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Knitting Mill Maxi Blue
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2012
This machine makes hats and scarfs in 15 to 30 minutes. It takes a while to get to grips with loading first few rows but once that is done its easy to use. Practice makes perfect. Mine is a little stiff so my arm ached after a bit so I left it then came back to it. You have to be more careful with the first few rows as it can sometimes drop stitches. I found that if I weighted the wool with bull dog clips the problem was solved. The item is light weight but not flimsy although you have to use one hand to steady the machine and the other to crank the lever to knit. I really like this machine for doing tube knitting however it is not so easy for panels as it does not have stop ends. I have an addi express kingsize for doing panels that can make adult to children's clothing and is more versatile Addi ones have end stops to automatically knit the size required. After saying this this prym machine is a good starter machine for a non knitter and its fun. I use mine for all our families hats and scarfs. It takes double chunky and 4 ply wools. I did samples to see which I liked best.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
I had some extra yarns and thought of buying this to use them. It works perfectly! It's quite easy and fun to use. Perfect for hats, socks, baby clothes, neck warmers etc...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2013
easy to learn to use. May have a problem that everyone wants to have a go. Bobble hats are an absolute breeze to make with this loom and plenty of other projects to demonstrated on the web.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2013
Prym Knittingmill Maxi works perfect and it's very simple and easy to use it. It takes 15 minutes to read instructions and start to knit. Very fast knitting!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2012
The knitting mill is pretty good. it knits nice and evenly, easy to load.
Theres a couple of issues tho. I bought this for my mum, who only has the use of one hand. it would be almost impossible for her to load it one handed. the handle is there for a reason, you do need to hold it down as you turn the crank, which in it self can be a workout!! I have only managed to do a tube, as a panel is not as straight forward as it sounds.
for the price compared to the traditional loom style machines its ok, but not as easy as it may seem!!
hope that helps xx xx
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2013
This knittingmill is great, made of sturdy plastic it is very simple to use, makes hats and scarfes ect in no time. I am very happy with this and would reccomend to my friends and family
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2012
Hard to master but made 2 lovely hats
Once you master the tension of the wool by threading through the loops it is great and you can knit very fast
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
This knitting mill is quite fun, only the casting on and off is semi tricky, but after that it's just turning the handle & keeping the tension. I would give this 5 stars, except that I think there should be better instructions and a few patterns to go with it.
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on 15 February 2015
I own two of these machines, and a total of eight other circular knitting machines, because I run an after school knitting club. We use circular knitting machines to add variety to our projects, not a a substitute for hand knitting as it is different. If you buy this looking for a machine that hand knits for you it will prove a disappointment but if you want to try a similar but different craft it is ideal to start with.

The size of these means they are popular for making kids hats, scarves, bags and toys. But you get what you pay for and these machines are cheap. The children are constantly frustrated by the frequency with which stitches fail to release, get dropped or the yarn jams. One of my two machines squeaks so unpleasantly the children will fight each other to avoid using it despite oiling and internal repairs. They also complain the handle is stiff to turn and the tension of the yarn very difficult to control.

Despite these problems they have persisted and produced some lovely work. I have been able to make some items too but it takes a while to correct all the mistakes as you go along. Overall, I would recommend that if you can afford it you buy the Addi Kingsize instead as it is far superior in every way. If you prefer a budget option I think this machine is good value for money and the flaws can be worked around.
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