Co-operative Sock Machine Instruction Manual
The Co-operative Improved Automatic Knitting Machine is one of the simplest antique sock machines to operate.
Manufactured without a ribbing attachment, the owner of the Co-operative knitting machine created fully ribbed socks via hand manipulation. Stockinette stitches were simply laddered down and transferred into purl stitches by use of a spare needle or crochet hook.
As with all antique sock machines, the Co-operative sock machine was capable of knitting over 10,000 stitches per minute. The 16 page Co-operative instruction manual teaches the knitter how to knit bicycle leggings, children's socks and a variety of knitwear.
Undershirts, drawers and vests could be knit in flat web to expand the capabilities of the machine. A photocopy of the Co-operative instruction manual is available in english.