The Passap Duo 80
The good news – I decided four months was long enough to avoid knitting on a Passap. My last experience with an original Pink Duomatic ended in jammed locks and frustration, no matter what I tried. The Pinkie remains in exile on the top shelf of my closet.
Rather than walking past her bigger and newer sister for the hundredth time yesterday, I pulled up a chair to the Duo 80, sat down, opened the instruction manual, and knit some beginner swatches.
And it worked!
The locks went across without freezing. They’re still a bit stiff compared to what I’m familiar with on a Brother standard gauge, but some oil should help.
The not so good news – I knit cardboard. This sample can literally stand all by itself.
I don’t have a feel yet for what tension settings are best for different size yarns. When I tried knitting at higher settings, the fabric kept sproinging up towards the locks and making a difficult pass nearly impossible. I’ll have to experiment with hanging weights, though I thought with a Passap they weren’t needed.
I am impressed that even with the consistency of lumber, the Passap still knit the sample. I doubt the Brother would have been as forgiving.
It’s hard to see, but this sample includes Fisherman’s Rib, Half-Fisherman’s Rib, Full Needle Rib, and Long Stitch.
March 8, 2007