Studio simple lace punchcards used on Brother

My previous post and a few others addressed some of the issues in knitting lace and the differences between machines. In this instance I am exploring the use of cards that are designed for transferring and knitting at the same time in machines such as Brother, where the operation is the result of using 2 different carriages.

the Studio card used

the resulting fabric

the method

cancel end needle selection on knit carriage underside if possible or push end needles back manually if needed to avoid their corresponding stitches being transferred throughout the piece; set up for knitting the pattern as usual, punchcard row 3 (marked in pencil) becomes row 1 of the design when the above card is used in brother machine; the arrows always indicate the direction the lace carriage will move across the knit to make transfers in the direction of that same arrow

begin pattern knitting with COR, card locked, change knob on KC, needles will be selected  for transfers moving to left

release punchcard

(lace carriage) LCOR moves to left transferring, and is released off the machine (same needle selection appears, but those needles are now emptied of yarn)

COL: KC moves left to right, knitting the single row, all needle hooks now are now full, new needle selection occurs

LCOL: makes transfers in direction of arrow, and is released

these steps are repeated throughout the knit, with the knit carriage knitting and selecting, the lace carriage following its selection to make the required transfers

if there is no pattern needle selection with the KC pass on any row(s), continue to knit until there is needle selection, and begin process using lace carriage to transfer in direction of arrow now in view above card reader, and once again releasing it after a single pass

a caution: hesitation and reversal in movement of carriages in Brother machines advances the card in the reader, and results in mistakes in patterning; if errors are to be corrected or such movements need be made for any reason, it is worth locking the card, checking row numbers, remembering to release the card before continuing, and visually checking pattern after the next knit row.

Color reduction/conversions, Mac Os

A recent forum post brought up the question that rises periodically on how to reduce colors in photographs, scans, etc. so as to be able to in turn use the image in a low resolution medium such as knit. There are very many ways to achieve this. The post had specifically asked for low cost or free alternatives using Mac software, so I began playing, and compiled the following document detailing some of my process, addressing large scale, non repetitive images in Color reductions for knitting.The document samples were simple, straightforward conversions, with no further “tweaking”.

Mac Os: iPhoto, Preview, further software downloads:

Free:   img2trak, HyperDither, XnConvert

99 cents One bit Camera

Free to try, $39.95 to buy GraphicConverter, the developer site

A tutorial for owners of Photoshop

With thanks to my test subjects: Rocco

and my sofa fabric

An online service that will do the conversion for you: Knitpro, and a free service github.

Hounds’ teeth

It appears hound’s teeth are turning up on runways everywhere, along with plaids. There are many variants of the pattern, and excel and other software programs make playing with motifs, literal and not so much, easy and quick studies.

the Studio punchcard version

the Brother version

a more block like one, similar to some found on woven fabrics

and a petite cousin

playing with the negative space (no longer suitable for punchcard)

some repeats lined up

Here are some “doodles” of mine

more to come

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