An indication of an approximately suitable count for a flat machine may be calculated using the formula:
worsted count (NeK) = gauge2/9
The following are typical NeK count ranges for particular E gauges:
12npi - 2/26's to 2/42's 8npi - 2/14's to 2/22's 5npi - 6/14's to 6/18's 2npi - 8/7's to 8/9's
It can be seen that a characteristic of the flat machine is the large number of ends of yarn that may be knitted at the same time. However, if light-weight structures are required, the number of ends may be much fewer (See multi gauges, Chapter 19).
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