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The Auto Knitter Instruction Book!

Spiral Bound Book Republication™

Originally Published 1923!


If you are the first to bid, using the buy-it-now option, you win! Don't wait, bid now!


Up for bid is another marvelous Dakota Prairie Treasures Spiral Bound Book Republication™ of our original'' The Auto Knitter Instruction Book!'' ''Better than a hundred hands!'' This item contains extensive information for using the antique turn-of-century hand cranked knitting machines that are still all the rage!

This HISTORIC item includes detailed instructions for making a wide variety of knit garments for men, women, teens & children. There're even techniques to make the lovely fancy work patterns shown in the photo! (Original is NOT for sale)


Our new line of Spiral Bound Book Republications™ oh-so-conveniently lie flat while in use!

This is a unbelievably nice touch if you have every tried to read a pattern's instructions while your hands are full of your in progress project. As an avid needleworker myself my personal experience prompted my choice of spiral binding for it's ease-of-use alone. I bet you'll love it too!


This is certainly a fine source of historically valuable techniques and inspiration for the creative needlework, fabric and thread artists who desire to study and recreate the Victorian and Edwardian Era knitted clothing and clothing making techniques! This is the perfect opportunity to purchase your own version of another wonderful arts and crafts instructional revealing our heritage from early America and European cultures!


An excerpt:

''This instruction book has been written for the person who has never seen a knitting machine, knows nothing about knitting of any kind and understands very little about mechanical things. By photographs and drawings everything is made so clear that almost anyone with a little study and application should readily learn to operate the Auto Knitter.''



Part I

How to Use this Book

How to Unpack the Machine

How the Auto Knitter Works

Names and Uses of Principal Parts

Bed Plate

Gear Ring and Crank Wheel

Cam Shell

Yarn Carrier

Needle Cylinder

Ribber Needle Dial

Tappet Plate


Ribber Arm

K & L Yarn Stand



How Cylinder Needles Make Stitches

How the Cam Shell Operates the Cylinder Needles

How the Ribber Works

Part II

Learning to Make Socks on the Auto Knitter

How to Start

Bobbin Winding

Threading the Machine

Setting Up New Work

How to Do Ribbed Work

To Place the Ribbing Attachment in Position

Putting Ribber Needles in Dial

A Variety of Ribbed Stitches

Transferring Stitches

Cylinder to Dial

1 and 1 Rib

Machine Set for 1-1 Rib

Part III

Standard Olde Tyme Socks

To Form a Selvedge for Rib Work

Dividing Work

The Cuff of a Standard Sock

Measuring Work

Transferring Needles

Dial Back to Cylinder

Heel - First Half

Machine Set for 3-1 Rib

The Leg of a Standard Sock

3 and 1 Rib

Heel - Second Half

To Knit Foot

Knitting the Toe

Closing the Toe

Finishing Knit Goods

Standard Socks

Mating Socks

Sock with 1-1 Rib Cuff and 3-1 Rib Leg and Foot

Instructions for Splicing Yarn

Knitting Standard Socks

How to Ship Hosiery

Knitting Standard Socks

Part IV

Making Adjustments

Cylinder Tension Adjustment - Length of Stitch - Tension Cam (D2)

Upthrow Cams (D6)

Yarn Carrier (E)

