Archive for May, 2011

Passap Cuffs and Welts


This is just a simple tubular hem that works well with single bed tuck or double bed knitting. It lays completely flat and no ridge underneath when I changed to stockinette stitch.

This turned out to be a pretty design that would work well at the bottom of a skirt or child’s dress. However, I know it is not right. It says to knit on both beds one row and then knit 30 rows on FB  only. No way to get 30 rows knitted with one row on BB. I hope someone wants me to send the pattern so they can try and tell me what I am doing wrong.

The bottom design is 180 Birdseye fairisle. The larger one on top is the same pattern but FX and two arrows on back bed. I did not do the third example that was AX setting. On the bottom design I transferred and knitted. On the top design I stayed in full needle rib.

This technique is a good set up for heavier yarns or to produce a lighter weight fabric with a light edging.  I followed the techniqe and pattern that it called for and I don’t get the two color one. So I did another sample and just knitted all the rows in one color and I like it better. It would be a real nice tunic hem.

I have to tell you that I have been using my Tricofit and U100 to learn and I am getting worse at using them!! Is that possible? Still faster than hand transfer and bind off.

If you would like a copy of instructions, please email me.

Vertical Garter Stitch Ribs on E 6000


This is another technique I found in the Passap University Book from 1990. It is called Vertical Garter Stitch Ribs on the E-6000. It is from Janice Hill of the Black Sheep Shop. The design is the area below the string of yarn. I just knitted straight after that. Once I realized which bed the stitches would show on , I was able to get the idea.  This method is knitting on front bed to the left, transferring the stitches that you want to be design to the back bed(with only pushers behind those needles) Take the front bed needles out of work that you just transferred and knit to the right. Repeat two rows with lock settings on CX/N. This is a technique to try using the U100 for the transfers. I only did a small size and hand transferred the stitches. If anyone would like a copy to try this, email me. Now the funny part. I would just put the design on my Brother with the G-cariage and do something else on the Passap ! Tee! Hee!

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This is a close up view. There is one little hole in design on right and that was because when I knitted back to the right I forgot to take the needles out of work and did not want to rip a row. It is excess yarn from that row that I pulled to close.If I was doing that in a sweater, I would definitely remove row.

Update on Ruching on Passap


Tanya Kudinoff emailed me and she said my samples look correct and that the type of yarn determines the final outcome. Now I have to go and get creative!

Passap E 6000 Carpet Stitch Dusting Mitt


This is a dusting mitt that I made from a pattern that Diana from Pullman, WA sent to me. After I posted my samples, she emailed me and told me that the stitch looked correct and that she made dusting mitts using this stitch. The first cone of variagated yarn I picked out of my supply was Bramwell 4 ply which is what the pattern called for.This was a lot of fun to make. I had to learn how to do 2×2 rib first. Then while following the pattern(easy) I realized that the carpet stitch is not all the way around the mitt. It is centered on the middle 34 needles. This comes out in a square, and at the top, every other stitch is transferred , knit two rows and gather off. Then the back is sewn up. So now, the settings to do the carpet stitch without a pattern are FX on BB with left arrow in and Cx on the front bed . Pushers on back bed every other one up. Knit 2 rows and remove stitches on front bed and leave needles in work. Repeat every 2 rows. These settings are what I would use to do a cuff, band of a hat and of course, this mitt.

If anyone tries this without the Stitch Ditcher or whatever it is called, you will have to tighten the tension on the front bed because if loops are too big, when pulling needles down after pushing up to release the stitches, the yarn catches on all the needles because the latches don’t close.  I had to lower tension almost a whole number so my loops don’t look real large.

I hope I have not confused everyone too much!! Now you won’t try it at all. lol

Passap Knee Sock


This is another pattern I found in a Passap Seminar book from 1990. It is a knee sock. I mainly tried it to see how it was done for toe and heel. I love the circular part but the holes for the short rowning seem large on the toe and heel and I don’t like the increases for the calf part. I don’t know too much on short rowing on passap and just did what I usually do on the Brother so this may not be correct. I do like the way the sock starts at the toe and knits up. I did not do a tension swatch and was surprised how well the sock fit. I did not go all the way up over the knee but should have. I did not do the top hem correctly either but this was just a lesson on the toe and heel for me. I used TD 5 with Trenzi yarn.

Passap E 6000 Carpet Stitch 1 & 2 Colors


I finally did it. I found instructions in a seminar manual that came with my machine. The sample on the left has the carpet stitch in the design only. The sample to the right is a two color carpet stitch and both colors are the carpet stitch. It is too long to write how I did this but if you want the directions you can email me and I will send in pdf file. The previous blog is good for  cuffs and the tops of Christmas stockings. Would also look nice on the brim of a hat. I received an email from Diana of Pullman, WA and she said she uses the carpet stitch to make dust mitts! Good idea Diana!

Passap E 6000 Carpet Stitch


I am having problems with reading directions for the carpet stitch. I don’t think they are detailed enough for a beginner like me. So…..I played around and this is what I have and it looks like it is right to me or let’s just say, I would be happy with this on a sleeve cuff or top of a Christmas stocking. After casting on I transferred all front stitches to the back bed and then I knitted two rows EX on back bed and CX on front bed. The pushers on the back bed were every other one and no arrows.  Then I knitted two rows N on back bed and GX on front bed. Then I took the orange comb and pushed all stitches off  front bed needles and left them in working position. I repeated these two steps and that is what made this pattern. I had a tighter tension on the back bed and I used Trenzi yarn in sample.

This picture is a close up of the loops of the stitches that are dropped from front bed.

This was my first try . (well…my first ones are in the scrap pile) I just did a circular cast on . When I finished trying the stitch I knit a couple of rows and then transferred the back stitches to the front and knitted a couple of more rows.

GIRLS WRAP/SHRUG


My lovely little model has a white shrug on called French Vanilla designed by  Evelyn McNabb /The WoolenDiva, Fiber Art Studio .Visit her site if you have time, you won’t be sorry. http://thewoolendiva.weebly.com/

Evelyns’web site is under construction but you can see and buy her patterns. She said she is working on more inventory to put on her site. She is a designer from Canada. I found her web site looking at a profile of someone who favorited my Etsy Shop.  I fell in love with this pattern the minute I saw it. It is made on the Brother Machine with the G carriage. My model has the larger of the two shrugs on. They come in three sizes. They will be for sale in my Etsy Store.

Passap E 6000 and UX Setting


In Chicago at the Knittin’ To It Club seminar with Tanya Kudinoff, Tanya suggested that we try the UX setting on our machines for a different look. On the left is the knit side and on the right is the purl side.( The following sample pictures will be the knit on the left and the purl on the right.

In this sample the knit side is prettier than the purl side. That is not the case in the next two samples.(Left click on pictures to see more detail)

In these two samples, I think the purl side is the prettier side. I like the lacy look  and it does not bunch up a lot if it was all tuck.(Pattern slips in one direction and tucks in the other direction)

In this last sample the knit side is better than purl side because of floats. Also, the knit side is a vertical pattern.

Passap Machine Ruching Technique


My Friends Sheila and Faith and I  went to a Passap Knitting Seminar in Illinois on the weekend put on by the Knittin To It Club . Tanya Kudinoff demonstrated her sideways knit skirts and showed several techniques to try on the Passap. One of them was Ruching. Here is my attempt at it today. My samples do not look like hers. I have emailed her to ask her what I did wrong. I will keep you informed on her answer. I am not giving up yet! LOL Oh, and when I bound off I used my Tricofit and that worked just fine. I would only use it for swatches though.

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