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Just add wool and stir
on 30 January 2014
I bought this machine for hats and scarves .
It comes with a handle and legs that you fit into the machine very simply.
The crank handle is already connected.
There is a soft plastic needle in the packet that you might not notice as it is taped to a cellophane bag.
The needle is very useful because it is for casting off and being soft, it doesn't dig into the plastic of the machine and flexes just enough to scoop up the stitch. It has a large eye too which makes it handy for sewing up your finished work.
I have my needle taped to the side of the machine with a bit of electrical tape so that it cannot get lost so easily.
As soon as my machine arrived, I cast on and knit a complete hat and scarf for the Christmas present pile in one afternoon including a couple of false starts. before the (adult) recipient was around to see them....
This can make hats for an adult and I think they would also fit children and could be adjusted for size by choosing thicker or thinner wool or doubling up the hat (knit tube 2 X hat length,gather ends,poke one into other and turn up a cuff).
There are so many videos about using this type of machine on youtube that it is easy to find information before actually committing to buying. Look for the innovations machine videos which are exactly the same machine as the Prym maxi (although I dont think the same manufacturer but who knows?).
Also the larger Addi express machine videos are quite useful for technique except the Addi has 2 needles more and a row counter.
Casting on is very easy and if you find your wool is too thin, you can just use it double or treble.
I have tried my machine with doubled up 'double knitting' ,single chunky, pure cotton and aran wools.
There is a bit of a learning curve,mostly it is around where to be looking to notice if a stitch is going to drop and once you understand how a stitch forms, it becomes much easier.
You can knit flat pieces on this machine too.
There is a switch on the side which you slide to give either circular or flat knitting.
Really the flat knitting setting only stops the work before it can rotate fully and you must crank the handle the opposite way.
For circular knitting ,you crank whichever way is most comfortable and stop when you like.
You need to be able to hold this machine still while you crank because it is quite light and stands on a table without any kind of fixing. I think if you needed to manage it one handed,you would need to have someone fix it to a surface for you possibly by drilling a little hole through each leg and adding some sort of ties or a bracket or clamp. Im sure it could be done with a bit of thinking it out.
Using weights with this machine would improve the experience because every now and then a stitch will come off due to bunching up of the work .
A latch tool would really help too to pick up any dropped stitches as you see them .
Some people have their machines set up on a work mate type bench so that the knitting can dangle down through the hole.
Some have a table they have customised with a hole cut.
I dont do either of these and it still works well and means it is portable.
The machine itself is 16 inches wide including the handle and about 13 inches tall so you could take it along with you if you are going visiting for example providing you can carry the wool and the knitted work. It would be awkward in a bag on the bus but not impossible and would be easy to put in the car to transport although I think you would be a bit cramped trying to use it actually IN the car. .
You cannot really watch TV while using this machine! You need to be watching the stitches form.