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Knitting carriage- back and front beds.

  1,2,3,4- Outer Raising Cams
5,6,7,8- Inner Raising Cams

Raising Cam’s Actions




Fig 1 – raising cam is fully in action, control lever is in the centre position.
Fig 2 – raising cam is out of action, control lever is tipped outwards.
Fig 3 – raising cam is half in action, control lever is tipped inwards.

When casting on the tensions on both beds should be about 10.

1x1 Circular Rib

Put out of action one diagonally opposite raising cam on each bed. Preferably in this case numbers 4 and 2.

You must increase the tensions by 2 points so the stitches don’t become too tight,
from 10 increases to 12 and start to knit.

When knitting is completed put both raising cams back into action and re-adjust stitch size by changing tensions back to original settings.

Ripple Stitch

Adjust back bed stitch cam indicators 3 points higher, from 10 to 13, and place the front raising cams
out of action, (no 4 & 1)

Change to contrast yarn and add more weights, knit 4 rows back bed only.

Put front raising cams back into action, change to main yarn and knit 2 rows on both beds.

Repeat this until desired effect is complete.

You can make the repeat more interesting by changing the colour of the yarn when knitting on the back bed.

Half Cardigan Stitch

Place only one tuck cam out of action. In this case no 5.

When taking the carriage from right to left the front bed needles are out of action giving the fabric
a gentle texture.

Knit till piece is complete.

Then replace all cams to normal position.

To make a stronger texture you can arrange the needles in sets of high and low butts as shown below.

I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I . I
  I = Hign Butts
I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I . . I
  . = Hign Butts

With this arrangement half-withdraw raising cam no1 and knit till piece is complete.

To finish knitting in “Cardigan” replaces all cams in action and continues knitting.

Full Cardigan Stitch

Place two diagonally opposite raising cams out of action (no 5 & 7) this means when knitting right to left the back bed is out of action and from left to right the front bed is out of action.

Continue to knit till complete.

Again this can be done by re-arranging the needles high and low butts and
only half-withdrawing the tuck cams.


Put both tuck cams on the front bed out of action. (no 5 & 8) knit 2 rows.

Put tuck cams back into action, knit 2 rows.

Continue this way to from your repeat.

Make more interesting by changing colours each time you put the tuck cams in and out of action.


Adjust the tuck cams for “Full Cardigan” (two cams diagonally opposite out of action) and rack the bed
one needle space every 2 rows.

Knit some rows of 1x1 rib and with the carriage on the right rack one space to the left by pulling the racking lever towards you, knit 2 rows.

Again rack one space to the left knit 2 rows.

This time rack one space back to the right by pushing the racking lever towards the machine, knit 2 rows, again rack one space to the right knit 2 rows.

This is the basis for your repeat.

Continue in this way until piece is complete.

You can rack more to the left or right as desired but you must watch the end stitches, as they may not
knit if the main body of knitting is to far apart.

Selective Ripple Stitch

You will only fully see the effects of selective knit if you arrange the high and low buts in an interesting way.

When doing this try not to have large gaps between your high butts, keep your low butts to groups of 3 or 4.

Half- withdraw both raising cams in front bed (no 4 & 1) to select high butts only and fully withdraw raising cams on back bed (no 3 & 2) so no needles are selected. Increase stitch size by 3 points knit 4 rows.

Put all cams back into action and knit 2 rows.

Again you can change colour in between cam changes.

Square Effect

Make your needle arrangement of high and low butts.

Check all tensions are the same, about 10-13. Knitting in 1x1 rib knit 4 rows using main yarn colour.

Half-withdraw both raising cams on front bed (no 4 & 1) to select high butts only, change to contrast
colour and knit 4 rows.

Replace all raising cams, change to main yarn and knit 2 rows.

This forms your repeat for square effect.

Selective Tuck Stitch

Arrange needles in a regular distribution of high and low butts on one bed only can be front or back.

Knit 4 rows of 1x1 rib, place both tuck cams on the appropriate bed in the half-withdrawn position.

For example, if it is the front bed needles that you have arranged then half-withdraw tuck cams 8 & 5,
leave all other cams in action, knit 4 rows.

Replace tuck cams knit 2 rows.

This forms your repeat for selective tuck stitch.

The effects of this stitch are shown on the opposite side of the fabric.

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