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Passap E 6000 Baby Bear Blanket


I am so proud of myself. I decided to knit the afghan that I first wanted to knit . I found some extra time last night. The pattern is from Knitten Buds. I can no longer find them on the internet.  I wonder if anyone has any information on them.

I did not want an afghan this large but I am happy with how it came out. I did not have all the information on the baby so I just put what I had in the heart. I am sure the woman will love it. The pattern was 179 stitches and 250 rows. I shortened the pattern to 216 rows . I used technique 187. I used two strands of 2/24 and tension 5 on both beds. The color is mauve and white. The finished size is 35 by 50 inches. I was glad I have DAK to add the name inside of the heart.

I really need to give my passap an affectionate name since she knitted so beautifully for me after ignoring her for so long. She holds no grudges.

Now I have to knit some slipper socks on my Brother  for a woman who was in the hospital. Then back to sewing. 🙂

Okay, a friend found this link but I am having trouble getting all the pattern pictures. Maybe it is my computer.

Passap Baby Blankets







Okay, I lied. My next post was not attaching the neckband without the sandwich. This is my excuse and I am sticking to it. 🙂

I have to thank Gillian for getting me back into my knitting room. I have been absorbed with quilting and having work done in my house and ignoring my beloved passap. Gillian sent me a picture of the baby blanket she made from my posting on February 5, 2014. It is a baby blanket by Jean Curry. I had to make a baby blanket for a gift and when I saw her pictures of her blankets I decided this would be the quickest to knit and I think it is very pretty. It is a tuck stitch and you don’t use the back bed pushers

So…….I learned one very important thing about the passap knitting machine . I learned that if I had stayed away longer, I would be following my own blog to learn all over again! hahahahahaha

I had to cast on 3 times.  I used the number 3 cast on and I don’t usually use that. I got out my book and casted on and I wanted a tighter tension. I removed the work and thought I remembered the racking sequence for the cast on and ended up doing it wrong. So then I finally cast on the third time. Now it is time to download. Went through the sequence and it beeped and I went through setting up and then it dawned on me that it did not say wait in the memo window of the console. I had disconnected my laptop awhile ago and thought maybe it was the wrong port . Nope. I repeated and nothing again. Then I started to laugh. My switch for going between download and knitting was not in the download position. LOL  But, the velcro piece that holds  it on top of the console had come loose and the box was hidden behind the console. Oh brother, now I have been in my knitting room for a half hour and I have not even knitted the 568 rows. I started it at 10 p.m. and walked out of my knitting room at 11 p.m with the cast off row on waste yarn. I was surprised since it felt like I was in there for hours.

I knitted the white one with Tamm star at tension 4 and I knitted the pink one at tension 5 and two strands of 2/24. You can tell that the white one came out smaller and shorter using a smaller tension.

By the way, for the new people following my blog, here is a link to my drop box to see what I have posted from the beginning of my blog up to  February of 2016 .

Another Passap Mug Rug


Hahahahaha, bet you did not want to open your email from me just to see another mug rug.   🙂

I made this baby afghan lovely yesterday. I told my husband I was making it for someone and needed an hour of uninterrupted time. I  surprised myself since I finished it in 32 minutes…..without a motor.

Now, I have shown this before and directions are posted in my blog. I have to tell you why I made it. My friend and I were in JoAnn fabrics and I saw a pattern for sale for an 18 inch doll. (Sister’s granddaughter has one and now making clothes for it) I asked the clerk if the sale included the doll pattern and she said she thought so but to check on the price check scanner in the store. I did and got the shock  of my life. The pattern was on sale at 50% off and the sale price was $13.70!!!!! I put it back and my friend and I started to have a discussion about how expensive patterns are nowadays. A woman approached the two of us and said she could not help but overhear our discussion abut the prices of doll clothes patterns. She then told us she has a ton of them at home along with her sister’s collection and we were more than welcome to them for free if we come and get them. She said she would like to know that someone used them instead of throwing them away. Whooooo Hoooooo……so we are going tomorrow to pick them up.

So in talking to her she said her eyes are failing and she does not sew too much any more and all of the children are grown. She mentioned that a grandson was  born in the family a month ago. So I decided since she was not charging us, I would make this afghan for her to give for the little baby boy.

