Knitmaster Needles

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Hello fellow knitters
I have been given a Knitmaster 700 and the needles all seem to have a deposit on them from the ancient ‘manky’ sponge bar. It doesn’t seem like rust and is only where they touched the sponge bar. I’ve tried the surgical spirit and oil soak and spraying them with Gunk degreaser (seen on Xena’s website). If I had many hours and patience I might be able to scrape it off all 200 needles, but would rather use a solvent if possible. Any ideas? Thanks for any help, Lyn

Hi Lyn

Petrol might do it but don’t bring it indoors! You might have to resort to doing each needle individually as when they are clean you need to wipe each one with a cloth with couple of drops of oil on it and check all the latches.

Hope you manage to clean them all

Sue

Sue P
2016-01-09 13:53:22
Thanks Sue I’ll try that. I’d like to sort it out so I can pass it on in good condition. I have cleaned up the needles from an old Knitmaster 360 machine I started restoring last year which will fit it in the meantime so I can check everything else is working. Lyn
Moogie1947
2016-01-09 15:52:56

Help needed for e 6000

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Hi everyone, I have just bought a second hand e 6000 and am struggling with it. I live in south Lincolnshire, south Holland area, and would welcome help from any one in the area.
It would be lovely if anyone knows of a club in the area.
Thanks Sue

Garter carriage problem

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I recently purchased a garter carriage for use with my Brother KH-965 electronic machine. I wasn’t sure if it was compatible, as some sites said it would be and others said it wouldn’t. I found that it would knit if I applied gentle pressure to the top of it, so I added the magnetic rail on top of my built-in rail to raise it and then it totally stopped co-operating. I next tried it on my KH-891 on the magnetic rail using the correct punchcard for 1×1 rib and it purls one stitch then drops one stitch. I’m now at my wits end and unsure what to try next. I hope someone can help and any help would be very much appreciated.
Thanks, Katrina

Hi Katrina
Sorry to hear you are having problems. Which garter carriage do you have?
The fact that it is dropping the plain stitches on the 891 suggests that there is either no needle in the garter carriage or it is not locked into position. When you open the front flap there is a lever which fits into the groove in the white end of the needle. If this is not locked into position the needle won’t move properly and the stitches will not knit.
When using the garter carriage the main bed needles still knit the purl stitches and the garter carriage knits the plain ones.
Hope this helps Sue
Sue P
2015-11-19 16:07:53

Help please with an E8000

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Hello Anne
Could you please print a letter in your magazine, because I am looking for someone to help me with my Passap E8000. I have only just acquired it and the first thing I need is some help with the control unit. I live on the east coast of Lincolnshire and hope your magazine could put me in touch with someone who knows about this machine. Thank you for any help, Hilary

Hello Hilary
Would this website be of any help? http://www.passapcanada.com/E-8000/PAGES/E-8000.htm
Maybe you could also email them for some help. Best wishes Sue
Sue P
2016-02-18 20:58:01
Hello Hilary
Hopefully you have already sorted your machine out but if you still need assistance there is a Yahoo group dedicated to the E8000. You’ll find it at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PassapE8000/info

The list owner seemed to be from UK but I know little else as I don’t belong to the group myself. Hope this helps Tuija

Tuija
2016-02-18 20:57:23

Peppa Pig

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Please has anyone got a Peppa Pig pattern, or know where I could get one? I would love to knit my great-granddaughter a top for Christmas on my knitting machine, but can’t find a pattern. Many thanks for any help, Josie

Hi Josie there is a graph for a pattern here: http://www.dorkadore.com/geekcraft/peppa-pig-knitting-and-crochet-patterns/

Sue

Sue P
2015-11-10 21:26:54

Help with a shawl pattern, please

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I have previously knitted this shawl successfully when I started out learning to machine knit on a Brother 588, for my son who is now 42. I still have the original shawl and even after 3 children it’s so good I cannot give it away. The problem is I no longer have the pattern. I have knitted the centre square and I now need to knit the vertical edge with mitred corners and lace on the edge. It is knitted over approximately 26 stitches. The 8 stitches at the edge are 3 / 4 stitches out of work:-

