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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.

11.1.111.1.1.1.1.1.111.1.1.1.1.1.111.1.11

 

Short Rowed Scarf made on the Brother Machine


 

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I was talking to a woman that contacted me to learn the passap machine. She was telling me that a knitting guild she belonged to had a knitting challenge doing any machine knitted  item that was short rowed. She told me a woman in the guild made the most beautiful scarf and that she wanted to try it. She found the pattern and I liked it and bought it . I used a yarn that has the feel of perla. It is a thin yarn and the variegated yarn was even thinner. I did not crochet around the scarf when I was done. I used the “worm” edging . The worm edging is on you tube by Kate Winslow. The edge still curls a little bit but I think it is okay.

This was a lot of fun to make.Breezy Spencer  states in her pattern that  you have to concentrate ….and you do…..but once you start to knit you will see that you don’t have to look at the pattern any more. Her pattern tells you the yarn she used and that she made hers on the Bulky. I don’t like wide scarves so I used the same amount of stitches in her pattern and made mine on the Brother standard gauge machine. The pattern is five dollars and it is on Ravelry and it is called Machine Knit Short Row Scarf by Breezy Spencer

Passap vs Brother on Lace Scarf


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My friend Jacqui emailed me and told me that this “wave” design is on the Passap magazine #60. Here is the link to see it

http://machineknittingetc.com/passap-60-pattern-book.html

I had given it  a thought to try it on the passap but I figured  it would be a lot of work moving pushers in and out of work. When I saw the magazine I thought I would give it a try since you all know that my passap is my favorite machine.

In the magazine you will notice that the beginning of the sweater is knitted plain without the waves for a number of rows and it is knit on both beds. Then you transfer the back bed to the front bed and do this pattern. At least that is what I was able to figure out since those magazines don’t give a lot of detail.

Well, I found out why it was started tubular and then knitted plain for a number of rows. I cast on tubular and went right into the wave pattern and it was very difficult. If you try this on the passap I would start with waste yarn and ravel cord .

If you look at the sides of this beginning of a scarf, they are relatively straight. (I steamed this out to show you)That is because when you knit the end groups by themselves when you get to the edge, passap instruction tells you to knit 4 rows before working on two groups to start the row. In the video that is posted on my last blog, 6 rows are knitted giving it a wavy edge. I like the wavy edge  better, but that is  just my preference.

So which machine wins?  THE BROTHER

First of all, on my last scarf there were sets of four needles with 3 out of work in-between. On this one there are sets of 6 needles with 2 out of work in-between.

1.The closed beds keep you from seeing the knitting and you can forget which direction you are going in.

2. Quicker to pull needles to hold than it is to put pushers in and out of work. Though I will say, it was not as slow as I thought it would be.

3. On the brother I was able to hold the sets of two stitches I was working on with my little finger to keep them from coming off the stitches.

4. I like the chain cast on that is used to start the scarf on the Brother.

5. More of a chance to put the pushers under the wrong needles and end up with seven in a group instead of the six this calls for .(I know because it happened.LOL)

 

And here is a link to show a scarf on the bulky machine which would go even quicker. 🙂

http://machineknittingfun.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-new-cap.html

Lace Scarf made on the Brother Machine


 

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How can something that looks so hard to knit be so easy? Somewhere on a knitting machine site I saw a red scarf knitted with this technique and it was beautiful. Reference was made to the technique used being from the John Allen book called The Machine Knitting Book. I also saw it called the wave on a Facebook knitting machine group. I had a small ball of  yarn sitting around and decided to use it up.  It might be acrylic with mohair or wool with mohair. I know it feels scratchy around my neck but I wanted it for around a coat collar. I had this knit in less than a half hour on my Brother 940. Once I got into the rhythm , there was no stopping me. I did not want to crochet all the way around the scarf like the woman does in the video. I like the way it curls in and I don’t want to steam it flat. I like narrow scarves. I used seven sets of 4 needles. This video is excellent even though it is not in english.

If you look closely at the top picture , you will see seven strands of yarn between the sets of four. If you have more or less , you will know you made a mistake.  I even like the wavy edges when it is finished.

Here is the link to the video I followed. I hope you give it a try since it was a lot of fun to do.

Knitted Hat with Ear Flaps on the Brother Standard Machine


dscf0025A woman who lives outside of the United States  reached out to  me about learning the passap. She bought a passap E6000 and she is really excelling in her learning of the machine. She is a loving caregiver to a disabled child. Because she has very little time to herself, she knits in the wee hours of the morning. I think I might start doing that since she accomplishes so much and makes such good use of her time when she does knit! Recently she was telling me that she used to  make a lot of hats on another machine she had. She sent me a picture of this hat with the team logo on it and I thought it was so cute. She said it was her own pattern and she used to earn extra money making them for  people. She was kind enough to share the pattern with me and all of you. I never heard of the yarn she used so I used Can Cun and made one for a family member. The hat is so easy to make. I love the way the ear flaps are done. What took me the longest time was figuring the design into 34 rows and centering it so the back seam matched. I was just trying it out with CanCun using a tension 7. When I asked her more questions like how long the braids are, she in turn sent another sheet of information with the tensions she uses and the sizes for children through adult. She uses the same amount of stitches but adjusts the tension for the sizes. Now that I like!!! And the braids are so much better than making pompoms. LOL The length of the braids is your choice. I used 8 strands for each section of braids

Here is her pattern that she wrote up for me(and you 🙂

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m4jid6khtlhpoht/AAB_Kihhi0xkzq0rP3nl8kbia?dl=0

These would make great Christmas gifts . They don’t take long to make, not a lot of sewing of seams and they are cute !  On my navy and white hat I used a fuzzy acrylic yarn that sort of feels like angora. However, I just realized that I forgot to raise my tension for one row when I hung the band. You can see a ridge but I think a light steam might help.

