Passap Needle Selectors and a Passap Polka Dot Rib


Oh, my gosh. Tyler from Herman HillsFarms in Ohio  sent me some needle selectors, yarn bowls and some yarn guides to try. Thank you , thank you! AND THANK YOU!!!

He sent a 1 X 1, a 2 X 1 and a 2 X 2 needle selector , two yarn bowls and two yarn guides . I love all of them. The yarn guides have two open areas so you can lead up 2 yarns . It certainly keeps things from getting tangled.
I wanted to try the yarn guides, bowls and the selectors so I decided to see if I could figure out how to do the polka dot rib on the passap. I have the directions for doing it on the Brother.Can’t find them at the moment though. lol

I started with the purple 1 X 1 needle selector for a 1 by 1 rib. This polka dot rib is really simple to do and I found two ways of doing it. The way I am describing is the easiest and the fastest.

Set up for 1 by 1 rib with needle selector. Bring 60 needles forward on bb. Push every other needle out of work. Set racking handle to up position. Select needles in between the back bed needles on the front bed and bring into work. Do cast on of your choice. I used the broken toe cast on. After cast on set the locks to N/N and knit two rows of main color.
Next I took the blue 2 X 2 needle selector and brought up pushers under every other needle on the front bed that is in working position.  Set the front lock to LX and the back lock to N.  Knit 2 rows of contrast color. Set locks to N/N and knit 4 rows of main color.  Repeat these six rows for pattern changing the locks between the main color knitted rows and the contrast rows.

I am also thrilled to learn that Tyler is not only making passap yarn bowls but he is working on  covers with holes in them for the yarn to come through and to keep the ball from popping out of the bowl. The yarn bowls are available already and are very high quality. We all know how the little balls of yarn flop out of the bowls onto the floor when the ball gets smaller. I have tried several ways of preventing this and the yarn ball still flops around and out of the bowl.  Can’t wait to try those too. I will let you know when the covers are available.

Here is the link to the passap items  available from Herman Hills Farm.




  1. Rhonda Hazen Said:

    Wow, what a nice job creating the Poka Dot rib. I’ll have to give it a try this weekend.

    • Thank you Rhonda. It is so simple to do. Let me know how you do knitting it.
      Carol 🙂

      • Rhonda Said:

        I sure will, Carol.

  2. Jill Said:

    Love the Rib-Polka dots…going to give it a try.

    Just ordered ALL of the needle pushers…somehow, all of my current ones are in pieces!!!! 😉

    • I hear you Jill. My original was being held together with duct tape!! hahahaha

  3. Rhonda Hazen Said:

    Just ordered the 2X2 pusher and a few other things too!

  4. Rhonda Hazen Said:

    Yay, finally got the it after READING the directions correctly! So new to this Passap…my sample is kinda pitiful. I actually didn’t think it was working and took it off the machine. And, to my surprise it worked for me! Thank you, Carol you are just so the talented.

    • Thanks for sending picture of your sample. It is not pitiful. lol Yes, the pushers make all the difference under every OTHER needle in WORKING position.
      Glad you were able to do it! Great job!! 🙂

  5. Rhonda Said:

    Good Evening,

    I hope you’re having a relaxing evening and I hope your floors are finished!!

    I was getting ready to start a Polka Dot scarf for daughter. And…. I can’t seem to recreate my sample.

    I am a total Passap newbie…I cast on using the broken toe Cast on…worked great.

    Then I put locks in N/N do I need the (pushers)? I used them.. I knit 2 rows main color Then put front lock in LX back lock N Pushed up pushers under needles in work. Knit contrast rows but I keep getting stripes on both sides…I think I’m trying too hard!

    Rhonda Hazen

    Sent from my iPad


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