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

 

Passap Storytime Quilt-Charlene Shafer


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I learn something new every time I use my knitting machines. I started looking  through a lot of old patterns I have and I had Charlene Shafers Storytime Quilt book. I decided to use up some yarn I have and play around with her motifs in this book. Well, four to five hours later I came up with this.

Here is what I learned. The cows are unhappy in the barn and want to live in the house since it is bigger.  The rooster is mad because he can’t find any of the hens and he got sunburned sitting on the fence all day . Farmer Jack is steaming  mad because he started to collect the bales of hay and the rain clouds are getting his hay wet.Mrs farmer Jack is mad because she has the laundry drying on the clothes line and she is stuck in the  out house and can’t get to it before the rain comes. …….well it is a story time afghan. 🙂

Okay, seriously I did not want to make a four color blanket because I wanted a lot of design and I did not want a super long afghan. The blanket uses four colors but it is knitted with a three color technique-199. I used hunter green , white and yellow until I knitted the last top stitch of the flowers on row 120. Then I changed to red as the third color and knitted to row 804 and then changed the red back to yellow so the tractor and hay were yellow.  What I learned is that the afghan in my house looks like a normal hunter green all the way through it. In the picture it looks darker where the red is behind the green. You can only see the line in the picture . I kind of like the darker look so the cows spots look black. lol  I thought of duplicate stitching the green spots on the cow but I am okay with it. So is you want to make something like this you might want to stick with four colors all the way through.

All in all I think it is kind of cute and tells it’s own story. I had fun making it and my passap was knitting like a dream and not one error with the whole afghan . I did have one thing happen but it was my stupidity. When I noticed the second strand of green had run out(did not wind enough off) I was 24 rows past the run out point. I still had the afghan knitted in an hour. I even took the time to see how much of each color of yarn I used.

Mistake in directions


Hi, my Editor (lol) informed me that there was a mistake  in my directions for the diamond in a diamond on my previous blog. I corrected it . When you cast on the racking handle will be down so needles don’t hit one another. Then when you start knitting the diamond, the racking handle will be up.  I hope no one tried this yet since it would really make you frustrated. So sorry  😦

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 Queen of Diamonds by Irene Krieger


 

 

 

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Well, between the doctor appointments for my husband and me, it is really cutting into my craft time! Haha

I am sorry it took so long to post the directions on how to do this but I knew it was going to take a long time to do it and I was right.It has taken me over 6 hours to write the instructions  so that I don’t confuse you AND to figure out how to knit it again. Then I had to knit it again, following my instructions to make sure I had all the numbered rows right and the needles that should be in work.Lol By knitting this over again I realized that I have a mistake in my previous posting but this one is perfect.It is true that the third time is the charm.

The instructions are in my drop box with four pictures to show you how your work should look on those rows. I hope they help.

I sure hope someone that follows my blog will give this a try to make me feel like my time was not wasted. 🙂 Well, I guess it wasn’t since I learned it. Tee Hee

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qivgfn30788iuau/AADzYhHEg8mq3CfMmeoFD64ua?dl=0

Passap Zig Zags by Irene Krueger


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This is the first sample I wanted to make but had to do the other diamond to get the idea into my head of what is being done. This turned out to be easier than the diamond within the diamond. I only had to do this twice . BUT….. after I steamed this out it hit me what Irene Krieger meant when she said you have to remember which needle is your first (or pivot) hole. If you saw my whole swatch sample you would see that the first zig on the left had 10 holes and the second zag on the right had 8. That is because you don’t count the pivot needle.So I will go back and do another sample and write down the directions.

I can see this design going up the middle of a sweater . I can also see it  made much wider . I can also see it going up the middle of a sleeve. The only thing that detracts from the design is my choice of yarn. I just used a 315 scrap yarn. This would look nice in Tepeyac, Diamonte or Estillo or any dress yarn that is finer.

Passap Diamond Within A Diamond


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I was reading an article called Queen of Diamonds by Irene Krieger in Machine Knitting News magazine August 2002 . I looked at this diamond and thought , that’s too easy so lets do the one design next to it. I could not grasp how to do the design I wanted to do  and thought I better try the  “easy” diamond design first to see if it would turn on the light bulb in my brain. OMG!!! The article just tells you how she added texture and some of what she did to arrive at the design. She does not give needle set up or what needles go  on the front or back bed. I sort of assumed it was done on a standard machine but had to try the passap because I love it. (Did I ever mention that? lol)It took me three times before I finally got it. I think it would take me even longer  to  write out the instructions !! haha

You start out doing the eyelet transfer on the front bed. When you move L1  needle to L2 on the same bed, you then bring one needle into work on the back bed opposite the hole.(racking handle up) Then knit four rows. On the next row you take the stitches on either side of the first eyelet(L2, R1) on the front bed and put them on the stitch next to them (L2 to L3 and R1 to R2). Then you pull needles on the back bed forward into the empty spaces. You continue until there are nine needles on the back bed. This is the purl area around the middle “knitted” diamond. Then the fun begins!!! While you are moving the end stitches out on the front bed for the big diamond, now you will start the middle diamond  by moving those stitches to the front bed! Sound confusing? It was and is. My sample is larger because I went wider with the diamond .(And yes, it was a mistake)

The reason that I like this design is because the rest of the garment would be in knit and that is a lot easier sewing the side seams than if it were the purl side. I probably won’t make anything using this design but did you ever wonder how something was done and just had to try it? I know a lot of you can think outside of the box and could come up with lots of ideas where to use this.

