The Auto Knitter
In helping move some weaver’s guild equipment from storage at a local museum we found an old circular sock knitting machine. I have taken on the project of putting it into working condition if possible and we hope it can be used for demonstrations at the museum. I know nothing about these machines, but am learning quickly with lots of help from the web.
So far in my examination it looks to be in good condition with all parts intact. It is an Auto Knitter, Made in Canada with an instruction book dated 1923, 19th Edition.
All I have done so far is carefully take the parts out of a box, and gently dust them to find the label. Now the fun begins in figuring out how to make it work.
There are lots more odds and ends – thread holders, guides, all sorts of extra needles, cone holders etc., the photo is showing the main part, the ribber and yarn carrier.
The underside of the ribber. The numbers mean something – I will figure that out eventually!
Update – today I decided with helpf from reading alot of articles, that it was time to begin cleaning. I backed off the two screws which are supposed to realease the inside workings – but they didn’t move. I guess the grunge has stuck it all together. So I have put some oil on it and will leave it overnight and hopefully it will come apart.