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  • I am SO HAPPY to know I can now openly express my love for my Addi Express King machine! Thanks, Jen! I still hand knit a lot (Addi doesn’t work too well in the car!) but I do enjoy the option. The Noro scarf is gorgeous and I just might have to give it a try.

    • Loud and proud! Definitely give the Noro stripes a try … Freia would be fun too!

  • Ohh, VERY nice hats!

    • They are so fast and fun!

  • I hope you’ll be creating your own patterns, too!

    • Oooh, that is definitely possible. 😉

  • Cashmere on a knitting machine!?! Brave woman;) My former LYS owner got her hands on an old sock knitting machine and it could be a fiddely machine. But when it worked well, it cranked out tubes amazingly!

  • I think the only way I would ever be tempted to knit socks would be via a machine.

    Question: do you still get that tactile feel cranking rather than holding yarn and needles in hand?

    • I hold the yarn for tension but other than that, not much tactile feel. Different for sure!

  • Wow! I have never seen a machine in action before. Very interesting!

    • It’s meditative in a different way … 😉

  • Having done crochet most of my life I took the plunge and taught myself how to knit several years ago. 2 years ago I bought my first floor model knitting machine – a Brother KH940 (electronic), earlier this year I got a Brother KX350 (manual). I do a lot of fusion knitting with them, I let them handle the stockinette workload and I hand knit the more ‘interesting’ parts while I learn how to operate the machines better. They have SO many options! I’m never going back now!

    • What about a blanket? You could steek the tubes (or knit flat) and sew up a log cabin blanket!

    • That is so exciting! I have a vintage flatbed machine in my basement that needs parts/maintenance. I need to get it out and work on it!

    • A circular knitting machine is a someday-dream of mine! So is a loom, though. In a future where I have so much more time and space 🙂

  • I have a circular knitting machine and have knitted lots of hats on it BUT it is a steep learning curve! It is very easy to drop stitches and VERY VERY hard to pick them up! It is very picky about the yarn gauge and somewhere between DK and worsted is about right LOL! The cranking sound is unpleasant and there is no satisfaction like knitting on needles IMHO. i am amazed that Jen has managed to join yarns – I have tried and couldn’t make it work – the stitches kept dropping – and repeatedly trying made me frustrated to tears! I want to sell mine.

    • @Rachel where are you located? I might be interested in a used machine. DM me on Instagram @samoknits. Thanks!

    • I feel you!!! It can be very frustrating (and picking up stitches is super difficult … not like hand-knitting whatsoever.) Trust me, I had tons and tons of fails. 😉

  • CSMs (circular sock knitting machines) are their own thing too! I would wave you off (I own two myself and have been to conferences and “crank-ins”), but I think it may already be too late for you . . . lol.

    • I would love one of those!! They’re expensive but so cool!

    • I would looooove to crank socks … there’s a crank-in in my city each year and I’ve always been so envious. Must save $$s!

  • This article was so interesting! I had a flat bed knitting machine back in the late 90s and hated it. But I have been knitting for 52 years and have a lot of stash I’d like to use up. Is it possible to use thinner yarns on this machine?

  • Oh I so wanted this to work the way it did for you! But upon checking out the reviews online there were so many complaints about dropped stitches and parts not working as well as instructions only in German I decided it wasn’t worth the disappointment and the $35 fee to return it.

  • Could you knit a sleeve? I have been wondering about a circular knitting machine as a way to zoom past sleeve island. Is that a realistic dream?

  • I will have to give this scarf a try as I had to have some Noro in my stash. My current favorite thing to make on my Addi is mitten for charity. I adapted an online pattern for the small Addi to work on the king size. There is a bit of mattress stitch but it goes pretty quickly and makes a nice mitten.