Placing and Removing Cylinder Needles

The Dial Adjuster

Making Adjustments

The Tappet Plate

Ribber Tension

Timing the Ribber Needles

Making Adjustments

Heel Spring



Changing Cylinders

Holding Down Work

To Put Work on the Machine

Picking Up Dropped Cylinder Stitches

Picking Up Dropped Rib Stitches

Care of the Machine



Needle Cylinders


Part V

Knitting for Home Trade

Sock with 1-1 Rib Cuff, and Plain Leg

Knitting Flat Web

Seaming Flat Web

Taking the Stitches


To Unravel Work While on the Machine

To Form Selvedge for Plain Work

Large Heel

Pointed Toe


Ladies' Ribbed Hose, 3 and 1 Rib, with Scalloped Vandyke Top

Narrowing Ankle

Ladies Ribbed Hose, with Hem Top

Ladies' Ribbed Hose with 3 and 1 Welt

Ladies' Plain Hose, Fashioned

Gentlemen's Hose

Youth's or Boys' Stockings

Making a Mock Rib

A Youth's Plain Stocking

Child's Sock or Stocking, Made on the Flat Web Plan

Child's Sock with Ornamental Body Part

Gentlemen's Cycle Stockings, with Striped Top

Gentlemen's Cycle Stocking, with Diamond Top

Gentlemen's Cycle Stockings, with Large Hem Top

Gentlemen's Cycle Stockings, with 1 and 1 Striped Ribbed Top

Children's Combinations

Casting Off Stitches

Muffler or Scarf

Motor Scarf

Child's Toque


Lady's Ribbed Vest

To Finish

Boy's Jersey, 2 and 1 Rib

To Finish

Knee Cap

Ribbed Mittens

Plain Mittens

Girl's Victorine or Cape

Toilet Mat

Baby's Overalls, in White or Other Suitable Wool

Baby's Jacket, in Blue, White, or Other Colors

Easy Lesson for Boys and Girls

The Amateur's First Knitting Lesson

Knitting Braid Cord

Knitting Square Cord

Knitting Round Cord

Knitting Fringe

Short Double Fringe

Knitting Flat Web



Heel and Tow Flat Web

Round Heel and Toe

First Part of Heel

Second Part of Heel

Heel and Toe

Child's Plain Stocking

Knit Flat Web

Making Heel, First Half

Making Heel, Second Half

Flat Web Toe

All Sizes of Stockings

Large Flat Web

Man's Undershirt

Knit on Plain Machine

Knitting Sleeves

Men's and Boy's Ribbed Undershirts

Fancy Stitches

Herring Bone Pattern

Chevron Stitch

Lattice Stitch

Lacework Pattern

Lace Stitch

Angle Stitch

Stripe Stitch

Cord Pattern

Spiral Stitch

Tidy Stitch

Basket Stitch

Insertion Pattern

Twisted Stitch

Lasso Stitch

Net or Filet Pattern

Bar and Diamond Pattern

Honeycomb Pattern

Special Lattice Pattern

Pyramid Pattern

Special Ribbed Pattern

Ribbon Work Pattern

Machine Knitting Yarns

For Ready Reference to Machine Parts and Their Operation

List and Photos

General Index


What a historically educational and delightful knit and fancywork thread and yarn art instructional piece this is!

The ladies of earlier times put their hands to such marvelous work and now you can too! These are beautiful items and sure to delight you and yours! These instructions are very clear and easy to follow and yet the experience needle worker will be capable of altering as per individual needs and artistic whim.

The antique and vintage threads, yarns, needles, hooks, etc., can be found on Atomic Mall quite readily. You just have to hunt a little bit! :) Or, of course, you can utilize contemporary tools and materials found at a nearby fabric, craft or hobby store…

The Spiral Bound Book Republication™ you will receive is representative of the types of handicraft expertise of earlier genteel and feminine American and European culture! If you're into nostalgia like I am you will have many hours of enjoyment recreating antique needlework items for yourself or others dear to your heart just the way your great-grandmothers did!

You will appreciate the attention taken in providing a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that you will use for many years to come. This information has been scanned at a high resolution and electronically revamped to provide you with the very best hardcopy reproduction. Unlike other reproduction sellers this is NOT a cheap, grainy photocopy! Our Spiral Bound Republication™ has so many more advantages over the original book.


What are the benefits of our antique book Spiral Bound Book Republications™

* Our products are produced with front and back covers of heavy stock paper.

* Our products are made using the latest LaserJet printing technology meaning the ink will not smear like inferior photocopy or inkjet products do.

* Our spiral binding allows your book to lie flat during use for ease of viewing while working on your needlework projects.

* Our products do not cost a small fortune for you to obtain and enjoy.

* Every image and every page has been scanned to produce crystal clear images and you never have to deal with any crumbling old paper!

* These scans are enlarged to full-page dimensions for ease of viewing!

* You can gift these wonderful Victorian, Edwardian pattern book finds with family and friends!


Curious about the quality of this item Please contact me and I will forward an image for your own personal inspection! You will appreciate the attention we have taken in providing you with a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that will be use for many years to come...


Check out  Dakota Prairie Treasures' current auctions for many other unique needlework CD & Spiral Bound Book Republications™ for your creative needle working pleasure!


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Please visit out other auctions and store listings for other items of similar interest at http://stores.Atomic Mall.com/Dakota-Prairie-Treasures ! Thank you! USA customers: I prefer Paypal but also accept money order or personal check. International customers: payment is accepted via Paypal only. Buyer to contact me within 3 days of auction close. All payments must be received within 10 days following close of auction(s). Email address for Paypal payments will be included following the close of the auction.

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