COMEZ crochet machines are also known as "warp knitting machines." There are currently no machines capable of replicating the sort of crochet that we accomplish by hand. This distinguishes crochet. Knitting machines can produce knit products on a huge scale for retail sale. But they cannot replicate the unique look of handmade knitted items.
Crochet machines were first introduced into the market in 1960. Since then, many different models have been produced by several manufacturers. None of them is popular enough to completely replace handmade crochet.
The basic idea behind a crochet machine is to use hooks instead of needles to create a fabric. Each time you "yarn over" (wrap the yarn around the hook) you add a new loop to the chain. You can keep adding loops to your chain until it becomes too long or you reach the end of the thread and need to start again. The final step is to pull the thread through all the loops on the hook to complete the stitch. As you can see, this is very much like knitting where you will always add a new loop when knitting with multiple threads (or needles).
So, yes, there is a machine that crochets! It's just not as flexible or customizable as hand-crocheted fabrics. Also, since these machines use hooks instead of needles, the resulting product is quite rigid. It would not be easy to make a sweater using a crochet machine!
A knitting machine is a machine that produces knitted materials in a semi- or completely automated manner. Knitting machines range in complexity from basic spool or board templates with no moving components to very complicated systems controlled by electronics. Most knitting machines require some form of human intervention to set the desired parameters for each stitch, but some allow all of these decisions to be made automatically. Modern knitting machines are often highly mechanized and use microprocessors to control various functions such as needle selection, yarn feeding, pattern generation and layout orientation.
In its most simple form, a knitting machine has a supply of thread or yarn, a needle assembly through which the thread is pulled to make a stitch, and a mechanism that moves the needle across the face of the knit fabric one row at a time. Some knitting machines have more than one thread or yarn supply and several mechanisms that move the needles simultaneously or repeatedly across the face of the knit fabric. Others have complex arrangements of levers, cams, and other mechanical elements that perform similar tasks. In general, the more threads or yarns there are in a single knitting machine, the more intricate the design of the knitted item can be.
Knitting was first invented by Lucy Barton in 1866.
Crochet is also more time-efficient than knitting. You'll be able to knit sweaters, afghans, cushions, and a variety of other simple crafts. Because crochet has just one live stitch, there are more options to make unique multidirectional items like granny squares, amigurumi, or yarn bombing. It's also easier to fix mistakes in crochet because you can simply start over.
Knitting requires more attention and effort than crocheting. You will need to keep track of where you left off when making a multi-project bag or scarf. Knitters usually work from the bottom up, so they can try on their creations as they go along. This means that you may have to decide what shape your project is going to take before you start it!
Both techniques require careful planning before you begin and focus on the task at hand while working on them. As you progress with your projects, you will find new techniques and ideas that will help you create something unique every time.