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Can the innovations knitting machine create different sized socks?

February 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · How To Knitting

The innovations knitting machine creates tubes or 17" flat panels. The instructions also say it can create socks but I’m not sure I can see how. Has anyone done this successfully?

The innovations cannot really create socks unless you want to use wool and felt them. Some have done that. Otherwise the tubes are way to big.

Now you could do smaller panels, which is possible on this machine, then just seam them, but they would be tube socks. The chance of dropping stitches trying to do heels is very great and very frustrating.

I know the box says socks, but that is just not something easily done on the machine. I have two of these machines, and mostly use them to do hats, and scarves. The company steps beyond itself in these claims in my opinion.

The machine does have a steep learning curve and I would not recommend it for children, though it is sold as a children’s toy, because of the curve to learn on it. It is not a set up and just use product as there is some learning to be done to handle the machine right. Then the instructions for picking up dropped stitches, as of the last time someone mentioned them, were totally wrong, and other techniques that we are inventing are not in the instructions from the company.

If you should decide on this machine I would suggest checking out groups, such as the one listed in the source section. We have several people coming up with new stuff all the time.

Also be sure to check out some of the youtube videos on this machine. There are several good ones, including casting on, casting on using waste yarn, casting off using waste, finishing, picking up dropped stitches, and how to use less needles for a flat panel.

These machines really are great for mass produced hats and scarves, and panels for afghans, but somethings just are harder to do on them. Not that people are not trying to get around the limits and at times having great success, but it is work.

Patterns just are not available so everyone makes up their own. Maybe soon we will see more becoming available.

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  • 1 amoonsinger // Feb 26, 2010 at

    The innovations cannot really create socks unless you want to use wool and felt them. Some have done that. Otherwise the tubes are way to big.

    Now you could do smaller panels, which is possible on this machine, then just seam them, but they would be tube socks. The chance of dropping stitches trying to do heels is very great and very frustrating.

    I know the box says socks, but that is just not something easily done on the machine. I have two of these machines, and mostly use them to do hats, and scarves. The company steps beyond itself in these claims in my opinion.

    The machine does have a steep learning curve and I would not recommend it for children, though it is sold as a children’s toy, because of the curve to learn on it. It is not a set up and just use product as there is some learning to be done to handle the machine right. Then the instructions for picking up dropped stitches, as of the last time someone mentioned them, were totally wrong, and other techniques that we are inventing are not in the instructions from the company.

    If you should decide on this machine I would suggest checking out groups, such as the one listed in the source section. We have several people coming up with new stuff all the time.

    Also be sure to check out some of the youtube videos on this machine. There are several good ones, including casting on, casting on using waste yarn, casting off using waste, finishing, picking up dropped stitches, and how to use less needles for a flat panel.

    These machines really are great for mass produced hats and scarves, and panels for afghans, but somethings just are harder to do on them. Not that people are not trying to get around the limits and at times having great success, but it is work.

    Patterns just are not available so everyone makes up their own. Maybe soon we will see more becoming available.
    References :
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/innovationsknitting/

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