Vintage (machine) knitting

by Lauriana on December 13, 2013 · 4 comments

in 1950s

I’ve just finished my first real machine knitted garment! I bought a second hand knitting machine last year, but only had it serviced last week. And now, it is working properly.

The machine, a Brother 710, is vintage itself. It is at least 35 years old, and likely to be even older. Like from the 1960′s.

The pattern I used is from a magazine from 1956. The garment is described there as a dressy sweater but it looks like a fitted cardigan to me. You are supposed to bind the hem and neckline with bias cut fabric but I didn’t do that.

I’m really happy with the result and looking forward to trying more vintage knitting patterns on the knitting machine.

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Stephanie December 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Wow! This cardigan is super cute. I’ve been toying with the idea of a knitting machine myself. I think they’ll be making a come back, but I juts don’t have the space.

I hope you keep experimenting and showing us all the stuff one can make on a knitting machine. :)


Anthea December 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm


I have a vintage knitting machine on my wish list for a while now! This really inspires me to really take the plunge and buy one.


EmSewCrazy December 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

That’s really neat. I’ve just discovered the world of knitting machines and it’s so neat to see something made from one.


Snowma December 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Great job. Insprires me to get one too!


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