Who can resist an old sock knitting machine?!

Not me – for a starter.

The other day I came across an old strange looking knitting machine in a charity shop. I had never seen anything like it – and I am an enthusiast when it comes to sock knitting machine. I went home – without the machine – and did some research.

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What I had seen in that box in the shop was a contraption of great intriguing beauty!

What I was looking at will become a sock knitting machine looking like this:
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At the moment I am cleaning the machine up – a messy project. I have soaked all the parts in alcohol and rubbet off decades of grease and fibers. To my great surprise all the needles were there. As I tok the machine apart it is not a surplice as the needles are locked inn a chamber so to speak; the needle plate and the top are screwed together so the needles can´t fall out.

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IMG_9187I will post photos as I progress from cleaning to knitting!

A bit of facts about my new machine:

This modell is called “Favorit” and it was manufactured by Nässjö Sweden, from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. Mine was bought by a woman called Sanna on April 20, 1930. I can´t make out her surname.It comes with two different needle setting wheels. One for 96 needles and one for 72 needles. It has a row counter and a bell to indicate who target rows are knitted.

What´s not to love!

It’s later in the day now and I have cleaned all parts and put the machine back together.

Just had to add these pictures! IMG_9188 IMG_9190

2 thoughts on “Who can resist an old sock knitting machine?!

  1. How marvellous, finding one of these. They’re normally very expensive! The needles are still available for spares, and there are groups online of people sharing advice and tips.

    • Thank you so much for letting me know! At first I had no idea I was looking at a sock knitting machine. I have an Auto Knitter already so I am familiar with the concept. So excited to test out this lovely contraption!

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