X X X X X X X X X O X O X O X O X X

Four transfers go to the right and then 4 stitches are transferred to the left, which shows up as a slight shell edge with no cast offs or cast ons. I have punched cards and tried moving stitches in every way I can think of, but I have never tried designing a lace pattern. The.baby is due in mid November and I really need help. I have 4 edges of 330 rows each, plus the mitred corners but in all my books there is nothing vertical with plain stocking stitch and a lace edge. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Lynda

Hi Lynda

You might find this link helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PqMu7JRPzA&list=UUC3e6GWSUw5P1L8q0jyftTg&index=33

It is a Diana Sullivan video on shaped edgings when knitting lace. I wondered if you could adapt what she does for your shawl.

Sue

Sue P
2015-10-24 12:14:43
Hi again

I also found this page which might help:https://cckittenknits.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/fern-leaf-border-for-afghan-or-jacket/

Sue

Sue P
2015-10-24 12:23:10

Calling Northumberland

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It’s a big county and I would have expected that there would be a few people interested in machine knitting. I know that there’s a club South of the Tyne but are there any North of the Tyne? Best wishes, Peter Robinson
We know from our subscribers that a number of you knit in that part of the country so if you organise a club, or get together to knit ‘n’ natter, then please let us know and we’ll spread the word.

Pattern for Baby

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Please can you tell me why you are suggesting the use of a stitch holder on the neck of the Boy Blue pattern in Feb 2015, Page 25? My daughter-in-law is just starting out and was very frustrated at breaking needles trying to hold stitches in this way. Why not put them in hold or waste yarn which is the usual machine knitting way? Is this a new idea to use a stitch holder? I have only ever used one in hand knitting and have never seen it in machine knitting but have been machine knitting for a long time now! Would be interested to hear why now this is being used?
Kind regards, Maggie

Hi Maggie
Thanks for writing and I’m sorry your daughter-in-law is struggling.

There’s absolutely no reason why the stitches can’t be knitted onto waste yarn, held in holding position or taken back to non-working position on waste yarn. They could just as easily be tucked out of the way on a safety pin, or have a length of waste yarn threaded through to hold them before the needles are pushed back to non-working position. They could be cast off, but with children’s garments we usually try to cast off as few stitches as possible around the neck, especially on sweaters, so it doesn’t pull in tightly.

We try to make the instructions as ‘user friendly’ for as many knitters as possible and we hope that those who know another method will simply ‘do their own thing’. For example, giving instructions for shaping shoulders in holding position is far more wordy than simply saying ‘cast of x sts at beg of next x rows, then cast off rem x sts’.

In this and other patterns, we now often give hand knitting instructions for ribs, because many knitters don’t have a ribber. We give mock rib instructions on Page 62 of every issue – again, to try to be as accommodating for as many machines and abilities as possible. It’s not easy to please all of our readers all of the time, but we do try to help and inspire as many machine knitters as possible.

Best wishes and happy knitting.

Anne – Editor & Publisher

Where are you now?

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If you do create a space for this, can I please make a request? My name is Dorothy Patrick, but I was formerly Dorothy Marchant. I’m a very keen machine knitter and I have often wondered if I have any ancestors in common with Nancy Marchant, some time ago mentioned in the magazine? I’d be very pleased if anyone with the surname ‘Marchant’ would like to get in touch and thank you, Anne, for offering to pass on my details. Best wishes and here’s hoping! Dorothy Patrick

Knitmaster 155 chunky punch lace problems

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I have an old second hand Knitmaster Chunky 155, which I am just trying out. It has been cleaned up so is running quite smoothly for stocking stitch, tuck stitch and even weaving. However when I tried out Punch Lace using a very fine crepe yarn and both a double knitting and an aran weight yarn, I get lots of random floats on the back like Fair Isle. I checked the bottom of the carriage and all the levers seem to be moving okay. As none came with the machine, I punched a special card for this – as recommended for this type of stitch. It is totally inconsistent about where the floats appear and they seem to occur more on the left to right pass than the right to left. I tried various tensions and also double wrapping the thin yarn round the tension rings so it didn’t slip.
Can anyone help please?

Hi
Sorry to hear you are having problems. I have done a bit of research for you and found some information in Mary Weaver’s ‘Easy Fair Isle for the Brother Ribber’.

