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Wave pattern

Wave pattern

I knit this up using my hand spun camel. I spun this to a sock weight yarn. This yarn has no elasticity. The pattern was hand manipulated and knit to 50 inches and then grafted the ends together to make an infinity scarf. I should have gone to 60 inches so it would have a little more give.

Camel Infinity Scarf


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I had some time to play with the Maruyama knitting machine. I don’t know very much about this machine, just that it was made in Japan.  I really like the feel of the  carriage as it glides over the needles. The machine is a standard gauge (4.5), 200 needle flat bed with the carriage and separate needle selector.

Maruyama KM

The needle selector: Set at 4 and with two passes I was able to get an every other needle placed into D position.


Set at 4

There was  a very minimal manual pages that had been copied that came with the machine:

Maru Man pg 1

Maru Man pg 2

Maru Man pg 3

Maru Man pg 4

Maru Man pg 5

Maru Man pg 6




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Here it is almost Christmas and I just got done, except for the buttons, with son’s sweater.  This is only the second sweater that I have ever made and I think it turned out very nice.  When I asked son what he wanted for christmas he said he wanted me to knit him an Irish type sweater so I gulped and said sure why not, but only if he would  pick out the yarn he wanted it in and the style of sweater.  He went and picked out Lion Brand Fisheman’s  yarn in 100% wool and oatmeal color.  There was just noway I could get enough spun in the timeframe to make a sweater, this was just after Thanksgiving. The way it was it took me close to a month to machine knit the sweater.  I used the KX350 knitting machine.  So here are some pictures of the sweater.

Knitting Supervisor 2

Getting started, the supervisor needed to keep tabs on my work.

Knitting Supervisor

Yup, you made a mistake, you will need to fix it before I can approve it.

Bryce's Sweater 1 Progress

Bryce's Sweater 2

Toothpicks make a great button substitue.

Sweater Back

Underarm gusset


Finished with buttons


Now back to my comfort zone of knitting socks.

eta: more pictures

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This is my first attempt at knitting gloves on a knitting machine.  I used my KH588  using the patterning feature for the diamond design.  I used my handspun alpaca for the main color and a mixed breed wool for the contrast color.  The alpaca is a natural rose grey and the wool used for the contrast color was dyed with “Red, White and Blue” kool-aid.

I broke the glove down into sections: Cuff, Palm/Back(main body), thumb, fingers.  I was using a drawing of my BIL’s hand for basic dimensions.  Did a test swatch of my yarn for gauge and went from there hoping for the best.  I hope they fit.

MK Gloves

MK Gloves 3

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I managed to get a couple of things done this fall.  These were knit on my KH588 knitting machine.

Stocking hat: Gold is dyed St Bernard hair , Brown is natural mixed breed wool. Used Jaquard dye for the gold.

Koolaid dyed wool with St Bernard (Tan)  natural colored hair.

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It was just too hot to be outside today so I stayed in and did a practice swatch on the KH32 machine.   The stitch patterns were hand manipulated and the strand knitting (Fair Isle) was done using the Cam settings of 2 for the main color knitting and 4 with the choosen needles placed in the Hold or Partial Knitting position.  Tension was set at 20, using Red Heart Baby Fingering yarn for the main color and handspun suri alpaca for the contrast color.  If anyone is wondering why I’m using the model number KH 32, it’s because of the reference I found at this site.

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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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