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.
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.
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.