NEW Singer Knitting Machine

Guess what?! Singer appears to have used the Addi Professional as a model and revamped their children’s knitting machine. The first one (that has been out for years) was less than adequate. Click here for the link to that review.  But on a happier note, the new machine has promise for those who want to try their hand at circular machine knitting before they invest in a quality machine. HOWEVER, be aware that the old one is still on the market so be sure NOT to waste your money on that one! See what I’m talking about here:

Addi Express Fingerless Mitts

I get requests for fingerless mitts all the time and I didn’t have a clue how to do it! I’ve finally come up with something to give you but be aware that there are TWO versions: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced.  I strongly suggest watching the videos as sometimes it’s difficult to accurately describe specific actions in words!

BEGINNER VERSION
1. Download the written pattern here: Addi fingerless mitts Beginner

2. Watch the video here:

INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED VERSION
1. Download the written pattern here: Addi fingerless mitts Advanced

2. Watch the video here:

Have you joined the Facebook group Addi King, Loomers and Knits?

FAQs about Addi Express Knitting Machines

I get LOTS of questions about the Addi machines and it finally occurred to me that an informational video would be in order! In the video, you’ll find answers to these questions:

1. First of all, “What IS an Addi Express Knitting Machine?”

2. “Why would I want one?”

3. “What are the advantages over a flat bed knitting machine?”

4. “Can you make other things besides hats and scarves?”

5. “I can only buy one machine. Which Addi is the best?”

 

Choosing a Work Table for Addi Express

“The Perfect Work Table.” Yep, I was on a mission to find that thing. I tried the remove-a-leaf-from-your-dining-room-table technique. I made my own from an old chair. But the one that shows the most promise is a workbench “invented” by my friend Suzy Notting. I think hers is a better quality than mine but have no fear… I have plans to make it perfect!

Remember as with any of my Addi info… this can be useful for and Innovations or any circular knitting machine!

Tutorial: Getting Clean, Straight Edges on a Knitted Tube Scarf

Nice, clean edges. Optional fringe can be added.

Nice, clean edges. Optional fringe can be added.

I love the double thickness of a tube scarf but getting the ends nice and neat is a challenge. I’ve finally found a solution I like and it can be done with knitting needles OR a crochet hook!

If you’re a knitter (which I am NOT), you’ll be familiar with the Three Needle Bind Off. That’s what you’ll do to finish your scarf ends. For me, a crocheter, I watched the video, got out the knitting needles, managed to get it done BUT… in the process, I learned exactly what was going on and realized that the same thing can be achieved with a crochet hook! Even my knitting friends say they find this easier to do.

If this is sounding familiar, I’ve already done a blog and video on this technique while seaming a square baby hat. But rather than putting right sides together, we’ll reverse that for our scarf ends so we’ll have the resulting chain lying across the end.

Here’s a demo and this is GREAT for Addi Express knitting machine scarves:

Demo/Review/Comparison of Singer Knitting Machine to Addi Pro

A friend on YouTube was thinking about buying a Singer knitting machine “to see if she liked circular machine knitting before she spent so much money on an Addi.” I had a Singer (which I’m not thrilled with) so I did a demo/review/comparison to Addi video for her.  Were you thinking the same thing? Watch this first:

Square Baby Hat!

How Cute and Whimsical!

How Cute and Whimsical!

These hats just make me laugh! I really wish I had a baby handy to model it for us but no such luck.

This is simple, quick and can be done in any yarn craft! Once again, I’ve demonstrated on my Addi Express… this time on the King Size. Here’s your Addi basic recipe:

Yarn: Worsted Weight about 1 oz of Main Color and .5 oz of trim color

1. Cast on the Addi Express King Size with waste yarn (about 5 rows)

2. Knit Main Color for 30 rows

3. LEAVE MAIN COLOR ATTACHED but switch to waste yarn (about 5 rows)

4. Remove from machine

5. Turn hat inside out so rights sides are together.

7. Add a brim/edging. If you’d like to add a crocheted version, click here for my tutorial.6. Do a 3-Needle Bind Off or my Crochet Version to bind off and seam the top closed. You can also do a Kitchener Stitch if that’s easier for you.

