Cover Me in Sunshine Passap Blanket

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sunshine passap knit blanket

I have knit several Sunshine blankets for clients. It is a favorite for all ages even TEENS!! Since it is cold and wintery here, I think any sunshine would be nice!! I have listed the digital download pattern on my shop. The patterns includes a detailed pdf file of instructions, Wincrea .bmp, and Designaknit .stp files. The included pdf instructions are for Passap T186 (throw size) but it would also knit up very nice as a lap/twin size in T187, and also even a smaller size T183 baby size–(just use one strand 2/24 of each color to get the baby size). This blanket will also knit on any electronic knitting machine with 200 needles and Designaknit software. Link to my pattern shop here.

Candy Corn Blanket

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candy corn

I designed the Candy Corn blanket a several months ago. I figured I would wait until fall to knit it out. Candy corn and the fall season seem to go hand in hand. I drew the design by hand and then used Designaknit to convert it into a knitting pattern. I am sharing my digital pattern files (Designaknit .stp and Wincrea .bmp) for free if you would like to knit one. If you do decide to sell finished blankets, please acknowledge “Herman Hills Farm” as the designer.

This blanket is knit in 2 color double bed jacquard. Needles 88-0-88 on the bed. It is 1000 lock passes/250 pattern rows. It can be knit on any electronic double bed machine with 200 needles. I knit mine on my Passap E6000 with tech 188. If you are using a Passap E6000 knitting machine, tech 187 or 188 work great for a lap and child size. Use tech 186 for a larger throw size. I used 2/24 yarn double strand for each color. Click HERE to access the Designaknit .stp and Wincrea .bmp files.

The fine print/copywrite: Do not share or sell digital files. Do not post any digital files from this website to any other location where they can be downloaded by others. Free files can be sold as 500 finished knit items per year- any more than that and you need to contact me for a commercial license.

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Cleaning Passap Console Keypad Contacts

Passap console
Passap Console Board

You are getting ready to program a project into your Passap console and a keypad button seems to not be working. Has this happened to you? There is a simple solution for the problem. The keypad contacts need cleaned. I use 90% isopropyl alcohol and a Q-tip to clean the contacts. You may want to use an anti static band while working on the board.

You must take the board out of the console to get to the contacts. First, remove the console from the machine. Then remove the screws from the back of the console to expose the computer board. I suggest taking a photo of the board at this point. It may help you see where all the screws go into the board when you are putting everything back together.

There are several short screws holding the board in the console and 4 long screws on the large square block. All the the screws must be removed. You will need to remove the entire board from the console and clean the keypad contacts which are on the back of the board. Lay the screws out carefully in an order which will help you with putting them back in. My console may look a little different than yours as it does have the daughter board in it for the 4600 motor. There is also a screw under the small board on the top right (in photo) which will need to be removed. Remove screws and gently pull up on the board to see if you have indeed removed all of them. The board should easily lift up if you have removed all the screws.

Once you have all the screws removed, flip the board over and look at the keypad contacts. There are several gold rectangles which are the keypad contacts. They may look fine but sometimes if you move the board in the light, you may see a slight hint of a circle on each pad. This very light circle impression is where the rubber keys make contact. Spend some time gently wiping each gold keypad contact with a Q-tip soaked in alcohol. If you were able to see that slight impression of the rubber key, be sure it is cleaned off of the gold contact. Wait a minute to be sure all the alcohol has evaporated and then screw the board back into the console. Before putting the back on the console box, plug it in and do a quick keypad test to be sure all the keys are working.

I want to thank my friend Carol who told me how to do this back when I first encountered this problem with a console. She has a tutorial on her blog.

passap keypad contacts
The gold rectangles need to be cleaned with alcohol
passap knitting machine keypad
The green rectangle is the keypad. The keypad does not need to be cleaned.
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