On page 66 she recommends a yarn between a 2 or 3 ply thickness for the finer yarn saying that Artistic is a good yarn to use. This is a crêpe type yarn but a bit thicker than fine crêpe. Also 2/30s singly can be used but this makes the eyelets bigger. Your fine crêpe might be a little too fine especially as you are having problems with it in the tension mast.

On page 99 of the same book there’s a pattern for a Chunky Thread Lace Top using two strands of 4 ply Acrylic as the main yarn and 1 strand of Artistic for the lace thread knitted at tension 4 on the Brother Chunky. If a finer lace yarn is used the tension needs tightening.

Hope this helps and that you soon master it!
Regards Sue

Sue P
2012-03-08 21:02:16
Thanks Sue
As you suggested I tried using a thicker yarn (2-ply) with 4-ply double knitting and Aran weight now and it is better. If I knit really very slowly this also helps as well. There are still a few random floats but not on every row so I’ll persevere with re-adjusting the tension to see if I can solve it.
I did knot the large holes with a very fine yarn and it didn’t look good at all.
Lyn
Moogie1947
2012-03-08 21:00:47
Hi Lyn

Glad to hear it has improved.

Just one other thought – what condition is your spongebar in? If the foam has gone flat it will cause problems with stitches not forming properly. Stocking stitch and other main bed stitches are not usually affected too badly but as the punch lace is formed slightly differently it might be worth checking.

Sue.

Sue P
2012-03-09 00:05:19
Hi Sue
Thanks for the thought but the sponge bar is almost new – I replaced it along with many of the needles after I acquired the machine. And as it is a Knitmaster genuine spares are still available luckily.

I will keep trying – it was the one technique that I didn’t have on my old Brother that I really wanted to be able to do.
Lyn

Moogie1947
2012-03-09 16:01:06
Hello Moogie1947′
I have just logged into this site in the hope that I might be able to help.
I have now got three Knitmaster machines a 326 a 360 and a 155. The 326 I’ve had from new way back in the 80’s which I brought out of storage the early part of last year. The 360 I bought from a seller on the eBay web site and the 155 I bought from a friend.
I discovered when I went to use the 326 that it was knitting just fine until I used a punch card then it gave some problems with floats and strange patterns. On further inspection I found that one of the memory drums was quite stiff and the spring loaded cancelling device wasn’t doing it’s job properly by cancelling the small fingers after a pass. After stripping the carriage down and cleaning and oiling both drums they spun nice and free which is how they should be.
I had the self same problem with the 360 and the 155 but having had the original experience with the 326 I was well prepared and solved the problem immediately .
Just thought that this might be of some help to you. Check to see if both memory drums spin freely.
Best regards… Mac
Mac1
2012-03-16 16:23:33
Hi
I know this is an old thread but I’m sure others like me have come across it when searching for details on the 155. I have just acquired one and my search brought me to this page. After reading the original question I did a ‘youtube’ search and found an interesting video by Roberta Kelley on using the 155 – including how to do punch lace. So if anyone else has difficulty with any of the knitting processes on the 155 the video is well worth watching. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJf9_2t2Sjs

Terri in Scotland 🙂

britlady52
2015-01-05 21:22:54
Hi Terri
Thank you for your response I know the Roberta Kelly site – good videos and easy to follow patterns too. It’s not the process of creating punch lace that’s causing me headaches. I can do that on a number of my other machines with no problem. It’s this old chunky 155 I was given that seems to leave loops on the back randomly like Fair Isle rather than knit them in. I tried a range of different yarns made lots of adjustments to the tension cleaned and oiled it and so on – but it may just be worn out and they are no longer available new sadly.
Lyn
Moogie1947
2015-01-07 13:01:13
Hi Lyn
I’ve also recently received an old SK155 – a model I haven’t owned or knitted on since the late 80s. I haven’t tried punch lace on it yet but I’ll give it a go once I’ve finished my current project – within the next next day or two. I’ll see how it turns out and will get back to you with the results and anything else I discover along the way which may be of use.
Regards Terri 🙂
britlady52
2015-01-07 14:10:30
Hi
Sorry to hear you are having problems. I have done a bit of research for you and found some information in Mary Weaver’s ‘Easy Fair Isle for the Brother Ribber’.

