Casting on and working with the Knitmaster Instants
The manual for the Knitmaster Instant Knitter that I have ie the one with the handle is available on my favourite site.
By the way there are 2 books for the instant knitter - as far as I can see but once you open the downloaded PDF’s you will soon see the relevant one – mine is a simple lay the yarn across type and there is a hook that pulls out the needle retainer bar so that you can put out of position the 6 needles either side of your knitting then you simply replace the bar. You should have a cast-on rag for this machine, I am lucky enough to have several made by a dear friend of mine a good few years ago.
You simply slip the cast on rag behind the latches then use a cast on cord and in my case I pulled the cast on rag over the cord and I was ready to go. I used a difficult yarn on tension 10 and I have to admit it knits easily – the sinkers which are moveable push the knitting over the latches and then pushed the knitting back with my hand and do the same again. There is plenty of info in the instruction manual so take time to read it.
This is a tiny machine compared to today’s models, you can see pictures of my two machines in the museum. They came in cardboard boxes with red ties – I believe they were distributed in the 1960’ though info is thin on the ground.
This included a plastic tube (for joining together the long bar weight) a single tool with a hook on one end and a latch on the other, a small metal clip and a holder for a row counter, not included. Some of the other tools were missing but you know me I have a tone of odds and sods stuff so I was able to improvise.