Double Ribbed Hat | Addi Express | Melissa Sutcliffe Pattern!

Double Thick Ribbed Addi Hat

Melissa Sutcliffe came  up with a unique method for ribbing a double-layered hat and asked me to do a video tutorial for her. I LOVE the practically of the extra warmth plus a snug ribbing so I was happy to do it! I would definitely consider this hat to be at the Intermediate Level because ribbing on the machine can be a bit tricky, however… I demonstrate how to do it in this video and will always encourage you to try! (If you mess up, it’s only yarn and can be used again!)

Download the written pattern here: Melissa’s Hat Pattern

Here’s a refresher on casting on and off and how to change colors.

melissa's hats

Melissa’s hats with crochet bind off.

If you want to replicate the neatly finished edge of Melissa’s hats, here’s a tutorial for a crochet version of a 3-needle bind off.

gathered closure small

Simple gathered bind off.

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Review: Prym Maxi & Generic Knitting Machines

I love circular machine knitting and because the Addi Express machines are so expensive, I’m always on the lookout for possible substitutions! In this video, I compare the Prym Maxi with a Generic, no-name machine (which pleasantly surprised me, btw!)

Be sure to check out links to all products discussed in this video.*

And I have a whole page on this blog dedicated to learning more about circular knitting machines! You can also find links to reviews of other machines here.

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Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines!

Myth: Circular knitting machines require no skill.
Truth: There’s a learning curve. Master it, then creativity abounds!

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

When I read poor reviews of circular knitting machines that I know work well, I feel so sad for the people who spent their money expecting a perfect out-of-the-box experience! Just like any craft, circular machine knitting has a certain skill set to be learned.

In this video tutorial, I share demonstrate some basic tips and tricks to help beginners find fast success!

Tip #1: Affix machine to work surface.
Tip #2: Start with light weight yarn.
Tip #3: Read and Research.
Tip #4: Try out different yarn.
Tip #5: Add weights.
Tip #6: Go slow; watch, catch, fix mistakes.
Tip #7: Patience. Give it 10-15 rows.
Tip #8: Beware of knots.

Brilliant Viewer Tips for Knit and Crochet!

For the CrochetCrate Giveaway, I asked that people give me something I can Sheepishly Share in the comment section of the giveaway video. (Tips, questions, stories… doesn’t matter!)  What a collection of brilliance we received so I’ll be sharing them in my videos!

In the first one, you can learn things like:

  • addressing pom pom problems
  • crochet hook technical info
  • bobby pins and hair clips can be useful
  • tips for organized project planning
  • free version of “Yarnit” type products
  • dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dye
  • felting tips
  • bag construction tips
  • resizing patterns without math
  • jogless stripes
  • inexpensive project bags
  • what to do with yarn scraps
  • AND MORE!

In the second one you’ll find tips on:

  • traveling with supplies
  • storing supplies and open skeins
  • mixing yarn crafts
  • making neck warmers
  • pattern organization
  • saving yarn for repairs
  • adding fragrance
  • knitting cast on tips
  • proper task lighting
  • best yarn for stitch definition
  • surprising benefits of wool
  • more great uses for yarn scraps
Convertible balaclava beanie

Balaclava: Addi Express Tutorial

A requested tutorial for a balaclava done on a circular knitting machine!

Convertible balaclava beanie

Wear it 2 ways!

(This is not for a rank beginner!) Skills needed:

~ Basic Circular Knitting Machine Skills (casting on/off, color changes)
~ Hand knitting OR Crochet skills

Essentially, it’s a long tube (like a reversible hat). One end is closed like a hat, the other end is finished with a stretch bind off. Waste yarn is inserted in the middle of the tube to allow for the face opening. Simple concept!

Review: Knitter’s Journal

I was never a fan of a hard-copy-yarn-craft-journal. As a Techno Nerd, I always thought Ravelry was the only way to go. But then I was contacted to review this one.

Yep. It’s worth a look. AND I began to think of other benefits… like passing it down to another knitter in the family! Hmmm….  What do YOU think?

Get it from their site by clicking here.

*Get it from Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fiGsmr

The official website: https://www.janesknittingkits.com/

 

DISCLAIMER:  All opinions are my own, honest opinions, regardless of sponsorship, referral links, and/or affiliation. Links denoted with a ❋ denote a referral and/or affiliate link.

Viewers’ Favorite Kitchener Stitch Assistance!

In a recent Sheepishly Sharing video, I mentioned that the Kitchener stitch was challenging for me. But, true-to-form, my subscribers are the most helpful bunch and shared some of their favorite tricks and videos that helped them master this beast! Here’s all that good info right here on one page!


pipersmom shared:
Hi Margaret, this is a link to a youtube video for the kitchener stitch that gave me that light bulb moment. Since I’ve watched it I’ve not had a problem remembering how to do it, I never have to look up the steps. The only change I’ve made is that for the toe of socks I fond it unnecessary to do the set up stitches.  Memorize the Kitchener Stitch


Victoria Murphy shared:
I discovered a video by Susan B. Anderson, YouTube. She has a way of helping you focus on the kitchener stitch. I repeat her mantra while doing it and it helps. Kitchener Stitch to Finish a Sock


Christina Schuricht shared:
…i wanted to share a link to a Kitchener stitch video that helped me a great deal.. maybe it could help someone else like it did me… it’s from knittinghelp.com Kitchener Stitch Seaming on Stockinette


Connie Alman shared:
Thought I would share this for you on the kitchener stitch- I buy yarn from www.lolodidit.com and on the back of her yarn labels she has a short step by step of the kitchener stitch it is now so easy for me.

SET UP:
1. Front purl, on
2. Back knit, on

Kitchener:
1. Front knit, off
2. Front purl, on
3. Back purl, off
4. Back knit, on

I find this just amazing, so easy to understand. Hope you like it.


Erin (GimmeYarn418) demonstrates her method and agrees with pipersmom above re: the set up… not necessary on socks.


Maren R shared:
I wanted to share my favored way of making the Kitchener stitch. This link shows you how to knit the Kitchener stitch instead of sewing 🙂 How to knit (not sew!) Kitchener stitch aka grafting


Instamat1c shared…
Hi Margaret. I found this video that I thought was helpful for those of us that struggle with/dislike doing the Kitchener stitch and figured I would share it: Russian Grafting – How to join live stitches with a crochet hook.