Gallery

Some text about types and brands of sock knitting machines

La Semesie

Made in the UK for the French market circa 1900 this machine is similar to the English Beehive and Golden Fleece.

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Auto Knitter

The stalwart of the USA Sock machine market this basic design is still the preferred design for many sock knitters. The Autoknitter was produced both in the USA and Canada. made from pot metal with a cast iron  base

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Foster Star

Another extremely rare machine from the UK The foster Star has a unique row counter which is the numbers 0 to 10 cast into the crank. To activate the counter one only has to undo the crank wing nut move the crank around to 0 tighten the crank and each time you turn the handle…

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Victoria Compound

The Victoria Compound machine was the ultimate machine around the turn of the century and had many features like its capability to house compound cylinders and Ribbers.  

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Harrison Semi Automatic

The Harrison is not only extremely rare but it is quite unique as the first British machine to tackle the issue of automatic heel making and pre dates the Canadian Verdun by several years.

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The Foster aka The British Bulldog

The Foster was the last of the Hand Cranked machines out of England they were manufactured up until around 1960.

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Red Legare Refurbished and Restored

A lovely Red Legare I restored a few years ago for Bev Ledwith in California note the new tripod stand and custom made row counter.

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Griswold Circa 1880 / 1890

A very early Griswod around 1880 to 1890 this model uses a different needle than the later griswold models and has a lot of features that were dropped from subsiquent models.

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Legare refurbished Brown

Nicely reconditioned and refurbished Legare 400 made in Canada .

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English Quiknit

The Blue English Quiknit is a rare machine made by The Burridge Company very few of these have survived. This is the machine I used as a base design for the current NZ Quiknit where we have used a ramping system for raising needles making them nearly impossible to wear out.

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