Friday, November 8, 2019

AYAB on KH910 beginner notes

Learning to use the AYAB hack on the KH910, I decided to recreate a punch card project I've done many, many times, putting a mini card 1 or 3 border each end to match up with pattern.
And here's one on the SK280:

These are my notes for me, I haven't used a brother carriage, punch card or electronic..
I thought this was good practice so I can leant how to use AYAB and a brother electronic carriage as I haven't used either before.
Select chosen border card, eg, Card 1 or 3 onto the pattern card, whatever matches.
Plug in AYAB and select the pattern you want to use in the main pattern first to get the correct needle position L and R THIS IS ESSENTIAL so write it in Rav notes so you don't forget.
Note: KCI automatically selects the last needles each end so they knit.
cast on LtoR according to what AYAB has said what they are.
Select border pattern in AYAB
expand repeats to needles
COL but far left beyond mark
KC I, but don't select any function, leave it on N
MUST turn on BUZZ, will hear a click, a buzz and another BUZZ as passing the lights
SLOWLY knit 1 row LtoR to preselect needles OR the first couple of needles won't select.
COR: press TUCK buttons
Knit rest of the rows, either stop when it's long enough or...
turn on the buzzer for the long beep when finished.
Two alternative as this point.
PUSH ALL needles back into WP (B)
  1. set to slip and move RtoL (or don't actually do any knitting, cause it's slip) TAKE yarn out.
  2. knit 1 row
set up next pattern
COL, as before BUZZER ON
  1. keep on slip but watch the yarn in the wheels but not if you've taken it out REMEMBER TO SHUT THE GATE when putting yarn back. (It ain't an SK)
  2. knit across.
If 1. look for anything accidentally knitted/ dropped
If 2. undo two rows.
Look at needle set up to ensure the preselected in UWP are the knit and the needles in WP (b) are next to TUCK.
If necessary, change the starting row in AYAB, to say row 2 or 3 and redo the redo the preselect and off to knit 600 rows.. Alternatively, knit 1 or 2 rows and undo the last one or two rows and keep knitting  whichever looks easier on the day.
Close to the end, turn the BUZZER back on so you know when the pattern finishes, then do the same thing, work out that it's tucking on the correct needles and finish the border.

It's a lot easier timewise, to snap the border card on the right row so it matches up with the pattern you want to flow into, undo the snaps and join for the next 600 rows, undo, attach the border and presto. But if that's the machine that's out and the punch card machine is packed away.. well now I know how to do this project.
However, I thought this a very good exercise to familiarise the AYAB and the electronic carriage.
And here it is, and this would after about half a dozen or more false starts, and the blow by blow how to do so I never have to spend a whole afternoon not doing any knitting.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

My notes for Designing in Gimp to use in AYAB

Before starting, work out how many stitches and rows. This is by far makes things easy.
Open Gimp

From the top tool bar - 

Select: NEW

Input your sts/row numbers, press Ok

Select VIEW
- Select Zoom
- Fit to Window
- Select SHOW GRID

Select IMAGE
- SPACING - type in 1 and 1 in the pixel box
- Change anything else you think you'd like

- Select Pencil Icon
- Your colour, eg black

Select the RECTANGLE (make a square)

Fill in all the squares of your pattern (black square = hole on a punchcard)

When finished

Select FILE from the top tool bar
-  select export  - savesas a png file, (I've been saving in the PATTERNS folder for AYAB)

 Open in AYAB and knit