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My Circular Sock Knitting Machine

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on April 11, 2009

I love knitting machines. They come in all sizes and types and it is so interesting to watch them work. Ok, not to you…. but they’re interesting to me. I bought a CSM, circular sock machine, years ago. Some of the parts were missing so my husband and I have slowly found new parts for it. It’s been mostly working from the start and I’d been able to make socks on it but I wanted to make pretty socks on it using the ribber.  Well, Jim found the last piece needed to make the ribber work a few months ago! It was a funny little piece that needed to be bent to fit my machine and some friends from Madison helped me bend the little bugger.  (it was dramatic, let me tell you).  There’s lots of ways to make socks, some with a hemmed cuff, some ribbed all the way to the toe, some just plain knit, but I think I like a mix of rib and stockenet stitch.
csm-ribber-socks
Don’t be concerned with all the messy waste yarn, that all cleans up soon. This is how the socks look right off the machine. You crank the handle of the machine to make a circular knit then use short rows to make the heel on half of the needles, put all of the needles in work again, crank away until you get to the toe and then short row in the same direction as the heel and pull the sock off on waste yarn and WhaaaaaLa! You have a sock when you kitchner stitch up the seam at the toe. Oh…… don’t give me that “you have to seam up the sock? that’s too much work” gunk. Even when you hand knit a sock you’ve got to do something similar for the toe, it’s either kitchner stitch or a magic cast on. I did this pair in a few hours while drinking coffee and playing with the cat, how long does it take you to knit your pair of socks? This is the process for every commerical sock you buy. :)

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2 Responses to “My Circular Sock Knitting Machine”

  1. jessalu said

    Hi! Your blog popped up in a Google Search for CSM’s – I just wanted to say that I find it interested to watch a CSM work, mine fascinates me to no end! ;o))

    Congrats on getting yours up and running, I was so happy when mine finally ribbed something I danced around the house for a solid five minutes – then I swore at the thing for the next 45 when I tried to get it to rib the second sock LOL

  2. Yes, I know how you feel. I’ve got it set up in the dinning room near a sunny window, and sometimes I just go in there and crank the handle and watch the needles go up and down. It’s a fascinating little marvel. I even like the sound it makes as it’s moving around the cylinder. :)

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