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Sock Machine Knitting Demonstration

July 1st, 2009 · 24 Comments · Knitting On Circular Needles

See a circular sock knitting machine being used to knit a sock. This video is to support an article to be published in the fall issue of ‘Spin-Off’ magazine, an Interweave Press publication. In it you will see how short and long rows are formed to knit the sock, heel and toe.

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  • 1 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    These are great …
    These are great machines to take to demonstrate on at fairs and such like, Children, men and some ladies find them facinating but they are not for everyone as there is a steep learning curve to operating one.

  • 2 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    Great news – now …
    Great news – now you will have loads of fun and socks too!!

  • 3 gabrieleneuschwander // Jul 1, 2009 at

    It’s me again- I …
    It’s me again- I did get a machine, and it’s the best thing I have ever done. … I just loooove it !!!
    thanks for your video

  • 4 NickBlackDIN // Jul 1, 2009 at

    lol, to each thier …
    lol, to each thier own, me personally I fin it fasinating to see a mashiene at work and I can think of little higher pleasure then working on one, whether it be old or new. but I totally understand your viewpoint too, and having the understanding of how it’s done by hand can go a long way to making/using a mashiene.

  • 5 Khamomil // Jul 1, 2009 at

    It doesn’t look …
    It doesn’t look like fun at all to me. Instead of understanding how to knit you need to understand how the machine works. From this video it looks like there’s something wrong going on all the time b/c you’re stopping every few sec’s to fix things. And the manual skill required for hand-knitting which distinguishes a great knitter, and makes a pair of handknits a token of love and object of pride, gets lost. There are several ways to turn heels, does this machine make them all? Me no likee.

  • 6 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    If one has never …
    If one has never knitted a sock on double points it looks just as daunting but it is a basic machine with only a few moving parts. It can be mastered in a short while and one can make a sock in one hour or less as opposed to 20 hours or more on needles.
    But of course one cannot stop at one sock because it is so much fun………….

  • 7 XxXBloodshotXxX // Jul 1, 2009 at

    this looks so much …
    this looks so much faster but much more complicated than just doing it on dps…

  • 8 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    Once one knows the …
    Once one knows the order of things to do there is only operator error. The machines are very basic but can – by the operator – make some really wonderful things.
    It is a very moreish tool to have, a sock is never enough – one just has to make just another more before bed, or shopping, or, or, or……..

  • 9 sweetsmile1 // Jul 1, 2009 at

    this looks so hard@ …
    this looks so hard@ how do you know what to do and when to do it???

  • 10 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    I do use handspun a …
    I do use handspun a lot on my machines but one has to spin for the machine.
    The more needles in the cylinder the thinner the yarn has to be ie. a 60 slot will tolerate a light sport which an 80 slot will not-in most cases.
    It is not that the needles would be too small but the machine was designed for fingering yarn, to use thick yarn or bigger needles would force the machine to wear out much quicker. As many sock machines are already 75 years or older one should endeavour to use it wisely.

  • 11 gabrieleneuschwander // Jul 1, 2009 at

    great machine !!
    is …

    great machine !!
    is is possible to use handspun thicker yarn,
    or would the needles be too small??

  • 12 StupidDyke // Jul 1, 2009 at

    This Is WICKED, …
    This Is WICKED, Cool.

  • 13 jazolivia // Jul 1, 2009 at

    Do you ever use …
    Do you ever use handspun yarn with it?

  • 14 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    If the machine is …
    If the machine is working well and one knows how a sock is made from start to finish and one does not drop a stitch, that the yarn does not break and is correct for the machine then a sock can be done in 15 minutes. Of course one has to close the toe by hand using kitchener stitch and this can take longer than making the whole sock.
    My quickest time on a 60 cylinder 30 ribber was 20 mins but I prefer to take my time – less mistakes can happen plus – less rush more fun.

  • 15 himynameishelen // Jul 1, 2009 at

    How long does it …
    How long does it take to knit a sock on one of these machines?

  • 16 gymnastics101 // Jul 1, 2009 at

    that looks hard i …
    that looks hard i think id rather knit socks on dpns

  • 17 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    Price depends on …
    Price depends on many factors including rarity, number of cylinders, ribbers and accessories included.The biggest factor seems to be how much you want a machine and how much you are prepared to pay to get one.

  • 18 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    Prices vary, …
    Prices vary, machines can generally be found on ebay. Although they may turn up in antique stores, estate sales, you would be fortunate to find one without a lot of luck and effort. There is a manufacturer of new machines in New Zealand. A search on the internet will give you a good start. A working machine may cost any amount, from as little as couple of hundred dollars up to a couple of thousand dollars.

  • 19 greygrey2003 // Jul 1, 2009 at

    That looks like a …
    That looks like a nice machine! Where can I get one? How much are they?

  • 20 electrickbitch // Jul 1, 2009 at

    how about a …
    how about a positive comment?
    Its an awesome demo
    i loved the cast off

  • 21 woolcombs // Jul 1, 2009 at

    I had to choose …
    I had to choose sound or video length. I will do another soon, perhaps in two segments with talking when time allows. Thanks for the feed back.

  • 22 mapexrock911 // Jul 1, 2009 at

    sound ?????
    sound ?????

  • 23 mostitchin // Jul 1, 2009 at

    Commentary and a …
    Commentary and a description of the machine would be very beneficial. Thanks.

  • 24 bluesy1999 // Jul 1, 2009 at

    This would be …
    This would be really nice if she was talking and explaining what she was doing.

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