An entrelac pretender

“Automating ” normally labor intensive hand techniques cannot truly duplicate them. Below is one effort to produce an “entrelac-like” fabric using slip stitch setting. The biggest advantage to this is the knitting speed as opposed to creating the individual cells using holding and picking up stitches. Some drawbacks: slip stitch floats on reverse make for a dense fabric, and may be an issue in a garment. There are elongated stitches along the edges of the shapes at the color changes, these cannot be avoided. I am not a fan of the Brother single bed color changer so I opted for changing the color by hand. “Air knitting” helps one sort out where to set up the pattern on the machine. The fabric is knit using the slip setting, so I chose ¬†placement on the KM where I had needles selected on each side of the knit on my first row. The pattern is begun on row 8, card locked, COL. First row KC ->. COR, card to advance normally, KC set to slip <->, change color after 8 rows of knitting, then every 14 rows

punchcard used

green dot on right indicates starting row for first repeat, row 8, subsequent lines are reminders to change color before knitting across that particular row, taking into account the fact that the card reader is actually reading below line of sight

fabric on knit side

fabric on the purl side

note that prior to color change the yarn in use will create a float in the area that will be skipped by, and knit in the same area as the subsequent color will; at first this may seem counter intuitive, but it is correct, and the resulting effect may be seen on  both sides of the swatch

if changing color by hand, please remember to “close the gate” after each color change to avoid dropping knitting off the machine if/when the yarn in use moves too far forward to be “caught/knit” by needles in D (Brother KM). With necessary adjustments in starting row and settings, technically this fabric may be knit on any KM brand.

The yarn I used is the same alpaca/silk blend used in my shawls, tension 6. If color changer is used, KC row must be from right to left with knitting rows moving left to right and back to color changer.

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