I just bought one of these on EBay and it arrived yesterday. Has anyone used one? What are the quirks to its use? I briefly tried a few rounds and didn't get a satisfactory result. My main goal is to let the granddaughter use it and actually make something but I would like to figure it out first to avoid total frustration for her.
Wish I could help you. I got something like this for my granddaughter. After a few hours of working with it I was able to figure out how to get a results that she could understand. Now I have to wait and see what she will do..
Hi, I used to have one of these and I did use it successfully to knit hats and scarves. I found that you needed plenty of loose unwound yarn so that it knitted smoothly, best from the centre of the ball, or even better coned yarn. I also found it far easier if I did not use the tension device that comes with it. Double knitting wool worked best for me. Worsted in America I believe. Hope this helps a little bit.
Happy New Year, Avril.
I find that letting the yarn run through my left hand (keeping the
tension pretty even) works better than the tension device on the machine. As you crank, keep an eye on the needles and see if they catch the yarn. That is the secret to success. If not,
"fiddle" with holding the yarn until each needle catches it.
It takes a little fiddling to have it work well.
I found that it likes the finer yarns better than bulky.
However with the finer yearns you need to put some weights
on the piece or it has a tendency to "pop up".
Hope to have helped.
If you go to utube they have a lot of info on it. Thats where I learn how to make a rim on my hats and if it gets hard to move use your left hand to gently move it while turing handle with right. I had to get a new one as the first one must of been made on a monday. It just didn't work right. the second one works great. One of the things is don't go to fast, and if it gets hard check for dorp stiches. Good luck
Knitting machines have a very different feel and technique to them than hand knitting. Each one has it's own preferences for tension and size/type of yarn. It will take numerous tries with different weight, tension, speed etc. to figure out the best way to get the results you want on that particular machine. I have several and if I don't use one for a while I have to get reaquainted with it before it cooperates. Don't give up, it just takes a bunch of trial and error. Then you can tell your daughter all the right ways to do it so she doesn't have to go through the trial and error part.
No problem! Thanks! I watched a bunch of YouTube vids today on it's use. My fingers are getting itchy to try it again.