The Best Decision is an Educated Decision. Read these articles to help you decide which knitting machine is the best knitting machine for you. If you are just now beginning your research into machine knitting, Selecting Your Knitting Machine is the best "how to" decide, or "where should I start" article for you. When people ask me, which machine do I need to knit hats, or baby blankets .... all machines can do hats and baby blankets. This "how to" article will give you a basic understanding of machines, and should narrow down, or rule out some of the models.
I get many people who are hoping to speed up their knitting with a machine. It is true that a machine can speed it up, but while some stitches are super fast with a machine, there are other stitches, that are labor intensive. If you are willing to alter your designs slightly, you can take advantage of this speed. Read What Every Hand Knitter Should Know Before Buying a Knitting Machine to see what stitches have advantages and limitations.
If you are a hand knitter, you probably have a cabinet full of different knitting needles. When you reach in to select a needle, you are usually looking for a size, such as a US#7 (4.5mm). Hand knitting needles range from the very very thin, nearly wirelike, all the way up to 50mm, which is very very large. In the machine knitting area there currently are 3 sizes of machines. Different Yarns for Different Knitting Machines is a good read to clarify what machine you will need. It addresses it from the angle of what size yarn are wishing to use and points you to the machine that is best for that size.
The Best Decision is an Educated Decision
What Every Hand Knitter Should Know Before Buying a Knitting Machine
(or Is Machine Knitting Cheating? Hand and Machine Knitting: The differences and similarities.)
Don't know what machine you want?? Learn about the different machines, which yarns go to which machine, and how hand and machine knitting are different.
"What is the best machine?" is a question I hear daily. The best machine is the machine that knits the yarn weights you need to knit, with features you desire, with the minimum of fuss, in the most enjoyable manner, in the time frame you need. And since none of us do the same thing, think the same way or have the same budget, we won't all agree on the same machine. So to find out what is the best machine, we need to learn as much as possible about what knitting machines can do for us, what we want them to do for us and what their limitations are. Much information to learn, but then, the machines are not cheap either! So read on!
One more note. Recently I have been getting inquiries about machine knitting. One question that keeps coming up I'd like to clear up now. Machine Knitting is a hobby. Being a hobby the knitter is involved in the process every step of the way. You cannot set up the machine, yarn, software, then go away and have all the pieces knit when you return. It would not be a hobby if you could.
I strongly urge you to read the 3 articles and read them carefully, making notes in the margins. After you have read them, check for a local dealer or contact me. I do urge you to find your closest Silver Reed dealer and get your hands into a demonstration of the machines.