Repeat after me … insert your punchcard like this …..

I have to admit, I don’t use punchcards much … OK – that’s my excuse for today’s boo-boo.

Can you see how the punchcard jammed as I was knitting? Not only did I put it in upside down (notice the numbers on the left), but I didn’t pay attention to how the card join was lapped.  Arghhh!!!!!


Pay attention! Jammed punchcard



Lesson learned:  After inserting your punchcard, be sure to overlap it so it will cleanly rotate through the punchcard drum.



Overlapped correctly

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One thought on “Repeat after me … insert your punchcard like this …..

  1. Tina Jacques

    June 13, 2017 at 3:01pm

    Thank you for your update on punch cards. They are my favourite method of patterning. I’ve fallen a bit behind so if you have an update on – is it jacquard??) where there are no floats..argh….I know the initial row is critical. I’m knitting a couple of children’s sweaters where the pattern has too many longer floats, which will never do for a kid.
    Thank you for all your help with machine knitting.

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      Knit it Now

      June 14, 2017 at 5:19am

      Hi Tina! Are you thinking of double bed jacquard (using the ribber)? There are also techniques to latch up the long floats to tame them…

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