Ok, so here's the thing....my mother inlaw bought me a innovations knitting machine from her fingerhut catalog. Have any of you ever heard of it or used it before. If so I would love to hear about your experiences with it, did you like it, was it complicated basically anything youhave to say whether it be positive or negative feedback I am all ears. I am familiar with knitting needles and various looms but because I am realitively still knew to knitting this is a first for me. Thanks in advance!!!!
There are lots of You tube videos about the machine. I had one and didn't like it. They are very touchy!
I have one and find I am basically limited to tubes and set-sized rectangles. Increases, decreases and other shaping is beyond me.
These are very useful for making hats and scarves for yourself or for charity. It is best to either use coned yarn or pull from the centre of a wound ball. I found it best not to use the tensioner. Just crank a long tube, sew up the ends and put a fringe on for a scarf. You can make a very thick hat by making a tube double the length that you need, threading yarn through each end and pulling tight and then pulling the bottom half up through to the top and sewing the two together. Hope that you can conjure up a picture of this!
The trick is to have some weight on it or they will pop off in places. If you don't notice until it is taken off, then just latch up the dropped stitches.
Very fast for a hat and a scarf.
To add to my last reply, there is also an innovations Yahoo group that you could join.
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I have the same one from fingerhut. I use it to make hats and scarfs for charity. One thing I do with the scarfs is when I get the lenth I want I drop every third stich and then take it off the machine. then pull the stiches you took of it gives it a loose knit with ribbing,plus make the scarf longer so keep that in mind when you make it. I do not use the tenchen bar, when I do it seems to drop stiches on me. go to utube lots on it there even how to make a ribbing for your hat.
I had one of these and I sold it. I made a couple of hats with it but found they would only fit maybe a child although someone said if you drop every other stitch on it the size would get larger. It really wasn't what I really wanted because it was so limited. I ended up getting an Ultimate Sweater Machine that even though you hand manipulate the stitches it has a lot more options for knitting things.
Thanks for all your information about this machine. When my mother inlaw first told me about it I was a little excited but now I am a little less. However I will not knock til I have tried it. So I hope that maybe I will figure it all out and maybe I will use it soley for knitting hats for soldiers.