My jumper progress has stalled for the usual reason, I need to do some sewing up before I can knit the neckband. I hate sewing up. Maybe tomorrow……..


Talk to you later,


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Testing The Toyota 787

Today I had a go at testing out the push button patterning on the Toyota 787. It was very easy to do but I don’t think it will be something I do very often, I have become too used to using punchcards for patterning – they are so much quicker.

I followed the examples in the instruction manual to produce these simple fair isle patterns:


Then I tried some tuck stitch:


I then tested out a punchcard as I want to put the pattern on the front of a jumper:

My plan is to make a saddle shoulder jumper in white with black as the contrast colour on the front. I can’t decide whether to do the neckband, cuffs and waistband in black or white, I’ll have to think about it. I’ve already knitted and washed my tension swatch and am just waiting for it to dry before I take the measurements. I’m going to create the pattern using Knitware but I think I’ll also draw the schematics onto a Knit Leader sheet and possibly also a Knit Radar sheet for future use. I really like the look of the saddle shoulder jumpers that I’ve already knitted from Knitware patterns and I’ll probably be making a few more so it makes sense for me to use the charting devices rather than having to create new set of instructions each time. Besides which, I hardly ever turn on the laptop these days, I do almost everything on the ipad as it’s so much more convenient and quicker. I only wish there had been a Knitware ipad app produced before its demise but unfortunately there wasn’t. Never mind, we can’t have everything, can we?

I’ll be making a start on the jumper some time during this week so I’ll probably post updates as I go.

Talk to you later,


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Jumper With Intarsia Star


I found ten balls of light blue yarn in a charity shop for £2. I thought they were 50g balls so there would have been enough to make a jumper for me but when I got them home I realised they were only 20g balls, enough for the back and front of a jumper so I would have to make the sleeves using leftovers.

A few months ago a lady called Anne very kindly gave me an intarsia yarn brake so I decided I would try it out. I found some instructions online and searched for an intarsia chart to use. I decided I wanted to put a white star on the front of the jumper and found this one.

I knitted the back first, it was done on the Silver Reed SK280 using the Knit Radar. Once I knew how many rows there were up to the armholes I was able to work out when to place the chart when I knitted the front. I found it very easy to thread up and use the yarn brake and it made it easier to knit each row because I didn’t have to keep hold of all the ends as I moved the intarsia carriage along.

I made a couple of mistakes when I was following the chart but they aren’t really noticable so nobody would know. Here is a closer view of the star:

For the sleeves I just used what I had left over. After I’d knitted them I thought the lilac looked out of place, it didn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the colours very well so I decided to add some to the neckband thinking it would kind of pull the colours together. I’m not sure if that worked too well but it is what it is and I don’t think it looks too bad.

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Saddle Shoulder Jumper With Crew Neck




Flat (Bottom-Up) Regular length Straight Pullover with Folded Band
Saddle shoulder with Full length Moderate Taper sleeves with Folded Band
Round (crew) front neck and Flat back neck with Double Band collar

Printed: 15/09/2015
Pattern File Name: Saddle Shoulder Jumper
Size: Standard Woman 36

Bramwell 4ply acrylic

Gauge (Stocking stitch over 4 in = 10 cm): 26.5 sts by 34.0 rows.
Body knit by Singer KE2400 using TD7
Ribbing knit by Singer KE2400 using TD4

FINISHED DIMENSIONS: (ins): … with Moderate fit.
Chest: 38.4 Armhole: 16.2 Top Neck Opening: 6.5
Front Neck Width: 3.3
Sleeve Top: 13.1 Front Neck Depth: 3.6
Hem Width: 38.4 Sleeve Bottom: 8.1
Back Width: 14.1 Sleeve Length: 17.8
Body Length: 24.0 Hem Length: 1.8 Collar Length: 2.0
Shldr Band Wid: 2.5
Hem Length: 2.3

Note: Read ALL these instructions thoroughly BEFORE starting to knit. There may be sections where there are two shapings to work at the same time (such as necklines or waist shaping). The pattern may call for more needles than you have on your machine.

NOTE: At most, 130 needles are required to make this garment.

1. Cast on 130 sts in WY, using TD4 and open edge method. Work 6 rows, ending COR. Change to MY. Work even for 24 rows. You may wish to work a turn or picot row halfway. To complete the hem, graft the cast-on sts to the last row worked.
2. Change to TD7 and Stocking stitch, RC000. Work 120 rows. COR.
3. Armhole shaping. Cast off 7 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. COR. Dec 1 st at each end of every alternate row for 20 rows. Total 142 rows with 96 sts remaining.
4. Work a further 38 rows even. COR. Total 180 rows.
5. Shoulder shaping. Cast off 8 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Cast off 9 sts at beginning of following 4 rows. COR.
6. Work 10 rows even on remaining 44 center sts. Total 196 rows with 44 sts remaining for back of neck. Place sts on holder.

