Caron The Ultimate Sweater Machine
- Accessory items that can be purchased seperaetly include:
- An extension kit, row counter , intarsia plate, books & quarterly magazine.
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CARON-The Ultimate Knitting Machine. Imagine knitting 1200 stitches a minute With this machine you can It is so fast you can make an adult sweater or afghan in two evenings or a child's sweater in one evening. It accepts yarns from sport to chunky. Best of all; no knitting experience is needed. This machine is compatible with hand knitting patterns as well as ultimate knitting books. Machine is capable of making cables; lace; picture knits; tuck stitch; Fair Isle and many other fancy stitches. Machine has six key-plate to match every size knitting needle from 6 to 10-1/2. Make an afghan or sweater up to 100 stitches across or you can add in some extension kits or add another Ultimate Knitting Machine for an even longer reach. A detailed instructional video is included with every machine on all basic stitches and fancy stitches. Packed in a convenient colorful carry box and weighs only 10 lb. A limited manufacturer’s warranty is included. Made in USA.
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I can hand knit and loom knit, but it takes forever for bigger projects. So when I bought this machine at a huge discount (used, as it turned out) I was already imagining everyone in my family getting a homemade blanket for Christmas.
Not so much.
I was ready to throw this machine out the window. I had tried over and over for hours on end, waxing and switching sides and adjusting tension and everything I could think of. Still - dropped stitches, dropped rows, the whole thing just falling off. Plus the machine sounded like I was breaking something every time I pushed the carriage across, which was taking most of my upper body strength. I was at the end of my rope, but I promised my husband I wouldn't give up until I figured the dang thing out. I read page after page of reviews and saw that most people hate it, but quite a few love it. So I sat down again tonight and puzzled it out.
And I got it.
The biggest thing - do NOT run the carriage from the top. Use the sides. Omg, what a difference!! I watched the mechanics of the needle and plate while running it and found that pressing down as we are instructed to do jams the needle into the plate. That horrible grinding noise when you run it? Not supposed to do that - now it's rather quiet. The jams? Gone. The occasional dropped stitch instead of every row.
Just use the sides.
I managed to make a dish towel without a single dropped stitch as soon as I switched my hand position. And then I was able to move on to ribbing, which is very easy as well.
I am so relieved that it works now - I went from despising it to adoring it almost instantaneously tonight. With Christmas less than 5 days away, I doubt I'll be able to make everyone those blankets....
But they will be getting homemade scarves. 😊