On page 66 she recommends a yarn between a 2 or 3 ply thickness for the finer yarn saying that Artistic is a good yarn to use. This is a crêpe type yarn but a bit thicker than fine crêpe. Also 2/30s singly can be used but this makes the eyelets bigger. Your fine crêpe might be a little too fine especially as you are having problems with it in the tension mast.

On page 99 of the same book there’s a pattern for a Chunky Thread Lace Top using two strands of 4 ply Acrylic as the main yarn and 1 strand of Artistic for the lace thread knitted at tension 4 on the Brother Chunky. If a finer lace yarn is used the tension needs tightening.

Hope this helps and that you soon master it!
Regards Sue

Sue P
2012-03-08 21:02:16
Thanks Sue
As you suggested I tried using a thicker yarn (2-ply) with 4-ply double knitting and Aran weight now and it is better. If I knit really very slowly this also helps as well. There are still a few random floats but not on every row so I’ll persevere with re-adjusting the tension to see if I can solve it.
I did knot the large holes with a very fine yarn and it didn’t look good at all.
Lyn
Moogie1947
2012-03-08 21:00:47
Hi Lyn

Glad to hear it has improved.

Just one other thought – what condition is your spongebar in? If the foam has gone flat it will cause problems with stitches not forming properly. Stocking stitch and other main bed stitches are not usually affected too badly but as the punch lace is formed slightly differently it might be worth checking.

Sue.

Sue P
2012-03-09 00:05:19
Hi Sue
Thanks for the thought but the sponge bar is almost new – I replaced it along with many of the needles after I acquired the machine. And as it is a Knitmaster genuine spares are still available luckily.

I will keep trying – it was the one technique that I didn’t have on my old Brother that I really wanted to be able to do.
Lyn

Moogie1947
2012-03-09 16:01:06
Hello Moogie1947′
I have just logged into this site in the hope that I might be able to help.
I have now got three Knitmaster machines a 326 a 360 and a 155. The 326 I’ve had from new way back in the 80’s which I brought out of storage the early part of last year. The 360 I bought from a seller on the eBay web site and the 155 I bought from a friend.
I discovered when I went to use the 326 that it was knitting just fine until I used a punch card then it gave some problems with floats and strange patterns. On further inspection I found that one of the memory drums was quite stiff and the spring loaded cancelling device wasn’t doing it’s job properly by cancelling the small fingers after a pass. After stripping the carriage down and cleaning and oiling both drums they spun nice and free which is how they should be.
I had the self same problem with the 360 and the 155 but having had the original experience with the 326 I was well prepared and solved the problem immediately .
Just thought that this might be of some help to you. Check to see if both memory drums spin freely.
Best regards… Mac
Mac1
2012-03-16 16:23:33
Hi
I know this is an old thread but I’m sure others like me have come across it when searching for details on the 155. I have just acquired one and my search brought me to this page. After reading the original question I did a ‘youtube’ search and found an interesting video by Roberta Kelley on using the 155 – including how to do punch lace. So if anyone else has difficulty with any of the knitting processes on the 155 the video is well worth watching. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJf9_2t2Sjs

Terri in Scotland 🙂

britlady52
2015-01-05 21:22:54
Hi Terri
Thank you for your response I know the Roberta Kelly site – good videos and easy to follow patterns too. It’s not the process of creating punch lace that’s causing me headaches. I can do that on a number of my other machines with no problem. It’s this old chunky 155 I was given that seems to leave loops on the back randomly like Fair Isle rather than knit them in. I tried a range of different yarns made lots of adjustments to the tension cleaned and oiled it and so on – but it may just be worn out and they are no longer available new sadly.
Lyn
Moogie1947
2015-01-07 13:01:13
Hi Lyn
I’ve also recently received an old SK155 – a model I haven’t owned or knitted on since the late 80s. I haven’t tried punch lace on it yet but I’ll give it a go once I’ve finished my current project – within the next next day or two. I’ll see how it turns out and will get back to you with the results and anything else I discover along the way which may be of use.
Regards Terri 🙂
britlady52
2015-01-07 14:10:30