More information, including my demonstration of adding waste yarn with the main color still attached, can be found here:

Square Baby Hat Measurements

If you want to attempt looming, knitting or crocheting a version, here are the measurements when the hat is lying flat for you to use as a guide. My All-In-One Loom is very close to the gauge of my Addi machines so you may want to cast on 46 stitches in the round for a test run.

Nutcracker Scarf!

So, I’ve been at it again with the holiday scarves! Here’s a Nutcracker done on the Addi Express Professional BUT the concept can be applied to crochet, knitting or loom knitting!

Nutcracker ScarfSpecial thanks to Missy (raggedyanna6 on YouTube) for mentioning this! I’m a huge ballet fan and going to the Nutcracker Ballet is one of our Christmas Traditions. This was fun to create!

Missy asked me to be sure and tell the colors I used so they’re listed below but BY NO MEANS should you be limited by what I did! Get creative!

Materials I used:

Red Heart SuperSaver: Hunter Green, Correction: Medium Thyme, Cherry Red, Soft Navy, Gold
Impeccable: True Grey
Vanna’s Choice: Soft Pink
Googly Eyes
A couple miscellaneous buttons
6 very tiny black buttons
scissors
tapestry needle

To hear some of the particulars (like why I used fringe on the bottoms, how to trim the beard and mustache, etc.) See my video:

Here are the measurements which are especially helpful if your planning to crochet, knit or loom knit this guy. Click to enlarge.

Nutcracker Scarf MeasurementsHave Fun Creating!

Snowman Scarf!

Here’s another holiday scarf you can adapt for any yarn craft: crochet, knit, loom knit or, as I did, the Addi Professional! So how cute is this?!

Snowman ScarfI used the Santa Scarf as my pattern so it’s basically the same thing BUT I used a different brand of yarn. Santa is Vanna’s Choice and Snowman is Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn. There are slight differences in measurements due to the fact that I Love This Yarn is a bit thinner than Vanna’s Choice. (See this interesting blog post about #4 worsted comparisons.)

I made the carrot nose button from polymer clay but ready-made buttons are available. I’ve only seen them online but I’m sure some crafty retailer has them in stock in their stores!

More information on this design is here in my Addi tutorial video:

Use these basic measurements as a guide. Click to enlarge the picture.

Snowman measurements

ATTENTION LOOM KNITTERS: A member of Loomaholics (group on Google+) found this loom knit, double face snowman scarf you might like!

Reversible Hat: Crochet, Knit, Loom Knit or Addi Express!

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Cooler weather is upon us so it’s time to get serious about some warm hats! One of my favorites is this classic style that’s REVERSIBLE, too!

Use whatever yarn craft you prefer (this one was done with the Addi Express Kingsize knitting machine) and use these measurements as a guide for an adult size hat. Basically, it’s a tube, both ends gathered closed with one end stuffed inside another!

CROCHET TIP: Use a light/thin yarn (#3 or lighter). Crochet uses more yarn per stitch and you’ll end up with an extremely thick, bulky hat if you use #4 or heavier!

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Some may find this tutorial interesting as I discuss the way yarn size/type affects sizing. (At the time this video was made, I was not a knitter but my knitter friends told me that the Addi Express Kingsize = 6 mm needles.  Now that I AM a knitter, I think it’s more like 7mm so you’ll have to make your own swatch and see what works best for you!) There are 46 needles on the machine and using Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted it made a tube about 15 inches in circumference. Crocheters, measure a hat you know fits well and using the same type yarn and hook size, make your tube the same circumference as the bottom of your existing hat! Loomers will know just what loom to use to achieve the size they want!!

UPDATE: DISCOVERIES!

Addi Express or Innovations Machine Instructions for a large child/adult small hat:

1) Big Lots; double strand – 75 rows x 2 (This yarn is like a sport or DK. )

2) Deb Norville Everyday – 55 rows x 2

3) Red Heart – 65 rows x 2

4) Vanna’s Choice – 60 rows x 2

5) Loops and Threads Impeccable – 60 rows x 2

For smaller sizes, simply change the length of your hat. Hat Sizing Charts!