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Jul 11, 2017 02:35:45   #
hildaw
 
I'd like to have a go at designing my own punchcard pattern but I
don't know how to go about it to ensure that the repeat is correct . I'm using a Knitmaster 700 standard gauge , so the repeat would be 24 stitch . Do I start in the middle and work towards the edges or start at one edge and work across? I've tried to do it but don't end up with the repeat working out , maybe it's just me ! Thank you in advance .
 
Jul 11, 2017 02:48:59   #
wendyacz
 
Go to ravelry and search machine knitting - charts & punchcards, lots of good info there
Jul 11, 2017 10:08:54   #
Tallie9
 
hildaw wrote:
I'd like to have a go at designing my own punchcard pattern but I
don't know how to go about it to ensure that the repeat is correct . I'm using a Knitmaster 700 standard gauge , so the repeat would be 24 stitch . Do I start in the middle and work towards the edges or start at one edge and work across? I've tried to do it but don't end up with the repeat working out , maybe it's just me ! Thank you in advance .



You first have to determine where your machine selects needles 1 thru 24 from......This can vary with different machines.....The 2 most common positions would be 12 needles to the left of 'O' and 12 needles to the right of 'O'.......The other would be needles 1 thru 24 to the right of 'O'....

Pick one of your pre-punched cards that you can see a definite repeat when knitted.....Bring 50 needles out to working position(25 left and right of 'O')....You'll need 2 colors of contrasting yarn cut in approximately 5" lengths...When you start the punchcard design take one of your contrasting yarns and hang it on needles 12 left...and 12 right.....With the other contrasting yarn...hang it on needles 1 right and 24 right....Repeat this about halfway up your design and again on the last row of the design.....

You should now be able to see a complete design between one of the same color contrast markers.....
Lets say for example it is 12 needles to the left and 12 to the right of 'O'......You would start your punchcard design with the 12th needle to the left as number 1 and the 24 punch would be the number 12th needle to the right.....Then the 13th needle to the right would start with number 1 punch again........The 13th needle on the left of 'O' would be the 24th punch and go down to one again as you proceed left...

I hope I'm not confusing you...
Jul 12, 2017 06:54:06   #
rainbird
 
Use graph paper to start with when designing your punchcard and make it two repeats wide. You can download knitters graph paper from an internet site which is not square and is more like a knitted stitch. Study how it is done on your existing punchcards. By designing it two repeats wide, you can easily put it onto the punchcard with half either side of centre by drawing a box around the centre of the two repeats. There is a book called something like Designing Punchcards for the Knitting Machine, it is an English book but I can't remember who wrote it. I will post the title and author again if it comes to mind.
Jul 12, 2017 13:01:38   #
hildaw
 
Thank you for your reply Tallie , I shall try this out this weekend and take it from there ..
Jul 12, 2017 13:04:45   #
hildaw
 
Thanks for the advice Rainbird , and I shall search for that book now . 😀
 
Jul 12, 2017 17:31:44   #
alan.codyre
 
The Technique of Pattern Card design by Denise Musk is one book. Batsford publication.
Jul 12, 2017 17:58:44   #
hildaw
 
alan.codyre wrote:
The Technique of Pattern Card design by Denise Musk is one book. Batsford publication.


Thank you Alan , I'll take a look on amazon .
Jul 13, 2017 02:57:29   #
rainbird
 
Thanks, that was the one I was thinking of. 😀
Jul 13, 2017 04:18:44   #
carolelee
 
Thanks for the information.
Jul 14, 2017 14:33:17   #
Madassie
 
If you make the design you can use Oknitme to make a punchcard pattern oknitme.serpicanaro.org
 
Jul 16, 2017 03:40:53   #
hildaw
 
Madassie wrote:
If you make the design you can use Oknitme to make a punchcard pattern oknitme.serpicanaro.org


Thanks for the info Madassie. 😀
Jul 16, 2017 11:44:43   #
MegsyStylish
 
Not sure if they would be useful to you, but I made a set of PDF punchcard templates to use to transfer card patterns to, and print at 100% in order to use as a template to transfer to a blank card:
http://www.needlesofsteel.org.uk/downloads.html
Jul 17, 2017 02:38:35   #
hildaw
 
MegsyStylish wrote:
Not sure if they would be useful to you, but I made a set of PDF punchcard templates to use to transfer card patterns to, and print at 100% in order to use as a template to transfer to a blank card:
http://www.needlesofsteel.org.uk/downloads.html


MegsyStylish , thank you 😊 the templates are brilliant! I've also seen lots of other really useful stuff on the site . 😊😊
Jul 18, 2017 22:32:36   #
MegsyStylish
 
Thank you!

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