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knitting alphabet with punch card
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Jan 11, 2012 06:17:25   #
I found some machine knit alphabet charts on line which you can punch out to put names on things. I have a 24 stitch punch machine, and dyslexia and I stupidly can't work out if i punch then back to front, as shown on the chart, and then do I put them in the punchcard backwards??? Also they vary in stitch sizes and I don't know how to make a full word to go across a jumper eg julie would take about 38 to 40 stitches with and my cards have 24 stich capacity.. silly question i know but how does this work.
Jan 11, 2012 18:44:55   #
KateWood (a regular here)
It is definately not a bad question. I believe the punch cards knit mirror image, so you would punch them out as the diagram shows-side A, and insert it backwards-side B for knitting. Sorry I can't help with shrinking the letters to fit in 24 sts, would you consider punching the name on the card vertically?
Jan 12, 2012 06:05:11   #
thanks kate, i will play around with that now.i wanted to make pillows with large letters going across the middle horizontally but get confused by where the letters will kint on the fabric in relation to the punchcard. I read somewhere about red lines on needle bed so if I want three letters I need stitches to extend past three bars of red on either side which i think will make them quite large. Ah well, i will have a go, was just trying to save my ever depleting stash of yarn.. thank you so much for your help though,
kind regards
Jan 12, 2012 06:22:20   #
Charlene M
Hmmmm, if you did the whole alphabet (I know it would take quite a bit of time) you could use the pillows to play word games.

Jan 12, 2012 08:15:07   #
Could you write the letters sideways on the punchcard? They could be up to 24 stitches high and the words could be as long as the punchcards are long (or several combined). As you are knitting a pillow, one would just have to turn the pillow 90 degrees in order to read the word.

Hope this makes sense.

Toine in CT
Jan 15, 2012 18:27:51   #
I punch in all letters or numbers backwards on the front of the punch card so I can see what number line they will be on.
I never thought of doing it from the back, but that sounds easier. When you punch on the front of the card, you have to remember that the images will be reversed when knitted.
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