large a sweater can I knit on the Ultimate Sweater Machine?
Up to a size XL (50" circumference using 4-ply knitting
worsted weight yarn). If you need a larger size, you can purchase
one or more Extension Kits and make your machine as large as you
want. You can even bolt two Sweater Machines together. See instructions
many needles comes in the Ultimate Sweater Machine?
else comes in the Ultimate Sweater Machine kit?
The machine comes with:
1. Needle bed with 100 needles,
2. Carriage that you push back and forth to create the knitting,
3. 4 keyplates in 6 sizes that you insert into the carriage, like
cassettes, that make the loops that create the stitches. You choose
the size keyplate based on the type of yarn you are using.
4. Accessory box with all the tools and accessories you need to
use your machine.
5. 35-minute instructional video
6. Instruction book loaded with pictures for setting up, knitting
and doing fancy stitches.
7. Pattern book with 12 patterns starting with a simple scarf and
ending with a set of family sweaters.
8. Even a ball of yarn to get you started.
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is the Ultimate Sweater Machine made of?
The body and carriage are made of engineering polymers, the
same that are used in aircraft. Other components are hardened steel
needles and weights.
does it take to learn to use the machine?
To learn the basics, just one evening - or a weekend, if you
want to go through the complete instruction book.
long does it take to make a basic sweater or afghan?
You can make an adult sweater or large afghan in two evenings.
You can make a child's sweater, smaller afghan or throw in one evening.
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I use hand knitting patterns?
Yes. Information on how to convert hand knitting patterns for
use on the machine are included in the pattern book that comes with
I add hand knitting or crocheted sections fo my machine-knitted
Yes. You can knit the back and sleeves on the machine and hand knit
the front. Or you can machine knit part of the front, then take
the knitting off the machine and hand knit a yoke. You can do the
same for crochet, especially with afghans (edgings, joinings, panels,
I get more patterns for my machine?
Yes. Your machine will come with a brochure of other accessories,
videos and pattern books that are available for your machine. You
can also get free patterns on this website in our project
kinds of yarns can I use on my machine and do I have to buy special
types of yarns?
You can use between a sport weight and chunky weight yarn. You
can also use fancy yarns such as mohair (or brushed yarn) and bouclé
as well as different yarns mace from acrylic, cotton, wool, mohair
and lots more.
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happens if I get stuck? Is there a help line I can call?
Yes. The phone number for the help line is printed on the information
that comes with your machine. There is no charge for this help except
the cost of the long distance call. You can also get help by going
to our Ultimate Sweater Machine help
type of warranty comes with the machine?
The machine comes with a limited lifetime warranty against product
defects. You may register your machine here.
long has the Ultimate Sweater Machine company been making machines?
For over 20 years.
have an Incredible Sweater Machine. Can I use the Ultimate carriage
and accessories on my machine?
Yes. All the accessories for the Ultimate Sweater Machine are
interchangeable with the Incredible Sweater Machine. Check our online
store for tools
are the main differences between the Incredible Sweater Machine
or Bond Classic and the Ultimate Sweater Machine?
The needle bed is the same. The carriage is quite different and
incorporates all the wishes of Sweater Machine knitters
over the years: the front of the carriage is open (no fabric guide)
so doing intarsia on the fly (as you knit) and other
changing of yarn, such as for stripes, is especially easy. The carriage
also has a built-in tripper for the row counter. There are six different
keyplate sizes to match every size hand knitting needle from a 6
through a 10. The color of the carriage is plum and the keyplates
are a transparent green. Theres a new pattern book, instruction
book and video and lots of new accessories
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