>Today I decided to try out all my pre-punched punchcards on the Knitmaster 321 to try and figure out why the machine keeps dropping stitches.
First of all I tried to think of a way to wax the yarn as it was knitting. The best thing I could come up with was this:
Anyway, I spent all afternoon knitting each of my punchcards and ended up with this:
What I’ve found is that where there are six or more holes punched next to each other, the next needle doesn’t seem to knit and drops the stitch. This doesn’t happen all the time but it happens enough for me to believe that it’s not just a coincidence. This means that the contrast colour will knit it’s stitches then the main colour doesn’t knit.
Strangely though, this doesn’t happen when the main colour knits six then the contrast colour knits. That is, where there’s a block of six or more un-punched and the next one is punched it’s working OK.
So, I think I’ve worked out where it’s going wrong but I don’t know why it’s going wrong.
I know it’s definitely not the sponge bar.
I’m wondering if the brushes are worn and need replacing. I did at one point put the weaving brushes on but it made no difference.
Can anyone think of anything else that could be causing it to do this?
This was the first time I’d tried most of these punchcards, here are a few that I may use for future projects:
I think tomorrow I might copy one of those cards onto one of my own blanks just to see if it works. I had thought that part of my problem was poor quality blank cards, I’ll find out tomorrow.
Talk to you later,