||The Modern Victoria Automatic Knitter was the first British circular knitting machine ever built. Designed by W. & J. Foster, Market St. Works, Preston, Lancashire, the Modern Victoria Automatic Knitter was modeled after the royal legend.
With a net weight of 50 pounds, the Modern Victoria Automatic Knitter was solidly built of British steel and cast iron. Although its primary function was to create hosiery and circular knit goods, it was advertised as the ideal machine to knit garments, afghans and large domestic items.
The Instruction Book for the Victoria Automatic Improved Knitting Machine is a 95 page manual consisting of two parts. Part one describes the parts of the machine, set up and operation.
Part two teaches the knitter how to construct garments and fancy work. Information on re-footing hosiery and shaping stockings is also included. Both sections contain detailed illustrations.
A troubleshooting section on faults, irregularities and difficulties is a helpful resource for the new knitter. Patterns include antimacassars, blankets, spreads, mats, gaiters, bureau mats, bed socks, fisherman's caps, cosies for teapots, gent's pants, child's overalls, boy's knickerbockers and more.