Forgive me for ranting, especially since I’ve talked about machine-knitting myths before, but I can’t help myself. Myths about machines are so pervasive over on Ravelry, for example, that I wonder where on earth people are getting their firmly-held (negative) beliefs about what machines can and can’t do.
Responses to misconceptions about machines:
- for the billionth time, YES, knitting machines can do more than stockinette stitch
- if you had a Bond Incredible Sweater Machine or whatnot and you could only do stockinette, that doesn’t mean that all machines are limited in that way. Also, even the simplest type of knitting machine can do more than just stockinette by manipulating stitches in various ways.
- it’s completely false that you can’t fix mistakes in your knitting when you use a machine. Why would you even think that? There are numerous ways to do it, too, just like with hand-knitting. You can rip back row-by-row (with or without a lifeline), you can fix stitches as they sit on the needles, or you can drop stitches and work them back up. That’s right, just like hand-knitting. Why? Because whether you use two needles or 400, it’s still knitted fabric.
- The fabric produced by knitting machines is NOT inherently different from the fabric produced by hand-knitting? Really. You might have used more needles to make it, but it’s just knitted fabric like any other (a series of interlocking loops, etc.).
It’s no skin off my back if people don’t like using knitting machines, but if they treat machine knitters with contempt because of incorrect information, that’s just silly. Get the facts, please.