​UPDATED 11/2016

A Place for Knitting Machine Enthusiasts

This section will show you which machines were most popular.  With that in mind, know that these machines are also well used and have probably passed through a few owners, BUT you can still find ones in excellent to almost new condition.  Any knitting machines prior to these models are probably quite old and worn out.  I would recommend that if you cannot see the item in person, make sure to get very clear pictures that the owner took of the machine they are selling and refuse any stock photos.

Brother KX350/390 Convertible Machine (KK Simple Seven)
KX350/390, 4.5 & 9mm CONVERTIBLE, MANUAL - KK SIMPLE SEVEN, 400 KNIT KING DUAL GAUGE 
Nicely made metal and plastic bed knitting machine.  A great starter machine and you can change gauge on the 400 as it can convert from 4.5mm to 9mm and visa versa.





KH230, 9mm Manual (KK230) 
First chunky knitting machine with no way to pattern.  All work to be done by hand.  Ribber is the SR230 and works ONLY with this machine. Built in intarsia.

KH260, 9mm 24 Stitch Pattern Bulky - KK Punchcard Bulky
You need to take care, even though this is a sturdy machine, with thick yarn or unusual yarns when knitting.  It has 110 needles and is excellent for making coats and sweaters, but also can do punch lace

KH270, 9mm Electronic Computerized- KK/Compuknit Bulky
Their first electric bulky machine with 288 built in patterns and the ability to enter your own designs.  This is a very hard machine to find and you need to make sure that it is in good condition.  It is also very pricey running from $900 - $1,400 depending on condition.  If you can get the ribber at the same time (the KR230 ribber WILL NOT work with this machine.









​​KH830, 4.5mm 24 Stitch Punch Card    
One of the first really good punch card machines.  It is quite heavy, but will last a really long time, a real workhorse.  You will in all likelihood need to have it tuned up if you buy one.  It cannot handle the G-Carriage.  Takes the KR850 or 900 Ribber.

KH840, 4.5mm 24 Stitch Punch Card     
Older punch card machine with single isolation.  Takes the KR850 or 900 Ribber.

KH860, 4.5mm 24 Stitch Punch Card (KK/KH881) 
Older model, first PC machine with a Lace Carriage and can use a Garter Carriage GC81 with special rails.  KnitKing version had a built in knit leader, not the Brother model.  Takes the KR850 or 900 Ribber.

KH881, 4.5mm 24 Stitch Punch Card  
If you were to buy a punch card machine this is one of the best with a built in knit leader.  Also can use the Garter Carriage, Auto GC81.  This was a workhorse, so when purchasing make sure that it still has some life left in it.  Takes the KR850 or 900 Ribber.

KH836, 4.5mm 24 Stitch Punch Card  
Budget model, lace carriage sold separately.

KH890, 4.5mm 24 24 Stitch Punch Card (KK891)   
Has built in Garter Carriage rail, KnitKing version had a built in knit leader, not the Brother model.

KH891, 4.5mm 24 Stitch Punch Card (KK91)   
If you were to buy a punch card machine this is one of the best with a built in knit leader.  This was a workhorse, so when purchasing make sure that it still has some life left in it.  Has built in Garter Carriage rail for the Auto GC91 and takes the KR850 or 900 Ribber.

KH900, 4.5mm Computerized - KK/Compuknit ST  
Uses a PPD with a 24 stitch repeat, less expensive model, 50 built in patterns.  Budget model.  It normally comes without a lace carriage set and is a cross between a punch card and a computerized machine.

KH910, 4.5mm Computerized - KK/Compuknit II 
Patterning via a Mylar sheet with a special pencil with a 60 stitch repeat.  Kind of like a punch card but uses a Mylar instead.  They use a Mylar sheet with a special pen to create the patterning.

KH940, 4.5mm Computerized - KK/Compuknit IV   
550 patterns built in and no Mylar sheet needed.  200 stitch patterning and design your own patterns via a push button system.  Can use a PPD. Has an instruction manual AND a pattern book, so make sure to get both

KH950, 4.5mm ELECTRIC - Computerized  
Patterning via a Mylar sheet with a special pencil with a 200 stitch repeat and 500 built in patterns.  No disc drive.  The first real computerized machine.  Has an instruction manual AND a pattern book, so make sure to get both.  No KK equivalent.

950i, 4.5mm ELECTRIC - Computerized  
Same as the 950 but now can use with a PPD, which hooks up to your TV so you can draw designs and then download into the computer to use.  Can use DAK, but check to make sure, the "i" at the end is supposed to mean that you can use DAK with it also but will need to purchase a special cable for it and off course DAK Software. Has an instruction manual AND a pattern book, so make sure to get both.

KH965, 4.5mm Computerized  - KK/Compuknit V    
Completely computerized with 615 patterns and can use the PPD.  Has an instruction manual AND a pattern book, so make sure to get both.

HK965i, 4.5mm Computerized - KK/Compuknit Vcx  
Same as 965 but uses the FB100 disk drive for patterning your own patterns.  Can use DAK, but check to make sure, the "i" at the end is supposed to mean that you can use DAK with it also but will need to purchase a special cable for it and off course DAK Software.  Has an instruction manual AND a pattern book, so make sure to get both.

KH970, 4.5mm Computerized  - KK/Compuknit 5 STAR  
The most computerized, everything is electronic including the row counter.  I had one of these and it was amazing but it is very expensive to purchase.  It is 665 built in patterns and the brain/computer can be removed from the knitting machine in order to enter your own designs.  You can also enter garment specifications, so it acts like a knit leader.  Not a lot of them made, so pricey when purchasing as they are hard to find.  It can also use DAK with the purchase of a special cable and the software. Has an instruction manual AND a pattern book, so make sure to get both.

 

Brother ~ Most Popular Knitting Machines