Vertical striper (ladderback) backing on Brother KM

If one chooses to hand manipulate needle selection on either bed and to bring needles to be knit off out to hold with machine set to slip, one can be in charge of knit stitches to happen wherever one chooses. Automating any of it may speed things up, but comes with built in KM limitations. lili buttons enable every other needle selection on the Brother ribber carriage, behave in the same manner as when using the following card repeat single bed. Both buttons are pushed in, turned toward the lili markings  <-   ->, and the ribber carriage is set to slip in both directions

The usual rule when working with lili <-   ->  is to have an even number of needles in work on the ribber bed. The markings on the corresponding needle tape consist of dashes with spaces between them. For an even number of needles, if the first needle is positioned over a dash, then the last must be positioned over a blank space. The charts below take into consideration duplicate rows, knit first away from, and then back to the color changer, for striping every 2 rows. Dashes and spaces on the needle tape are shown in the yellow row in chart with first needle on a “dash”. Patterning is fixed, beginning with second needle from the left when traveling from left to right, and second needle from the right as when traveling from right to left. This is true whether one starts on a blank or dash needle tape position. Needles (colored squares in repeat) are numbered reflecting the sequence in which they are knit as the ribber carriage moves in the direction of arrows

If an odd number of needles is in use, the same needles will slip/knit respectively. Grey squares represent the needle location for which the ribber carriage thinks it is selecting, including the missing needle location to keep the number of stitches even. Unless settings are changed patterning is fixed on the same stitches.

To create vertical stripes using slipstitch, this would need to be the repeat, not “automatically” possible on the ribber

“Fooling the machine” into thinking an even number of needles are in work by bringing an extra needle in work carriage side on left, the knitting happens on the needles represented by yellow squares, but the carriage thinks it is knitting the pink repeat

To knit: *COL: color 1 (orange) knits as set up for 2 rows. Before knitting with color 2 (green), COL, bring an extra needle into work before moving from left to right. COR: drop extra empty needle on left OOW, knit to left returning to color changer, change colors* repeat process throughout. Check regularly to make sure that the empty needle on the ribber as you bring it in/out of work does not pick up yarn and become an unintended increase. Having an extra needle in work on both sides of the fabric on the main bed will insure end stitches knit and side edges are “clean”

The fabric swatch illustrates the vertical striping. The operator error = horizontal stripe could become a design feature. The thin yarn clearly shows the lengthening of slipped stitches, and why some DBJ fabrics are referred to as “long stitch” ones, with color bleed or grin through from colors traveling behind them. The plain rib at the bottom is significantly wider than areas where slipstitch is used, an issue if plain rib is to be combined with DBJ created with slipped stitches. On the knit side in this instance, the fabric is knit stripes. When using the color changer starting with waste yarn and testing yarns, gives one the opportunity to make any adjustments necessary including on occasion doing a bit of metal bending where needed.

this backing was used in one of the swatch segments seen in my May 4th post