16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2007
I really like this knitting machine. It takes a little practice to be able to get the tension right to prevent it from dropping stitches. It is VERY fast, so if you don't know how to knit or are just impatient like I am, this is a great product and a great value!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2008
I have had this for 2 years now, and it has been very useful in creating quick gifts, mainly scarves, for my friends and my daughters friends. It does take a few tries, and I have only used the Lion Brand furry yarn. But once I got the hang of it, I like it. I have a large, expensive Toyota knitting machine that I have put away because of space issues. Even though it is a fine piece of equipment, the product was only as good as the patience and technique of the operator. I had to take lessons on it before I could use it to its full capacity. So for the price and the size, I was very impressed with this little knitting machine.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2009
I've read all the reviews before deciding to try this for myself. I went ahead and bought it anyway and I am glad I did. Yes, the manual it comes with isn't the greatest - however, if you look up this machine on Youtube - there are several GREAT tutorials on how to cast on, bind off, change colors, do a rib and of course, how to fix those dropped stitches.
Dropped stitches are NOT that big a deal - it's easy to fix and it doesn't happen that often. I've made 6 scarves and had to deal with the dropped stitch thing twice. And once was because I was taking a break and my three year old got to it and turned the handle in the wrong direction.
The only REAL problem I've had with it is the fact there is this "squeak" between needles 4 and 6 that drives me up the wall - but it's only there if I have a light weight yarn... The thicker the yarn, the less it's heard. When I use standard 4 ply - it's not there at all...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
I bought one of these machines for myself (Amazon was out of it so I made my purchase at Fingerhut - the ones on eBay are way too expensive) and have had a lot of fun with it. So much fun, that I bought one for a friend. Yes, it's a little tricky, but not impossible to master. Here are few things I have learned:
1. Use the right kind of yarn - that can take some experimenting.
2. Use the correct tension - that will also take some experimenting for each type of yarn you use.
3. Have your work properly weighted so it won't drop stitches.
4. Turn the crank at a slow to moderate speed.
5. Pay attention to what you're doing and watch the hooks for dropped stitches so you can fix them immediately.
I curl and bundle my work up into the middle of the machine instead of letting it drop out the side and that solved my problem with dropped stitches. Sometimes I use knitting weights which also helps a lot. I do still get some skipped stitches now and then, but it may be because my tension gets off occasionally so I'm still working on that issue. Also, the yarn I like to use is probably a little too loosely twisted and sometimes splits as it's being picked up by a hook. When this happens, I stop and fix the problem before proceeding (by slipping the split yarn the rest of the way over the hook as that stitch comes around on the left side). Again, this might be another one of my issues with the tension.
It's easy to add different colors of yarn by simply knotting the two yarns together with a small knot. If the knot is too big, it won't feed through the machine - so keep the knot small.
I have read that the new machines by Addi are made by the same company. The mechanics look exactly the same yet they cost 4 times as much as the Innovations machine. I seriously doubt if there's a substantial difference in their overall performance.
All in all, it's a nice little machine and I'm happy with my purchase. I've made several scarves (in 90 minutes) and hats (in 30 minutes - both single and double thickness) for myself and friends. I think the overall quality of my projects is fine for gifts but until I can make something without skipped stitches, I don't feel like I can sell anything that I make. YouTube has been a great help in learning how to use this product.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2008
If you were expecting a "magic" instant knitting factory, this tool isn't for you. There are many very helpful video tutorials available on YouTube thanks to other inspired owners of this product. The tutorials do a much better job explaining casting on, casting off, and even panel knitting.
Also, I found that it took me 3-4 practice skeins of yarn before I got the hang of using this machine. I also found that I was better able to control the tension if I set it on my round ottoman and held it down in front of me at lap level.... like a potter's wheel.
