I’ve wanted a circular sock knitting machine for ages. So back in November 2017 I had a clear out and spent a couple of months selling stuff! on ebay to get together some funds for the purchase of a sock knitting machine.
Towards the end of my Ebaying this machine came up on Ebay and I was the lucky winner.
It had not been used for a while so it needed a little clean up and some new needles.
I managed to get a tube of knitting straight away, but it was a couple of days and a lot of oil before it would crank smoothly.
Being an old item of equipment from possibly dating back to the first world war, these lovely machines are very simple in mechanism but boy are they tempremental. They have particlar settings they are happy with and some they just dont like.
The learning curve is massive and you neeed to be a person that will play around and not be afraid to tinker with the settings. It was probably 4 months before I could knit a ribbed sock without any errors. I had great help from a Face book Group called the Vintage Krankers.
I recently sold a pair of socks at a craft fair and was delighted to receive a commission for several more pairs a few days later. The socks are made with my CSM Sock Recipe
Took part in the latest craft fair at the Catholic Hall in Swanage. the weather was a bit odd, lot of rolling sea mist but the footfall was good.
First time on display for my Noro (wool & Silk) Flower granny blanket. It received a lot of attention, mainly due to the lovely colours.
I have invested in a sock display and the socks looked great. I have also made some new labels for the socks. I also used my wooden blocks.
I also took the opportunity to display my shawls in a different way.
Had a good amount of sales and had some sock commissions as well.
Looking forward to the next one on the 12th May
My version of a felted baby sock/bootee.
Cranked on an 84 cylinder with 4 ply yarn.
Only 7 gms per sock. that’s a lot of socks out of one ball….yah
Using 100% Hand Wash wool. Super wash wool will not shrink.
The wool I used was cascade yarns – cascade 220 http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/…/cascade-220-fingering…
Tension 1 stop looser than normal.
Cast on with every 3rd needle.
Knit 32 rows.
Knit heel as normal until 6 stitches left.
Knit 12 rows for foot.
Knit Toe as normal until 6 stitches left.
Crochet slip stitch top leg.
Wash on 1 hour wash at 60 degrees.
Roll top, pull into shape whilst Damp
Make in the normal way, finish toe and top of leg. Pull into shape before washing. Before washing size will depend on yarn, tension etc as will felted size and how it is washed.
Don’t be put off by the stringy sock you end up with before washing. Its like knitting a string bag.
Recipe for a mans sock size UK 8 using 4 ply sock wool
(Regia, Opal, Stylecraft, Drops Fabel, Scheepjes Invicta Extra etc.)
On my machine 5 rows will change the size by one sock size e.g. size 9 will be plus 5 rows in the foot.
Selvage 1st row ribber in, 2nd and 3rd row ribber out.
20 rows 1 x 1 rib
55 rows 3 x 1 rib
Replace all needles on half of cylinder where heel is to be made
Short row heel of your choice
Replace all needles
Short row toe of your choice
Yarn enhanced drum stool
I’m getting together items so I can transport and demonstrate my sock knitting machines a craft fairs and crank ins.
Over the weekend I obtained a stool meant for drumming. It needs new feet which I have ordered from Ebay. It also had a boring black plastic top which called out for some fibre enhancement.
Using some stash Aran cotton I crocheted a granny cover.
No pattern just winged it.
Been asked to make some childrens fingerless gloves.
I normally make these.
So I made the pattern but added Lycra and reduced the tension by 1 setting.
This is the result, a very stretch smaller pair of fingerless gloves.
On a 84 cylinder, tension 6 for larger glove 5 for smaller glove (plus Lycra)
20 rows 1 x 1 rib ( 2 row selvedge)
30 rows 3 x 1
row 31 scrap yarn for 8 stitches (thumb hole)
20 rows 3 x 1
10 rows 1 x 1
Pick up cast off stitches and knit a rib bind off.
Pick up top and bottom stitches from scrap yarn 8 stitches, pick up 1 stich for smaller glove or 2 for larger glove either end giving 18 or 20 stitches. Knit with needles 1 x 1 rib for 10 rows. Cast off in rib.