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Jun 18, 2017 09:51:54   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
I just got a knitting machine at an auction and haven't even unpacked it yet. I have a question for those that use/have one; do you use the regular knitting patterns or do you have to get special knitting machine patterns? I know this may sound dumb but if you don't know you gotta ask.
 
Jun 18, 2017 09:56:48   #
Cdambro (a regular here)
 
I am not a knitting machine person but have a great interest in learning. We have a knitting machine category so you can also post this and all questions there and you will have machine knitters to help.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/s-20-1.html

Also wanted to add.....nice you got a machine at an auction. I have been to auctions and you can score really big there. Enjoy!
Jun 18, 2017 10:03:06   #
knittylou
 
Hello and Hi, Welcome to Machine Knitting. You are just beginning; so ask away. The answer is: it depends. A. what you want to make; B. How familiar with your machine; and such it goes on. The big questions is how adventurous you want to be. Until you get comfortable; play with different yarns; play with different yarns. The big word here is play. Do not get frustrated; because this is new to you. Keep the machine level and your eagerness level also. I have found that cottons that do not stretch; do not work good. Anyway, I babble. Have fun playing with your machine. Try to see how things work by making small things especially with collars and such; attaching work on the machine and off. Find sideways knitting patterns to try. Get some weights for short rowing. Etc. Hope Happy Knitting Ensues For You :)
Jun 18, 2017 11:15:23   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
Thank you Knittylou. I play indeed. I love using my needles but just couldn't pass up the opportunity to try out a machine too.
I will most definitely start small too.
knittylou wrote:
Hello and Hi, Welcome to Machine Knitting. You are just beginning; so ask away. The answer is: it depends. A. what you want to make; B. How familiar with your machine; and such it goes on. The big questions is how adventurous you want to be. Until you get comfortable; play with different yarns; play with different yarns. The big word here is play. Do not get frustrated; because this is new to you. Keep the machine level and your eagerness level also. I have found that cottons that do not stretch; do not work good. Anyway, I babble. Have fun playing with your machine. Try to see how things work by making small things especially with collars and such; attaching work on the machine and off. Find sideways knitting patterns to try. Get some weights for short rowing. Etc. Hope Happy Knitting Ensues For You :)
Hello and Hi, Welcome to Machine Knitting. You ar... (show quote)
Jun 18, 2017 11:15:56   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
thank you Cdambro for the link. I will go check it out.
Cdambro wrote:
I am not a knitting machine person but have a great interest in learning. We have a knitting machine category so you can also post this and all questions there and you will have machine knitters to help.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/s-20-1.html

Also wanted to add.....nice you got a machine at an auction. I have been to auctions and you can score really big there. Enjoy!
Jun 18, 2017 11:30:14   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
Do you know what machine you got? Some have a built in Knit Leader (aka Knit Radar, Knit Contour) which is a device that lets you knit to a drawn, or traced, pattern and some people use sewing patterns for knits, though I haven't tried that yet. With this you tell it your gauge and work to that rather than try to match gauge to a pattern.
I do have a machine but not used enough to be able to answer your question directly!

Have fun with your machine :)
 
Jun 18, 2017 16:25:41   #
btibbs70
 
Ummm, there are no dumb questions. You have joined a forum over 174K strong. We all learn from each other, and there is such a broad base of talent here that if someone doesn't know an answer, he or she can help direct you. We have all been on a learning curve at one time or another; so if anyone chides you for your lack of knowledge, he or she must have forgotten what it's like to acquire a new skill.

It's been too long ago that I've played with my knitting machine, but I do recall printed out basic outlines that I used a scale (like a ruler) to make adjustments for finished garments.

Welcome to the virtual KP family.
Jun 18, 2017 22:15:17   #
Macon
 
Gweniepooh wrote:
I just got a knitting machine at an auction and haven't even unpacked it yet. I have a question for those that use/have one; do you use the regular knitting patterns or do you have to get special knitting machine patterns? I know this may sound dumb but if you don't know you gotta ask.


If you rec'd a manual or two, start reading and learning the names of the parts and stiches. This way you will be able to ask specific questions and receive appropriate answers.

Knitting machines are built to different gauges for use with different thickness of yarn. That why many of us have more than one machine.

Knowing the Brand name and Model helps as well as your location. Same machine, different name, in different countries.

Enjoy the learning.
Jun 19, 2017 06:08:17   #
silversurfer
 
If you get the same tension you can use any pattern. Even better get the knit leader. knit contour, knit radar, the name varies according to which machine you have but they all do the same thing. They allow you knit any shape, in any yarn with any stitch pattern.
Jun 19, 2017 07:12:39   #
dancewithmarg
 
To answer your question - if you are a beginner, you're better to use a pattern that was specifically written for machines. It's a lot less confusing (usually :-)
Marg
Jun 19, 2017 08:28:17   #
mopa2282 (a regular here)
 
I buy machine knitting patterns.
 
Jun 19, 2017 08:39:24   #
AmandaR
 
This is a link to Diana Sullivan's first beginner video, in which she shows you how to thread the machine. Of course, you'll want to check your manual for your specific model, but if you start with this video and move through them one by one, you'll have a fairly smooth path.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKrfqU8CMFg

If you didn't get a manual with your machine, you should be able to find a free download for your model here:
http://machineknittingetc.com/
Jun 19, 2017 08:40:03   #
Peanut Tinker
 
I used patterns when I first started. As I became more confident, I designed my own. The fun for me with machines, is the ability to try different things, because instead of taking days to see if it works, you can experiment in one day.
Some machines come equipped with a way to make your own patterns, or there are other on-line programs to do that.
As was said earlier, read and read the manual, and take it step by step with different yarns, to learn the workings. Have fun! We'll be here to help as you go.
Jun 19, 2017 09:31:52   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
Wow! All of you are so helpful. Thank you so much. I am not new to KP but have only used needles. I am thrilled to have found the machine knitting group. I will be sure to read the manual first and thank you AmandaR for the links for finding manuals. There seems to be so much to learn but I do love learning and a challenge. I appreciate everyone's advises and input. I'm sure I'll be back here once I get going. Thank you again!
Jun 19, 2017 11:08:36   #
janeknits2
 
If you are a hand knitter and used to making swatches 4"x4" that is not big enough for machine knitting. Many of us make 100 stitch x 100row swatches though this may depend on what machine gauge you are using (standard, mid-gauge, or bulky). In any event if any pattern you want to use has a schematic you can relatively easily use your stitch and row gauge to re-calculate. It would be best to use the same type of yarn as the original pattern calls for to get the same drape etc. If there is no schematic in the pattern you can reverse engineer one. Read the manual and jump in. And don't forget that you can combine hand and machine knitting in the same project - here in Minnesota that is 'hybrid' knitting. Good luck.
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