Drop stitch lace, 2 colors per row, japanese machines

This is an attempt to duplicate the results of Passap tech 185 on knitting multiple colors per row drop stitch “lace” fabrics. The method may be used for more colors per row, expanding the repeats accordingly  to the number of colors per row X 2 for each motif row. For example, here 2 colors per row are expanded to 4 rows for each color in length, 3 cols per row would need to be expanded to 6 for each design row

this fabric widens considerably when completed, so top and bottom edges may need special consideration and planning

the method for swatching: cast on for every other needle rib, knit 2 circular rows, followed by one row rib, transfer all stitches to the ribber

set machine for every needle rib, COR, an extra needle in work at each end on main bed; cancel end needle selection (KC II), make the first pass toward the color changer; needles will be selected in pattern

ribber is set to knit every needle except for circular cast on rows,  the main bed to slip < —– > throughout;

I put a piece of tape at the edge of the knit on each side, just in front of needle butts in A position, to help keep from accidentally moving extra needles into work after dropping whole rows of stitches

COL change color, as carriage moves to right, selected needles will pick up stitches on the main bed, creating the long stitches when dropped, while the next row of pattern is selected, so by the time the carriage has reached the right side of the machine, needles will have flatlined; using any convenient tool (I use the edge of a piece of garter bar or cast on comb, bring needles involved in patterning out far enough to drop stitches, check that all needles are empty, push needles back to B position: COR

COR: as carriage moves to left again toward color changer, ribber only will knit all stitches (does so every row), needles will be selected for the next row of long stitches, selected needles are not knitting

color is changed every 2 rows

the pattern and the “color separations” , achieved using Gimp

Images from left to right

1. motif  lengthened X 4

2. every other row erased (non selection rows)

3. 2nd pattern row (every other row of design now left) color inverted

4. pattern marked in 5X5 blocks for easier tracking when drawing on 910 mylar sheet

a downloadable PDF of basic info 185_brother

2 of the previous posts on using gimp



swatches to follow, at present I am having some patterning issues with my  910, am going the route of multiple mylar sheets in response to random rows mis patterning or flat lining; have only completed partial swatches to date

October 21, 2013: swatches on Brother KM, sideway views

knit side

purl side

the emerging pattern can be seen, and to be noted is the elongation factor involved as in many color separation DBJ fabrics

3 thoughts on “Drop stitch lace, 2 colors per row, japanese machines”

  1. Fabulous! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for these very detailed instructions.

    I have one question. After the first pattern row, COR, you say that “the needles will have flatlined”. What does that mean, exactly?

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