You lay the yarn across stationary latch needles, and then slide the carriage, which pushes the knitting forward , closing the latches and the new stitches are in the hooks. Then you push (manually) the knitting back behind the needle latches, which opens the latches again, and lay the yarn in the latches....
It actually goes pretty fast.
|You can see the yarn laying in the hooks right of the carriage.|
You can see the 'fingers' pushing the knitting out over the new yarn.
People who like intarsia, or hand manipulated lace, would like this machine. It's 5mm pitch, so passap and superba tools work with it. You could also knit two separate pieces, with two separate yarns, at the same time. Hmm. What comes in pairs? (I know! Socks!) Seriously, You could knit both fronts of a baby sweater, mirroring the shaping, at the same time. Who wouldn't want to do that?
Okay- I saw an episode of Hoarders, and I'm Never watching that again. And knitting machines are NOT cats. But I have avoided counting them (the knitting machines, that is.) It might be time to count.
Today, I will review the earliest (20's through 50's) machines: There's the knitomat, the Custom 131, the twinmatic, and the Fleischer Fast Knitter (not really a machine, but not really a knitting loom, either.) I probably need to include the AutoKnitter here. A Steber, too.
|Fleischer EME Fast Knitter Illustration|
That's enough counting. It's better to knit, don't you think?