For what you pay for... as long as you're patient and willing to take some time to learn to use this tool, it works extremely well and it's worth the value. If you need to knit quick hats for your family or for charity it works pretty well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2009
I found the assembly of this product easy. The manual I received wasn't too hard to follow. I have YET to be able to make a panel with it. The edges always look horrible, but I'm sure a few YouTube tutorials will help out. Makes great little hats though! I've used 4-ply worsted weight and finer. I tried to use the boucle that they recommend but had nothing but trouble with snags. I DOUBT that I would ever try to make the sweater because of it. My crank was REALLY tight between pegs 17 and 23. I took the screws out of the bottom and a little plastic piece (didn't match the color of any of the "bits") fell out. Crank turns like a CHARM now. However, it took me 10 minutes to take apart but about an hour to figure out how to put it back together! No instructions anywhere online on reassembly of it. I paid $25 at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. I don't think I'd pay the $40 for it though. I've had it for 4 days and made about 10 hats for charity already! MUCH MUCH MUCH faster. I agree with the poster who said she put it on her ottoman. I sit on the floor and put it on a "breakfast in bed" tray. A bit easier on the arms.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2008
As a Technical Writer myself, I had no problem utilizing this machine. As long as the directions were followed and you didn't try to crank the handle at light speed, my results on the tubes and flat panels were excellent. If your yarn skein becomes too tight, a hook might miss the yarn (however they do remind you to keep your yarn skein loose in the manual) but if you are watching what you are doing it is very simple to stop cranking and place the yarn back under the hook so that you avoid a missed stitch. I find that this machine is as easy to use and as reliable as the Addi which retails at appx. $180. Easy to put together and take apart.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2009
I have no idea what other people are doing to cause so many issues, but my Innovations knitter worked perfectly out of the box. It takes a little effort to turn at the proper tension, but for what I paid, it's a fun gadget. It works best with regular worsted weight yarn and it helps if you roll up the knitting as you go. If you are trying to be a speed demon or use strange yarn, that won't help. All in all, I feel it's a good value for what I paid and what I want it for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2012
Did you notice that the people who had success with this machine only made small things? I suppose it will do fine if you only intend to use 1 skein of yarn or don't want to add other colors. ANYTHING that causes you to tie in another skein or color and makes a knot (even though the manual shows you how) won't work. The machine WILL drop stitches.
I've knitted and crocheted for years so I KNOW how the principles of the stitches work. I had a long tube scarf on the machine and fought with the whole process for half a day, cussing, trying to be patient, fixing the few problems that came up each time I had to add another skein or wanted to change color. I was down to the last 22 rows - which on this thing is about 1 minute's more of work, when again... it dropped stitches, this time 5 rows worth. At no time did I crank the thing "lightening" fast as some people here describe it because the yarn tension would get too tight if you tried. You can wind all your yarn into balls as much as you want but the yarn, as it is feeding into the machine, will catch on your clothes or onto itself,you simply HAVE to go steadily and carefully.
Anyway. . .I took the whole scarf off the machine, ripped out the rows back to the problem area, re-hung the scarf BACK on the machine and slowly tried to start again. The needles did not want to take the work and go on, so I worked the knitting manually on the machine trying to get past whatever its problem was until, I hoped, it would get back on track again. All this took the better part of a day so I wasn't in a very good mood. If it would have just "dropped" the stitches I could have fixed it manually but it not only dropped 5 rows (and 2 hooks worth of them at that) it held on to a stitch from the last row where it had worked properly and continued on with THAT stitch, tightening and puckering the work so that it couldn't be overlooked and fixed "later". You can't tell something has gone wrong until it is too late. I suppose you could crank so slowly that you could check each needle every time it comes up behind the tension guard, but that wasn't the point of buying the darn thing was it? I noticed that the more I used it the more "slack" the needles got.
So, that was it for me. The whole scarf (equal to a Red Heart Super Saver Skein plus added in contrasting color) is now in a big ball in the plastic bin that I let the yarn roll around in while I was trying to knit on the machine.
I don't have access to anything but dial-up internet at home so going to Youtube to see tutorials is out because they stutter and stop so badly they aren't viewable. Until I can get to DSL somewhere later in the week, I simply can't use their help.
So far I am NOT impressed. It cost me $77 on ebay (inc. shipping) and at the moment it could go in the dumpster for what use I've gotten out of it.
on June 12, 2014
It took me four tries to figure out how to get something quality from this machine. I was on the verge of returning it in frustration. At that point, however, I disregarded the cast-on directions it came with, and instead went with a (crochet) chain stitch cast-on, exactly how I would cast on to a round knitting loom. That did the trick and gave me a beautiful finished edge... then I made sure to go slowly enough to watch every stitch, and when the machine didn't pick up the yarn, I backed up (by turning the crank in the opposite direction), and physically placed the yarn on the hook. I had to do this a few times, but the end product turned out flawless. I carefully removed it from the machine following instructions for a gathered bind off (to make a hat). It was slower than I expected, because I had to visually monitor every single stitch, but it was still faster and easier than knitting on needles or looms. The end product was so perfectly knitted that I felt it was a good trade-off. (I also tried the e-wrap cast-on from loom knitting, but that did not work for me at all).