In this post, I am going to explore what knitting machines are best, and what types of knitting machines beginners will love.
When I was a child, I still have fond memories of my mother sitting at her knitting machine on a Saturday afternoon and knitting us all these wonderful creations. She was kept pretty busy knitting for four children and a husband, but it was fairly quick on her Empisal Knitting Machine.
I even remember getting to choose the design on a card. She would then take the card and insert it into the machine, and we would watch fascinated as the machine magically knitted the pattern you had just specified.
Unfortunately, I could never get this knitting machine to work for me when I unpacked it again years later, so I ended up selling it. I think the needles got damaged over the years.
When you are looking at buying a knitting machine for the first time, it is wise to shop around. If you are a beginner in knitting, you won’t want something too complicated, or you will give up before you even start.
Knitting Machines Beginners Will Love
When I look at the knitting machines available online today, I see that they look a hell of a lot simpler to use than the one my Mom had, and most of them are excellent for beginners.
Here are some examples below.
If you want to find out more about the machine, click on the picture of your choice.
Best Knitting Machines Beginners Can Try
The Ultimate Sweater Machine
The Ultimate Sweater Machine brings me back good memories, as it was the first machine that I bought for myself when I finished school.
I created many beautiful baby garments on it, which my Mom would sell at work for me. If I sat all day I could normally knit up to two lovely garments.
I also created some pretty impressive throws for the couches and jerseys for myself.
It was not as sophisticated as my Moms machine, but it was far easier to use and I would say, part of the knitting machines beginners would love range.
The best part about the Ultimate Sweater Machine is that you can use the yarn straight off of the skein. My Mom would have to re-roll all her yarn before she could use it.
Unfortunately, The Ultimate Sweater Machine hasn’t been available for a while, and I don’t quite know if they have stopped making these nifty little machines. It would be a real pity to lose this little gem.
The most popular knitting machines beginners buy at the moment are the Addi Express range. The kingsized one is pictured above.
addi Express come in different models and are German engineered, which makes them of exceptional quality.
You can read all about this knitting machine right here.
D & D Professional Knitting Machine
This little gem is a lot cheaper than the Addi Express machine and works on the same principle. It is slightly less sturdy than the Addi.
It uses thin wool whereas the Addi uses chunkier wool. Some prefer this machine and others the Addi. It just depends on what you are looking for in a home knitter.
You can read my review on this knitting machine here.
The Prym Knitting Machine
This is another one of those small knitting machines beginners will love.
There are different products to choose from and Prym seems to be making quite a name for itself in knitting circles worldwide.
Even total beginners can now knit things like scarves, pillowcases, and caps with ease.
It is a matter of unpacking it, putting the handle on and casting on.
The Prym Knitting Machine is also a cheaper option than Addi is.
The Singer Knitting Machine
This is another option that won’t break the bank, and it is ideal for kids to learn to knit on.
It only has 22 needles so is suitable for knitting small things like hats and scarves.
You can read more about the Singer Knitting Machine here.
Silver Reed Knitting Machine
This is the one knitting machine that I wouldn’t recommend for beginners unless they are certain they are going to take their knitting to the next level and either knit a lot of garments or knit to make an income.
The manufacturers say that it is easy to set up and use, but I would say that you would have to know how to at least knit by hand first, and be quite an experienced knitter, or you may have a steep learning curve learning to operate this machine.
If you would like to read more about the Silver Reed Knitting Machine, you can click here.
Tips for Selecting Your Knitting Machine
When selecting your knitting machine, you need to look at certain aspects carefully:
- What do you want to knit on the machine? Different models use different hook sizes and yarn thicknesses. If you want to knit a hat, it shouldn’t matter, but if you want to do fine lacey work, then you need a machine that knits with thin yarn. If you like chunky sweaters, then you need to buy a machine where the needles are further apart and that knits with thick yarn.
- Ease of use. The easier the machine is to learn, the more you are going to enjoy getting started. If you are a beginner, don’t buy the most complicated and fancy looking machine otherwise you will get frustrated and give up before you even get started. Start off small.
- Price of parts. Some machines have parts that are sold separately, and you should make sure that you can afford these, should you want to upgrade your machine at a later date.
- Try to get recommendations, or ask online. Amazon has many comments and recommendations by the products that they sell. Just go to the product and scroll down. The best part about buying from Amazon is that they have free shipping and you can return the product if you are not happy.
- Try not to buy a second-hand machine if you can help it, as most times you won’t be able to get parts for it.
11 thoughts on “Knitting Machines Beginners Will Love”
Your site looks very nice and the love the idea of the site that talking about knitting, I didn’t find that many.
My wife started to knit about one year ago and she was terrible at first, but now she getting better, a lot better.
I will recommend your site to her.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks for stopping by Efi, and hope my site can help your wife with her knitting.
Thanks for writing such an excellent article, Knitting Machines Beginners Will Love. This Ultimate Sweater Machine is very interesting.
I had never thought much about Knitting Machines, but I guess they do the job quite well.
I have a friend that started with one of you mom’s type of machines and built an industrial empire.
People should pay more attention to detail and hints. They are everywhere
Once again, thank you so much.
Thanks for storpping by. Yes it is those that pay attention to the small details that make a profit from knitting.
Great website here I didn’t know that it was such a variety of knit machines out there. My mom and grandma still knit from time to time. But they do it the old fashioned way and it’s really time consuming for each of them. I’d love to get them each a knit machine. Any two do you recommend?
If they have never owned a knitting machine it is best tho start off with an easy one like the sweater machine or the Addi. Loom machines are also very popular for beginners.
My father is 81 and is legally blind. He can see a bit. He would like to find a knitting machine to make blocks for afghans. Any help anyone can offer will help immensely. I am really trying to find something for him to do in the winter months especially. Thank you for your time in advance.
It is wonderful that your father is willing to try something like this, despite his challenges. I would suggest something like the Addi King Size, which isn’t too expensive and at least big so that he can feel his way around. Also with the Addi King Sized Machine you can knit flat panels. Maybe he could buy a loom to try first by hand and see how it feels before laying out a lot of money, as it is the same concept. Best of luck.
Hi! am Zainab from Nigeria.
I am a hand knitter desprate to try and use machines, and your article really helped me to sort my problems out.
In years gone past I watched my Mum do cable knitting by hand. She taught me how to knit but sadly never passed on how to do cable stitching.
Knitting isn’t entirely new to me but I’m very rusty. We have 8 grandchildren and I would love to knit them all cable sweaters like my Mum did for our children 🙂
Could you recommend an easy chuncky knitting machine capable of doing cable stitching please?
I’ve been looking for a few days on line and am thankful I found your website!! Thanking you in advance..
You will be able to do cables on the Addi Express or any loom machine by simply swapping the required amount of stitches around on the bed before knitting the row. I am sure there are patterns in the Addi book and there are many videos online that teach you how to do this.