Brother KH531 knitting machine


I am actually very bummed that I have not gotten a chance to work on this machine and/or see it in person.

However, here are the pictures posted with author’s persmission.


It is a 4-push button knitting machine with the screw-on handle and a clip-on vintage row counter.


The buttons are activated using the special ratchet tool.

With the exception of the color, this machine looks and will probably act very similar to its other 4-pushbutton sister, Brother Profile 551, which I described in my blog in detail. If you like this type of patterning mechanics but would like versatility, check out the Brother KH800 knitting machine: it has the same ratchet-based needle selection mechanism but it is actually punch-card based (thus, more unique needle combinations with 12-stitch repeat). A bit simpler option is 8-pushbutton knitting machines, like Brother KH585, Brother KH588, Brother KH710, etc.

Because of its similarity with KH551, Brother KH531 might be compatible with the  Brother KR551 ribber.