Any Machine Knitters, or has anyone tried it, or own one?

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Bonita's picture
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Any Machine Knitters, or has anyone tried it, or own one?

I do a lot of hand crafts, but I decided to pick up a bond knitting machine to supplement that. It looks nice to do some of the repetitive work, and also to be easier on my fingers, so they don't all cramp up on me. I got it at M's with a 50% discount coupon, so it was a great price. I was just wondering if anyone here has used one, and what kind of success you've had with it?

I have a pattern that is for a blanket with a circus theme, that's all SS, with the pattern overlaid on it, in either cross-stitch, or just following along with the knitted stitches- (there's a term for that, it's just slipping me at the moment). I thought this would be the perfect project for the machine.

thanks, Bonita

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Years ago I had a knitting machine. I think they've come a long way since the 1970s! I had my trials with it, but did as you describe, the simple stuff by machine, the enhancements by hand afterwards.
Two friends and I made things on our machines and even started a small business selling them to friends out of our homes. I made bunting bags and baby dresses mainly. But soon we moved on to other things in our lives and I sold my machine to a guy at DH's office who used it to make sweaters and things. That was way beyond my ability level.
My friend's small son demolished an intricately patterned sweater she was making. Oh so discouraging.

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I've thought about it but I'm way too cheap. Lol I'd love to have a machine knit fine gauge stuff for me as I don't have the patience.

I did pick up the ultimate sweater machine at michael's and used it all of once. I made the sample baby hat (that was too large). I use it as a toilet paper cozy now. Lol

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Re: Any Machine Knitters, or has anyone tried it, or own one

"Bonita" wrote:

I have a pattern that is for a blanket with a circus theme, that's all SS, with the pattern overlaid on it, in either cross-stitch, or just following along with the knitted stitches- (there's a term for that, it's just slipping me at the moment).

do you mean duplicate stitches?

I have seen a machine knitter in action, but I've never owned one. I'm interested to see how it turns out!

Janel

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I found that I still like hand knits better. Of course, all the details are important either way.
My machine didn't handle larger wools, and anything with an uneven texture, well forget about it!