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Stitch Size/Tension Comparison Charts

Note that this is not a definitive chart and is only intended to provide approximate equivalents between different machine brands. As such, they should only be used as a starting point.

Standard Gauge Machines[1]

Superba Passap/Pfaff Jones/Brother Knitmaster Toyota
1 1 0 0 0
1 1/2 1 0 0 0
2 1 1/2 1 to 1•• 1 to 1•• 1 to 1••
2 1/2 1 1/2 1 to 2 1 to 2 1 to 2
3 2 2 2 2
3 1/2 to 4 2 1/2 2 to 3 2 to 3 2 to 3
4 2 1/2 to 3 2 to 3•• 2 to 3 2 to 3
4 1/2 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 3 to 4 3 to 4 3 to 4
5 4 to 4 1/2 4 to 4• 4 to 4• 4 to 4•
5 1/2 to 6 4 1/2 4 to 5 4 to 5 4 to 5
6 4 1/2 to 5 5 5 5
6 1/2 to 7 5 to 5 1/2 5 to 5•• 5 to 5•• 5 to 5••
7 5 to 6 6 to 6•• 6 to 6•• 6 to 6••
7 1/2 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 6 to 7 6 to 7 6 to 7
8 6 to 6 1/2 6 to 7•• 6 to 7•• 6 to 7••
8 1/2 6 to 7 6 to 7•• 6 to 7•• 6 to 7••
9 7 8 to 9 8 to 9 8 to 9
9 1/2 to 10 7 to 7 1/2 8• to 9• 8• to 9• 8• to 9•
10 1/2 7 to 8 8• to 9• 8• to 9• 8• to 9•
11 7 to 8 9• to 9•• 9• to 9•• 9• to 9••
11 1/2 7 1/2 to 8 9• to 10 9• to 10 9• to 10
12 8 10 to 10•• 10 to 10•• 10 to 10••

Feature Comparison

Standard Gauge Machines[1]

Superba Passap/Pfaff Jones/Brother Knitmaster Toyota
Circular Key CX CX No equivalent, see pattern settings Cam lever to C on laster models, older models same as Jones/Brother Same as Jones/Brother
Cancel or Slip Key No equivalent for cancel. BX and pushers for slip Plain button cancels cams, but stockinette still knits; part buttons for slip No equivalent for cancel; cam lever to S for slip Plain button for cancel; empty for slip
Needle Return Levers No equivalent  but BX and pushers used for hold Holding cam lever Russel levers Partial knitting
Jacquard Button No equivalent  BX, AX, HX etc. used for jacquard with pushers MC Button in combination with Change Knob on single bed; Part Buttons on double bed No equivalent  Cam Lever to fairisle on single bed; slip or XXX on double bed Fairisle Switch in combination with Knit Levers or use Simulknit
Needle Selection Buttons No equivalent  A B C D E F H used in combination with X and pushers in 1x1 setting KR Change Knobs on KR850 is identical; embedded commands on newer electronics No equivalent No equivalent
Bed Space Selection Lever No equivalent Spacing increased 2mm using Bracket Levers No equivalent No equivalent
Pitch Lever No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent
Racking Lever Racking Handle Racking Handle Swing/Racking Handle Racking Handle
Intermediary Lever No equivalent  Racking Handle up Half Pitch Lever Half Pitch Lever Half Pitch Lever
Bed Position Levers Bed Lowering Knob Bracket Lever  Drop Lever Drop Lever
Reverser Switch (2310, 600) No equivalent Button 6 910 Negative No 1 Button RH Light N1C for pattern No equivalent
Row Repeat Switch (2310, 600) No equivalent; Deco Unit on 0 Button 4 = Button 7 = xxx 910 N1C Button 3 down No equivalent electronic; punch card feed lever
Row Advance Stop (2310, 600) No equivalent; Deco Unit on 0 No equivalent; 910 = RR Button No equivalent No equivalent electronic; punch card feed lever for repeat
Card Advance/Return Switch (2310) No equivalent RR returns card; CF feeds card forward Method 1,2,3 of Card Return Card feeding dial
600 +1/F Buttons No equivalent M Button plus numeral buttons N1C No equivalent

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 LeWarre, George. The French Electronic Knitting Machine Dictionary. Longmead, Shaftesbury, Dorset: Blackmore, 1986. Print.