Musical Blanket

music note blanket
Musical Blanket with name blacked out in top right corner.

The Musical Blanket…sort of like musical chairs but much more fun (lol). This was a design for a baby blanket knit on the Passap E6000. My daughter (13) helped with the design. She knit the blanket for her teacher. I have blacked out the baby name at the top right of the blanket (on the photos). The file I am sharing has blank border rows there (no name of course). Knit with technique 187 with 1×1 back pushers AX both arrows as set up in the manual. Knit with one strand of 2/24 which finished as a thin fabric with good drape. It was 34″ by 48″ finished after washing. I have plans to knit this with cotton (Yeoman Brittany) and am thinking it should finish up around the same size after washing (I will edit this after I have knit one!.). Cotton is always nice for baby blankets.

My daughter chose the designs for the blanket. She found the Stitch World music staff design to use for the body of the blanket. This Stitch World design is in Designaknit DAK. (I did edit the pattern a bit for her and add hearts). The music staff design in DAK is reversed so I had to flip it. I also edited out some non essential/random stitches. (If you look at the design in the Stitch World book, it is correct. I am not sure why it is flipped the wrong way in DAK.) The piano key pattern was designed in Designaknit. I added the baby’s last name on the top border. (The name is blacked out in the photos for privacy.)

We planned on having white for the background, but I wasn’t paying attention and put the colors in the wrong feeders. It turned out great anyway. I did edit the .stp after knitting adding a horizontal line above the piano keys (which looks really nice).

I am sharing this design file in .stp (Designaknit) and .bmp (Wincrea) if you would like to knit one (link at end of post). This design was 176 stitches and 250 pattern rows (1000 locks passes on the lock row counter.). If you use a thin yarn like one strand of 2/24, you will get a small baby blanket. You could also knit with 2 strands of 2/24 and get a larger blanket baby blanket. If you want a large throw, use technique 186 with 2 strands of 2/24.

My daughter also made a bunch of tiny baby hats with commercial knit fabric. This hat pattern is a modified version of the free Patterns for Pirates Teeny Beanie . She used a serger to assemble the hats. It is much quicker and a more professional finish than a sewing machine.

baby hats

If you would like to knit this blanket, click here to access the Designaknit and Wincrea files.

Happy knitting! 🙂

Lightening Fast Winter Cowl

passap cowl

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a camping/trail riding trip with my horses. I knew the mornings would be cold at around 35F. I made a quick wool cowl on my Passap to wear. Everyone loved my cowl. When I went on another camping/trail riding trip, I was sure to have a few cowls to give out to my friends.

I wear these all the time because I am outside a lot (every day!) during the winter. A cowl is a great gift for anyone who spends time outside in the winter.

Be sure to read to the end of the post for basic instructions to knit the cowl on any brand and gauge machine.

I knit my wool cowls on my Passap E6000 with UK 3 ply weight yarn (similar weight to light fingering in the US). I used Yeoman Volga 50/50 yarn for the ones in the photos. The Yeoman Volga is machine washable which is good for gifting.

I used the Passap patterns in the console, but any pattern or mix of patterns will work. Cast on #3. First row of cast on lock tension 3.1. Second row of cast on tension 4.1. Knitting tension 5.1.

Any yarn knit at lock tension 5.1 will work with the given cast on/row numbers. (If you are using a different tension/yarn, see my notes at the bottom of the post for size/measurements.)

Cast on 50-0-50 (woman’s medium size) and knit 150 rows (on the lock row counter) in double bed jacquard technique 183. Weave in your ends.

cowl machine knit
passap cowl diagram

This is how to assemble the cowl. Look at the photo above. It shows the fabric when it is off the machine and where you will be seaming.

Look at photo below. Fold the fabric in half joining the edges. Make sure to have the right side (public side or pattern side) of the fabric together. You will be looking at the wrong side as your are seaming (on the sewing machine). The cast on/cast off will be the top/bottom openings of the cowl tube once it is finished.

passap cowl diagram

Sew the seam (creating a tube/cowl) with right sides together, BUT only sew the seam a little over half way. Leave the bottom half of the seam open/unsewn. I added a tag into my seam before the bottom opening. When you are wearing the cowl, the open seam will be on one side, over the shoulder. The opening helps to keep the cowl down in your coat.

I sewed my seam on my sewing machine with a straight stitch. This seam does not require stretch, so no zig zag stitch is required. I did loosen the pressure foot pressure on the sewing machine to keep the fabric from stretching while sewing. Use needles for knits.

inside of passap cowl

Notes for knitting on any machine. My finished fabric is 18 inches wide by 10.5 inches long before folding/seaming. This is for a woman’s medium. I would add one inch for woman’s large. (Basically, you are using the same measurement as you would for a hat. Measure the head circumference and deduct and inch or two for negative ease depending on how tight you prefer your hat to be.)

passap cowl

For more information and online classes about sewing knits, check out Olgalyn Jolly’s website here.

If anyone is looking for a replacement piece for the Passap E6000 tension mast, my son has designed a 3D printed part. It is listed on my Etsy shop.

part for tension mast passap

Christmas Blanket Pattern

passap blankets

Christmas isn’t too far off. If you were thinking about knitting a blanket or two or five (LOL), I have a free pattern for you. I found this graphic free online. I edited it a bit and converted it in Designaknit. I am sharing the Designaknit .stp and Wincrea .bmp files.

passap blankets

This blanket was knit on the Passap E6000 double bed with technique 186. I can be knit on any electronic machine that has 200 needles (though the finished size will be much smaller). Cast on 88-0-88. Both end needles on back bed (after cast on put a stitch on left back bed end needle). Cast on number 3. Reset the row counter on the lock and knit 250 pattern rows (1000 lock passes). The cast off I use is detailed on this post. The finished size of my blanket is 66″ wide by 78″ long. I used 2/24 doubled for each color.

You can download the files for the blanket at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sajz2r3wgr9pzb7/AABYSHcpbu4xj22yqU76-o0Pa?dl=0

machine knit passap blanket
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