1-2 Follow steps 1 and 2 as for back. COR.
3. Armhole. Dec for armhole at both ends, as for back. Continue until 164 rows total, with 96 sts remaining.
4. Shape neck. COR. Thread center 22 sts to WY. 37 sts each side.
5. Right neck. LH needles in HP. Dec 1 st at neck edge every row 11 times, until 26 sts remain. Then work 5 row(s) even. Total 180 rows.
6. Shoulder shaping. Cast off as for back.
7. Left neck. COL. Work as for right neck, reversing shapings.

1. Cast on 56 sts in WY, using TD4 and open edge method. Work 6 rows, ending COR. Change to MY. Work even for 20 rows. You may wish to work a turn or picot row halfway. To complete the hem, graft the cast-on sts to the last row worked.
2. Change to TD7 and Stocking stitch, RC000.
3. Inc 1 st at each end of every 8th row 16 times to 88 sts (128 rows total).
4. Work even to total 136 rows. COR.
5. Shape cap. Cast off 7 sts at beg of next two rows (74 sts rem). Work 48 rows, while dec 1 st at each end of every 2nd row. Total 186 rows. COR. 26 sts remaining.
6. Saddle shoulder band. Cast off 5 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Work even on remaining 16 sts for 32 more rows. Cast off remaining 16 sts loosely.

1. Sew left sleeve to front and back, and right sleeve to front only, along saddle shoulder band edges.

1. Bring out 122 needles to HP. With wrong side of work facing, rehang 44 sts from back neck holder, 8 sts from left shoulder band, 20 sts from left front neck edge, 22 sts from front neck holder, 20 sts from right front neck edge, and 8 sts from right shoulder band. Hang weights. Push needles to FWP, latches open. Use TD4 with COR.
2. Work 20 rows. Convert to 1×1 rib. Cast off loosely.
3. Finishing. Sew remaining shoulder seam. Fold collar band to the inside, and stitch in place to the neckline.

1. Sew sleeve top to armhole, easing to fit. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew any remaining seams.
2. Darn/weave/sew in all loose ends.


Pattern designed by: Susan
with KNITWARE DESIGN (Version 2.50.2) from Morningdew Consulting Services Ltd
ph: (250)652-4097 fax: (250)652-5285 web: email:

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Recent Knits

Here are the latest items I’ve knitted. The first one is just a plain, short sleeved top which I knitted on the Toyota 787 using Marriner 4ply acrylic.


I used the schematics from a free pattern site but forgot to make a note of which one so unfortunately I can’t link to it. The front and back are the same, each knitted in one piece by increasing for the sleeves. It looks a bit odd in the above photo so here it is again laid flat on the floor:



The second one was knitted on the Singer KE2400 using a cone of Bramwell 4ply acrylic which I found in the Oxfam charity shop for £3.99.


I created the pattern using Knitware. It has saddle shoulders which confused me a bit when I was putting it together as the instructions were a little vague but I figured it out in the end.



The third one was also knitted on the Singer KE2400 using the same pattern instructions as for the previous one and leftovers of Marriner and Bramwell 4ply. I didn’t knit a tension swatch for it, just followed the pattern and hoped for the best. Fortunately it knitted up OK and fits me perfectly.


I changed it slightly by knitting twice as many rows for the mock rib hems to make them a bit deeper. I decided to stop the fair isle pattern when I reached the neck shaping because I couldn’t be bothered faffing about trying to figure out how to make the pattern match when shaping the second side of the neck. I’ve never done that on this machine and didn’t want to mess it up on my first attempt. I could have done a cut and sew neckline but decided just to use the lilac and knit it plain. The back of the jumper is plain lilac. I wish I’d had enough of the lilac left for the sleeves but as I said, I was using up the leftovers so had to make do with the grey. I think it turned out alright though, I don’t think the colours clash.


I will put the Knitware pattern for the saddle shoulder jumper in my next post but it is only written in one size (as all of my patterns are ) so if you’re not a size 36″ bust it will be of no use to you. However, if you are a Knitware user you can use your own measurements and tension readings to re-create the pattern using the same style elements that I used.

Talk to you later,


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