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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.
I did notice some tension/gauge difference in the knitted fabric, when adding in a new yarn. Nothing I did really made this issue go away, but I was able to limit the difference by always holding the yarn in the same place (down along the side of my hip) throughout each project.
I tested the machine with different kinds and weights of yarn--plied worsted, single-ply worsted, single-ply Aran, and plied sport weight. Worsted and sport, both single-ply and plied, worked great. The machine did not perform as well with the single-ply Aran I used. The machine kept skipping stitches, seems the needles didn't catch the yarn very well. I did try two hats in bulky weight, but the heavier yarn caused the machine to perform extra sluggishly, and I fear I may have bent the main red circular piece, just slightly, so there is a clicking noise now. Still works great, but the noise is a little annoying. I do not recommend using bulky weight yarn (even though the two hats I made were amazing).
Overall, this purchase was a great value. I used up 60+ skeins of wool in two weeks, which I never would have done by knitting or crocheting by hand. If you are wanting to knit hats or tube scarves for charity, super fast, an Addi Express is a very smart purchase.
I would absolutely recommend this machine to anyone in any situation that has caused them to loose hand strength and dexterity needed for hand knitting, who still has the desire (and the stash) to knit as well as a scant sewing ability.
UPDATE purchased in Aug 2018....it's now Nov 2018. Have had to replace 3 black needles and 1 white, machine jams at random (won't advance to next needle) bunch up the yarn (even the thin ones) crank gears still sound like they are being stripped and no way to get to them to check if tightened properly, wasting my time removing the yarn due to the bunching problem. Have not made a whole lot with this, so I am VERY disappointed with this overpriced piece of plastic.