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annamal
« on: November 19, 2006 11:15:09 AM »

Yesterday at the thrift store I found a Kenner's knitting machine for a whopping $4!!  The kit was complete and had never been used, so I just HAD to get it.  It only has 28 hooks, knits a smaller weight yarn, and can only knit panels that are about 9" wide.  Has anyone ever used one of these beore?  Could anyone reccomend some things I could do with 9" wide panels of fabric?  Or how to keep it from dropping stitches?  Thanks!
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CatieD
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2006 01:56:59 PM »

Looks like you got a good deal, annamal.  I can't help much with suggestions for making anything, apart from scarves but I think I know why you're dropping stitches.

My mother bought a knitting machine in 1960 and, back then, the carriages were not equipped with brushes to open the latches.  It was important to check before you knitted every row that the latches (arrowed, in the photo below) were open before the wool was laid across.



Sorry if I'm telling you something you already know Smiley  Happy knitting!

  
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annamal
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2006 02:54:43 PM »

So wait.. after dragging the cartridge across, I need to go back and make sure that they are all OPEN?  Haha I thought that they needed to be closed!  Yeah the first two stitches on the right needles always seem to drop off.. the machine most definitely isn't anything fancy.. but oh man it's a lot of fun!  Thanks for the tip!
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CatieD
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2006 03:14:41 PM »

You're welcome - I hope that works - if you're still having trouble with the end stitches, remove them and replace them with spares (if you have any) or move them to a different part of the bed to see whether it's the needles or something else causing the problem.

My mother gave me her machine a few years ago and I very stupidly gave it away because I had one - oh how I wish I had it now - I realised too late that it was perfect for intarsia.

Edit - I should have said that every machine is different - was there anything in the instructions to help you?
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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2006 06:32:31 PM »

It only has 28 hooks, knits a smaller weight yarn, and can only knit panels that are about 9" wide.  Has anyone ever used one of these beore?  Could anyone reccomend some things I could do with 9" wide panels of fabric?  Or how to keep it from dropping stitches?  Thanks!

If it came with weights, use them, especially at the edges, to prevent stitches from dropping off the needles.

You can do a lot of things with even 9" panels. Hats, baby items, washclothes, i-cord, purses and other bags... lots of options. I'd suggest getting Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters by Susan Guagliumi from your library to see what sorts of awesome stitches you can do other than stockinette.

Have fun!  Grin
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teffyweffy
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2010 11:13:20 AM »

Perfect for intarsia? How? Also are there any links to techniques with this machine.
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horselover1958
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011 10:05:44 AM »

Yesterday at the thrift store I found a Kenner's knitting machine for a whopping $4!!  The kit was complete and had never been used, so I just HAD to get it.  It only has 28 hooks, knits a smaller weight yarn, and can only knit panels that are about 9" wide.  Has anyone ever used one of these beore?  Could anyone reccomend some things I could do with 9" wide panels of fabric?  Or how to keep it from dropping stitches?  Thanks!
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avike
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2013 09:02:35 AM »

Hello to everyone !
I have got the Kenner Knitting Machine online.
It seems pretty simple construction and nothing is broken in it.
After several tries I still can not make it work.
It makes every other stitch.
What could be wrong with it  ?
I will be grateful for any help.
Thank you.
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