On second thought, I could give her some sets of mug rugs to say thank you !!!!!!! LOL

Passap Baby Afghan by Joan Swanson Award Winning Afghans



A dear friend gave me some yarn (yep, will have to move the hubby out to make more room !)  It  is 2/17 yarn and I used one strand of each color. It came out lighter weight than 2/24 but I think it will be nice because of that. Mom’s don’t need to carry more weight including the baby. The pattern was in Prize Winning Afghans and I believe the author is Joan Swanson.  The pattern was narrower and longer so I reduced the rows and increased the width. The final width of the knitted blanket is 30 inches by 30 inches. The pattern is  162 stitches wide and 153 rows in length. I used technique 187.

I also knitted the bear. It is a gypsy cream pattern.

Passap Primary Color Child’s Blankie


I have to say that I admire people who write their own patterns. I don’t know why I keep trying to do it ! I took this puzzle design and had to add to it to make it wider. I did not want an adult afghan so I settled for this. If you turn it sideways, it will fit a stroller. If I made it double it would look cute on a child’s bed. Anyway, it is not good as a four color. You can see the background colors because they are so bright and the color for each row is not distributed well. Lesson learned! I also should have made a border on sides since the bottom cast on is green. Since I didn’t do that  I did the cast on in green to match the two end blocks and I did the cast off in red to match the two top red end blocks.

Brother Machine Knitted Mary Jane Bootie


I was asked if this little passap Mary Jane bootie could be made on other machines like the Studio or Brother. I have a Brother 940 and I thought you should be able to do it. I sat down tonight and tried one on the Brother . It came out the same as the passap version but it took a little longer to do and it is a little larger since the white yarn  is a dress yarn that just happened to be in the mast. The reasons were that I was knitting with black at night and writing down what I was doing .The main reason was that the  passap knits beautifully on either bed with no problems. I find with the Brother machines, that if you want to knit on one bed  with the ribber connected, the stitches don’t always knit off. This is the reason I turned the stitches(bootie) around so that the heel and bottom are done on the main bed instead of the ribber.

The ribbing in knitted first. Then the stitches are arranged for circular knitting. However, you will knit the heel and sole on the main bed and the top of the bootie on the ribber. Then you will knit the toe circular doing decreases on the designated rows on both ends of both beds until a few stitches are left and taken off on the tail of yarn and gathered tightly.

When short rowing for the heel you will drop the ribber bed one notch only and use the main carriage to do the short rowing. When making this you will find that you have to switch from knitting just on the main bed to knitting with both beds about four times.

If you get stuck doing something or my directions don’t make sense,(and that’s a real possibility!) please feel free to contact me . I did not finish the strap on this one. That part is easy .

The directions are in my drop box at the link below. Have fun if you try this. 🙂

Passap Knitted Mary Jane Booties

Mary Jane Booties Made on the Passap

Mary Jane Booties Made on the Passap

How cute is this???? My friend Jacqui in Arizona sent me this hand out for these adorable little booties. Now I know I am a complainer but there are no complaints on this bootie! I did not put the button or flower on the strap yet because I could not wait to share this with you.

This pattern is an altered version from Kathe Keck’s Passap Workshop. I just used 2 strands of 2/24 for trying this out. The pattern is for E 6000 and DM 80. The pattern has detailed instructions and terms used are on the last page. There was only one spot that was unclear but upon reading the next line it explained. When you get to the part at the toe and start decreasing, you will decrease one stitch on both beds both sides. When you do the second decrease, that is where it tells you that. This was fun to make and now I want to do an afghan with these booties to go with it. These would look cute with a scalloped cast on also.

Oh, the strap is not knitted in the bootie. It is separate and makes it look all the more authentic.

Here are the instructions in my drop box. You can thank Jacqui for this. lol 🙂

Baby’s First Cable Cardigan – Machine Knit from Hand Knit Pattern

Knit on the Bulky

Knit on the Bulky

I saw this pattern at a hand knitting seminar a year ago. I went to the same seminar with my friend about a month ago and I bought the pattern. I wanted to convert it to machine knitting. The pattern is designed by Diane Kostecki. It is available through Kalamazoo Knits. The sweater is knitted from the sleeve cuff to sleeve cuff all in one piece. I chose to knit to the middle of the back yoke on both sleeves and then kitchener stitched the two together.

