Prym Knitting Machine -What’s That?

I have been reading a lot lately about the Prym Knitting Machine.

Judging by all the reviews, Prym seems to be making a name for itself by selling various knitting looms and products that are both user-friendly and of excellent quality. The pricing is a lot more affordable than some of the higher semi-automatic models.

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Here are some of the other products in the Prym Range:

Prym Knitting Mill

Prym Circular Knitting Pins

Prym Circular Knitting Needles

Prym Large Knitting Loom

The Prym Knitting Machine range is great for anyone who wants the Addi Knitting Machine but doesn’t want to lay out so much for a first-time knitting machine.

Prym Knitting Machine

prym knitting machine

The Prym Knitting Mill MAXI is the largest semi-automatic knitting machine in Prym’s product line. It is excellent for creating tubes of knitting.

It has a  stitch count of 44 stitches for circular knitting and 40 stitches for the knitting of flat pieces. The mill knits tubes with a diameter of up to 33cm and flat panels with a width of up to 43cm.

This Prym Knitting Machine has a precise thread guidance and tensioning device that always ensures the correct tension is used, thus giving an evenly knitted finished item.

prym knitting machine

  • The Prym Knitting Machine includes a Knitting mill, crank, mode switch, yarn guide, tension piece, handle, plastic needle, legs, and instructions.
  • The Prym Knitting Mill works well with most yarns.
  • It is suitable for hand knitting, including fashion yarns.
  • Foam-backed nylon covering allows easy pinning and marking.
  • Can also do the purl stitch.
  • Replacement needles are available for this machine.

Click on the link above or on the picture to get further information on this particular model of Prym Knitting Machine.

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 final product will quickly be seen coming out of the base of the mill. The mill works basically in the air and the knitting comes out the bottom. It does not need to be fastened to a flat surface like some of the other machines of this nature.

This Prym Knitting Machine uses any hand knitting yarns, and it is also super simple to change colors as you knit. Thread tension will need to be adjusted according to the thickness of the wool.

A word of advice though, use only stable wool, as wool that is easy to pull apart will do so in the mill, as the hooks will only catch half the wool, and the work will look untidy.

Tip: Make sure with all the Prym knitting machines (except the mini) that you don’t use very thin yarn, as the knitting will come out looking rather holey.

Also, start slowly with a long piece of yarn to pull on as explained below, otherwise, the machine drops stitches.  If you are a beginner, you may think the machine is faulty and want to throw it away. Be patient, work slowly at the beginning, and pull down on the wool until you can add weight to your work.

Prym Knitting Mill MIDI

Prym Knitting Mill MIDI is a quick easy fun way to knit.

Prym knitting loom

This Prym Knitting Machine or Mill knits tubes with a diameter of up to 20cm and flat panels with a width of up to 12cm. The mill works well with most thicker hand-knitting yarns.

This little machine is great for kids, and it will be a great introduction to knitting for them, as it is way easier to use than using conventional knitting methods.

If you want to teach your child to knit, click here.

  • Semi-automatic
  • The number of stitches: 20 when knitting in a round, 16 when flat.
  • 0,22 lb of wool with a run length of 459 yards are knitted in as little as 15 minutes.
  • Knits panel with a width of 4,7″, knits tubes with a dia. 2,35″. Dimension: H8,3″ x W8,3″ x D10,2″
  • Made in Germany

When you start knitting on your Prym Knitting Mill (Any) drop a long string of yarn down the middle of the mill as you start so you can grab it from the bottom and place tension on it as it moves through the mill.

Do start slowly and check that each latch hook opens and closes, especially as you begin to knit. If one of the hooks doesn’t want to cooperate use a fine crochet hook or needle to open and close the hook.

It’s best to start a piece of work slowly and build up speed gradually. Once there is enough knitting to put tension or clip-on weights on it, it does get easier and faster, as the tension helps the hooks to open and close.

