A return to Ayab knitting

9/18/21 There recently are efforts to provide the Stitchworld I files for easy download for electronic knitting. The file is in progress, the work of Thomas Price, it may be found at https://github.com/t0mpr1c3/ayab-patterns/tree/master/kh930. Click on the main folder “ayab. patterns” and then click on the green button at the right top of the page (code) My … Continue reading A return to Ayab knitting

To mesh or not to mesh 6: chevrons

While creating the test swatches for a version of single bed 3D scales using the lace carriage I was intrigued by the chevron effect that became more obvious with color changes The fabric was capable of changing considerably in look and width that could be encouraged to remain more permanent with blocking. There is a … Continue reading To mesh or not to mesh 6: chevrons

A collection of fringes 1

Fringes are not a personal favorite of mine on machine-knit garments in their “simplest” forms. I can recall using them rarely. Here a cut Passap version was applied to a piece made in my student days,  a ruana for which I no longer have the measurements. It was composed of wool DBJ, worked in 10 … Continue reading A collection of fringes 1

A racking tale: Passap/Brother 3

While browsing through  E6 Passap model magazines I was intrigued by the pattern in this edition with models for children shown below on the right The instructions for the stitch pattern include a knitting technique to be programmed via a card reader. The results of entering it would be altering the pattern internally with the goal of … Continue reading A racking tale: Passap/Brother 3

“Wisteria” meets hems

I have previously posted on a series of fabrics related to this swatch, including suggestions for possibly automating some of their variations. The earliest blog post includes some of the histories for this fabric, is repeated here. In the 80s there used to be a yearly machine knitting seminar in my area that was fairly … Continue reading “Wisteria” meets hems

Origami folds inspired pleats 1

I have long since wanted to experiment with a variety of folds in knits other than “simple pleats”. I am sharing some of my earlier starts looking at some concepts beginning with the single bed. For a diagonal pleat, I began testing the waters by bringing some needles to hold-position every other row and creating … Continue reading Origami folds inspired pleats 1

Casting on, double bed

The Brother KR850 manual, pp 19-29 has clearly illustrated how-tos for this process. Old manuals often have a translation from other languages that may be from amusing to confusing or even incomprehensible. Method 2 below illustrates the “broken toe” cast on. The term partial knitting has nothing to do with its more familiar application to holding … Continue reading Casting on, double bed

Binding off, double bed

A DBJ discussion re Ayab use recently brought up the topic of ribber bind-offs. My plan for this post is to gather information and illustration on a variety of methods, beginning with those illustrated by Brother, then moving on to others I have come across over the years in a variety of publications. Transfer to … Continue reading Binding off, double bed

Ribber fabrics with main bed tuck patterning 1/ pick rib

I have often wondered where the pick rib name actually originated. The stitch has also been referred to as punch-tuck-rib by Studio, and simply tucking pattern by KR by Brother. FB shares by others in the MK group may explain the origin of the pick rib name in part. The manual for the SK 101 … Continue reading Ribber fabrics with main bed tuck patterning 1/ pick rib

Lace transfers meet fisherman rib, 2 color ribbed brioche on Brother machines 2

Over the years I have avoided ribber fabrics that involve hand manipulation of stitches in addition to patterning. Runaway stitches are hard to see and repair. In these fabrics, transfers are made by hand with multiple transfer tools. As stitches are moved, the last of the stitches transferred on the purl side (in this illustration … Continue reading Lace transfers meet fisherman rib, 2 color ribbed brioche on Brother machines 2