2 Masted Sailing (machine knitting)

Here’s a tip for knitting with multiple colors of yarn if you don’t have a color changer.

For this button fairisle design, you’d need to change the contrasting color yarn every 16 rows or so.  Don’t know about you … but I’m too impatient for that!

Voila!   Add a second mast so you can have 4 colors readily available to use.


Even if you aren’t doing color work, the second mast comes in handy to keep waste yarn in one feeder and ravel cord in the other. (I use crochet cotton, or Yeoman Cannele for ravel cord – too impatient to look for a small bundle of ravel cord and re-use it over and over)

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One thought on “2 Masted Sailing (machine knitting)

  1. Heidi

    September 26, 2017 at 5:22am

    How do you add the second mast? Drill a hole in the top of the machine?

  2. Loretta McCollough

    September 26, 2017 at 5:25am

    What a great tip for managing scrap and ravel cord! Thanks!

  3. Author

    Knit it Now

    September 26, 2017 at 6:39am

    Thanks Loretta!

  4. Author

    Knit it Now

    September 26, 2017 at 6:53am

    Heidi, many machines have a slot for an additional mast. As you can see in the photo on my Brother 970, it’s located at the far left of the bed.

    On this machine the slots are in the middle (and notice that they are reinforced with metal grommets)

    2 mast slots - Brother 260

    Also, I’ve seen DIY projects with a mast inserted in a block of wood that is clamped to the table.

  5. Else Blom

    September 28, 2017 at 11:01pm

    Unfortunately not on my Brother KH890…

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    Knit it Now

    September 29, 2017 at 7:41am

    Hi Else,
    You are right, not all machines have extra slots, but I’ve seen DIY videos on YouTube where folks have used a block of wood and a clamp to attach a 2nd mast to their knitting table.

  7. Linda

    October 3, 2017 at 10:00am

    I have made a multimast holder using Susan Guagliumi blog idea. I cut 1×2 board to fit my table which will be clamped down. I screwed some brass slotted holders (made to fit Brother)
    I found on eBay. Susan makes her own from pipe nipples pounded into the wood. Since I have two machine back to back I can stagger the masts so the antennae don’t clash. Linda D

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