Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cylinder Diagrams

In both the Auto Knitter handbook and the LeGare handbook, you will see a strange circular drawing. There's a lot of information on these little buggers.

Here's the one found in the AK book:
Here's the LeGare figure:
There are two differences in the sketches.
  1. The LeGare shows to pull more needles out of work for the toes.
  2. The LeGare shows to work the toe on the back of the cylinder. The only problem I see with doing that is that you get your seam on the bottom of the foot rather than on the top.
If you ever get an unmarked cylinder, you can use these as a guide to where you will put your marks.

The other nice thing about these diagrams is that they show you where the sweet spot is located to hang your heel weights. Look inside the circle near the bottom. You will see a small "a" and "b". They're shown to be placed between needles the second and third needles on either side of the heel/toe. For what it's worth, I like to put another heel weight between these two points.


  1. Oooh, handy -- I've seen theses pictures in my own manuals, but never realized what the heel-hook things meant. Maybe now heels will get a little easier for me :-) Thanks!

  2. Would you be able to post a close up picture or two of inserting the needles. I just bought a Creelman Bros. Sock knitting machine. Everything seems to wrk okay till I place the needles in..then it stops at the back and will not wind. Thanks kindly Candis