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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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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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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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