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!)
The majority of my knit and crochet hats are done for charity, therefore, I don’t have a way to measure the heads that will wear them. Sooo… my secret is to keep sizing charts handy!
Download my Hat Sizing Charts! You’ll find 2 charts included in the download… one for crochet and one for knitting. Keep it handy in your phone or print it for your yarn bag!
Crochet is simple to size and the same chart can be use with any gauge, yarn weight or hook size.
The Knitting Chart will include cast-on numbers. This is great when you have a open skein of yarn and no plan or pattern in mind! After a quick glance at the cast-on numbers, I can knit a simple, basic beanie without having to go on a pattern hunt! (IMHO, this is perfect when the yarn needs to do the shining. I like solid colors for cables and fancy stitches.)
And there’s now a THIRD chart added to help you avoid the harrowing game of Yarn Chicken! I’ve shared my tricks for determining yarn length for 1 row in crochet, knitting and circular machine knitting, too!
Michael’s (a large craft store chain here in the USA) has come out with it’s own circular knitting machine. I bought it and ran it through it’s paces. Here’s my initial impression:
UPDATE: This machine seems to be inconsistent in production quality. Many people report broken gears soon after purchase while others do not. Mine lasted a good while but I eventually wore it out, too.
It’s no secret that I love my Addi Express knitting machines but I’ve always wished they could be motorized. I finally accomplished it with the help of an old sewing machine motor! One of my main goals was to accomplish this with as little alteration to the Addi as possible and since I know very little about electrical and mechanical engineering, it had to be EASY! Here’s how I worked it out:
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:
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!
“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!