from carriage but do not break off. Thread color B in carriage and K 1 R. COL. *Remove color B from carriage and move carriage to other side of bed. Thread carriage with color A and K 1 R.* Repeat between *'s until there are three stripes of color B. Break off color B. K 1 R color A. With WY threaded onto tapestry needle, remove every third st. K 6 R. Latch up every third st on WY to form rib. BO in backstitch. Do not remove hem. Thread tapestry needle with length of yarn at cast- on edge and weave through loose sts attached to hem. Remove hem. Sew side seam of hat and, using yarn woven through the loose sts, gather sts at the end. Secure. Pompom: Following the instructions in your pattern book for making a pompom, but make the diameter of the circles 2". Hold 1 strand color A and color B when windig. Sew pompom to top of hat. Put hat on snowman. 
With color A, KP #2 and closed edge, CO 22 sts. K 4 R. *Remove color A from carriage but do not break off. Thread carriage with color B and K 2 R. Thread carriage with color A and K 2 R. Thread carriage with color B and K 2 R. Break off color B and thread with color A.* K 120 R Repeat between *'s once. K 4 R. BO across. Fold in half lengthwise and sew seam.
Cut piece of cardboard 3" thick and wind 1 strand color A and strand color B so there 20 wraps. Cut along end and using crochet hook, with 1 strand each color, attach to end of scarf through both thicknesses. Tie scarf around neck. Cut 5 circles of ?" diameter and 7 circles of ?" diameter from black felt. Using photo as guide, glue to snowman to make face and buttons.

Golf Club Covers - Free USM Pattern

For the Ultimate Sweater Machine® 
Golf Club Covers

These easy-to-make mitts can be made in school colors or your country club colors. Try adding initials or iron numbers in duplicate stitch, and just have fun! Makes four.

MATERIALSUltimate Sweater Machine®
4-ply worsted weight yarn, one 8-oz or two 31/2-oz skeins (MC); small skein contrasting color in same type yarn (CC); crochet hook; pompon maker (optional).

Make each mitt the same, but indicate its iron number by the number of stripes.

All Mitts: Using a closed-edge, CO 32 sts, leaving a 2-foot length of yarn at the cast-on st. K 30 R. Drop and latch up every third st to form ribbing.
Mitt #1: K 14 R MC, K 2 R CC, K 10 R.
Mitt #2: K 10 R MC, 2 R CC, 2 R MC, 2 R MC, 2 R CC, 10 MC.
Mitt #3: K 8 R MC,*2 R CC,2 R MC *. Repeat between *'s two more times but end with 8 R MC instead of two
Mitt #4: K 6 R MC,*2 R CC, 2 R MC*. Repeat between *'s three more times, but end with 6 R MC instead of two.
All Mitts: Continuing in MC, dec 1 st each end every other row 5 times: 22 sts remain. Place every other stitch on the adjacent needle and push the empty needles back in to NWP. K 1 R. Break off yarn, leaving a 2-foot length. Weave this yarn though sts on needle & remove work from machine.
Sew side seam with yarn at cast-on edge. Draw yarn threaded through sts tightly. Make four small pompons using both colors of yarn. Finish each mitt by sewing on a pompon to the tip.