How to Knit a Lace Pattern on a Passap Knitting Machine

Updated February 21, 2017

The Passap knitting machine is a double bed, automatic knitting machine; it contains a front and back bed. The most common lace pattern knitted on the Passap machine is a drop lace pattern. However, you can use any lace pattern if you have a pattern card. The punch pattern card contains the instruction for each knitted row to produce a lace pattern. The latest machine, the E8812, comes with special software that allows the user to create as many lace patterns as you want.

Load the yarn onto the machine.

Cast on the necessary stitches using a 1-by-1 rib. A 1-by-1 rib. consists of one knit stitch and one purl stitch with this 1-by-1 pattern repeated to the end of the row. The number of stitches will depend on what type of garment you are knitting; a larger width piece requires more stitches and a shorter width piece less stitches.

Knit the first several rows; 10 rows are usually enough, although this depends on your preference. The first knit rows set up the ends for a secure start to the lace pattern.

Move all of the stitches on the front bed to the back bed. Slide the stitches from the front bed needle to the corresponding back bed needle.

Use the reader card lace pattern and change to knitting the lace pattern. Slide the card into the pattern slot. This slot is located on the side of the machine. Set the tension on the front bed to a lower tension than the back bed. This prevents the stitches on the front bed from falling off the needles. The lace pattern card provides the instructions for knitting the lace pattern. The machine will automatically change the stitches and knitting procedure to produce lace.

Move every other stitch on the back bed to the front bed once you have knitted all the lace rows.

Knit several rows of ribbing and cast off.


If you do not have a lace pattern card, program the machine for each row of the lace pattern. An example of a lace pattern for a Passap machine is found in the resources section.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Lace knitting pattern card
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