Happy Monday Crafters! Today is something I have been planning to write for weeks now. I got a knitting machine over the holidays and thought I would share my review with you guys. Keep an eye out for more reviews and future patterns using a knitting machine.
The machine I have is from Loops and Threads and I believe Michael’s is the only place you can get it. Everything you need comes in the box. The machine, some weights, and the legs so that the machine can stand up. You also get a crochet hook and a needle to pick up any possible dropped stitches.
How it Works
I am not going to lie, there is a serious learning curve when using this particular knitting machine. You can knit flat and in the round. These settings are depicted by a button on the side of the loom. T is for tubular and P is for….I don’t know what is stands for but P is for flat haha.
If you’re working Tubular first, then you can pretty much set up and go. Working flat takes some time to get used to. I suggest watching a few videos on setting up and working with your loom. Stay tuned because I plan to make some of those videos as well.
The biggest problem I had was starting and not dropping stitches. Once I got through a few rounds or rows I was okay and good to go for the remainder of the project. That is, until it was time to bind off. I will say the literature on this was slim from what I could find. Thus, I can’t really be sure I’ve mastered binding off or giving any suggestions on this process for you.
There are a few other cons so I will go through them quickly in this review. It’s loud, and the plastic makes it look and feel cheap. I also don’t like that when you’re working flat, crank doesn’t have enough tensions to work the stitches when you need it to. So when I cast on working flat I end up casting on a few stitches after the black one, which should be the start of your work.
A Few Tips
- Always feed your yarn through the feeder, this allows your yarn to always be picked up and hooked under the teeth in the loom (See above photo on how yarn should be)
- Give yourself a lot of slack with the yarn, but make sure it isn’t tangled.
- Stretch your work from time to time. This shows you if you have any lost stitches earlier rather than later.
I think once you get passed the stressful parts of this machine, it’s smooth sailing. And for the price I think it can’t be beat. Remember that you can always find a bunch of coupons and rewards at Michael’s to get this machine for even less.
I’ve already made a few patterns using this but nothing super fancy. I do think it’ll save me some time in the future and I look forward to sharing these patterns with you.
I would like to buy the Addi express to compare the two machines and if there are any big differences between quality.
So, do you have a knitting machine? Do you love it? What am I doing wrong?