This is a standard gauge machine, which is unusual for the Passap range, and the one I have is a single bed – I do not have the ribber if there was one. A recent Facebook post set me thinking about this machine as its been lying for years in the box so I decided to take it out and have a fresh look.
Its cardboard box is eye-catching to say the least – the F200 that I own is in good and almost unused condition. Its an odd machine to say the least and looks as though it probably cost a fortune to produce, nice steel bed with pink and cream carriage. What is unusual is that it has metal sinkers that knit the stitches off. The carriage has 2 yarn feeders and a couple of hooks that you can add more colours with.
I have not used this machine for a few years and soon realised it needed a new needle retainer bar. The needles flopped about all over the place – there are 5 needle positions and it is the easiest of machines to cast on with, the other feature is it does not require weight to knit. The book states that it selects automatically – however in my book I would say its semi-automatic, ie you need to select the first few needles and then it follows a pattern and you must do this every row.
Passap F200 Pattern Master
There is a pattern card holder that once the card is in, gives you the correct selection switches to press then as you knit it jumps up the appropriate row or rows, and this tells you which colour to select and which needles that you have to set to knit the pattern. You have to switch yarns in the carriage to do 2 colour knitting so as its only knitting in one colour at a time, it’s more like jacquard as opposed to fairisle.