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Bookratt
New Pal

USA
17 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2006 :  5:41:05 PM  Show Profile Send Bookratt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
which is a larger sized circular knitter that is hand-cranked, can be found at Jo Ann. I just got one tonite, for $30 using with a 50% off coupon from the Sunday paper.

It has 44 needles and can do flat or circular stitch and has patterns for a belted cardigan sweater, a hat, a scarf, a shawl, a cowl neck sweater and a felted bag inside.

Just opened it and will give it a go tonight. It appears to be plastic or mostly plastic and is very similar in appearance to the one found at Mary Maxim called the Adult Knitter. It is larger than the Addi Epress in size/number of needles and uses thin to medium weight yarns--yarns labeled bulky or chunky may not work with this machine.

It says on the side of the box it makes adult-sized fashions, is for persons 14+ years of age and that the machine knits 20 times faster than by hand with needles; the fashions shown on the box are made from Patons and Bernat yarns.

I plan to use it to maske chemo caps and adult scarves to donate and needed somethng quick and easy to learn. This looks liek it will work just fine for what want and unlike my sweater machine or the smaller Singer knitter, makes bigger sizes without having to seam anything and requires very little workspace.

If anyone else has one of these Innovations Knitting Machines or has patterns and tips for this machine, please post them here or provide web addy/site where I can get them.

Thanks and I will post here what I find out about this little machine once I get to use it tonite.



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sgoldfried
Seriously Hooked

Canada
769 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2006 :  06:20:56 AM  Show Profile Send sgoldfried a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hi
i have the innovations machine great knitting machine
before i talk about it where did you get this for 30,00
i paid 75.00 at mary maximum
i live in toront canada
i bought in november and i made scarfs neck warmers and hats for the salvation army
i made a ton of them and it is quick i espec ially bought it for the charity work i do it would have taken me a week to make 60" scarf especially knitted in the round to get a double knit scarf
dont speed on it you will drop stitiches
if you do stick a safety pin in the stitich and when you are finished
with a c rochet hook just pick up your stich very easy
it will knit worsted weight yarn but i found that some yarns are to heavy and the machine struggles with it
dont force it
i have used fine yarn practically all the novelty yarn
if you find that it doesnt catch on the first row just take a yarn alittle bit heavier and do 2 rounds and then add the yarn you want to
sometimes i combine very fine yarn and fine novelty yarn together
you get a very pretty scarf
i get a lot of yarn from the goodwill
but i have used some of my more expensive yarn and have made some real pretty neck warmers for my family
i havent tried knitting flat yet but i wil soon
sylvia
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mokey
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15375 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2006 :  09:11:11 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sgoldfried

hi
i have the innovations machine great knitting machine
before i talk about it where did you get this for 30,00
i paid 75.00 at mary maximum


It was US$30.00 with a 50% coupon so the retail price was US$60.00, which would be in line with CAD$75.00

I'm tempted to get this little machine.

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sgoldfried
Seriously Hooked

Canada
769 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2006 :  09:28:19 AM  Show Profile Send sgoldfried a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hi
plus 15% tax
great little machine
i am going to try knitting flat and then i can make afghan
i hope it works out
sylvia
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Bookratt
New Pal

USA
17 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2006 :  11:55:46 PM  Show Profile Send Bookratt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, scratch what I said about how great this is.

I like my Incredible Sweater Machine and my knitting boards rakes/round looms better! The looms and boards are slower and the ISM takes time to set up and needs more space, but I still like them better.

This machine is fast, yes, but dropped stitches are common, even when cranking the handle slowly and consistently. Most yarns do not do well in the tension device attached to the side, so you have to fly solo and hold or adjust the yarn feeding thru the needles and watch for misfeeds constantly while you are also cranking the handle.

I had a lot of trouble doing all that at once. It also is almost hypnotic or dizzying, if you try to watch the stitches/needles as they spin past, even at medium and slower speeds.

I tried Bernat Boa and several other of the yarns they used and feature in their included patterns. Boa worked up fastest, but when stitches dropped, was hardest to see and fix.

The gauge is much finer than my knifty knitters and seems to be finer than mosat stitches made on my ISM.

Box and instructions both say the machine will handle some 4 ply, bulky and chunky yarns, but I tried 7 different ones from my stash and none thicker/bigger than 3 ply worked well at all.

