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 +====== needle pusher ======
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 +The **needle pusher** is a tool for manual [[needle selection]].
 +
 +It is used to push several needles into working position at once.
 +Usually a needle pusher has too edges, each coding for a different preselection of needles. 
 +
 +===== variants =====
 +
 +creating  custom needle pushers is a great way to automatize needle selection on a manual knitting machine.
 +
 +==== standard needle pushers ====
 +
 +In most cases one edge is straight, while the other side looks like a comb. The 1-1 comb selects every other needle, but there are also combs for other variants of garter stitch patterns.
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 +The effect of the comb also depends on the needle gauge of the machine.
 +A 1-1 comb for a machine with 7mm needle gauge, will select pairs of needles on a machine with 3.5mm gauge, acting as a 2-2 comb.
 +
 +==== custom needle pushers ====
 +
 +You can easily create your own needle pushers from cardboard, or plastic. By using a different needle pusher for every row you knit, you can effectively turn any hand knitting machine into a "punch card machine".
 +
 +==== stacked needle pushers ====
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 +The customization of needle pushers can be optimized by stacking needle pushers ontop of each other. Using //n// different pushers, you can create //2^n// different patterns, depending on the subset of needle pushers used. Additional possiblilities are provided by using a different offset for each comb.
  
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