How To Knit Flat Panels on Addi Express
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How To Knit Flat Panels on Addi Express

(music playing) And welcome back to The Crochet Crowd. My name is Mikey and I’m your host today. And today I’m gonna show you my new machine. This is the Addi Express. This is the king-sized deluxe version. Well they don’t say deluxe, but is kind of a deluxe, because I feel really great about using it. I have it a tutorial on how to assemble this, and get it ready. I also have a tutorial on how to do rounds, if you wanted to do hats with this. Now I’m about to show you how to do panel work. And this means that we’re no longer gonna go round and around and around, but in actual fact, we’re gonna create panels. Just like so. See how large this is? Yeah, and it’s really quite fabulous, and um, I’m gonna show you how to do this next. Now this machine, just because the panel is this big, and I used almost the whole machine to do this, you can do stood little panels as well. So I’m gonna show you that process, in order to do panel work, on the Addi Express, king-size version. To switch over to the Addi Express from doing rounds, we just have to actually just flip the switch. Just like so. And now this machine is gonna have a stop and starting point every time we go to operate this going, when going back and forth…. When you flip that switch now, this means that this machine will no longer travel in a complete revolution in either direction. This machine, by the way, can travel in either direction without a problem. That switch, that we have in the bottom here, is gonna prevent it from going all the way around, in one direction or another. So it’s gonna actually force it to stop. So now I can no longer go any further. I’m not gonna force it. I know it’s the last black peg, and basically I can go all the way around, (click click click goes the Addi Express) and it’s gonna naturally stop again, at this point, at the black peg. So if you wanted a hole, to use this entire loom, you do not need any stoppers that have been provided inside your packaging, but if you want to do something smaller, then we have to provide a stopper, and I’m gonna show you that process….And so the machine is naturally stopping at this point here. So that means that these little stoppers, there’s two that are provided in the package, is that this can be one edge, and the, and this one is another, that I have in my hand. So if you wanted something else, there’s actually two stoppers provided, just in case you wanted to do some other kind of wicked stuff with this thing. So what you have to determine is that there actually has to be three pegs, before the loom can reverse itself. So that means that I would have to rotate it, and I’d have to think about where I’m gonna put my stopper. So say I wanted to just do a mini scarf, and I’m just gonna put it on number 31 over here, and basically this just goes down underneath. Just like so. And just rest, nice and gently, on top. And what this will do now, is that when it gets to this point, it will naturally, stop. Okay. So I don’t want to reef into it, because I can see it, and you can always see that, so you can get a good glimpse of where your pegs are. (click click click goes the Addi Express) Okay. And what you can do as well, just to save this peg if you didn’t want any pressure on it, you can just grab another stopper on the other one that’s provided. Okay, and just simply just, put it in the peg, on this side. So then you can actually physically see, where your project is, at all times as you’re working your way all the way around. So I’m now about to reset my loom now, and I wanna make sure that my first, goes in this direction. I don’t know why. I just want it to go in that direction. I don’t really think it matters, because you’re going back and forth. So I’m gonna start at this point over here, and then start, uh casting on. So we just wanna grab my yarn, that’s on the floor. And just pull it up. And I wanna do the same thing that I did before, when I did the rounds. So we just want to put the loose end on the inside. There’s no knots, and I basically just wanna come across. Okay, so into the, into the front of there, and I wanna zigzag it back and forth, like I did before. So back, forward, back forward. Okay, you can get your own rhythm with this. (click click click goes the Addi Express) And I’m gonna do this all the way to the end, of where this machine is going to tell me to stop. I can also physically see that stopper as well. So I don’t need to do anything crazy with it. Okay, so I’m gonna stop. So now I’m gonna put this in the shuttle, and you’ll notice that I’m in the front of this one here. No big deal. It’s, that’s actually the right idea. Okay. So now what I wanna do, is I wanna come down, and I wanna just close this. I’m gonna clear this out. And now I wanna begin to knit in the other direction. So this comes down, uh comes up, and this string here, is actually coming in behind, and let me change the angle, because I really want you to notice on how this yarn is behaving on both sides, because it’s more prone to drop your stitches at this point, and on the other side where…..So I’ve not changed anything, and everything is where it should be. So all I wanna just do, is carefully now rotate, and I’m just looking to where all of the stitching is going. (click click click goes the Addi Express) Okay, so this one here, just missed, this peg. The casting on process is the most critical part, of this. And it can do that, because either the tension might be a little bit loose. So I’m actually holding back here, just a little bit, to provide it a little bit of extra tension, to make sure that everything is gonna go on like a breeze. (click click click goes the Addi Express) And I wanna knit, all the way back, to where I started. So at the end now, we’re actually just in front of this one here. So that means that this here is never gonna be knitted, because watch uh, uh watch what’s gonna happen when I start. It’s gonna pop down. (click click click goes the Addi Express) Okay, just like this. And do you see how it’s uh taking it out? That’s proper. Because now it’s gonna grab it underneath this little knobby-o down here, and gonna hold it in line, for this to grab it down. And that’s why I commented before that they need at least three pegs. Because that is what happens. (click click click goes the Addi Express) Okay, so we’re at the end again. So basically we’re in the front here, and we’re gonna now go back in the other direction. Okay so we just automatically just start going back in the other direction. Just like so. (click click click goes the Addi Express) Okay, so this just missed. I just wanna be very careful over here. Making sure we got everything in line. This just missed this one here, so I’m just gonna grab it, from behind. I just wanna grab it a little more tension. And the reason why this happens. See how this did not clip underneath here? That’s exactly why that happened. Okay, so hopefully you can see that, from that angle. Do you see how it’s actually pulling it down over top of that? You need that to happen. Okay, and it wouldn’t do that if there’s too much. Okay, so this is the very starting process. We just wanna take our time. And now we’re ready to go back in the other direction, so we just automatically turn, our handle in the other direction. See how it’s grabbing underneath here? That’s perfect, because it’s gonna line up for that, that first one to take it down. So I’m gonna show you from a different point of view, and basically we’re ready to go back in the opposite direction. Okay. Okay, so I wanna keep an eye, right in the beginning is where it’s more prone to drop stitches, and I’m just looking down, and making sure everything is behaving. (click click click goes the Addi Express) So I’m now ready to bind off, and I’d like to bind off going in the left direction. So I’m just gonna rotate this machine, and I’m allowing the last one to get……. (Technical Difficulties) …..knitted first before it sinks down underneath. And now I don’t wanna do, um the regular needle. Okay I wanna make sure I don’t use that. The reason why is that, chances are if you’re doing a flat panel like this, you don’t want it to, um be pulling tight like you would a top of a hat. So now I’m gonna take this out of the shuttle. Like that. And I’m gonna grab the first one down, and I’m just gonna use my little crochet hook, to come down. And sometimes I think it might be easier just to grab this little pin. Just like that. And put in your crochet hook. Just like that. Okay, and I wanna grab this new string. Okay so I wanna let that fall down. Like that. And I wanna grab the next one. Up. Like that. And I wanna put my crochet hook in. The reason why, this crochet hook does not fit in between those two little knobs, and I just wanna grab the string, and pull through both. Okay, and I just wanna keep this generous, because the fact is, is that if you do too tight, you’re gonna end up with one side that’s really tight looking, and this side, um the other side being very loose. So I wanna come up underneath with the pin. Slipping in my hook. Okay, and grabbing this yarn over here, and I just wanna turn it so it goes underneath, and through. And I wanna do that all the way across, and this is called the crochet bind off. And uh, it’s actually very simple process, in order to do it. Uh with this, I’d only do one. So make sure the pin just drops right out of sight. Okay. And the reason why it’s easily coming off, is that because you’re passing this, and there’s no yarn, it means that there’s not anything underneath the peg, as it normally is. (music) And that would be how you would complete a panel. So you just go all the way across. Just tie a knot. Weave in your ends, and you’re good to go. (music)