Now, I have to go try the design next to this one that I wanted to start with first  and see if I can figure it out after doing this “easy” one. Hah

If enough of you want me to write the instructions on this, I will do it. Just let me know. 🙂

Passap Item for the Goodwill


Bet a lot of you never think I have a project that does not come out well. Wrong! A friend made a tartan plaid wrap and sent me a picture of it. I loved the plaid design. So I decided to make a scarf but I wanted the plaid to go all the way around so I knew I would have a seam. So I moved the pattern around so that one cranberry stripe would go up the middle on each side. Okay, good so far. Then I added two extra stitches , one on each end so the main color would knit those  and sewing up the seam would be easy . Okay, still good . So I cast on 69-69, Technique 195 . Both end needles on the front bed. I used tension 3../3.. so it would be a little tighter weave so it would not be real wide. When I knitted about 3oo rows I got under the machine to look at the fabric.Yep, I like it. Knitted a couple hundred more rows and looked again. I took off the weights and comb and thought, oh, no, this will be too heavy a fabric for me. So now, do I drop from the machine or just finish and see what happens. So, since 2/24 yarn is multiplying in my house, I decided to keep on going to the end of the scarf which was 1152 rows!!!!! This is an afghan! lol Well, I sat and sewed it up and crocheted the ends together to seal the tube. I decided to just give it to the goodwill store. Then I thought maybe my sister would like to put it  around her shoulders when she sits outside on cold nights around their campfire  when they go camping in the late fall.  I visited my sister and she loved it and told me she would use it to put around her shoulders when she sits and reads in their family room. So, all effort is not lost.

Now the real laugh is that it would have been a nice wrap if it was one layer, BUT….since I moved the pattern over the design would be way off if not sewn together. Haha

Passap Valentine Mug Rugs, New On


 

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Hahahaha, bet you did not expect to see more of these. lol These two designs are different from the one I made last year. Remember, these little projects help you in getting to know your machine , casting on , programming and casting off. And they make great little “thinking of you” gifts.

I have given the instructions and files in my drop box. In the top one I don’t like my bind off. I knitted 2 CX rows and one N/N row and then kitchener stitched the open stitches. On the second one on the bottom I just knit two rows of N/N at the same tension and did the kitchener stitch and the top and bottom white look about even. I would suggest this finish on both of them if you make them. The top one is 29 rows and the bottom one is 26 rows so the top one is a little longer than the bottom one.

Remember, tensions are different on all machines. I used a tension 3 and most of my others are tension 3..   so….I am thinking that the mast tension discs might wear out some. I think mine are since I had to turn them to a higher number than 5.

Feel free to change the files if you don’t like them. I may go in and make the bottom red heart 9 stitches wide on each side instead of the 8 stitches that I have.

One file is called 3 heart mug rug and the other is called Heart 4 Mug Rug. I have two bmp files and one stp file.

Happy VD  🙂  This would be a nice gift with a red coffee cup to go with it filled with chocolate candy. Yum! Preferably dark chocolate. Yum! Yum!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fdt66f97qwauwzo/AAD7vXTM4eHqkKfO-0TbP_E9a?dl=0

Passap Headband Using the Front Bed


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Here are the two bands I knitted , one leaving the first zig zag row on the back bed(pink) and one dropping the first row of back bed stitches and knitting on the front bed only(blue). The sizes are almost the same but the pink yarn was thicker than the blue. The second picture shows the bind off on the back. Either one is acceptable I think. Picture 3 shows how the teeth of the comb have to come up between the front bed needles in order for the comb to stay on and not drop off. Picture 4 shows the comb hanging behind the front bed stitches after pushing the back bed needles out of work .In the last picture you can see my needle selector tool sitting between the beds to keep the needles from popping up. All the front bed needles were down . I then took a loop and hung it on a front bed needle. Then I skipped a loop ( It does not look like I did but the loop closes when you stretch the one on either side) and I skipped a needle and did that all the way down the bed. Now I could have just bound these off but that would have taken too long and not as easy being on the front bed. So I hand knitted the needles for the row which did not take long. Then I brought up all the back bed needles opposite the front needles , knit a zig zag row and bound off the same way as the original.

So now it is your choice on how you want to make this, with or without frustration!

🙂      Here is the dropbox link   https://www.dropbox.com/s/jgj0og3myadh18o/Passap%20Headband%20on%20Front%20Bed%20Only.docx?dl=0

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