From lace chart to punchcard 6, to electronic

The chart here is simpler than those previously explored, appeared in a Japanese publication, was suggested for use in MK as a hand technique The lace transfers are in pairs, alternating in direction; this excel chart assigns symbols and colors to them. The repeat is 8 stitches wide, 10 rows tall, which make it suitable … Continue reading From lace chart to punchcard 6, to electronic

From lace chart to punchcard 5 to electronic

Continuing with the “relatives” of the proposed border chart in the previous post, this gets us even closet to the hand-knit. So, I have a punchcard, a 12 stitch repeat, really want to go 14 wide for the repeat, and now several other issues are encountered. If one thinks about lettering and controlling horizontal direction … Continue reading From lace chart to punchcard 5 to electronic

From lace chart to punchcard 3: adding stripes

In machine knitting, frequent color changes are more conveniently made with a color changer. On the Brother KM the latter is placed on the left side of the machine, so the knit carriage will be knitting by default an even number of rows moving from left to right and back to the left. In turn, … Continue reading From lace chart to punchcard 3: adding stripes

Frome lace chart to punchcard 4: a border tale

A forum post inquired on adapting the following border repeat for use on a punchcard Brother KM, using the lace carriage: the repeat is 14 stitches wide as was given below Because of repeat restriction in punchcard knitting, the best way to match the above chart is through the use of hand techniques. The image … Continue reading Frome lace chart to punchcard 4: a border tale

From hand knit lace chart to punchcard 1

I have posted previously on lace punchcards, their use, and traveling between machine models. There is extensive documentation in manuals and literature on the mechanics of their patterning. This series will attempt to follow my most recent post and to visually address the transitions from a charted repeat to a corresponding punchcard. The illustrations may … Continue reading From hand knit lace chart to punchcard 1

Large scale mesh, a punchcard repeat adapted for electronic

Previous posts including fabrics in this family: 2011: Large scale mesh, breaking the rules  2013: Large eyelet lace, hand transferred (or not) 2020: Revisiting large eyelet lace, hand transferred (or not) This was the punchcard provided in the first post, knit with 4 passes of each carriage, the knit carriage set to tuck in both directions Brother punchcard machines … Continue reading Large scale mesh, a punchcard repeat adapted for electronic

Brother shadow lace, rib transfer carriage

I have probably owned this accessory since the early 90s. After making a faint-hearted attempt at using it at the time and failing, it has been stored in the original box in the interim and just came out of retirement. The multiple languages operating manual for its use may be downloaded from http://machineknittingetc.com/brother-ka7100-ka8300-transfer-carriage-user-guide.html. There several … Continue reading Brother shadow lace, rib transfer carriage

Numbers and GIMP: online punchcard patterns to electronics

There is a Russian website with a treasure trove of machine knitting patterns, some for 12 stitch models, and extensive collections for 24 stitch models including for fair isle, lace, and single motifs. There are pull-down options to show the full repeats charted for Silver Reed (default), Brother, and Toyota brands. The numbering system on … Continue reading Numbers and GIMP: online punchcard patterns to electronics

Lace meets FI on Brother machines

Very little has been written on this topic. The easiest method to produce the eyelet and fair isle combination is to create ladders in spaces between vertical FI motifs. The end needle selection is canceled. The swatches show the transitions in the development of the final design Susanna in her Machine Knitter’s Guide offers a … Continue reading Lace meets FI on Brother machines