Punch lace on Knitmaster using full needle rib

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Hi
I think someone posted a way of knitting punch lace on a Brother using full needle rib. She had used the plating feeder to take the second yarn (equal to the contrast) and knitted on the punch lace setting. Can we do this on a Knitmaster?
Thanks, ozmartian

Hello Ozmartian
In ‘A Machine Knitter’s Guide’ by Lewis and Weissman there is a section on lace made with transparent thread. In part it reads ‘all sorts of single and double bed tuck patterns are very successful. Meshes made on a 1×1 slip or tuck setting make very stable fabrics. Search through your pattern books and try any single or double bed two-colour pattern that appeals to you.’ There are several photos of knitted samples where nylon has been substituted for one of the coloured yarns and not every needle is in use on the ribber. A colour changer would be useful to change the yarns every 2 to 4 rows. Sorry it has taken so long to reply but I have been re-reading this book and came across this information. I hope it proves to be of some use to you. Kind regards Sue
Sue P
2013-05-03 11:08:00
Hi Ozmatian
I have a Knitmaster 360 and there is a punch lace lever on the machine. It’s very good for knitting silver or gold lace effects on garments using fine thread and the normal 4-ply. Hope this is of some help to you.
Best wishes Joy
dingdongdell
2013-05-03 11:06:12
Hello Ozmartian
In ‘A Machine Knitter’s Guide’ by Lewis and Weissman there is a section on lace made with transparent thread. In part it reads ‘all sorts of single and double bed tuck patterns are very successful. Meshes made on a 1×1 slip or tuck setting make very stable fabrics. Search through your pattern books and try any single or double bed two-colour pattern that appeals to you.’ There are several photos of knitted samples where nylon has been substituted for one of the coloured yarns and not every needle is in use on the ribber. A colour changer would be useful to change the yarns every 2 to 4 rows. Sorry it has taken so long to reply but I have been re-reading this book and came across this information. I hope it proves to be of some use to you. Kind regards Sue
Sue P
2013-05-03 11:08:00
Hi Ozmatian
I have a Knitmaster 360 and there is a punch lace lever on the machine. It’s very good for knitting silver or gold lace effects on garments using fine thread and the normal 4-ply. Hope this is of some help to you.
Best wishes Joy
dingdongdell
2013-05-03 11:06:12

Double Jacquard

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In response to the query about this stitch/yarn thickness and 1×1 patterning, 4 ply is too thick for Double Jacquard. Effectively it has become an 8 ply fabric. 1×1 patterning always causes problems with LILI buttons. You get a sort of ragged zigzag. The only solution I have found is to revert to striper backing, or try a double length 1×1 pattern.

4-ply thickness works very well if you use ladder jacquard, with only one stitch in 3 or 4, or even 5 on the ribber. Make the ribber tension as tight as is practical for it to knit off the stitches to avoid ‘tramlines’ on the right side. Experiment a little on a tension swatch to find the ideal.
Jo Newton
2010-06-08 11:37:24
I think it was Mary Weaver in her book “Easy Fairisle for the Brother Ribber” who introduced us to the idea of ladder jacquard. Subsequent experiments have shown that widening the space between ribber needles in work can produce a lighter fabric, hence Jo’s comment that every 5th ribber needle can be used. Another tip is to set the ribber carriage to slip in one direction which traps the floats every 2nd row. Tramlines on the face of the knitted fabric reduce or even disappear.
Gwynshelton
2013-01-27 18:30:35