Notes on a Pingouin TP2 Knitting Machine (number 2)
The gauge is 6 mm and it takes 4 ply with ease and possibly light DK. It’s an easy machine to operate with weights that are specialized to fit into a comb that is held in place by elastic – a clever and innovative design. The Pingouin does plain and purl in a single row and is fascinating to watch – first time I ran the carriage across I could have swore it was going to drop the lot and holes appeared to be forming but you have to remember this machine knits both sides of the carriage at once and is of course one of the rare garter stitch machines.
Pingouin Garter Needles
I have been very lucky as today I managed to acquire a second model of the same machine I already own – a Pingouin TP2. The added bonus of this machine is that it came with a box of much needed garter stitch needles. The last one had the bare minimum of needles and it has cost me dearly to supplement them however, now I have plenty and if I take extra care they should last.
Pingouin Knitting Machine
After giving the machine a good clean and polish with the recommended paraffin wax (oil will not do) I put it together to cast on, all was present within the box and I am one happy lady. Even the original elastic was present – so I was able to see just what they used in the day – I just use lycra elastic now as it cheap and easily obtained – best of all, the original instruction manuals and pattern book were still there, good as new in old brown envelopes, albeit in French. The cast on combs have a threader wire and you simply thread the elastic through the comb and place it over the needles and