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Ravelry Is Machine Knitting Friendly

my id on ravelry is knittsingsSeveral months back I put myself on the Ravelry wait list.

Given there were over 12,000 knitters ahead of me, I figured it’d be after Christmas before my name would be added.

Well, their coders must be coding mighty fast because my welcome email arrived this morning. Continue reading…

October 4, 2007   2 Comments

How To Deep Clean A Passap Duomatic

free photo tutorial on how to tear down deep clean and perform maintenance on a passap duomatic knitting machine

Happy Birthday to me.

It’s my first blogiversary. To celebrate, I’ve prepared a photo tutorial on how to take apart, tear down, and deep clean a Passap Duomatic knitting machine.

Although I used an older Pinkie as my demonstration machine, it is almost 100% identical to tearing down a Duomatic 80. Its retainer bar is held on a bit differently. A photo tutorial for just the Duo 80 pusher bar can be found here. You will still need the pinkie pdf for everything else on the Duomatic 80.

In my usual fashion, there are a ton of pictures for your maintenance enjoyment – 18 pages worth.

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September 29, 2007   43 Comments

Full Fishermans Rib and Reversible Cables

After having fun with reversible cables in 4 x 4 rib columns, I decided to play around with using Full Fisherman’s Rib as the base fabric for double sided crosses. The results were nice.

Side 1

Here is one side. Note you can see three rows of crosses.
full fishermans rib reversible cables knit with a passap or brother studio silver reed knitting machine with ribberSince Full Fisherman’s Rib is made by tucking one bed while knitting the other, then reversing the process on the return trip, you need to pick an odd number of row repeats between the crosses.

This way you always cross the stitches on the bed which has just knit off stitches, not just received tucked stitches.
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September 20, 2007   3 Comments

How To Machine Knit Reversible Cables With Baby Blanket Pattern

I’ve been playing around with reversible cables on my knitting machine, a technique made popular by Lily Chin in a three part series for Machine Knit America in the early 1990’s.

hand or machine knit reversible cable baby blanket made popular by lily chin
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August 30, 2007   2 Comments

XOXO Hugs and Kisses Cable Baby Blanket Pattern

Since buses, motion sickness, and knitting wasn’t my cup of tea, I only got to click needles while visiting with a dear friend near Washington, DC. She is a new knitter, doing great, and wanted a challenge. I got her going with a simple XO cabled scarf for her daughter. I liked the hugs and kisses theme so much, that once I was back at home, I expanded my pattern to make a small baby/doll blanket.

xoxo hugs and kisses cable baby blanket pattern for hand or machine knitting
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July 30, 2007   10 Comments

How To Assemble A Passap Duomatic Stand

Here is how you assemble the Passap Duomatic or Duomatic 80 stand. It is very straight forward.


how to assemble set up a passap duomatic knitting machine stand step 1 lay out pieces

1. Layout all the pieces
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June 11, 2007   26 Comments

How To Adjust A Passap 4 Color Changer

With so much information presented at the seminar, deciding where to begin once I got home was a challenge. I settled on adjusting my Duo 80 color changer since it’s always been cranky. Turns out the face cam on my back lock has been hitting the control lever white nubs way too hard. It’s a miracle I never sheared one off.


how to adjust passap duomatic duo 80 four color changer step 1 control lever nubs

The control lever nubs are the four white pieces of plastic on top of the color changer. The red arrow is pointing to one.
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June 7, 2007   11 Comments

Pacifically Passap 2007 Machine Knitting Seminar

I’m back home from Pacifically Passap and my head is still spinning from all the info I tried to cram inside.

Thank goodness The Notebook can refresh my memory.
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June 4, 2007   6 Comments