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Sweater Wheels on e-bay
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Dec 17, 2011 16:44:39   #
Hello all,

For those of you who are looking for a sweater wheel, there are two on e-bay right now - one for set-in sleeves and one for raglan. Both wheels are a very pricey 39.95, with separate instructions for the set -in version at 16.25. I do think, however, that given so many experienced knitters on this board, there wouldn't be a lot of need for instructions.

I'm thrilled to death to finally win a bid on a set-in wheel after two other tries [thankfully for less money]. Now maybe I can come up with something for all those bins of nice Smiley's yarn that don't quite fit the gauge for any pattern I had in mind.

Set-in sleeve sweater wheel.

Dec 17, 2011 17:32:52   #
Good for you, but I have to admit, I have no idea how you use that wheel. Could you explain?
Dec 17, 2011 17:46:15   #
Something new to me yet again.No wonder I used to get bored with knitting,I knew nowt about it (Nowt is Yorkshire for nothing )
Dec 17, 2011 19:56:39   #
Hi JA Dancey,

The product description says this:

"Vintage Sweater Wheel with Knitting Instructions for 360 Set-In Sweaters. Just turn the dial and select your size. When dial is set, instructions for entire sweater are shown. Includes 3 styles: cardigan, round neck pullover, and V neck pullover. 3 wool weights: fingering yarn, sport yarn, and worsted weight."

Has patterns for sweaters for the entire family, with sizes ranging from baby to men's 48. One side has adult sizes for both men and women, and the other has sizes for babies and toddlers, children, juniors, and teens.

I learned about this tool in other threads on the KP board. It is from the 60s, and no longer manufactured. I've been giving some thought to designing my own sweaters, and this gadget struck me as somthing that could give me a good basic pattern with which to start.

Hope the above answers your question.

Dec 17, 2011 20:14:05   #
The one thing you do have to be mindful of when using a vintage pattern or in in this case, pattern wheel, is that vintage sweaters are very form fitting unlike the patterns of today.
Dec 18, 2011 08:15:28   #
Also, take into consideration that American sizing has changed alot since the 60's. A size 10 in the 60's is now a size 6 in 2000's-- check this out on the net. People have gotten bigger, and egos are still egos. No one wanted to go in who had been wearing a size 6 and buy a size 10. Get it?? So, manufactures changed the sizing to salve the egos of Americans.
Dec 18, 2011 08:20:00   #
DonnieK wrote:
Also, take into consideration that American sizing has changed alot since the 60's. A size 10 in the 60's is now a size 6 in 2000's-- check this out on the net. People have gotten bigger, and egos are still egos. No one wanted to go in who had been wearing a size 6 and buy a size 10. Get it?? So, manufactures changed the sizing to salve the egos of Americans.

yes..I have seen the sizing change 2, maybe 3 times in my lifetime..I wish they would not do that..not standard..u never know what will fit or not. For men sizing is done in inches..wish it were the same for women.
Dec 18, 2011 08:37:37   #
Knitting has an article on sweater wheels but you can also make up your patterns there just like the sweater wheel would. They calculate raglan, drop and set in sleeve patterns. After found this site, I stopped trying to win a bid on a sweater wheel. They also have 2338 stitch patterns in alphabetical order. It is a good site to bookmark.
Dec 18, 2011 08:55:56   #
thanks for this site, I plan to keep it handy.
Dec 18, 2011 08:58:27   #
nitchik (a regular here)
So glad I bought my sweater wheels all those years ago, then.
Would never have dreamed they'd sell for so much.
Have to tell my kids as they laughed at them when they saw them as I was packing to move. I do hope all my yarn and 'tools' are not thrown away after I'm gone. They could be donated or sold. Maybe I should designate KP'ers in my will!
Or have them saved in case my little GD wants them when she's old enough.

Haven't used them in ages, so will watch the sizing as I had not realized sizes have changed that much. OTOH everything came out a bit large when I used them!
Dec 18, 2011 09:24:54   #
joycevv (a regular here)
Now I want one!
Dec 18, 2011 09:35:09   #
Irish maggie
i never heard of them ? Would they suit knitting machines?
Dec 18, 2011 10:29:16   #
If you want to make a custom fit raglan sleeve sweater you might want to try this website.
Dec 18, 2011 10:29:49   #
What a great site! ( Thanks for the info, I've bookmarked it for future use.
Dec 18, 2011 10:40:31   #
Cindy M
I hate to tell you this, but the sweater wheel pattern generator is available free online. There's no need to buy it.
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