Is machine knitting cheating?

(No) E=mc2...No way, it's all good.
56% (82 votes)
(Yes) How could you call all that racket relaxing?
39% (58 votes)
(Maybe) I'm in the closet...Please don't tell my knitting club I own a machine.
5% (7 votes)
Total votes: 147


I don't have one nor do I intend to. Nothing against them, just no interest. Enjoy yours though. 

Knit away, knit away

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drmel94's picture

It's not cheating, just different. I don't really enjoy the machine the way I do hand-knitting, but I'll use it for some things.

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Randy Bear's picture

I have a Bond (aka The Ultimate Sweater Machine), and a used Singer machine.  I've used the Bond frequently to make dog blankets, but not for much more.  I like the speed for simple things, but the fun in knitting is touching the fiber, which I don't get with the machine.

WMarksII's picture

I have a bond also, I recently picked up the Artisan 70D midgauge. I never got along well with the bond, but I'm having alot of fun with the Artisan. I think the ribber makes all the difference. I do alot of scarves and have had good luck with trying some of the fancier stitches with the machine. I've not given up on hand knitting're right it is very relaxing.

The machine isn't a bad thing necessarily.  It certainly takes skill.  However, knitting by hand is what is generally understood as 'knitting.'  Maybe I'm just ignorant about all of this considering my novice status.  Who's knows.

I've used the Bond knitting frame for a number of years and have also used an ancient Singer.  My conclusion is that it's great for fast projects but definately takes a lot of skill to run smoothly, especially the older machines.  My favorite is still the Bond because it will take several weights of yarn and you can knit up an entire afghan at the rate of a skein every 5 minutes.  Definately exhilarating.  Good for doing the body of a sweater, but I prefer hand-finishing the ribbing on cuffs, collar, sleeves and waist.  Experienced knitters will look at this kind of garment and say, "It's machine-knitted, isn't it?"  So, what can you say?  "Yes, but it's hand-finished" seems almost inflammatory.  Machine knitting has its place, just like hand knitting.

I have a knitting machine.  I just purchased it a few months ago. I still love hand knitting though. It is much more relaxing for me. I'm still learning how to use my knitting machine.

Bear's picture

I just bought an atisan 70d.

jeffhatchell's picture

I have a Bond Ultimate Sweater Machine as well as the complete "Knifty Knitter" set and the "Yarn-A-Round".  Since I am a total novice, they all help with my occassional need for instant gratification, but I am determined to learn hand-knitting as well.  Maybe sometime I can graduate from my "crutches".  LOL

WMarksII's picture

That's cool. My Bond and I aren't speaking. Don't count these as crutches, just different ways to do the same thing. Besides, there are things you can do with the machines that you can't by hand and visa versa. I love to hand knit. There's nothing better than a good pair of bamboo needles and an awesome hank of yarn to completely relax me. But if I have orders for 10 scarves, I'm gonna do them by machine...just finish them by hand. What have you done with your Bond? Got pics?

Bear's picture

Ive done a few dozen scarves and some baby blankets for friends of mine.  but mostly ive been doing dog sweaters.  that is what i want to do make and sell dog clothes.  I dont have any pics right now but working on it.  camera trouble.

Serge664's picture

I enjoy both.

Since any non-knitter will assume that any hand knit item you have given them took "about a week" - be it a scarf, sweater, or afghan - the machine is a great for quick gifts.

It is also good for throwing together things to be felted, since the finishing on these items is more important than the time spent knitting.

These days, only knit-buddies and special friends get the hard-core hand-made presents - to busy making samples for class.


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There's a very cool technique for getting stripey hand-dyed yarn which involves knitting the plain undyed yarn into a looong rectangle, dyeing it, then frogging, steaming and rewinding it and knitting it up as the finished article. You knit the original undyed rectangle on a machine for speed. Doing it this way you can get more subtle color graduations than you usually find in commercial space-dyed yarn. And of course you get to choose your own colors.

victor's picture

It is not cheating, just another tool, all those needles clicking away. I own two knitting machines, a Bond and a Passap. I use the Passap quite a bit for ribs if pushed for time as k1p1 can be a bit boring at times, then hand knit the rest of the garment. The four ribs for a jersey or cardigan be be completed in under an hour, PROVINDING all runs smoothly, no knots in the yarn, needle jams or phone calls!!! Machine knitting is defintely not relaxing, if anything just the opposite, just ask my other half!! (He prefers to hand knit ) Just depends on the pattern of the project in hand and there are, as some else has said already, techniques unique to each.  I haven't used the Bond for many years, I size of the machine will not make a sweater wide enough for me or my other half!! Any ideas for small projects using the Bond would be much appreciated.

MMario's picture

Knitting machines tempt me sometimes; but I don't think I could lug one around the way I do my hand-knitting. And I do think labeling machine knit items "hand knit" - which many people do, is cheating.

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I've always wanted to know how knitting machines work and see one operate.  The few I've ever encountered were purchased by people who thought it would be cool but then couldn't figure out how to use them or got too frustrated to continue tryng.  I agree that nothing beats hand knitting for simplicity and portability.