Homespun and rough textured yarns absolutely do NOT work well, nor do any slubbed/variable texture yarns or ribbon yarns. The 4-ply wool ease by Lion did noto well either. Boa and fun fur and smooth 3 ply yarns like baby and sport weights, did best.

Panels cannot be wider than 17", so sweater backs and fronts will have to be seamed down the middle. Unless you wear a size 2 or under and have no bust I cannot see how one panel 17" wide will work! Or even a tube at its stretchiest.

Sleeves can be done in two pieces as flat panels and seamed together or one piece and seamed down the side. Scarves and hats can be made as tubes or flat panels.

With 1- 1/2 skeins of Boa yarn it makes a nice stretchy womens hat that fits close to the head. It makes nice tube scarves from Boa and fun fur also, but I am sooooo over fun fur scarves now. I bet if I took the time to play with it I could do shaping and knit a hat that had a less tight, rounded appearance to it using smooth 3 ply.

But I am thinking about bringing it back due to too many dropped stitches, even after much playing around with it.

I also found out I like the handwork/soothing aspect of crochet and loom knitting and the process of using the ISM to design and make larger items, especially sweaters, and make varied textures such as purl, rib, lace etc.

"I cannot live my life without books"---Thomas Jefferson
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patstrat47
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2 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2006 :  6:49:02 PM  Show Profile Send patstrat47 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi i just brought a knitting machine today... from spillsbury co for 49.99
but i am having trouble trying to make a flat panel..can anyone help
the instructions are not very clear
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netta12208
New Pal

USA
16 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2007 :  10:37:51 PM  Show Profile Send netta12208 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
done with needles going to buy one now. at least for a while anyway. wondering where to get patterns
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mmartin5970
New Pal

1 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2007 :  11:59:42 PM  Show Profile Send mmartin5970 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can this machine (the Innovative) really knit socks? It looks too big to me, but the descriptions say it knits socks. Anyone know?

Thanks
Michelle
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auntjeanie
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 01/23/2007 :  07:07:34 AM  Show Profile Send auntjeanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bought the innovations circular machine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. I started using it last night and made a cowl with it. it came at very nice but you do have to pay attention so that you don't drop stitches. i also have 2 smaller ones that are listed as toys. One says it is for ages 3 and up. i don't know of any 3 year who can read and follow directions. However, the smaller ones are great for making socks. Hobby Lobby sells the singer brand in the children's craft aisle for 20 dollars. I sed a coupon for that one too. These machines are great for making scarves and it has been fun experimenting with different types of yarn. they all work great with the fun fur. The varigated yarns work up with an interesting striping affect.
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potomackmd
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2 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2007 :  5:35:35 PM  Show Profile Send potomackmd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think I must be dumb....I just received mine....it knits fine, I guess I'm lucky...only one or two dropped stitches, but i must be threading it incorrectly, because the first row is not secure and unravels just like the last row would if you didn't bind it off correctly,,, Any ideas what I'm missing?????
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kdcrowley
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USA
4773 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2007 :  11:59:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
potomack, you need to go back and bind off the starting row as well....

Kelley
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potomackmd
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Posted - 03/10/2007 :  6:39:32 PM  Show Profile Send potomackmd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
thank you....also, I had read the directions wrong and wasn't skipping every other needle on threading.
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dancingbarefoot
New Pal

USA
12 Posts

Posted - 06/21/2007 :  7:08:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit dancingbarefoot's Homepage Send dancingbarefoot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's not a fine-gauge machine, is it? I thought it was mid-gauge or bulky.
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Merrilee
New Pal

1 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2007 :  04:44:03 AM  Show Profile Send Merrilee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,
I got one of these today for my birthday. For the life of me I can't get it to work properly so now hubby's having a go!

Our problem is with the casting on. Can anyone send me an email and advise exactly how to do it properly? I don't understand the " passing it front and back until a full rotation has been completed"

Because I don't understand what this means the stitch isn't locking together and merely unraveling.

Thanks!

