Circular sock knitting machines, or as some people call them CSM’s are a particular love of mine. I first saw one many years ago at a knitting machine museum and knew it was something I needed in my life. I am now the proud owner of a Golden Fleece, which is a more lightweight English machine and then I have my beautiful old Griswold machine. This machine must be over a hundred years old and had been stood silent for many years when I bought it. I cleaned and oiled it and it now it it turns so smooth that it really is a joy to use.
They do have quite a steep learning curve (especially for someone who can’t knit a stitch on two sticks) but I like to think i’ve mastered them enough now to call myself a sock knitter! They are very versatile and i’ve made socks from teeny toddler size right up to a mans UK 13. They are such good fun and whilst i’m not as speedy as some people, I can manage to do a pair in one day.
It is possible to make other things on the CSM such as scarves and childrens hats and I am enjoying learning new techniques. I made scarves for my grandchildren at Christmas and they were very well received.
These are a teeny pair I made for my grandson using every other needle (EON). I used variegated yarn which made one sock turn out blue and one green. Top tip… don’t use variegated yarn on teeny projects! 🙂
I hope to do more posts and maybe tutorials on the sock knitting machine as I do find them fascinating. Please drop me a comment if you enjoy these sweet old machines too!