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!)
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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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I refer to this chart A LOT! You’ll hear me mention it in videos; you’ll see it included in some of my patterns and I often refer to it when I’m working on a hat! The actual info in the chart came from a blog called Slugs on the Refrigerator but it’s not available in its original form. (Looks like the website was redesigned and the chart lost it’s formatting.) Just for convenience, I put it back into an easy-to-read table below.
Have trouble printing from this site? DOWNLOAD the hat-sizing-chart HERE.
||Flat Circle Diameter
||13 – 15 inches
||12 -14 inches
||4.5 – 5 inches
||16 – 19 inches
||14 – 18 inches
|1 – 3 Years
||18 – 21 inches
||17 – 20 inches
||20 – 22 inches
||19 – 21 inches
NOTE: Flat Circle Diameter measurement is for top-down crochet construction.
Curious about the sizes from different circular knitting machines? Here are 4 samples and their measurements!
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:
As requested by Laura Brown, here’s an Addi Express King Size tutorial for a great hat! The Addi Fair Isle technique was taught to me in this video by The Answer Lady Knits.
- This pattern is recommended for Intermediate to Advanced Addi users!
- If you’re already familiar with fair isle on the Addi then the “pattern” below will be all you need.
- If you’ve never done fair isle on the Addi, please watch the video before you post a question!
This hat was done with Vanna’s Choice colors Purple, Pink and Mustard.
130 rows total
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!
1. Download the written pattern here: Addi fingerless mitts Beginner
2. Watch the video here:
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?
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?”
“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!