A knitting machine is an ergonomic device designed for […]
A knitting machine is an ergonomic device designed for creating smart knitted clothing and accessories. You can knit garments of any color, size, and style, such as sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats, and socks. Knitting machines allow producing clothing much faster than you'd do knitting in a conventional way.
When you knit by hand, you have a row of loops on your needle, and you pull new yarn one by one through the loops to create fabric. On a knitting machine, there are a row of latch hooks and a shuttle. You place the yarn in the shuttle and push it across the machine. As the shuttle moves over the hooks, it pulls each hook backwards one by one, so it grabs the loose yarn and pulls it through the previous loop hanging from the hook.
There are numerous types of knitting machines, ranging from simple spool or board templates with no moving parts to highly complex mechanisms controlled by electronics. All, however, produce various types of knitted fabrics, usually either flat or tubular, and of varying degrees of complexity. Pattern stitches can be selected by hand manipulation of the needles, or with push-buttons and dials, mechanical punch cards, or electronic pattern reading devices and computers.
Machine is better for:
large amounts of simple, repetitive pattern. Very fine yarns knit close. Getting a very fine, regular tension. Technical knowlege. Making blanks for hand dying. Speed. People with dexterity/hand movement restrictions.
Hand is better for:
Complicated or intricate lace, cabling or colour work (the fun and challenging stuff). Working with Art Yarns. Relaxation and health benefits. Mobility/socialising. People who want to develop/keep dexterity and flexibility. Threatening creeps on the bus with pointy sticks.