Well I made this cardigan for my mum on my "new" Passap DM80 machine. It is not really new but secondhand. Passap machines haven't been made for over 20 years. I brought it off a old lady who no longer had the need for it.
Being a double bed machine it can do ribbing without any hand manipulation so quicker to knit. Also can do a lot of patterns. It also does k:k stitch which is knit stitch on both sides of garment ( no purl side).
But required some cleaning and spare parts to get the machine into operation. The two colour changer lever was broken and require a new part. Broke only one needle in the project. But sourced spares http://www.passapcanada.com
There was a learning curve also from going from single bed to a double bed, increasing or decreasing stitches meant twice the number as needed to do both beds. Necklines and collars joining is more complex.
But the Passap machine is really solid and produces really nice fabric.
The cardigan was based on a cardigan my mum owned. The two front pieces of the cardigan are over sized each are almost as large as the back piece. Which is a style currently fashionable for women cardigans.
The collar I should of doubled over for a neater join. But overall I am happy with the result and my mum says she likes it which is all you can hope for. I was planning to add a color border but decide more due to time to leave the addition off.
Machine washable 4 ply wool called Graphite. Took quiet a lot of wool to knit due to k:k stitch, about 11 skeins of wool (http://skeinyarn.com). Complete.
My next projects will be single side knit stitch raglan jumpers. For me and my partner. I want to wear my own handiwork so can gauge size, fit, wearability , design and just overall feel.
Strangely cardigans can be more complicated then a sweater even though they appear simpler.