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

You may also like...

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.

  2. Author

    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…

Your email will not be published. Name and Email fields are required