You can create your own jacquards from your designs in the Kniterate design application.
You start by creating a new design. In the application, you have a window called Pattern view. In this window, you can design a pattern with the drawing tools, import images, and create birdseye jacquards from your designs.
To determine how the jacquard looks on the back, you will have the option to knit on double and single bed with jacquards:
- A single jersey jacquard design will have float backing
- A double jersey jacquard design will have a birdseye backing
You can view both the front and back of your design in Pattern view. When you are only using one bed (single jersey), the backside will appear black.
Import an image
Upload an image in JPEG or PNG file format. Pay attention to the size of the image as this influences the output. Too small, and the file will be pixelized when imported. If it is too large, you'll have to scale it down, distorting the image substantially.
Your image import can be influenced by selecting one of the following settings:
- Preserve Aspect (W) – your image will preserve its aspect in the width.
- Preserve Aspect (H) – your image will preserve its aspect in the height.
- One Pixel/stitch - each pixel in your image will translate to one stitch in the canvas. The size of the image will determine the size of the sample to be knitted. Big files can sometimes produce a very large sample (too big for the machine) so bear this in mind when preparing your JPEG or PNG. In this case, you will receive a message when you click submit saying that "Your image has been resized to 252 stitches wide" as this is the maximum amount of needles the needle beds have.
- Fit – your image will not affect the dimensions of the existing canvas. You must click to paste where in the canvas you would like your image to be placed.
(Dim: this is an experimental function, can be ignored)
Move the Colors slider to adjust the number of colors you want your image to have once imported into the canvas
Brightness / contrast bars can be used to adjust your image view accordingly, to help translate your image better into knitted stitches in the design.
You can also select the yarn colors in correlation with the colors of your yarn feeders when creating your graphic design.
Next you can select how many colors you would like to knit with. There are 2 options you can choose from when working with 2-colour to create a jacquard:
- Float backing – Colors not knitted on the front bed run on the back bed, generating floats. This can be done with a Fair-isle design pattern for example. Floats can't be longer than 6 stitches, as that could result in dropped stitches. Only one needle bed is used.
- Reversible backing – The pattern on the front is mirroring the one on the back. When color 1 knits on the front bed, color 2 knits on the back bed and vice versa. Both needle beds are used.
When knitting with 3-colour, 4-colour, or 5-colour jacquards, all yarns will knit on the back bed when not knitting on the front bed, creating a birdseye appearance on the back. There are 2 backing options you can choose from when working with multiple colors to create a jacquard:
- Lightweight birdseye backing – your jacquard will have a lightweight birdseye backing in your sample. Less yarn is used. The thickness of the fabric is uneven.
- All-over birdseye backing – your jacquard will have an all-over birdseye backing in your sample. Creating a more homogenous fabric.
Select your preferred backing and save your design by giving it a name.
Read this article to make sure you can get your knit off the machine properly.
Finally, go to Config. and click Compile to generate the k-code file. Save it into your SD card as ‘command.kc’ (a file with a different name won't be read by the machine).
Now, the design is ready for knitting.
Note: When knitting a jacquard with multiple colors, you might end up with a knit that has some openings on the edge. Please follow the instructions from this article to correct it