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Little is known about the New Harrison "Plain and Purl" knitting machine of 1908.Japan claims Masako Hagiwara invented the first hand knitting machine for the home in 1924.A box of labels "Bundles for Britain" and the hand written pattern used for these socks which were knit for our soldiers during the war, were also in the wooden carrying box.
The thing that makes them different is the speed and ease with which they do it!
There are machines from fine gauge - to standard - to bulky.
Each with different size latch needles for creating different weights and kinds of fabric.
I am proud to say that I have two circular sock machines at The Knit Tree which have been restored.
Occasionally, I have the opportunity to knit a special pair of socks from these sock machines for the One of a Kind category of our online catalog. My Anslie and Legare are pictured at the beginning of this article (c late 1800's) When I found the Anslie machine, (in the attic of one of my students) it still had a "Work Sock" hanging on it. With a loving restoration, this sock knitter was brought back to life.