Nifty knitter


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.
Kedela
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kedela
Hi Kedela
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 knit.
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.
Michelle
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Eastern Edge
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.
Kristen
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Kristen
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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.
=Tamar
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Richard Eney
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).
Kristen
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Kristen
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?
Thanks again, Kedela
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kedela
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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Knifty Knitter Instructions Knifty Knitter Instructions, round looms and knitting board
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Knifty Knitter Projects
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Mystified One
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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.
=Tamar
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Richard Eney

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