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Interactive Knitting with Brother/Passap/ScreenLinks


USB or serial BrotherLink 2 or 5 - interactive knitting not working

Problem description: Moving the carriage does not update the screen in Interactive Knitting.

Try removing the 8-way connector from the CB-1 or KH965i (but leave the black box with the red spot in place). On some computers, interactive knitting cannot take place while the cable is fully connected in the way that is appropriate for uploading and downloading.


Serial BrotherLink 4 - interactive knitting not working

Problem description: Moving the carriage does not update the screen in Interactive Knitting.

Try removing the ribbon connector from the KH270, KH965 or KH965i (but leave the black box with the red spot in place). On some computers, interactive knitting cannot take place while the cable is fully connected in the way that is required for uploading and downloading.


Serial E6000Link 2 - interactive knitting not working

Problem description: Moving the carriage does not update the screen in Interactive Knitting.

This link has a switch that must be moved for interactive knitting so that the switch lever points towards the red spot that is next to it. (The switch must point away from the red spot for downloading).


Any serial magnetic switch link - interactive knitting not working

Problem description: Moving the carriage does not update the screen in Interactive Knitting when using a serial cable.

1. Check that the magnet is passing within a few mm of the red spot on the Knitlink detector box. If in doubt take the magnet arm and touch it to the spot to see if the detection occurs.

2. If the serial cable is many years old it may have an older electronic design, and need to be used with our Interactive Knitting adapter. You can identify whether your cable is an older or newer model by the presence of a coloured dot. Older cables have no dot; newer cables have either a green or yellow quarter inch (6 mm) diameter dot, the same size as the red dot that is on the KnitLink detector box. If the cable has a large box the dot may be on the box, otherwise it would be on the PC connector.


Serial BrotherLink 4: Mispatterning

Problem description: Random stitches have the wrong needle selection status.

The KH965 and KH270 can be sensitive to the ribbon cable of the serial BrotherLink 4 remaining attached during interactive knitting. This may be caused by local sources of electromagnetic interference. Please try disconnecting the ribbon cable during interactive knitting.

Mispatterning can also be caused by a worn sponge bar on many machines.


Using any Link - check for worn needle retaining bar

Random mispatterning can be caused by a worn needle retaining bar (or sponge bar).

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BrotherLink 1: Interactive Knitting not working with plain knitting

Problem description: Moving the carriage does not update the screen when doing plain knitting on the KH940 or KH950i using a USB or serial BrotherLink 1.

The KH940 & KH950i machines generate a pulse when the carriage changes direction, provided that the KC setting on the carriage is used to engage the needle selection belt mechanism. It is this pulse that is detected via the BrotherLink 1.

This means that even when doing plain knitting with the BrotherLink 1, it is necessary to download a plain pattern (such as the default pattern) and use a KC setting.

(If a USB BrotherLink 5 is used for these machines, its magnet arm and magnetic switch is used to monitor the carriage movements, and plain knitting can therefore be done without using a KC setting. This means the belt is not engaged and it is therefore easier to push the carriage.)


Cable Link Manuals

The latest versions of the DesignaKnit cable link manuals are available here.