History of My Hobby
Circular knitting frames goes back to the 18th century.
History of Frame or Rake Knitting
Frame or rake knitting, has been known by many different names, such as ring, box, bung, spool, reel and French knitting.
In France we find that the great tasselled caps worn by the revolutionaries were knitted this way on ring or circular frames,
while shawls, petticoats, blankets, stockings, bags, purses, sacks, nets, hammocks and even curtains were made on ring or
straight knitting frames in France, Britain, Germany and other parts of the middle Europe.
AN excellent book, Mary Thomas's Knitting Book, has an excellent chapter on Rake or Frame knitting, page 115.