My Knitted Clock Design has recently been published in Simply Knitting issue 101 – which is very exciting!
Until I started creating the design, I had no idea how to assemble a clock movement. However, my husband turned out to be one of the tiny handful of children who had actually made a clock in school! And this unusual skill came in very handy for my knitted clock design!
Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to include a general tutorial on how to assemble a quartz clock movement to go with this issue. The same clock is used for the pattern in Simply Knitting – issue 101 but it can be used for any clocks.
So – let’s all make a fabulous knitted clock and surprise everyone with our knitting ingenuity!
Clock Movement and parts can be obtained from hobby.uk.com
- Extra thin long shaft quartz clock movement (738/32) I chose the long shaft movement to ensure the clock would have some sturdy thickness to it.
- Minute (80mm length) and hour (60 mm length) clock hands (125/6)
1. Attach the silver hook at the back of the movement (fig. 1).
2. Place the rubber disc onto the front of the movement (fig. 2).
3. Insert the golden metal centre into the front of the clock, with the screw part facing down (fig. 3).
4. From the back of the clock, screw the movement into the golden metal centre, (fig. 4).
5. Then, take the hour needle first and gently place it onto the clock face, making sure to position it with the bits at the bottom (fig. 5).
Note: Don’t press the hour needle down too far on the spindle, as you need to leave a small gap between the needle and the clock face (fig. 6).
6. There are two different screws in the clock kit. The nut (left) (fig. 7) is for use with the minute hand. Place the minute hand onto the spindle, on top of the hour hand and screw fix the nut (fig. 8)
Note: If you do happen to have a ‘seconds’ hand, you will need to use the circular screw (right).
7. Finally, adjust the time, place an AA battery in the recess at the back and hang your amazing handiwork very proudly on the wall! ☺
If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, here’s one I made earlier!