- Built-in Intarsia, you don't need a separate intarsia carriage.
-Since this is a double bed knitting machine, you can do both
knitting and ribbing. The 70Dplus makes beautiful ribbing, fisherman's ribbing, as
well as circular knitting for socks, hats, mittens and more. The ribber drops down so you can easily knit single bed fabrics
with the single bed sinker plate.
-There are 147 needles on each bed. This is enough to make a finished
size 60 using DK weight yarn.
-Both carriages knit, slip, tuck and have a Hold position for
-In addition to slip, tuck and stockinette, the main carriage
also does plating.
-The sturdy stand included with the basic machine
has a convenient tray for storing all tools and cast-on combs. The tray can be placed either on the left, center, or right position
for your convenience.
SIDE NOTE: I have been told this is a "MANUAL" machine and NOT a "Punch Card" so check with your vendor before buying.
This knitting machine is a friendly $700 - $800 new for both beds which makes it an exceptional price for a new main bed and ribber bed even for new knitters.
Artisan GE63 - 70
This is a double bed Mid Gauge (7.0mm) manual
patterning machine with 147 needles on each bed, complete with
a well-designed, sturdy stand. It is a metal bed machine capable
of stockinet, knitweaving and plating. It also does an excellent
job of ribbing, fisherman's rib, and circular knitting because
of the angle of the beds. It is an excellent knitter as it is extremely
easy to learn, very sturdy and reliable, and the carriages are
quite easy to push. Plus, it knits DK, handspun, and other hand
weight yarn that hand knitters use. An Intarsia carriage and ribber covers are also available for this machine. I have no pricing information on this model yet.
Artisan JBL - 245
This a metal
bed Standard Gauge (4.5mm) punchcard machine, complete with detachable
ribber, with 200 needles on each bed. It is capable of stockinet,
tuck, slip, fairisle, thread lace, knitweaving, and plating. The
24 stitch punchcard mechanism will accept all existing punchcards
from Brother, Studio and Toyota machines! It also does ribbing,
fisherman's rib, circular knitting, and double jacquard (with the
optional color changer). This machine is comparable to the Silver Reed/Studio SK700.
RIBBER: You can also just purchase the ribber for $500 and it fits the Silver Reed knitting machines series SK200's, SK300's, SK500's and the SK840.
PRICE: With ribber and stand these run from $900 - $1,200
A standard gauge knitting machine like the KH868 knits finer yarn
like 4 and 3 ply fingering weight and sock yarn.
The knitting looks somewhat like commercially produced knitting. You can
knit stockinette stitch and ribbed stitches when you include the ribber.
However, this knitting machine can also use a Punch Card to create
knitting stitch patterns automatically. Place a punch card in the
machine and activate it. Now you can automatically knit Thread lace,
Tuck, Slip, Weaving, Fair-isle and Single Motif Isolation and more
There is a basic KH868 Knitting Machine Pattern card set
included or you can make your own with an optional puncher and blank
cards. Punch cards for this machine are 24 stitch-wide pattern
repeats. Most 24-stitch punch cards available from other brands of
knitting machines and are interchangeable with this machine.
standard gauge machine is a 4.5 mm needle pitch knitting machine. This
means there are 4.5 mm between the needles. There are 200 needles on
the bed which will knit most sizes of garments. This is a very versatile
It accepts any BROTHER attachments for the KH868 knitting machine.
The standard gauge KR 850 ribber is included and is also 4.5 mm
pitch, with 200 needles for Rib Knitting and Double Bed Fairisle
patterns. If you are not using the standard gauge ribbing attachment, it
drops down out of the way or it can be detached and stored.
Price is about $1,800 new and looks similar to the picture at the top of the page.