The production of hand-knit stockings was a major cottage industry. Domestic work for the hosiery industry was often done by families with small farms. While the father knit, the children produced yarn and the mother sewed the stockings together.
Wooden hand-knitting frame, based on Lee's system, 17th century. The frame, which was originally iron, was usually reproduced in wood. In Germany, the machine was widely distributed under the name "Rösschen-Stuhl". ("Little Horse Knitting Frame")