Another wonderful vintage machine, which belonged to Ethel Rose Smith and was kindly, donated by her nephew Ian Smith.
Regina II Hand Knitting Machine
I love these vintage machines and this particular one I must admit I had never heard of – by the way that is not unusual as there are still hundreds of vintage machines out there that were popular in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.
This beautiful machine is reminiscent of the Minitex machine by Paramount and is shaped like a bullet, coloured in a wonderful green stove enamel. The comb is made of aluminum and the pins are stainless steel. This machine has the unusual specialty of promoting garter stitch – it’s the easiest knit to do, it does stocking stitch and basic fairisle with a comb accessory.
Casting On - not so easy!
The casting on is not easy, as it requires a good tension to ensure that it will behave itself. To start with, I did a loose chain stitch to get it on to the bed then proceeded with the instructions as per the manual
The garter stitch lies on top of the comb and the comb is reversed every row – still much quicker than hand knitting and perhaps even quicker than our wonderful automatic garter carriages. Difference is that the garter carriages do patterning. Again the whole bed of needles – well that’s another story.