Troubleshooting tuck on the knitting machine

Has this ever happened to you?

It’s been a while since you’ve worked patterning on your knitting machine. You sit down to work a simple tuck stitch. In my case I downloaded a new stitch pattern from DAK… so far so good.

Run the carriage across the bed and select the first row of needles for tuck …. then knit back and arghhhh!!!! Loops and mess!

Looking closely at the needlebed, Brother knitters will recognize that I’ve set the pattern backwards.

The wrong needles are selected

The wrong needles are selected

The needles that are in working position will tuck, while the needles pulled out to middle position will knit. The way my bed is set up, all those crazy loops formed are because groups of 5 needles that are next to each other are trying to tuck.


Correct for tuck


No, no, no!

Luckily I was working with an electronic machine (Brother 970). All I had to do was change “negative” variation. This reverses the selected needles and I was off and running (knitting). Now, if I only could find the button that engages my memory…..

If you’d like more information about Pattern Variations on the Brother 970. Watch this video.

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One thought on “Troubleshooting tuck on the knitting machine

  1. Denise Gaines

    April 23, 2020 at 12:34pm

    Brother KH-260 punch card machine. When in tuck stitch the needle selection rail makes a loud kind of grinding noise when carriage is moved from right to left. No problem when carriage is moved from left to right. I have cleaned and oiled the needle selection rail and it made no difference. The knitting is fine but the noise is concerning.
    Any suggestions?

  2. Claire Pitts

    October 5, 2020 at 7:51am

    I can’t even move the carriage when it is set for tuck. What am I doing wrong?

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