As arthritic fingers make hand knitting a bit of a pain I find that casting on by hand and doing the rib is fine. I then add some waste knitting and put it on the machine. Have you any suggestions for websites that may be able to help? Many thanks for your interesting magazine and I find the Starting Over articles very helpful Cheers, Christine Steptoe
Does anyone know if any standard gauge needles will fit it? Thanks for any help. Linda
I have recently brought my Knitmaster 321 out of retirement and wish to re-educate myself on the art of single motifs. Is there a knitting club or someone in the Croydon area who could help, please?
I’ve knitted the beautiful stripped sideways cardigan from the May issue. However, I’m really struggling to make sense of the making up. Is anyone able to help me? Many thanks in advance.
Can anyone please tell me which needles will fit the Knitmaster 250 machine. Thank you.
On a tension square which produces 20 stitches to 20 cm, which scale should I use in the KL-116 – or is it not possible? Any help would be gratefully received.
I’ve just seen your request and I can help, as I have the parts you need. Please email Anne at the magazine or call her on 01628-783080 and she’ll pass on my details.
Best wishes, Margaret
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
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.
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
Welcome to machine knitting.
You will need to look for patterns which use a thicker yarn than 4ply to accommodate the size you want to knit.
This website has many patterns for different gauge machines: http://needlesofsteel.org.uk/index.html
The patterns are sorted according to gauge mid-gauge being marked with an M. Some of the patterns for bulky/chunky may also knit up well on your machine.
Once you have become used to the tensions and sizing you will be able to adapt patterns by knitting a tension swatch and using the measurements from the diagrams printed in MKM to work out how mny stitches and rows you need to knit.
Kind regards Sue