Just taken this machine out for a refresher course and general maintenance session. I own 2 of the 580’s and one 500 – all work well apart from the built in knit radar on the 500 – the length dial is stuck so no joy there I am afraid.
Thought I would test my KR7 with my newest 580 (after giving the other two a good clean, oil and test run. It works easily and the KR7 is a good piece of kit for that allows you to use your own varieties of yarn. I chose a simple summer top style pattern ie just back and front, and attempted to come up with a tapestry style pattern using a shiny viscose linen in red and a gold chenille, and it looked fine.
Used one of the standard mylar sheets, surely this has to be an easy way to get going, I threaded up the 2 yarns, set the mylar via the instruction book and it was simple ie when you know how, set the card to the beginning of the pattern, run the carriage across a couple of times to set the cams then switch on the inspection light and mine feeds the pattern downwards and I have to then move it again to the bottom of the pattern then in feeds the pattern in 10 rows and gives a double clunk and away we go. I decided to do a lace border on this machine so got out the electronic lace carriage and was pleasantly surprised at the number of knit and transfer at once patterns, good news for a bone idle knitter like me. Initially knitted around 20 rows waste yarn after casting on with what is now my favourite cast on method, dunno why I did not learn to do this years ago and this is it…
Weaving brush cast on
Everyone knows how to do this, don’t they – well I didn’t – I believed it was a hassle but no – its really quick and easy ie bring all needles out to holding postion then use the one and one rule to bring every altern