Fast and Loose

I played around with my new Addi Express knitting machine. There’s good news and bad news.

Afterthought Heel

The bad news is that it knits worsted weight yarn too loosely to make a usable fabric, unless you want air and drape. The good news is I think I can make slippers and mittens in aran and bulky weight yarns. I could use scraps and quickly knit these for myself and my family. I really need to work on my afterthought heel, though, as it’s too shallow.

The other bad news is that the machine is persnickety about which yarns it will knit successfully. I will have to experiment, but I think it prefers a smoother yarn. I don’t knit with acrylic, so it will be interesting to see if I can make it work with my wooly scraps. I’ll keep you posted!

16 thoughts on “Fast and Loose

  1. Interesting! I used to machine knit – one double knit machine and two four-ply machines, one which would take a garter carriage. They were all much bigger than the Addi Express though and took up a whole room! I don’t know anything about the Addi ones – can you change the tension?

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  2. I’ve seen people use some weights to help with tension on the circular machines, did yours come with any weights or tips to get more even tension? There are sections where it looks good and then others where it is very loose. I like the other comments about felting what you make. Worth a try maybe?

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  3. I hope you figure out how to make the knitting machine work the way you want it to without too much trouble! A friend of mine had one, and while it was neat to watch her work with it, it always looked like more trouble than I wanted to deal with. But there’s no denying that they’re a lot faster than I can knit myself!

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