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Apr 14, 2012 12:53:53   #
HI i purchased a brother KH830 several years ago and didnt get time to use it, now the kids have grown up i have time to spare.. query i have is can i use dk yarn on this machine and if so what tension should i be looking at? if someone could help me i would really appreciate any advice. regards liz..
Apr 14, 2012 14:29:10   #
KateWood (a regular here)
Here's a chart that you'll find very helpful for the gauge of yarn to use, the heaviest I've found that knits nice is about 1300 ypp at the highest tension setting. I have knit yarn using every other needle or 1x1 with the ribber will knit a heavier yarn.
Apr 14, 2012 16:53:37   #
A soft, loosely spun DK will knit on the machine at tension 9 or above, stocking stitch and some very basic tuck or, better, slip. You would have to adjust the yarn mast tension. Heavier DK can knit using every other needle - acceptable for a work-a-day sweater, for example. It can be hard work, though, and the yarn needs to be well waxed. Where DK works extremely well is as a weaving yarn with a 2ply or 3ply base - makes warm and attractive jackets.
Apr 14, 2012 17:20:23   #
thanks ever so much for the info, i have some spare baby dk and was thinking of using it up on something possibly a blanket..:)
Apr 15, 2012 05:34:37   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
I have a Brother 864 machine and the only way I can use Double knit Wool?yarn is to use every other needle,You then Have to rib by hand,
Apr 15, 2012 06:40:44   #
roamin in the gloamin
4ply is perfect, as Mary above said alternate needles if you are using DK, but you may be lucky with the baby DK
Apr 15, 2012 08:06:55   #
roseknit (a regular here)
I have used DK on Tension 10.
Apr 15, 2012 15:39:51   #
I just finished the sweetest baby sweater on the same machine as you have. I used Bernat Softee which is a dk sport wt , tension 9. Came out soft and silky. WILL use it again.
Happy knitting.
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