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Domestic Knitting Machines

 

Toyota 950 Punchcard Knitting Machine

Knitting machines with the advent of electronics, and perhaps coupled with Designaknit and other software, began to appeal to a wider market - making it easier to produce individually designed knitwear, We now appreciated fitting, and shape, this coupled with a great choice of quality yarns and easier patterning methods, helped even the less skilled come up with an individual knit.

In contrast, take a look at the early books produced by Knitmaster. In those days, the patterns were very sophisticated and knitted on the most basic machines. Beautiful coat, suit and dress patterns were printed, and they were all fitted and were often patterned - remember in the 50's and 60's there was not such a wide choice of yarns and even these were very expensive and machines had no easy automatic patterning devices. I take my hat off to these early designers and especially to those who actually produced, it must have taken patience and skill to knit these classical designs on such basic machines such as the Knitmaster 3500.

I note that a lot of these old classical 1950’s 60’s designs are still fashionable today and to my mind, nothing looks better than a well fitted sweater, jacket or coat.