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Apr 10, 2017 12:28:26   #
What do you all think of Addi Knitting Machines? I'm thinking of getting one.
Apr 10, 2017 12:35:22   #
brdlvr27 (a regular here)
I have the Addi King and used it a couple times but I prefer hand knitting.
Apr 10, 2017 12:37:38   #
Augustgran (a regular here)
SaSaMitch wrote:
What do you all think of Addi Knitting Machines? I'm thinking of getting one.

I bought the kingsize to make hats for the foodbank,men's and women's shelter. Soup kitchen.
Last fall I made over 100 hats it was fun.
Apr 10, 2017 14:33:55   #
I got the. Addi professional as a gift. Hate it, would rather knit with twigs. Just an expensive toy, not half as satisfying as hand knitting or basic machine knitting.
Apr 10, 2017 15:23:07   #
To everyone who replied to SaSaMitch and similar requests for opinions, it would be more helpful if you include the reason for your opinion, not just love it or hate it.

I think it is a very limited product, but works well within those limitations. It is a well built product,and has a price tag to match. There are two sizes, smaller one with 22 needles, good for socks and mittens, larger one has 44 needles for hats. It must be clamped to a table. It uses yarn weights 3 and 4 the best. Width of finished item is determined by the yarn when knitting circular, length is determined by knitter. Crank handle works smoothly. It will knit flat stockinette pieces. You can add decorative stitches, like cables or lace, with hand manipulation. There are videos on YouTube to help you learn.

Major drawbacks are the cranking and the limited widths on finished items.
Apr 10, 2017 15:46:43   #
Hello, i haven't got one of these, neither have i used one before. I remember doing some research on this forum some time ago about these machines, just type addi into the search box and you will see what others have been saying. From what i found, most of it wasn't favourable.

Consider what you will make with this machine. For the price that i have seen these machines (£100-£150), i could get myself a used chunky or mid gauge plastic flatbed knitting machine, maybe even two! Which i could make garments with - cardigans, tops, dresses and sweaters as well as socks and hats (although they would have a seam).

As well as the basic plastic machines you could buy a basic double bed metal machine at a standard gauge (4.5mm) and knit yourself finely knit socks or hats in the round - as well as garments. There are loads of standard machines so the basic ones sell fairly cheaply.

I hope i'm not trying to put you off - just consider what else your hard earned money will buy you and you may be surprised!

Here are some machines to consider: LK100, KX350, KX395
Apr 10, 2017 20:29:12   #
If you use Facebook, there is a wonderful site, Addi King Loomers and Knits, where you can see many, many patterns from slippers to ponchos to mittens, to women's sweaters, afghans, and even toys made on the Addi King or the Addi Pro. You have to join to view the patterns, but there is no charge and no advertisements. This is the place to go to see the real possibilities of these machines. Loretta Elmore and Fatima Marrocco are two designers who share their patterns and will give you any help you ask for. Suzy Notting and The Answer Lady have great tutorials to teach you how to use them.

I have an Addi King and use it a lot. The thing is you have to realize its limitations. It only has one size needle, comparable to a US size 9, so you will never get tiny stitches or fine detail. These machines are made for worsted weight or bulky weight yarns. Anything finer than DK weight will not work unless you use two strands. And there are only 46 needles on the Addi King. Depending on the yarn you choose and the tension you use, you can make hats that fit adults. I have made many that do fit normal sized adult heads, and even that big-headed boy who lives down the road from me.

You can also make flat panels, but there is a definite learning curve, and it takes practice and patience to do so. The panels really expand the usefulness of the Addi. My reason for getting one is that I get bored doing stockinette but really like the look of stockinette. You can also make scarves and cowls. The stitches can be manipulated either on the machine or off which is the most fun. Before actually buying one, I would recommend to anyone that you spend some time on the site I listed above and watching videos. You can get so much information.

Bottom line, it is a basic machine and if you understand its limitations you can make an informed decision. I think too many times folks have unrealistic expectations and don't take time to learn how to use it to its full extent I do not regret getting mine and do enjoy using it. Mine is locked down to a work bench where I sit on a bar stool, so I do not get tired. If the hand cranking bothers you or tires you, there are several attachments to mechanize the Addis. And YouTube videos on how to make them. I haven't tried them. They are definitely great for cranking out product fast.

One of the things the Addi King has taught me is that I want to expand my machine knitting so I am now looking at some flat bed knitters. Without my Addi, I would have been too intimidated. Hope I didn't bore you with this long dissertation, but wanted you to know there are many positives to the Addis. They are not toys, and can be extremely useful. You just need to be informed and have the right expectations. 😊
Apr 10, 2017 20:34:22   #
I think the addi knitting machines are good and time saving,you can buy one from finger hut. I am thinking about buying one myself. They are simple to use.
Apr 11, 2017 08:58:37   #
I agree with Maryknits. It's great but a bit limited. I own both sizes. I love being able to do scarves and hats in minutes. You can purchase an adapter that allows you to use a hand drill to crank. It really saves your arm!
Apr 11, 2017 10:09:29   #
aprilla (a regular here)
I dunno about limited, if it does what it says on the tin and that's what you want it for then it sounds good to me! My standard is limited, a bulky is limited... they're all limited to what they do best.
Love the idea of the drill adapter!!
Apr 11, 2017 12:24:18   #
Thank you, everyone. I really appreciate all of the information that you provided and your opinions. Good point on expounding on what one means when they say they either like it or hate it. I will definitely check the web sites, but it does sounds like it will do what I need it to do. Love the drill adapter! Great tip.
Apr 11, 2017 13:25:13   #
HappieGram (a regular here)
I have the AddiKing and I love it. I made 15 hats in four days to add to the 12 I knit and crocheted for my friend's GD's fourth grade class. On the machine-knit hats, I knit the crown like I did on the hand-knit hats. The principal of the school called my friend to thank me. It's a nice machine.
Apr 11, 2017 13:38:12   #
That sounds like a nice project. :0) Thanks for your input.
Apr 20, 2017 06:25:40   #
How do you mean you did the top of the hat like by hand please?
I have just ordered one for my husband who has alzheimers a nd a hat to start would be good as he always wears a hat.
Apr 20, 2017 11:15:07   #
HappieGram (a regular here)
This might be hard to explain.. If you have hand knit hats it will be pretty easy for you.
I did not have a pattern for the Addi specifically for a child's hat.
A couple of people on YouTube showed how to use the Addy King and it helped me a lot.
They gathered up the stitches from the beginning row and last row and tied it off snugly and that was how they finished the hat and it may be that way with the instructions with the machine too, it's been a couple years since I've made those hats.

I decided to hand knit the crown instead of gathering it up. So I put the stitches off the last row onto a circular needle and I put the stitches off the beginning row on another circular needle and then folded the tube (which I made 12" long for a child's hat) in half so the two circular needles with all your stiches are at the top and the folded edge of the hat is at the bottom (it is the cuff edge which gets folded up when the hat is finished).

Then with a size 6 - 16" circular needle I knit the stitches from the beginning and last row taking one from the last row and one from the beginning row all the way around until I had all the stitches on my 16 inch circular needle. I found a pattern for the crown of a hand knit hat and followed that to finish it off. In the decreasing rows, I switched to dpns when the circular needle was too big.

The first picture is just crown of the hat in the second picture. This was the only hat I made with Boutique Unforgettable yarn. I like to experiment, that's why I hand knit the crown.

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