Here's how to start machine knitting - and learn to make very nice things: Watch a beginner lesson, work a lesson each day, and in a little over a month, you have learned to machine knit quite competently on any Japanese main bed. It doesn't go into fancy patterning but emphasizes the all-important basics. The lessons even finish with a child's raglan in both standard and bulky gauges, so you can learn the techniques for an actual garment.
If you want to master something FAST, do a little practice every day.
At the end of that course, you're probably "hooked." You made a nice sweater in a fraction of the time it would have taken to hand knit it, and you probably made a better sweater than you thought was possible, if you followed the finishing instructions carefully. Now, there's a world of options available, for instance, my ribber course, other teaching materials from plenty of knitters, free on YouTube, there's this blog and other folks' blogs, there are unbelievably awesome local groups, and there are lots of great instructional materials available for sale at reasonable prices (and from lots of people besides me)!
The beginner course is over here:
After I did these, folks asked for a DVD and high-definition lessons. I bought the equipment and did that, but what I left on YouTube was these freebies, which were done with an old analog camcorder. The old freebies are absolutely the same content, but lower quality picture, sound, and editing, as well, since I was a newbie. Should I replace them? I don't know; I certainly have sentimental feelings about them, because they led to my whole book, DVD and seminar business and meeting so many terrific knitters in the last few years.
The beginner course DVDs, and a bunch of other products, are available at www.dianaknits.com. All the products that are for sale are high-definition and you can play them on your big screen TV, if you really want to see everything in giant detail.
But what if you're just curious about machine knitting? Go watch the freebies.