A machine knitting technique for linking up
floats on fairisle designs
Step by step tutorial by
Lorna Hamilton-Brown MBE
Benefits of Ladderback Jacquard
• Single bed fairisle designs with long floats can be
• Does away with long floats.
• Idea for Baby and Childrenswear.
• Produces a lighter weight fabric than Double
• Can be used with 4 ply yarn and thicker on
standard gauge machine.
• The technique can used on Chunky machines
Ladderback Jacquard versus
• Needs a Ribber and colour changer.
• Slight gaps appear on right side of knitting.
These can be used to enchance the design.
• Jacquard punchcards need to be produced.
Electronic knitting machine automatically
convert fairisle patterns into jacquard patterns
What equipment is need
to produce Ladderback Jacquard on a
Brother Knitting machine
• Ribber – KR830 or KR850
• Double bed colour changer KRC-830 or *KRC-
900 (*fits KH260 or KH270 & KR260 ribber)
• Fine knit bar
• A sponge bar in good condition
For the following sample 4 ply Arcylic
yarn was used.
Attach the colour changer in the gap created by
pushing the sponge bar to the right of the machine
Tighten the knob on colour changer. Insert fine knit bar
on main bed. Thread colour changer.
With colour 1 and the carriage on the right-hand side set
the ribber carriage as shown. Set Pitch lever set to P.
Set main carriage as shown.
The change knob is set to ‘NL’
Arrange your needles to knit the rib.
In this example the needles are set for 1 by 1 rib.
Knit one row.
Finishing with the carriage on the left