Archive for July, 2017

Passap Knitting Machine Drop Stitch Accessory Tool


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About month ago my girlfriend sold her Passap Knitting Machine to a very nice lady named Tina. When Tina was here, she was asking about all of the accessories that go with the passap . She asked about doing lace and I told her that the machine will do lace and the drop stitch tool helps to do that. I directed her to my blog to show her some examples. We were also discussing the parts on the machine that are plastic and with age, have cracked or broken. I told her that when I bought my first passap, I was using the needle selector to get the pushers out of the back rail and the needle selector snapped in half lengthwise. It sits in my room with duct tape on it and I can not use the straight edge of it anymore. Also, my first and second passap machines both had breaks in the yarn guides.

Recently a package arrived on my doorstep and I was surprised to see what was inside. Tina’s 13 year old son made a “Drop Stitch” accessory on his 3D printer and he wanted me to use it and evaluate it. He told me he is going to be making needle selectors, yarn bowls, and yarn guides. This is such wonderful news since a lot of these parts are hard to find.

In the archives of my blog you can see the carpet stitch used on a hat in June of 2011, two color carpet stitch in May of 2011, ice skate ornament and mini stocking ornament in September of 2015 and lace designs in August of 2013.

I went to my machine and made the carpet stitch dust mitt that I had made in May of 2011.
The result was that his Drop Stitch works perfectly. The first picture shows the needles going up and then they go down as you slide the Drop Stitch across the bed. The second picture, I opened the bed to show that all of the stitches dropped off nicely.

This is an accessory that a lot of people have not even tried on their machines. I don’t think a lot of passap owners realize the potential of this tool. When I first learned how to do the carpet stitch I used the needle selector tool to raise and lower the needles to drop the stitches but it took forever and the yarn caught on the latches of the needles.
BJ suggested on my blog, using the carpet stitch pattern for a bathrobe. This tool can be used when you do the broken toe cast on where you knit the first row and then drop the front bed stitches after placing the cast on comb. It can be used to put a design in a cuff on a sweater . The great thing is that it can remain sitting in the rail without being in the way. It does not have to be stored away and pulled out whenever you want to use it.
The carpet stitch jacket by Billie Hall is still on my bucket list but now thinking of a bathrobe. 🙂

The drop stitch accessory can be found at the link below. I LOVE the colors!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/528048976/drop-stitch-carriage-for-passap-knitting?ref=shop_home_active_1

 

Passap 6000 Cat Blankets


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I am having fun making these little blankets using single bed Technique 179 on the double bed. To use this technique, remember you always have to reverse the colors. You will use both beds and no back bed pushers. Front lock LX and back lock N. This blanket is the same size as the owl afghan ,29 by 29 inches. I made one for my sister’s cat Autumn and my friends granddaughter’s cat Luna. I made one plain to sell in my Etsy store. However,  I did not put the little cats on the heart and the letter ” I “. I thought maybe there are too many cats

I used Joan Swanson cat designs. I designed in DAK. I used the text in DAK to make large letters so the little cats could sit on them. I then took the little cats out of the larger files and placed them on the letters. I probably spent a whole day on this design because I came up with a design and would be ready to knit and then did not like it. I did not want a border so when finishing this, the last rows are plain. There is not an issue with the beginning and ending border matching in size this way.

I will be happy to share the I love cats afghan with you( I have the little cats on the heart and letter “I” but you can remove them if you don’t like them) but it can only be used for your use. If you would like the file with your cat’s name on it, I will be willing to do it but I would need some time depending on how many people want one. I will have the directions also. It takes about 5.5ounces of the main color and 2.5 ounces of the second color.

I made this blanket because my sister’s cat has a favorite chair .It will keep the hair off of the pillow and  when company comes, she can remove it and no cat hair to cling to her company’s clothing !  It could also be used as a little lap blanket…..put it on your lap and the cat sits on top of it keeping the hair off of you. lol