Passap Sock Toe Woe Solution For Too Many Dropped Stitches
I’ve been working on a new pair of Machine Knit Hand Knit socks for Bill. In the past, I’ve made many pairs on a Japanese flat bed machine with ribber, never a Passap. This was my first Duo 80 sock.
All went well until the decreases for the toe refused to knit off both stitches. I didn’t even know I had a problem until I finished and removed the sock from the machine. One of the stitches in a paired decrease would knit cleanly, it’s mate on the same needle would drop. While knitting, all appeared fine when it wasn’t.
On a Japanese machine, if stitches are being stubborn and won’t knit the way you want, you can bring the offending needles out to hold, forcing the stitches behind the latch to insure it will knit cleanly on the next row. I tried bringing the needle forward on the Passap with the two stitches but I then dropped both. I don’t know if the problem was me or wrongly applying a Japanese trick to a Swiss machine.
The picture below shows how I inadvertently dropped decreases on both sides of center. The flip side had several drops as well. They occurred mainly as I approached the end of the toe and was decreasing every round. However, I also had a dropped stitch on the very first round of toe decreases.
In doing some research, the Passap can’t bring needles out to hold like Japanese machines. The only equivalent in the Passap world is to use a second set of the four edge springs. Place the extra springs on each set of stitches to be decreased, moving the springs with each round as the stitches to be decrease move in towards the toe. This will help the stitches to knit correctly and not drop. I’ll have to dig out my Pinkie Duomatic edge springs and see if this works.
May 3, 2007