If you are lucky, you can find the slot size and gauge on the bottom
of your cylinder.
This is usually shown by number of slots & gauge number.
For example, 72 12
means 72 slots and 12 gauge needles.
Auto Knitter 12 gauge Cylinder needles will fit Auto
Knitters, PT Legare's, NZAK, most Creelman Brother's, Master Machines &
Verdun. This is the number 7 needle in the graph chart.
Auto Knitter Ribber needles will work with Auto
Knitters, PT Legare's, NZAK, most Creelman Brother's, Master Machines,
Gearhart, Verdun ribbers. This is the number 1 needle on the graph chart.
The Gearharts 1908 and earlier, most likely take the European type ribber
|The Auto Knitter Large
Hook Needles come in 12 gauge ribber and cylinder needles.
These should fit the above machines, although you may need to make a few
adjustments. (yarn carrier) The large hook ribber needles are not working
in all the machines and the machines vary as to if they will rib well with
them, so please consider this when you are ordering.
The NZAK manufacturer recommends you use the regular size
hook auto knitter type needles.
If in doubt as which hook size to order for your machine, choose the
regular hook auto knitter type needle.
|Gearhart Machines get a little more complicated.
There were several different size and slot cylinders made for these
This is taken from several different books:
|52 slot cylinder
|54 slot cylinder
|60 slot cylinder
||Some 10 gauge ,some 12 gauge
|72 slot cylinder
|80 slot cylinder
|88 slot cylinder
||12 gauge or 18 gauge
|100 slot cylinder
||18 gauge only
|112 slot cylinder
||18 gauge or 24 gauge
|120 slot cylinder
|140 slot cylinder
The Gearhart 10 gauge are approx .058
the GH 12 gauge are approx .044
the 18 gauge are approx .039
German Rekord, English Imperia type cylinder 12 gauge will fit
in the Rekord, Imperia, Cymbal, Wikuna type/shaped machines. This is the
number 10 needle in the graph chart.
The corresponding ribber needle for the above machines is the
European type ribber needle,
number 4 ,in the graph chart.
Please note: These are 12 gauge needles and will not fit in the
cylinders and ribber dials that are a larger number of slots, such as
the 100 or 120 slot cylinder and corresponding ribber dial.
I do not have a thinner gauge needle for these machines at this time.
I may have them in the future.
Also, some of
the older Gearhart machines are happier with the European type ribber
needles. (1908 and earlier) If your ribber needle matches the European type more
than the auto knitter type ribber needle, you may want to get the
European type ribber needle for it.
Please be sure to order the right size, as needles are not returnable.
If you want a sample needle sent to
you to compare with your needles