Note on machine knitting

hypie100's picture

I have just completed a garment from an old eighties style garment, that I found from a charity book, I had to do the ribbing by hand though (do not have a ribbing attachment), so it had taken a bit longer.
I used an old brother knitting machine that I repaired, I was wondering was, do people think it is cheating that it is not a hand knit, if I was to knit it by hand, it would take about six monthes to complete, it is quite fine knitting on a 3mm needle, and the eighties style is large in design, so knitting it would really take forever.
Any comments would be appreciated ;-)


Bill's picture

Beautifully done! Love the buttons on the shoulder!
It is definitely NOT cheating to use a knitting machine...(although we do have some knitting police on the list who will differ)...Any kind of knitting that makes you happy and creates your ideas is OK!

QueerJoe's picture

I can't imagine anyone would consider machine knitting "cheating"'s just a different way of making a sweater than hand-knitting in my mind.

I enjoy both hand-knitting and machine-knitting, and like most crafts, I consider that both have their best certainly know how to make excellent use of the knitting machine...the sweater is beautiful.

Thepook's picture

Great work! And as I have 2 Bond machines and an Artisan double bed machine, I don't consider it cheating. The one thing that the ladies at my shop taught me long ago is that there is no such thing as knitting police. You knit how you knit. There is no right or wrong, you do what you enjoy.

HuskerChub's picture

Haven't read any comments on this yet, but I must answer. NO! It is NOT cheating, unless you consider using a sewing machine to make clothing or quilts cheating, or driving a car instead of a horse and wagon for your personal transportation. It gets you the same results only quicker! The End.

PaulJMC's picture

Really, really cool!!


In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

Tom Hart's picture

That's beautiful, David. I can totally see myself using a knitting machine someday. But probably not for a good while yet. I've still got loads to learn. That sweater really takes the cake, though. Well done!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work. While I don't use knitting machines myself, I have always admired those friends who do. Do I think of it as cheating? A resounding "No". [Now, if you tried to tell everyone you handknit the sweater, I might say something. :-) ] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

I'm still trying to get my head around "old" and "80's"

"old" is pre-WWII to me......

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

hypie100's picture

Hi there
Have a pattern for swimwear from the 1930s, Im trying to find a way to do it, without looking old

hypie100's picture

Thank you for the great comments, I really appreciate the support, I think sometimes we forget really beautiful things and its nice to see what it looks like, the machine knitting doeas give me the ability to be able to experiment on shape which would take a long time by hand, my next experiment will be to try and knit fine yarns of differant colors. Have made a sample, now to see what design will work with it.
All the best of wishes to everyone.