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.