Archive for June, 2012

The carriage contains the controls  for telling the needles what to do.  There is the stitch length dial, cam position knobs, handle to push the carriage from side to side,  row counter trip and carriage release switch.

The Stitch length dial determines how long the stitches will be depending on the weight of yarn that is being used.  The range is 1 to 30, I’ve been using 15 to 20 for fingering weight and 20 to 25 for sock weight.  I  let the carriage determine the settings, if the carriage moves across the needles smoothly without much effort to push the carriage across, thats the setting I’ll knit  up a test swatch to determine my stitches/inch and rows/inch, then I can determine how many stitches will be needed to knit up something.

The cams provide a channel or pathway for the needle butts to travel through, depending on what setting the cams are in the needles with either move or remain still if the needles are placed into working position or WP.  When the cams are in setting 2 or 3 and the carriage is run over the needles knit stitches will be produced. When the cams are set to 1 or 4 the needles will  remain still.  The needles that are completely pushed to the back of the needle bed are in nonworking position or NWP.

Cam position 1. Notice on the carriage the center protrution, that is the cam lever and it is in the open position. The needles are in working position, when the carriage goes over the needles they will not knit.

Cam position 2. This is very hard to see, but the cam lever is now down on the bottom guide, the needles will now follow the pathway that this setting has created.  This setting with produce knit stitches.

Cam position 3.  The cam lever is also down on the bottom guide but sits just a little further out than position 2.  The needles knit in this position when they are in WP.

Cam position 4. The Cam lever is open, so will slide over the needles without moving them when they are in WP.

Underneath the carriage.

Here is the position of the cam levers in positions 1 & 4.

Cam lever positions in 2 & 3.


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After trying the  methods that I found on the internet, these did not work for me, so this is what I came up with, it’s not ideal but it is working for me.

Materials needed: plastic tubing(I have a family member on oxygen so I used one of his nasal cannulas), utility marking flag, cotton kitchen string, duct tape

I poked a hole through the tubing and pulled the string through the hole, then placed duct tape around the joint so it would go under the needles when being pulled through the sponge bar channel.

Slide the utility marking flag into the sponge bar channel until it comes out the other end.

Now cut off the ends of the plastic tubing even with the end of the needle bed. It’s done.

Push some needles out into working position and carefully run the carriage over the needles to make sure they will knit and that the needles remain in thier slots.

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New Fleece

I couldn’t resist this beautiful fleece I found on Ebay.  It’s a gorgeous morit (rusty brown) and so soft.  It’s a Romaldale cross, the locks are about 4″with a nice crimp.

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First Sweater

I have been working on my very first sweater ever.  I finally got brave enough to attempt a sweater on a mid-gauge Brother KX350 knitting machine. It’s not perfect, but for my first attempt I’m satisfied. I have a lot to learn about shaping but that will come with practice. I used two 1# skeins of Lionhart acrylic baby soft yarn. My lovely model did a great job of modeling, but the cell phone takes poor pictures.

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