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Passap Crossed Cabled Pillow


On the web site I mentioned in my last post  , there is a hand knitted design of crossed cables. When I saw it I thought, I bet I can do it on the machine. So I picked my favorite , the passap ,and tried it. I am sure this could be done on other machines as well.  I thought it would look nice on a pillow to give it texture so off to my machine I went. It took about two days to make this and I wish I had more rows between the crossed cables. Why you ask? Because it took me a long time to do them. hahaha

I had the pillow form so I knitted 160 rows on 120 stitches using 2/24, two strands . There are 120 stitches on the back bed and the only ones in work on the front bed are   L43-47 and L34-38 for the first cable on the left. The middle cable is on L3-7 and R 3-7. The right cable is on R34-38 and R43-47. I crossed the cables every 20 rows starting on row 20 and ending on row 140. There are four needles out of work between each of the cables. The back bed lock is set at N and the front lock is set at LX with pushers in work position under the 30 working cable stitches.

First put the same color of yarn into eyelet two for the cables so you don’t have to break the main yarn. In eyelet 3 I put waste yarn.To do this  technique I knitted to row 20 and put all the pushers out of work on all the cables except the 5 stitches on the right cable. I set the back lock to GX and knitted 20 rows on the five stitches on the front bed. I took them off on waste yarn, put the pushers out of work and put the five pushers back in work under the next five cable stitches. I did this across the row until I had six long pieces of yarn. I then crossed the cables and put them back on the front bed stitches. Then you have to change the back lock back to N to knit the next20 rows and put the pushers back into work on all of the front bed cable stitches.

You can see it in the picture of how it is done .skvoz_uzori4

If you try this, I recommend waste yarn after knitting the 20 rows so that when you knit across on the other cables, the yarns don’t get tangled under the bed. Also, I put a piece of ravel cord with a bodkin tied to each end to give it weight so I could pass it between the beds and over the five cable stitches to pull on them gently when knitting so the stitches did not bunch up. I had to open the beds a couple of times to move the ravel cord down so it was gently pulling all of the stitches. When you put the stitches back on the needles , make sure the purl side is facing away from the machine.

I hope you try this just to learn the technique and the machine. When I started I cast on a sample of 40 stitches on both beds. I did a circular cast on and then transferred all the stitches to the back bed except the stitches for the middle cable.

By the way, I added a yellow star to the tops of my trees on my four mug rugs. I like them even better now. 🙂dscf3356

Passap Cables Knitted SUPER EASY!

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I just had to share this technique with you. I have done cables many times. The easiest method I ever found on the Brother was to cross the cables and then take an extra piece of yarn (running it up on the back of the work)and hand knit the crossed cable stitches and then continue knitting.

Well this one is the easiest one I ever knitted. I found this technique in a book called ABC of Perfect Knitting. It was copyrighted in 1971 by MADAG and printed in Switzerland. I hope you take ten minutes to try this because it has energized me to try cables now.

Here is the needle set up. Sample: cast on single bed on the front bed of the passap .

Needles left 1,2,and 3 and right 1,2, and 3 will be the cable stitches. Racking handle down. Take stitch on left 4 and put it on the bb needle that is slightly to the right. Now take needle right 4 and put it on the bb needle slightly to the left. There should be five needles between the back two stitches you just moved. Now take the heel of the stitch on needle left 5 and put it on the back bed on the left of the one there. Now do the same on the right. You are now set up to do the cable. You knit 9 rows and now the lock is on the left. Now on the back bed where the five empty needles are behind the front six, you will bring the second and fourth one into work. Knit one row to the right and you will see a big loop on the needles. Put those two needles out of work now. Take your three prong transfer tools and transfer needles 4,5,6 to 1,2,3 and needles 1,2,3 to 4,5,6. There is no stretching or pulling of the yarn because of the loop from the previously knitted row .

I hope you give this a try. 🙂