Does anyone have a Nifty Knitter? I have seen this at Michaels last
week. My DD wants to try knitting, I don't how to knit, so I thought
that this may be a nice extra present for the holidays. DD is 11. I
see that they come in rounds and straight shapes.
Can you actually make a wearable item out of this or is it just good
for scarves? Even if it is just good for scarves, they are popular
now, and I think she may enjoy making them.
Thanks for replying.
I've got a Knifty Knitter (the set with four rings) and I also got the
little pattern book too, for $1.50. If you're getting it at Michaels,
watch for their 40% and 50% coupons; that's how I got mine. My 7yo DD
loves it; she can make her own hats and scarves. The hats are great
and you can knit a brim right in.
This gadget isn't knitting like on needles; it's a whole different
technique that has the same results. It hasn't taught my girls to
You can also knit flat items on these; the largest ring, used for a
flat item, would make a perfect baby-sized afghan.
You do need to use super-chunky yarn or double or triple up on thinner
ones to get a result that isn't knit too loosely. A single strand of
Red Heart Baby Clouds worked well. The Lion Brand Watercolours had a
little looser result, and a single strand of the basic Red Heart
worsted was VERY loose. It works up best with yarns I usually use a
10mm hook to crochet.
Hope this helps. I think if you google for knifty knitter patterns
you'll find some, too.
I have a set! I'm making a scarf right now, and I've made a baby hat
before. My sister (who up to this point has only made fun of me for
being into yarn crafts) picked up my Knifty Knitters this weekend and
asked how to use them and now (THURSDAY) has apparently finished her
second scarf since she just called to ask again how to finish it off!
We went on Monday to get her own set and for her to make her first yarn
purchase. Can you tell her big sister is proud??? She wants to make
herself a sweater on them and thinks she can figure it out (using the
big loom for the body and a smaller one for the sleeves...I'm sure it is
possible but don't know how good it would look!)
Patterns online are sparse...I found the best information on Yahoo
Groups, but you have to join the groups to access the info.
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I think you could make a sweater with the big size. Even if it's not
big enough to make a pullover, you'd just have to make flat strips
(instead of making it round, just turn and go back the other way) and
sew them together. You could bind off to narrow for the armholes and
neckhole, just like with needle knitting. There was a pattern a while
back in a knitting magazine for a kimono-look sweater that was done
five strips wide.
Mohair might be fun to use with it; mohair is supposed to be knitted
big and lacy and it holds its shape because the little hairs hold it
together. It's also very warm even though it's lacy.
I'm sure it must be possible! I think it would just be hilarious to see
my sister try making a sweater on her knifty knitters when she has no
concept of how to make clothing (she doesn't sew) and has never knitted
or crocheted an item the "normal" way in her life! Not that I've ever
knitted or crocheted a sweater myself, but I do understand somewhat
about underarm shaping from sewing many garments. She's also the type
who likes everything explained to her and isn't always so great at trial
and error trying things out (easily frustrated).
I thank all of you for answering. I think I will go ahead and buy a
set for my DD. Along with some nice skeins of yarn, she can get
started making a hat and scarf for herself. When it gets cold outside,
it is nice to have a hobby, right?
There's groups out there making all sorts of things with one. It's simple
enough to use, you wrap your yarn around all the pegs and then you slip the
bottom yarn off and wrap your yarn again.
I have a set of all the circles from Michael's that I picked up around
$15.00, and a pattern book for another dollar. Not too bad, IMHO.
Of course, the kids got really interested in my set, and that's when I
finally got the guts to try knitting with needles.
Here's a site with lots of patterns for the nifty knitter:
KK INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO By ProvoCraft
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Don't knock it. :-) I know of at least one person who just couldn't 'get'
knitting until after she had used a knifty knitter and a few other knitting
boards for a while; then somehow it clicked for her and she has now begun
using needles as well.
Knitting is pretty stretchy. If she makes a short strip that goes up
the sides to the armhole, and sews it onto the longer strips of back and
front that go up to make the shoulder, then there's an armhole already
there with no shaping. All she has to do is sew the sleeve onto it.
She could even pick up stitches around it and then put them onto a
round knifty knitter to knit outward.
Starting with scarves and hats is more sensible. And if you make enough
plain, straight scarves, they can be sewn together into a sweater later.