Posts Tagged ‘Machine Knitted Socks’

Passap Sock by Vera Hutton


First Sock

First Sock

Second Sock with Wrapped Stitches

Second Sock with Wrapped Stitches

Short rowed wrapped heal

Short rowed wrapped heal

Ribbing

Ribbing

If you have always wanted to make socks but were afraid you couldn’t do it, this is the sock you have to try!  The pattern is for the DM 80 and the E 6000 .The pattern is shared by Vera Hutton and the link is

http://www.northtipton.com/easy_passap_socks.htm

I have made tons of socks on the machines and this is a keeper. You don’t even have to use weights when short rowing because the stitches do not pop up. She says you can make one in a half hour and she is right. I used two strands of 2/29 that you can get new on ebay by seller Colobriyarns. Her shop is called GloKnit.

This came out perfect for my foot at her tensions. You will see a line across the top of the toe.  That is the cast on at tension 1. No hanging the cast on comb. You are starting at the toe and working up. You short row the toe, knit circular and then short row the heel and then do the ankle circular and then do the  rib in two parts. It is by far one of the easiest patterns. I recommend using your decker combs when it comes to the ribbing because if you cast off with waste yarn it will be hard to pick up stitches since they are so small.

I love how she says to start the ribbing. You use the decker combs to take off the back bed stitches and drop between the beds. You will be doing the rib on the front bed. (there will be two seams up the sides of leg) On the front bed you will have every needle in work. You then set up the back bed in 1X1 rib the way that she tells you. If you follow her directions the seams come out perfectly on the sides.

When you finish the rib she tells you to take off on waste yarn. So I did that . You will fold the waste yarn down and start at the end of the rib where there is no tail of yarn and latch tool one stitch through the other and when you get to the end stitch you will pull the tail of yarn through to finish that half. I thought it would be tight but the fact that you have 36 stitches from FB and 18 needles from back bed compensate for a tight edge. The rib comes out like a 2 by 1 rib and is very stretchy and stays up. I did my sock twice the length for the rib because I don’t like cold ankles.

Now if you try this, and I hope you will, when you set up for the rib you may have to turn your racking handle down to get the set up relation she is talking about for the rib.

AND the second thing  is you should wrap the stitches when you short row. I wish a pattern would tell you this . It is not always a given with the Brother to wrap when you short row so it should be stated in the pattern if you should or shouldn’t do it. Unless on the passap you are always supposed to do that. Any way, the first sock I did I did not wrap stitches and the toe came out fine. At the heel there were very nice holes! On my pair, on the first sock I just laid the yarn in the needle to wrap and on the second sock I actually wrapped around the needle. They sort of look the same but I would recommend wrapping the stitch . Left click on the picture to see it up close

Awhile back I showed a latch tool that you buy from the Beauty stores that is for hair extensions. It is very very tiny. This was perfect for latching up the ribbing.

Hair extension tool and knitting latch tool

Hair extension tool and knitting latch tool

If you want the two techniques for short row wrapping on the passap  click on the drop box link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ftrwpqgsff1g3e/heel%20short%20rowing%20for%20socks%20on%20the%20passap001.pdf

Husband’s Sock on the Passap


I made this sock on the Passap for my husband from a pattern that I bought . It is called Socks Especially for Passap Knitters in 14 Sizes by Cindy M. Schott,KAS Knit & Stitch. I wanted it to make a pair that showed how to do the short rowing properly on the Passap Machine. And the big discovery for me is that you wrap the stitches while doing the heel and toe going in and going out from short rowing. The pattern gives two ways of short rowing and this was the first way and it came out nicely without holes. The yarn is called Truly by Sensations and is a sock yarn. I bought it at Joann fabrics and it is about 7 dollars a skein and I needed one and a half skeins.  I waited for a sale of course.  It is 55% wool and 30% nylon and 15% rayon from Bamboo. It is machine washable and is softer after washing. I used a td of 6.. and 72 stitches. I knit 70 rows of rib at td 4 I short rowed down to 12 stitches on the heel and toe. I knit 20 rows for ankle and fifty rows for body of sock. My swatch was 10 rows to the inch and 7.27 st to the inch. The color is charcoal grey. On one skein it is 60 grams and 2.12 ounces, 262 yards and 240 meters

Bernat Sox on the Passap Machine


This is another pair of socks made with Bernat Sox yarn. I had 1/2 ounce of yarn left after the last pair I made so on this pair I made the ankle shorter(2 inches) and the rib longer. I like it even better. I have not washed this pair yet but stitches will close a little more. I solved a problem that all people that knit socks run in to. That is , holding down on the work while short rowing the heel. In the second picture you will see what I did. I did not have a problem with stitches rising up on needles until I short rowed the heel back out to the original number of stitches. In the picture you will see that once I short rowed in, I placed a piece of ravel cord on each side of the stitches that are left before completing heel. I used a latch tool to pull the piece of ravel cord down between the beds. I made it long enough that I could hold it with my knees until I completed the heel. On the Passap machine, the beds are so close together that it is hard to get a weight in there to hold the heel. I could have tied the ends of the ravel cord together to hold weight also. This works for me!