Category: Patterning

  • Brother KH511 knitting machine

    Brother KH511 knitting machine

    Brother KH511 is very likely the first pushbutton knitting machine to appear on the market. Its only 4-pushbuttons allow for a more automatic needle selection, activated by the pressing the buttons and rotating the ratchet tool. Its vintage look is similar to the earlier manual-only models: with metal unfolding flaps like KH311. The carriage also…

  • Brother KM-100 knitting machine

    Brother KM-100 knitting machine

    Brother KM100 knitting machine is a plastic flatbed knitting machine with 90 needles in the needle bed. It is very hard to find any information on this machine. From the pictures, it looks like a mid-gauge knitting machine similar to Brother KX350. It is also very likely that it was made for Japanese markets only…

  • Brother KH864 knitting machine

    Brother KH864 knitting machine

    Brother KH864 knitting machine is a standard-gauge knitting machine with 200 needles, 4.5 mm apart. It has an interesting color combination – not like any earlier or later punchcard Brother knitting machines. Other features of Brother KH864 are very similar to Brother KH860, which also has built-in garter carriage rails. Read a detailed post on…

  • KnitKing KH881 knitting machine

    KnitKing KH881 knitting machine

    KnitKing KH881 knitting machine is a standard gauge machine with 200 needles, 4.5 mm apart. It was manufactured by the Brother company for the North American market. I owned one and I can assure you that it is identical to the Brother KH881 knitting machine (which I also owned). Thus, read a detailed article on…

  • Brother KH881 knitting machine

    Brother KH881 knitting machine

    … in progress…. The full article with all pros and cons is coming soon… Brother KH881 knitting machine is a standard gauge machine with 200 needles, 4.5 mm apart. It appeared on both Western and Japanese markets in the late 1970s. The model for the Japanese markings (with the writing in Japanese) is often accompanied…

  • Brother KH811 knitting machine

    Brother KH811 knitting machine

    Brother KH811 is a very unique knitting machine as it (to the best of my knowledge) is the only machine made by Brother (and maybe even the only one in the whole knitting-machine world) that combines punchcard and pushbutton needle selection and pattering mechanisms. It is a standard-gauge knitting machine with 200 needles. It was…

  • Brother KH850 knitting machine

    Brother KH850 knitting machine

    Brother KH850 knitting machine was manufactured for the Japanese market judging by Japanese writing on the carriage and the case. It is a standard-gauge knitting machine with 200 needles, 4.5 mm apart, with punchcard reading capabilities for patterning and needle selection. It is very similar, even in a color scheme, to Brother KH850. However, I…

  • Brother KH920 electronic knitting machine

    Brother KH920 electronic knitting machine

    Brother KH920 knitting machine, as possessing a middle name “Topical”, is an electronic knitting machine that selects needles automatically by reading the pattern off the mylar sheets. Brother KH920 was probably available on the Japanese market only judging by writing on the carriage and on the case in Japanese. KH920 was one of the first…

  • Jones Simplicity knitting machine

    Jones Simplicity knitting machine

    Jones Simplicity knitting machine is a metal flat-bed knitting machine manufactured by Brother and released in the United Kingdon market under the brand name Jones. It is one of the first standard-gauge knitting machines (judging by the vintage row counter and the square shape of the carriage). But not too vintage since some of its…

  • Brother KH893 knitting machine

    Brother KH893 knitting machine

    Brother KH893 is one of the knitting machines containing a built-in knit leader. It also has punch card reading capabilities for automatic needle selection and patterning. It is standard-gauge knitting machine. I have only used this machine in Japanese used markets. Other knitting machines with punchcard readers and built-in knit leaders are Brother KH871, KH881,…

  • Brother KH821 knitting machine

    Brother KH821 knitting machine

    Brother KH821 knitting machine appeared on the market in 1974. It is a standard-gauge (4.5 mm) knitting machine with 200 needles. It is identical to the Brother KH820 knitting machine (thus, refer to that blog post) but probably was available in the Japanese markets (judging by all Japanese writing on the carriage and the panel).

  • Brother KH810 knitting machine

    Brother KH810 knitting machine

    Brother KH810 is a knitting machine with punchcard-reading capabilities to create patterns and automatically select needles. It is a standard-gauge knitting machine. It is probably the first machine sold under the brand name Brother with 24-stitch patterning capabilities using punchcards. It was probably released just to the Japanese markets: so far I was only able…