I recently took the plunge into knitting, more specifically, machine knitting. I can crochet like a fiend and I even designed my own pattern, The Marengo Beanie, but I have never mastered knitting beyond the rudimentary basics. I crochet things for my Etsy shop, primarily beanies, but crocheting is not a fast process, so I decided to try out a circular knitting machine in hopes it would up my production. I started with an inexpensive 48 needle Sentro, this way if I didn’t take to it, I’m only out about $60 bucks. The machine that everybody loves is the Addi, but it runs about $300. There was a bit of a learning curve and I have to admit I was initially frustrated, but after watching many YouTube videos and reading tips from an FB group, it finally clicked and I was hooked. The trick about this machines which can be fussy is to find the right yarn and using the right tension. Here are some of the beanies I made.
Once I got the hang of the Sentro, I had to try the Addi to see what all the fuss was about. There are 3 sizes: King Size 46 needle, Express 22 needle and the Addi Egg for iCord making.
Of course, I bought all three, lol! I started with the large machine first. I had to figure out which yarn and which tension works best since it was slightly different from the Sentro. It doesn’t have a tensioning device like the Sentro, so I purchased one from a maker on Etsy. I also like the row counter on the Sentro better, but other than that it produces a pretty nice hat.
Next, I tried the Express. I first tried making fingerless gloves. Challenging, and I am still working things out. I then tried making my hemp bath products which I normally crochet. Working with hemp is challenging. Lots of dropped stitches, but still faster than hand crocheting. I have to say I am quite pleased with how things came out and I am now working on making stock for the shop.
Going further down the rabbit hole, I’ve decided to buy the Sentro 40 needle (because I think it could be the right size for making wash cloths) and a flatbed knitting machine, both of which I am still waiting for.
Lastly (just for fun), I purchased a vintage toy knitting machine. It makes these really great tubes for which I have grand ideas. Guess that will have to wait for the next blog post. Hopefully, it will be sooner than my usual long delay.
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