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Passap Valentine Mug Rug for the Beginner Passap Knitter


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My girlfriend and I are having a little knitting get together. You are all invited.lol We have a woman coming that I have mentioned before and she is going to knit a mug rug from downloading the pattern to knitting the whole thing. I went into win/crea and made this valentine pattern. I wrote up the pattern for the very beginner passap knitter. The pattern will have you casting on without the console. Then the console is turned on and I walk you through the programming. You can take this pattern into your win/crea and design anything you want as long as you stay within 40 stitches and 26 rows to get this size. You can also make it larger and use as a hot pad.  I will be making a St. Patrick day mug rug also. I love to use mug rugs in my house. I have glass tops on my tables and when I set a cup down I can’t stand the sound . It sounds like I am slamming the cup down.

Oh, an update for you: Thank you for all your input on my problem with my afghan. I dreaded going back in and knitting again in case it was something major. I took off the brush near the sensor eye and it had four little specs of that tweed yarn on it. I think the issue was the pile up of these little specks on the sensor eye brush. I am still not convinced file is okay though. hahaha, the stubborn German in me coming out. My machine is knitting fine once again.

This is my design so if you sell them, please give credit to me.is the link to my drop box for  the mug rug pattern directions and bmp file.

I am having trouble with the link to drop box. Try this link below. If it does not work, email me and I will send the files and instructions to you.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fdt66f97qwauwzo/AAD7VXTM4eHqkKfO-otbP_E9a?dl=o

 

 

 

Passap E6000 Lydias Afghans Series 4


 

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I made another afghan because I have yarn that is multiplying as I type this. This is another one of Lydia’s pattern and I did not have pusher issues that I can see. It leads me to believe my previous problems with the afghan were the file. I love this design but the afghan was only 924 rows so it can only be used as a lap afghan or a chair back cover. I decided to make a pillow using one section of the pattern . I had the pillow form and put it on the afghan to figure what size I wanted it. Then I went into the program and copied and pasted into a new file just for the pillow. The pillow form was 16 by 16 and the size came out perfect . When I finished both squares(I knitted the same pattern for the back so it is reversible) I then placed wrong sides together and crocheted through both sides around the pillow. Before  closing the fourth side, I inserted the pillow.  The crocheting around the pillow took longer than it did to knit the two pieces. haha

I think the prettiest thing about the pattern is the color that I used for the leaves. It looks tan but it is a very very light color of olive green. The finished size is only 34 inches wide by 44 inches long.

Passap Scarf Knitted without the Console


 

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I saw this rib pattern in the Passap Club patterns Number 11. It is a beautiful rib. It is made with the needles in a 2by2 rib using AX/N with both arrow keys pushed in: automatic pattern. I used a yarn I had by Bramwell called Hot Pink duo spun. It is a nice light weight acrylic. I decided to make a cowl scarf . I made it 48 inches and it is perfect. I wanted it around the neck for warmth. This is a gift for someone. I will explain the pusher set up and my tensions in the pattern information. This will make a great quick Christmas gift that will not take you longer than an hour to make.

Here are my directions

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7p612qfinmpjju3/AAAHZ-TSnojxuv9Y4T1Pouqoa?dl=0

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Passap And Brother Knitted Santa Scarves


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I wanted to hurry and knit these scarves for my nephews  daughter and girlfriend .  The pattern is adapted from a circular sock machine pattern. You can find a free pattern for it that is similar at this link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/santa-scarf-5

or you can google “machine knitted Santa Scarf” and you will see several similar and different ones.

I used yarn that I had except for the white that is called pipsqueak. I bought it at Joanne fabric store on sale for 2.69. The large red one is  Red Heart and so is the white for pompom.

I used 44 stitches and tension 6 on the Bulky. On the passap I used the same amount of stitches and used a 3 ply yarn at tension 5..  I knitted the faces to the brim and then re hung stitches and knitted circular for about 250 rows(500)

I did the white beard for both of them on the Bulky machine . For the little scarf I used 22 stitches on the bulky  to fit the width of the one for the passap.

I know my nephew will laugh and his girlfriend is so cute she will love it.

Knitted Orange, Lemon And Lime Slice Drink Coasters


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I do not like short rows. Repeat,  I DO NOT LIKE SHORT ROWS!

I don’t like shoulders that are short rowed, skirts that are short rowed(well…some I do)  I like short rows in socks but don’t particularly care for them anywhere else.

So why did I try this?

I went to a hand knitting seminar and there were a ton of free books and patterns. I saw this pattern for the orange, lemon and lime slice.  I thought it was cute. I also like the lime and orange colors together.  I do like to hand knit once in awhile especially while sitting on the patio on a warm day. And since we have had a break in the weather, I was sitting outside and needed a hand knitting project.. (back to the 40’s now!) .

I never did  short rowing by hand so thought I would give it a try. It was fun to make and I like it since it is the garter stitch.  So just for the heck of it I tried the same pattern on the machine only it is stockinette.  Well, I stopped after three sections because it is not as cute, the white rows I turned for a purl row and that would upset a drink with the ridges and you would have to crochet an edge around it. So , IF I did it on the machine, I would just knit the white rows . The patterns is a free handout from Jo-Ann fabric stores from 2012. It says these are dish cloths but I like them as drink coasters or hot pads. They are a nice size for a glass or a dish. I love the festive colors in the summer. I did not put hangers on them since I am not using them as dish cloths.

Okay, back to my machines. 🙂

If you are up to a hand knitting project for the summer, here is the pattern in my drop box.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/so2101w1bpzhmn6/AADY99blGMBSixfJFd9jNrwVa?dl=0

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