A few years ago I made the most awesome purchase, I bought a knitting machine. I wasn’t even sure it was going to be worth it, but I needed a way to knit some items faster. At the time, I wasn’t really even sure how the device worked. So, this post isn’t a tutorial, per se, but I thought I would share a little info about what a knitting machine is and how it works.
First off, the word “machine” automatically makes people think its something that I can plug in and leave it to knit things automatically. No. I still have to operate it by hand, but it does cut knitting time down drastically. To use an analogy, the knitting machine is to knitting needles what the spinning wheel is to the drop spindle.Each time you slide the carriage across the work, you have knit one row.
The machine can only knit stockinette stitch, but you can pretty much do anything by manipulating the stitches by hand. And although you can do just about anything on the machine, some stitches just aren’t worth it. Seed stitch and cables are faster on straight needles.There are several ways to bind off, but I find it easier to slip the stitches onto a regular knitting needle and bind off like I would any other knitted piece. Yay! Done! The finished cup sleeve took about 5 minutes. It would have taken me about an hour to do it on needles. The machine is definitely a time saver!
Well, I hope my little pic-torial was able to give a little insight :)