Adapting a knitleader to use
with a Bond knitting machine © Catherine Goodwin 1999
Brother(knitleader) KL 16(tm) adapted to fit the Bond(tm)
The knitleader is set up on rubber shelf lining on a 11/2" thick board that is clamped to the table. The tripping rod is a
3"x1/2"x1/2" piece of wood. Two holes were drilled into the top of the carriage, one bolts the trip rod with a 3/16" bolt and the other contains a distressed wooden dowel to act as a stabilizer and shear pin, in case I get too exuberent it will hopefully break before the plastic cracks. (this is probably silly)
You can see in the photo two charts taped to the mylar. (Charts must be centered carefully and taped all the way across top
and bottom with removable tape) One is the garment shaping chart. Because the gauge is 4st,6rows/inch, it is drawn half scale, and uses the bulky rulers available for the knitleader The other is the fair isle pattern chart, which for this
garment will be a 35 row fair isle border across the lower section of the sweater. When I got to that portion of the sweater, I
rolled the knitleader back to the color chart and changed the knitleader setting to its greatest row advancement setting (20mm)
which advances it at. .33cm per click. Because my graphing software does not do metric, I had to cut and paste my color chart
into a paint program that would allow me to size the chart to this increment.
When I am through with the color section, I will roll the knitleader back to the garment shaping chart (advancing it forward to
account for the 35 row fair isle pattern) and change the knitleader regulators back to the correct gauge and continue following
the chart for shoulder and neckline shaping.