How to Use a Knitting Machine Color Changer

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How to Use a Knitting Machine Color Changer
A knitting machine helps you finish projects quickly, even with colour changes. (snowflake ski sweater image by robert mobley from

Knitting machines offer a variety of options to make your knitting easier and quicker. You can get fine-gauge machines that will make very delicate and tightly stitched garments up to coarse-knit gauges that will produce the traditional ski sweater. If you have a single or double bed colour changer, all yarns are prethreaded, so you can change colours seamlessly. If you have a single spool machine, you must change the yarn manually each time you want to change colours. A simple technique helps you do that without leaving an awkward knot in the garment where the colour changes.

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  • Hand-knitting needle

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  1. 1

    Move the carriage of the knitting machine to your right when you want to change colours.

  2. 2

    Cut the old yarn, leaving enough of a tail for the first three stitches. Put your yarn tail through the hand-knitting needle.

  3. 3

    Pull the yarn tail manually through the stitch that is on the needle on the machine. Repeat this for stitches two and three. Pull the three machine needles forward and set your carriage control to the hold position.

  4. 4

    Put the colour of yarn you are switching to onto the feeder spool. Hand-knit one row to the left. Tie the two differently coloured yarn ends that are left hanging between needles three and four. Cut the hanging ends from the resulting knot.

  5. 5

    Return the carriage to normal and continue knitting. Your knot is now off the edge of your work and you will not have to manually weave in the colour changes of the finished garment.

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