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addi Express King Size Knitting Machine Kit includes 46 needles
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- Includes: 46 needles, needle holder, decrease needle, 5 replacement needles, 4 basefeet, 2 screw hooks for stable table mounting, digital row counter with memory function.
- Knitting Properties: suitable for yarn count 4-8, circular knitting: approx. 10 inch to 15 inch diameter, flat knitting: approx. 18 inch wide
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Even larger knitted items, even more possibilities, even more fun with knitting; The add-Express "Kingsize" model is mounted onto the table and remains securely in position. The machine leaves nothing to be desired. Simply turn the ideally placed handle and the "Kingsize" will begin to turn. With the 46 sturdy pins, you will be knitting trendy scarves and woolly hats within a matter of minutes and you will be knitting smart stolas and jumpers within a few hours. All of the pin have a number so that they can be simply accelerated and decelerated and the electronic row counter enables work to be carried out with precision. Measurements: Circular knitting-35 centimeters, Flat Knitting-45 centimeters (Yarns from 3 to 8 centimeters are possible). Please Note: Every addi product purchased from an Authorized addi Dealer comes with a Lifetime guarantee from any manufacturer's defect.
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The circumference of a finished beanie in Caron - Simply Soft (doubled for warmth) is big enough to fit a child to medium-sized adult head with a little wiggle room. My boyfriend has a large noggin and he can squeeze into one of the hats, but it isn't very comfortable. A finished tube, laid flat and unstretched, is close to six to eight inches wide, depending on the yarn used.
The most important advice I can give you is to choose the RIGHT YARN for the machine. I have used a wide variety of weights and fibers and here is what I think are the best choices:
1. Worsted Weight - Caron Simply Soft. I can't say enough about how great the Addi Express works with this yarn. I've made scarves, hats, and blanket panels and they turn out great. Not a dropped or twisted stitch to be seen with more than 800 rows on the longest piece I've knit. I cast on and just crank the handle, most of the time I just watch TV and mindlessly knit, that's how dependable the combination is!
2. Worsted Weight - Lion Bran Vanna's Choice. Very occasionally the machine doesn't quite catch a full stitch and splits the yarn on a needle, but it has never been a huge problem as long as I keep an eye out and have a crochet hook handy.
3. Worsted Weight - SMOOTH wool yarns. If your yarn is boucle, plied loosely, or splits easily, you will not get a good fabric out of this machine. Wool blends have worked amazing for me, but I have yet to try any of my higher-end wools on it for fear of ruining them. I would stick to acrylics until you're comfortable with how the machine works.
Bulky yarn will not work well at all, you'll end up with a stiff chunky fabric that is a pain to keep on the needles. I haven't experimented with smaller weight yarns either, but your fabric will obviously turn out lacier than worsted.
I have no idea why, but Red Heart Super Saver absolutely kills this machine. I've tried many combinations, and I am constantly dropping stitches when using this brand, and the machine makes a terrible clicking noise. It's baby melter yarn, so I can't say I'm disappointed, I just would have loved to mindlessly crank out tubes of the stuff for charity scarves since I have a lot of it sitting around.
All-in-all, I'm pleased with this purchase, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid starter machine with a relatively low cost compared to professional machines of the same size.
This knits worsted yarn best, though you can use double strands of a lighter weight yarn. It is a tight and even gauge. I did have issues with some dropped stitches when I was trying the flat panel option, but I will chock this up to newby errors and not paying attention to the yarn. One word of warning on knitting flat panels is that you will need to make the yarn fairly taut when knitting flat panels so that the hook catches the first stitch. I ended up knitting long tubes and steeking the tube into a flat panel. There are a handful of tutorials on youtube on how to do ribbing and decreases, so you can make more tailored clothing (it's probably more complicated with this than with normal knitting).
I plan on using this to make sweaters quickly and after 30-45 minutes of cranking, you can make a panel fairly quickly. My chest measurement is 41'' across and knitting 2 panels from the front side is a little too wide. After 3 weekends, I ended up making my first sweater on this machine. There are some finishing touches I need to make and probably more steeking to taper the sleeves but it's a start. Knitting in the round, I had no dropped stitches. I would not suggest knitting flat if you also want to watch Netflix (learn from my misadventures!).
A small gripe is the handle you use to crank. It's really uncomfortable and not very ergonomic. And when you're cranking your right arm gets a good work out.
In conclusion, I would strongly suggest this IF you are planning on making a ton of simple stuff VERY fast. It will pay for itself.
So, these had all been sitting in a bag for maybe a year or so when someone at the knitting group told me a local charity donates scarves to the homeless. Aha! This makes easy fast tube scarves; all I need to do is sew up the ends and even I can do that. So, I've been going through the bag and making scarves of them to donate. :-)
This is a fun machine and once you get going it is pretty quick! Before you start make sure you flip the switch on the side to either circular knitting or plain knitting. It's easier to make something circular than going back and forth and dropped stitches are not a problem as long as you watch that each stitch is getting on the hook. Dropped stitches can be more of a problem when you're doing a flat panel (going back and forth), especially the first stitch. You may need to try a few different yarns to see which works best. Check out the videos on YouTube that show you how to cast on, do a flat panel, do a circular tube; etc. (I recommend some very helpful videos by The Crochet Crowd).
The top of the photo shows a tube scarf; the bottom shows a flat panel curled on the edge.