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May 14, 2013 07:31:22   #
knittylou
 
Hi, here is the info:
Unused KnitSmart Afghaner Knitting Machine

Item condition:New
Time left: 5d 12h (May 19, 2013 17:07:00 PDT)
Current bid:US $5.50
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Item location:
Paso Robles, California, United States

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May 14, 2013 09:41:52   #
Rosalie Courtney
 
You'd be better off buying a better used KM at a lower price than buying a lesser model that may not do what you intend. If all you want to make are dishcloths, that's still an expensive investment.
You still have to move the carriage back 'n forth with the KM. Currently I have my Garter carriage running knitting a baby afghan. I do not have to do anything but program my mach., set the G carr. up for this type of knit. and let it go. It's an investment and I suggest if you're interested in something of that type of knit., you should have knowledgeable help available. I've been at both hand and mach. knit. for many years and still don't know all there is to know or do with my four machines.
May 14, 2013 10:02:38   #
Don Ashton
 
When we had a knitting machine I did some baby girl outfits for a relative and I copied a hand knit pattern on it. For example, to do a yarn over you can prevent individual needles from knitting so you get a line pass over that needle that does not get knitted. A yarn over is really an unknotted stitch. You can lift off a stitch and place it on the next needle so you get a "tog". You can even do cables!
May 14, 2013 10:53:26   #
AmyClaire
 
Here's a good knitting machine dishcloth pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wash-cloth--dish-cloth

You'll want a standard gauge machine that can tuck and slip in pattern.

You'll use crochet cotton, which is difficult to work with on a knitting machine (because it doesn't stretch).

Dishcloths are very hard to make on the knitting machine because you must get the best tension for the cotton so it'll knit smoothly, but still produce fabric suitable for the hard work of scrubbing dishes. Here's a good article on tension and yarn for dish cloths:
May 14, 2013 10:53:40   #
AmyClaire
 
Here's a good knitting machine dishcloth pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wash-cloth--dish-cloth

You'll want a standard gauge machine that can tuck and slip in pattern.

You'll use crochet cotton, which is difficult to work with on a knitting machine (because it doesn't stretch).

Dishcloths are very hard to make on the knitting machine because you must get the best tension for the cotton so it'll knit smoothly, but still produce fabric suitable for the hard work of scrubbing dishes. Here's a good article on tension and yarn for dish cloths:

http://auntekristy.blogspot.com/2011/09/kriss-study-of-machine-knit-dishcloths.html
May 14, 2013 10:57:08   #
anna1153
 
Thank You all for your input. THis is difficult decision to make. I maybe too old to figure this out but i know my daughter in law will be able to!
 
May 14, 2013 13:01:02   #
jaysclark
 
anna1153 wrote:
Thank You all for your input. THis is difficult decision to make. I maybe too old to figure this out but i know my daughter in law will be able to!


Knitting machines are quite simple to use - BUT you must start at the beginning and work you way through everything. Think when you learnt to drive a car - you were not an expert within 30 mins!!
May 14, 2013 14:01:46   #
jmarcus276
 
You can make them on the usm/ism the hand manipulation is not bad on smaller projects like dishclothes and it is still faster than hand knitting on the large projects. Yes there is a learning curve but there are several site where you can get help and youtube has some fabulos videos.
May 14, 2013 14:45:37   #
anna1153
 
Thank you.
May 14, 2013 17:38:42   #
maur1011
 
I live in NY and put a request on freecycle.com asking if anyone had a knitting machine they no longer wanted. A nice lady from the next town replied that she had an Ultimate Sweater Machine and gave it to me (free, just like the name of the site). I was able to get it working after watching multiple videos and get a good feel for what it can do. I was happy to get it since I wanted to see if machine knitting was for me (compared with hand knitting). I am seeing why it gets conflicting reviews, but it also helped me to learn what I want in my next machine (ribber, etc.). Read everything you can find (and that's a lot!) about the different machines. If you are buying a used machine, get one that is complete with instructions, etc.

You can buy knitting machines on ebay, etc. complete for less money than buying the Ultimate Sweater Machine new. Buy the best machine you can afford.
May 14, 2013 18:06:20   #
30Knitter
 
If I had to spend that kind of money on a plastic machine, I would instead buy a good metal machine with ribber that can do more. Brother KH230 does same and has better features.
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