Harrison “Sun” CSM

Harrison “Sun’ machine with very rare mast set up

Recently, I was browsing eBay for spare parts for a 1970s’ Brother knitting machine, when I spotted in the background of a listing, a torn envelope with “old” writing on, and what looked like a Harrison manual peeping out.

The seller – who had it in a job lot and, like many eBayers selling knitting machines, was selling something she’d inherited and didn’t understand – kindly agreed to hive off the envelope (and the exact spares I needed for my more modern machine) and sold me them separately.

I knew Harrison made csms (circular sock machines) and I knew they were good quality ones. My own machine is a Griswold – very similar, so I knew the manual might be interesting for me to scan so I’d have the patterns, then let go t someone with this actual machine who would love the manual.

When the envelope came through the post, it turned out it contained lots more than just the one manual I’d spotted.

It contained a 1920s’ manual, a 1930s’ one for Harrison circular sock machines, plus a whole pile of promo materials for various Harrison textile machinery and – coincidental, this – some receipts and correspondence regarding an architect buying sock machines and equipment from Harrisons, to put in a mental health hospital they were building.

Sort of appropriate for it to fall into my hands, of all people’s.

All the material seemed to date between the late 1920s – 1941.

Amongst the promo materials, were a couple of colour printed leaflets.One for the “Sun” machine (above) and another for the “Sunette”. I’m told these double mast machines like the one here, are so rare, even experts have only ever seen one come up for sale, or even seen an image of them apart from a blurry eBay sale some time back.

Also got this neat and pristine (1920s?) postcard of the Harrison factories.

Am scanning the material slowly and will share here as I get it all up.

Harrison factories


Writer, crafter, textile historian, machine knitter, handspinner and dyer.

3 replies on “Harrison “Sun” CSM”

Wow, what a find. I enjoy your articles. I have been writing about swaving and striking the loop methods and from one contact a quote from an ad for a job as governess of a knitting school in Yorkshire, wherein it stated that Yorkshire or Aberdeen methods of knitting would be acceptable.
My question for you is whether you have heard of Aberdeen methods and if they could produce speeds similar to swaving.

Roy Laws

78 year old knitter still using striking the loop method.


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