67 thoughts on “How To Knit Flat Panels on Addi Express

  1. Thanks so much for these videos. I have both Addi's and I love them. I'm looking forward to seeing more projects that you complete on your Addi King Size.

  2. you can knit a few rows with waste yarn on the top, then do as you said here, to drop it off the machine. then you can pick up the stitches from the top and work them by hand

  3. Just a tip for those of you thinking about buying it. It's more prone to dropping stitches if you go too slow. Go fast and it's always on point.

  4. use waste yarn of a different color at the beginning, for about 5 rows and use waste yarn of a different color at the end about 5 rows. then you can pick up the stitches as you wish, because the waste yarn will be holding the stitches for you.

  5. I just order one online and I'm super excited….. Was wondering what yarn u used for the finished flat panel u show at beginning of video… reminds me of the mosaic u used in bumble berry pie blanket….. half finished a version of that blanket and love it… used black as a border on the Medusa and it pops! I would love to know because where i live i have to order and would love it to arrive soon after getting machine….I appreciate these videos so keep it up!

  6. Can you do a video showing how to increase? I have the book with instructions but it makes no sense to me whatsoever!

  7. hi mike ! i have one of this wonderful machine but i don't  know to decrease stiches  can you show me please?
     thank you!

  8. Hi! Can I know you sale "The Croched Crowd"in your boutique?
    Can I make shirt for women and men?
    How cost it is?

  9. THANK YOU! so many videos about knitting a flat panel on an Addi Express never show you how to use the stoppers! This has been very helpful. 🙂

  10. Thank you for this! I just got my addi today and I was confused as to why it was dropping stitches. Thank you for helping to clear up the problem!

  11. its all well and good having these machines, but does anyone when designing these machines ever think about those who are left handed,

  12. i just bought the machine and it is not running smoothly and i just broke a needle, i don't know what to use to run it smoothly.

  13. And I thought it was my bad I lost like 3 stitches for like 6 rows and so I pulled it off and flogged it completely.

  14. Mikey…I'm a fairly new FAN of yours! But a FAN for Life. I've taught myself to crochet and couldn't have done it without YOU! You are the best instructor. Period. This video is SO well-put together…with your {{as always!}} clear verbal instruction and the great camera work. Two 👍🏻👍🏻's up. 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
    YOU are S I N C E R E L Y appreciated MORE than you KNOW. ✌🏼️❤️ & ⚜️

  15. Can you show me how to knit a man's sweater using the addi knitting machine? Even if I have to use normal knitting to add ribbing to the neck or bottom of the sweater etc?

  16. Hi can you please tell me if I can make an "open weave" style cap on the Addi? Like a Juliet Style Cap, please? Thank you!

  17. Boa noite amigo . Eu quero uma destas . Onde eu encontro para comprar . E quanto custa . Obrigado .

  18. I can see your video but can not hear the sound. I have my sound on. Is there some way to get the sound. Do love your videos.

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