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Aug 9, 2017 12:51:07   #
judymiss
 
I have some lovely soft DK weight mohair. I plan to knit a scarf on my bulky, Tension 1.

I appreciate any and all tips for machine knitting with mohair.

Thanks in advance!
 
Aug 9, 2017 13:00:40   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
I have used mohair with success, it just needs a little bullying. I let the yarn pass over wax as it feeds and I pull/tug down on the knitted fabric OFTEN, probably close enough to every row, at least until I know how it's going to behave. If I don't those fibres will just stick to each other and cause problems somewhere, anywhere LOL I also run my hand along the back of the stitches fairly often, for those strays that remain attached to something. Mohair is actually pretty tough stuff, it recovers nicely. Have a go! Oh, you'll have to give a good clean after, there'll be fibres everywhere :)
Aug 9, 2017 13:13:53   #
nonak (a regular here)
 
I'll be interested to hear how you do. I think all that fuzzy yarn would wreck havoc with my machine. It's sensitive to say the least!
Aug 9, 2017 13:37:34   #
linalu (a regular here)
 
I use the same tricks as aprilla and have success with mohair. When first wished with the project, fuzz needs to be cleaned out of machine, but it's no worse for wear!
Aug 9, 2017 13:43:02   #
randiejg
 
I've used mohair on both the bulky and mid-gauge machine. I found that it knits more easily from the outside of a yarn cake or cone, than from center pull of a yarn cake. You should make sure than the discs on the tension mast are really cleaned out good (no build up of previous yarn fibers wound around), and if you start having problems while knitting, check that area, and also check that the fibers haven't wound around the eyelet at the end of the tension wire, and in the feeder on the carriage, and anywhere else along the path the yarn is traveling, such as the eyelet at the back of the tension assembly where the yarn first comes up from the cone or cake. You may need to do some test swatches and adjust the tension discs as well as the carriage tension.

If you have silicone yarn spray, that will also help it knit much easier, and will remove some of the static that might build up. As mentioned, you'll need to clean your machine well afterwards, and all around your machine as well, as there's likely to be a whole lot of fuzz everywhere.
Aug 9, 2017 13:46:36   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
I thought of something else. I don't know what your tension apparatus is like but my yarn runs through a tension disc and I have found it useful to clean this out now and again when using mohair. I use a pick like thing to get at it - do not underestimate mohair LOL
We used a lot of mohair way back when. If it began looking a little flat we would put it in a bag and into the freezer to perk it up again.
 
Aug 9, 2017 16:01:00   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
I would never use mohair on tension 1.....more like 8--10.... its fuzz is part of the look and you need to give it room to fluff.... it works very well on these settings.... thanks to aprilla for the 'tension disk cleanout' info....I will tuck this away for my next time on the machine.... I love mohair and use it all the time....
Aug 10, 2017 05:54:32   #
Barbaralizzy
 
I have knitted mohair very successfully on my Brother 260 especially after I have had the yarn in the freezer for several hours. I put it in a plastic bag leaving the top open, and then have it in my food freezer. I find that the fluff is contained and much easier to work with. I also used T6 to knit with as you have already stated it bulks up with the fluff. Has anyone else tried this??
Aug 10, 2017 06:18:31   #
Linuxgirl
 
I used mohair on my MK70 midgauge (6mm) and it worked absolutely fine. I had run it over a paraffine candle while winding it on cones and used T7, so it would be loose enough, but not too airy.
A Bulky should have no problems with it, but I would use a tension around 4-6.
Aug 10, 2017 06:34:33   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
I think I've used both keyplates 3 and 4 on the Bond (9mm) and both T4 and T10 on the Brother standard (4.5mm) so my mileage has varied, depending on the yarn and what I was making
Aug 10, 2017 07:14:46   #
wgornick
 
I attached small rings to 2 places on my antenna, using twist ties. I run the cone of mohair from behind the kh260 to between the 2 antenna' s (not through the disc), then through the 2 little rings.
This set-up prevents the mohair from plugging up all the antenna, and from having to pull down the work. I can even use the motor with it. There is still enough friction with this fuzzy fiber that the antenna maintains the correct tension on the edges. I am careful to not go past the edge of the knitting any more than is necessary.
 
Aug 10, 2017 07:29:45   #
txgigi
 
Thanks for all the tips and ideas
Aug 10, 2017 07:35:03   #
Smarty
 
If you put it in the fridge before you wont to use it that sometimes works.
Aug 10, 2017 07:53:50   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
Smarty wrote:
If you put it in the fridge before you wont to use it that sometimes works.

We used to put the garment into the freezer to perk it up, fluff out the hairs. I'm curious how putting the mohair yarn into cold before knitting is advantageous?
Aug 10, 2017 07:58:52   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
aprilla wrote:
We used to put the garment into the freezer to perk it up, fluff out the hairs. I'm curious how putting the mohair yarn into cold before knitting is advantageous?
because the freezer treatment is to kill the static electricity....tangling is a part of mohair knitting. When you fluff them later, it is possible to do because you have killed the static and the fibers will let go of one another and fluff up. Same technique, 2 different reasons.
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