One weird bit of knitting

I was trying to get the knitting machine working again. I had Glenda come over to teach me about it and while she was here it all seemed so very logical, but then she left and the logic went with her.

At this point what I want to make is a stockinette stitch rectangular shawl — that should be easy enough, or so I thought. I have this lace weight silk noil, which I want the shawl to be made of — of course that won’t be happening any more.

I got cast on and was going along as pleased as punch:

And here is a look up its shirt:

My yarn was wound; I had done my swatch; everything was going according to plan, when I noticed I was dropping a few stitches here and there, but I thought — it’s the first thing I have made with the machine and its for me and a rustic style anyway, so I will carry on. It doesn’t look that bad:

Here is the kind of thing that was giving me a hint something was wrong:

Then there was more:

Finally the whole thing had a bit of a fit, threw up its metaphorical hands in the air and in a final insult to me and my efforts, broke the yarn with a snap and the whole middle of the shawl jumped right off the machine and just sort of hung there.

There are no pictures of this stage as I had to peer through the space between the beds and up from beneath to figure out what had happened. I am used to hand knitting — you can always see the part where you made the mistake even if you don’t know what you did or how to fix it.

So I took the whole thing off the machine and don’t have enough yarn left to start again, and I have another weird bit of knitting to figure out what to do with. I think it may be calling out to be another cushion cover:

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Hang in there. Machine knitting gets better and actually becomes very fun as you work through your learning curve. You have a wonderful machine in the Passap Duo 80.

It is a guess on my part, but one of your pictures showing a ridge in the middle of your stockinette piece could mean that your yarn is not flowing evenly through the tension yarn mask. If it is not unwinding freely from either a cone or your wound skein, it can catch and get too tight, then too loose, causing problems.

Knitting machines have to have yarn in the lock/carriage when you move it across your knitted piece or else it will drop all the stitches off all the needles. It can definitely cause tears.

Thank you for your insight!

I was thinking it might be something like that. I am feeling frustrated as I have all sorts of things I want to make and know how to construct them etc. and they will be so wonderful, and I am having the hardest time just casting on and knitting stocking stitch straight.

The instruction manual is also apparently not correct in some places, especially when it comes to tension and stitch size.