Archive for Estillo Yarn by Tamm

Passap vs Brother Placemat by Tricia Shafer


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I made this  Tricia Shafer plated place mat(top picture)  on the Brother years ago and I liked it. I decided to make it again. When I finished, I decided to try to duplicate it on the Passap. And that is when I found out I can’t. (Notice , I said “I can’t” , maybe someone else can) I also found out from a friend in Arizona that there is a plating attachment for the passap, though rare to find.

I made the placemat on the Brother with two strands of Estillo for both yarns . On the botton one made on the passap I used one strand of Diamonte. I tried two strands of Estillo to start and I think I had problems because I did not have the right tensions. Looking back now, I bet it would be the same size as the first one if I did use the 2 strands of estillo.

Here are the comparisons . The plated mat is heavier and had a great shape when it came off the machine.  The passap was made just using blue diamonte using the same amount of stitches . The passap mat is smaller by about one and a half inches but it still is a nice size. The passap mat is not as nice shaped and is much lighter. The pattern came out nice on both mats done on different machines. So, I have to give the vote to Brother just because I don’t have the plating attachment for the Passap. 😦

To make this on the passap, I cast on N/N 1/1  and knitted the two CX 2../2.. rows and the N/N 5/5 row and then I transferred stitches from the front bed to the back bed.

Below is the  set up on the front bed.(of course you will have more needles than the diagram) The ends have 2 needles in work . The dots are the needles out of work.The back bed has all of the needles in work and the racking handle is down while knitting. You will put it up when transferring the stitches so the needles line up at the beginning transfers.

I cast on 63-63 on front bed and one less on back bed so the end needles are on the front bed. After transferring the front bed stitches to the back bed,(if you have one left over double up the stitches so that both ends look like the diagram below) put those needles out of work and put pushers in work under the remaining needles in work. Set locks to LX/N. I set the back bed tension to 5 and the front bed tension to 3. On the Brother the tensions were 7 on the main bed and 3 on the ribber. The sequence is six rows of knitting at LX/N and then 2 rows of LX/GX so that only the front bed needles knit.ALSO:in her pattern , Tricia  only does two rows of knitting instead of six between the  rows , two times,and you can see that in the pattern. There are three lines close together dividing the mat in 3. There are 158 rows of knitting . To finish transfer the front bed stitches to the back bed and bind off the stitches.

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Passap DJ Sweater using Sarah James Slip Stitch Pattern Design


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I was at a hand knitting seminar and I bought a hand written pattern by Sarah James and I loved the design. I converted her slip stitch pattern into a fair isle pattern so I could knit it double bed jacquard on the passap. If you buy the pattern, you look at her graph of the pattern and just eliminate the even rows. Her pattern is 12 by 24 and I made mine 12 by 12. You can find this pattern on ravelry  by searching Slip Stitch Pullover CH521 by Sarah James. The pattern is $7.00

I decided to cheat and I did a cut and sew neckline. I know how to divide for the neckline and it is so time consuming on the passap doing double bed. I was glad that I did it. I originally wanted to make a different neckline . I made two separate scarves, hooked them into the shoulder seams and then crossed them and took the ends back to the shoulder seam. Sound confusing…..it was to look like a chain. Well, it did not look good. I just ended up doing a knitted plain neckband like her sweater. I put it on and it did not look good on me. hahahaha . So I knitted up a scarf and it changed the whole look .

Still does not look great because of my chest size. 😦

I like her sweater since the design is larger. Mine came out smaller because I used the dress yarn by Tamm called Estillo at a tension of 3./3.  and one strand of each. I love the weight of the sweater.

I knitted a tension swatch and when I was drawing up the pattern, it came out perfectly centered so that the side seams match. The shoulder seams matched perfectly also. I had 172 stitches for my width. When I entered my design I added one blank column on each end. When it knits up, you have a solid color edge on the side seams and it makes sewing up a breeze.

My width of the sweater was 21.5, waist to hem-15 inches, neckline depth-3.5, sleeve is a 6 inch cap and 16 inches from wrist to underarm. Total sleeve length is 22. I had a 9.5 armhole opening but knitted the sleeve to a width of 18 to eliminate the bulk under the arm.