How to Use a KH-260 Punch Card

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How to Use a KH-260 Punch Card
The Brother KH-260 punch card knitting machine creates a variety of patterns. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The Brother KH-260 punch card knitting machine uses a series of cards to adjust knitting needles to create specific patterns. The KH-260 offers 15 punch card patterns and 13 programmable stitch patterns that combine to create 52 unique knitting designs. The punch card feeds through the knitting machine in a continuous loop to provide the knitter a seamless work of unlimited length. The process of installing a KH-260 punch card is the same regardless of stitch pattern.

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Things you need

  • Brother KH-260 punch card
  • KH-260 manual
  • Punch card holder pin

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  1. 1

    Select a stitch pattern and appropriate punch card. Refer to the KH-260 manual to match stitch patterns to compatible punch cards. The punch card number -- 1p, 2p, 3p, etc. -- appears next to the stitch name. The punch card number is on the right side of the punch card.

  2. 2

    Insert the punch card holder pin into the hole behind the punch card slit to release the punch card mechanism. The punch card slit is on the far right sight of the machine.

  3. 3

    Orient the punch card with the numbers facing toward the front of the knitting machine, and manually thread several lines of the punch card into the slit.

  4. 4

    Press the punch card release button to the left of the punch card slit, and turn the feeding knob on the right of the slit to feed the punch card through. The punch card will exit the back of the machine. Stop when about 2 inches of the punch card remains above the slit.

  5. 5

    Bring both ends of the punch card together. Attach them at the connector holes at both corners. The punch card now forms a continuous loop.

  6. 6

    Press the release button and feed the card through the slit until the start line is even with the top of the slit.

  7. 7

    Begin knitting two or three rows of plain knitting with the Change Knob at either the NL or SM positions. The change knob is in the upper right corner of the K-carriage. This will form the base of your knitting. Stop with the K-carriage in the left-hand position.

  8. 8

    Place the punch card lock lever at the circle mark, or bottom position. The lever is between the punch card slit and the punch card feeder knob.

  9. 9

    Move the K-carriage slowly from left to right. This will engage the needles in the D position according to the punch card pattern.

  10. 10

    Adjust cam buttons and wheel brushes according to stitch pattern requirements.

  11. 11

    Place the punch card lock lever at the short or long arrow, as directed by the stitch pattern.

  12. 12

    Begin knitting.

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