Lee
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Gina63
New Pal

Canada
1 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2007 :  10:38:16 PM  Show Profile Send Gina63 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also bought an Innovations Knitting Machine - from Mary Maxim in Toronto. I tried making a hat. I use ordinary 4 ply acrylic blends from Red Heart. Works great. However, you do have to be careful of dropped stitches. I have'nt a clue how to fix them, even looking over the suggestions in the instructions sheet. Do you keep going from the start of the slipped stitch all the way to the top of the item, still attached to the hook of the machine? I'm also having extreme difficulty figuring out how to bind the bottom of the piece properly or the top. How do I get it to stop unravelling around the piece? I wish I could get together with someone who actually has success with this machinary, to help me figure a few things out.

Gina Fiorini
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susile
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2007 :  11:49:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit susile's Homepage Send susile a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can someone who has this knitting machine let me know what the gauge per inch is of the finished product? Can the gauge per inch be changed, or is it fixed? Also, someone said it only has 44 needles, so if it knits up to a diameter of 13" (approx 40" circumference), the guage must be a pretty huge. Can you knit a tube not using all 44 needles, or can you knit a really narrow tube? I'm thinking of getting one of these machines with a specific project in mind, but only if I can knit at a specific gauge/circumference.

Susan
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CoyoteMichelle
New Pal

1 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2007 :  10:53:15 PM  Show Profile Send CoyoteMichelle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, I bought this machine last February and made one scarf with it. I did have some problems with dropped stitches, but if I went slow I could (mostly) stop this from happening. I really didn't use it again until now. What I really had a problem with then, and am also having a problem with now, is that the stitches are often getting caught into what I think is the row below, and then pulling it up. It isn't exactly a hole, but it ruins how uniform the piece looks. I can't figure out how to get it to not do this. Has anyone else had this problem?

As far as guage goes, I think the needle size is about a US 7. The size of the piece is only changeble by what yarn is used, and you can only do 44 stitch circular knitting. I wouldn't suggest buying this machine; it is not very precise and I don't think you can vary the knitted fabric enough to make it worth the cost. I think hand knitting is a much better option, but since I have the machine now, I figured I could make some quick Chirstmas gifts. If I can't get this lifted stitch problem worked out, I think I would rather hand knit them even if each one takes me a week rather than and evening.
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sgoldfried
Seriously Hooked

Canada
769 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2007 :  06:15:23 AM  Show Profile Send sgoldfried a Private Message  Reply with Quote
every few round you must give the material tug
that keep it from catching
for a long scarf this machine is great
remember turn evenly and dont speed
you cant knit faster then the machine
sylvia
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GinaLemonLass
New Pal

2 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2007 :  11:59:31 AM  Show Profile Send GinaLemonLass a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I still can't figure out how to bind the bottom and top of an item properly. I paid $82.00 for this Innovations Knitting Machine at Mary Maxim's in Toronto. Now I feel like a heal for spending money on something I can't use. The knitted piece works up fine. I've been using 4 ply worsted weight Red Heart Yarn. I just need help preventing the final product from unravelling! Is there anyone who lives in Mississauga, Ontario who can help me physically? If you have the time, I'd appreciate it immensely. We could meet at the Mississauga Central Library. For your time, I would like to buy you lunch at their cafe! If you can help me out, please email me at ginafiorini63@hotmail.com or ginafiorini63@yahoo.ca. Thanks for your time ladies (and gents).
Sincerely,
Virginia

Lemon Lass
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marvma
New Pal

USA
15 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2007 :  4:57:13 PM  Show Profile Send marvma a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey every-knitter-body: I really appreciate all the info you have shared here. I have finally figured out how to "start" the knitter properly. The tip about gently pulling on the fabric as it knits is a goody to remember. I have so many less hangups now. I did find out that knitting goes much smoother if the yarn is pulled from the skein before knitting, in other words, no drag on the yarn. I just whipped out 3 hats in 2 hours. Also: my own little "pattern": Knit a tube 20 inches long, pull both ends tight, now, instead of pushing one end into the other as for a double layer hat, stitch the ends together forming a ring or circle.
Sew on a brooch or a very pretty button, and whalla you have a hat band for a women. Fun, fun, fun.....Marvma
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brikeney
New Pal

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2007 :  6:41:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit brikeney's Homepage Send brikeney a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,
I just thought I would share some info. My friend Toni created a yahoo group for the innovations knitting machine. She has made a video tutorial for cast on directions. Great help. That is how I learned.. Now to make fun stuff. Here is the group.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/innovationsknitting/

Lana
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