I made the first sample with old yarn that I use for scrap yarn. I used my passap machine for it. I did not have trouble crossing the cables with the acrylic yarn.  A couple of things I did not like. The 1X1 ribbing seems too flimsy and the 2X1 that I used on the second is too large BUT that is because of the yarn I used using the Bulky. I also  did not like how the purl stitch was carried across the back yoke. I eliminated that. Too much bulk at the neck. By eliminating that , it does not look funny . I made this twice and I don’t like the band done as all one. I don’t like seams in ribbing but if I make this for someone, I will do the two front bands and then the neck. In order for the band to curve at the beginning of the neck, the stitches really stretched. In my sample, there is a mistake on the left side . crossed the cable wrong and also one of the purl needles accidentally got pushed out of work. It was okay since this was just scrap yarn and trying to convert pattern. This is just to show how the original pattern comes out. In the pictures in drop box you will see what I am talking about on the back yoke with the two  purl stitches going across the back.

Another thing I don’t like about hand knitting patterns is when there are  no schematics . 😦  Okay, I am done complaining. lol

Sample made on the Passap

Sample made on the Passap

I knit the good sweater on the Bulky since the pattern calls for 5 stitches to the inch. That is what I got with Bernat sport yarn on tension 3. The yarn looks and feels like cotton and it has white specks in it that you can’t see in the picture. The bad thing is that it was too hard to cross three stitch cables so I did a progressive cable so it was not hard on the machine.  If you want to try this out I have written up the pattern with the changes and put pictures with it to show you how it is knitted and assembled. My sweater  came out 9 inches wide and the newborn size is supposed to fit a finished chest size of 18 so I was okay with tension.

Here are the directions in my drop box.


Child’s Ribbed Hat Any Machine


It was a rainy cold day yesterday and I had an area in my knitting room to clean up. I came across this little hat in an “In Knitters” book, Volume 5 No. 19,  that I picked up at a seminar last spring. It is designed by Ruth Schnell. She gives the hand version and machine knitting version. I love it. I hate to make pompoms even though I have nice pompom makers. I made this on the passap since it is my favorite. It took less than 20 minutes to knit it. I used two strands of  2/24 yarn though she calls for Tamm 3 ply astacryl.  There are three children’s sizes S,M, L to fit 18″,20″,22″ head circumference. She casts on at tension 6 and I don’t recommend that. I used a tension 3.5 and I would go tighter than that. But remember, I am using the passap.  Then you set up needles in 1 by 1 rib 110(138,152) and knit for 86(94,100) rows after doing the cast on with the contrast yarn. You then transfer she says to the main bed. I used the back bed on the passap. But when you transfer you don’t put the stitches on the empty needles . You double up the stitches on the same bed. In other words, put the ribber stitch on the main bed needle that already has a stitch on it. You will have two stitches on every other needle. Then you bring the out of work needles in and knit 11 rows of stockinette stitch. (You will have a row of eyelets where you started to knit the stockinette).  Your carriage will be on the left side. Knit one row with the contrast color to the right and put your tension dial up to 10 or 8 I believe on the passap. Knit one row to the left and bind off one stitch through the next. Sew up the seam and make an “I” cord that is 12 inches long. 3 stitches with one part button in and knit about 300 rows on the Brother. I made my “I” cord on the Brother. She calls for a tension of 10 but I used a tension of 4. I did not want a big cord.


Passap Tuck Stitch Single Bed Baby Sweater





I had to make a little sweater to go with the afghan I just made and decided to try a pattern from the Metbury Baby Book for E6000 machines. This little sweater pattern was in single bed tuck stitch and I never tried that on the Passap. I have done it on the Brother. I like doing the tuck stitch on the passap because the stitches are on the front bed which would be the ribber on the Brother. The stitches stay on nicely.

I made the fronts and back and one sleeve and had it all put together  and did not like the tuck side . In fact, I thought the reverse side was softer looking. So I took it apart and assembled with the other side as the right side. I don’t like the collar and if I had time I would have done a sandwich collar. This is the newborn to three month size . The baby is due in February so won’t have much time to wear it. I probably should have done the nine month to one year. I have to make more items for this baby so I might go larger.


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