Pros and Cons of Knitting Machines

Pros and Cons of Knitting Machines

When you think of knitting you probably think of using two needles and some yarn and everything is done by hand.  Knitting purists think that is the only way that knitting should be done but much like sewing there are machines that will do a lot of the work for you.  Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of knitting machines and see if getting one is the right choice for you.

Hobby or Business

Whether knitting is a hobby or more of a business for you is usually the determining factor on whether you buy a knitting machine or not.  If you are making knitted crafts to sell on Etsy or your own website then you may want to invest in a knitting machine to keep up with demand.  Much like a sewing machine, knitting machines come in a variety of sizes, prices and capabilities.

Pros of Knitting Machine

The biggest pro of a knitting machine is the speed at which you can get things done.  You set up the machine and let it do its thing and you can get through a sweater or blanket pretty quickly.  Knitting by hand is a physical activity that is repetitive so for some people that can mean sore hands or wrists.  They may enjoy knitting by hand but can’t complete a project because of physical limitations, so a small knitting machine may be just the thing.  Here is a knitting machine in action so you can see how they work.

Cons of Knitting Machines

There aren’t that many cons to buying a knitting machine but let’s have a look at them.  First there is the price, a good knitting machine is expensive so make sure that you will be using it regularly before you shell out hundreds of dollars.  The other disadvantage is a cheap machine may not be a great buy, in fact they are poorly made and don’t do a lot.  A knitting machine doesn’t give you the same feeling of accomplishment that knitting something by hand does.  For most people knitting is a hobby and how they relax, the fact that they can make something beautiful at the same time is a nice side benefit.

Whether you decide to buy a knitting machine or continue to knit by hand that will largely depend on why you knit.  If you just want to relax and maybe knit a couple of colorful scarves or a nice throw then use needles.  If you sell handmade crafts then a knitting machine can get the job done faster.

Everything You Need to Start Knitting

Everything You Need to Start Knitting

Knitting has been around since the days of the ancient Egyptians and they used to knit blankets and clothing.  The craft of knitting stayed pretty much the same right up until the invention of the knitting machine.  Knitting was essential for survival, it was used to make clothing and to help keep warm.  After the industrial age and clothes and blankets started being mass produced knitting was reduced to a hobby.  People love to knit, it is a relaxing hobby that allows you to create some amazing blankets, scarves and sweaters.  Knitting used to be just something that your grandmother used to do but today people from all walks of life are taking up the hobby.

Two Types of Knitting

There are two types of knitting, the first is done with two needles and it is what you are most familiar with.  It uses typically one string of yarn at a time although the knitter may alternate different color yarns.  This type of knitting is often referred to as weft knitting.  You can also do circular knitting such as what is used to make socks.  The other type of knitting is done by a machine and it creates the knit garments that you can buy in stores.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

Knitting is one of the easiest and least expensive crafts that you can learn.  You need very little materials to get started, just a pair of needles and some wool or yarn.  However you still need to pay attention to the type of yarn that you use for the project you want to complete.  Some yarns are far easier to work with than others.  Some yarns are pretty stretchy and if you aren’t used to working with them then you can find that your finished product is uneven.  Start first with a yarn that doesn’t stretch.  The yarn your using with also impact the size of the needles you need.  Thicker yarns are going to require you to use bigger knitting needles.

Learning to Knit

Most people learned to knit from either their mother or grandmother but if that isn’t possible then you might want to try joining a knitting group instead.  You can learn to knit or purl from a YouTube video but nothing beats hands on experience from someone who is right beside you.  If you’re looking for new knitting projects that are beginner friendly then you can also check out some online forums or Facebook groups, you can connect with other knitters and share tips and find the best places to get your knitting supplies.