If you follow the tips above you shouldn’t have a problem.  Most problems with the dropping of stitches are corrected with the correct tension and wool type. Also, the knitting must have weight, which is difficult in the beginning.

Experiment with different yarns, as you will find that some work better than others.

Prym Knitting Mill MINI

This Prym Knitting Machine is a really small version of the above and can only do 4 stitches at a time. It is perfect for making cords for decorative purposes or even for making a circular mat.

It is a lot quicker than doing the job manually and you can quickly whip up cords for whatever project you desire.

You can purchase this machine online by either clicking on the link or the picture below.

PRYM Knitting Mill

  • Dimensions: 16 x 8 x 6cm.
  • Similar to a knitting dolly but includes a handle so you can make tubes in no time.
  • Make scarves, bag handles, bags, cushions, mats, coasters, decorations and more!
  • Thinner yarns work better in this machine.

14 thoughts on “Prym Knitting Machine -What’s That?”

  1. I love knitting and I have heard about machines like this but never really saw one.
    Personally, I like to feel the yarn when I knit and I love to see my project grow in my hands as I work on it.
    I think that this is great for people who have difficulties holding the needles.
    Do you know if knitting with these machines is faster than knitting by hand?
    Thank you for this article!

    • You are right Paulina, there is nothing quite as satisfying as knitting by hand and seeing your garment grow before your eyes.  However if it is speed or profits you are looking for, then these types of machines are a lot quicker than doing the knitting by hand.

  2. I really like the Prym Knittingmill Maxi, as it has never been easier to make beanie hats to market! Plus if I get the cord maker, I can line the beanie hats at the rim,and make them a little more durable. I like this, this is a really easy, fun and lucrative way to make hats and sell them on Etsy or at county art & wine fairs!

    • So right Sophia, and glad to hear you are enjoying the machine. If you are into selling your knitting, it makes a lot of sense to have a machine rather than knit by hand.

  3. I used to knit when I was much younger. My elder sister and I were big fans, and at that time, we used knitting pins and wool thread. The thread has not changed that much.

    I remember knitting my own skirts, wallets, hats, and even clothes for my dolls. Yes, we were still very young but very industrious. Those passions have long gone now. Your website has recalled some long forgotten memories. Oh, how I miss that era.

    Now equipment has been created to facilitate the knitting process. Thanks for bringing them out in this article. I will bookmark your page and come back to it later when I wish to explore more.

    Thanks a lot for this great informative post.

    • Thanks for stopping by. You should revisit the past and pick up some needles again sometime. You will probably find you enjoy it now even more than you did then.

  4. I’ve never knitted or considered knitting for profit, but I do crochet.  I like the feel of the yarn in my hands and enjoy the warmth it gives my legs in the winter.  Sometimes, the old-fashioned way is just better – but I understand the concept of wanting to “finish” a project quickly or try to impress someone with a talent – although this is a bit of a stretch.  Thanks for a VERY well-written article.

    • I tend to agree with you Sharon. There is nothing more satisfying than knitting by hand and creating something beautiful. However if you want to take your knitting to the next level, like making more items to sell or to please all your family members, then you are going to need the convenience of a machine.

      I still knit at night by hand while watching TV, but use the machine during the day when I have something quick I want to make.

  5. I have done latch hooking and sewing, but I have always passed by knitting. It seemed like such a long process, and I guess I didn’t have the patience. Back then, I didn’t realize there were machines to make the process less manual!  

    This Prym knitting machine seems like it is to knitting what the sewing machine is to sewing. I bet this makes the process much more efficient based on what you’ve described. 

    I’ll have to share this with my sister because she’s very interested in knitting, but she does it the manual way. This might enable her to do much more than what she currently does!

    • Thanks Tiffany. Yes machines make everything quicker, but many still prefer the satisfaction that they get from hand knitting. I guess it is a matter of preference, and the reasons that you are knitting in the first place.

  6. I did not know that they made machines for knitting but I can now see the advantages that these can have for someone who has always enjoyed knitting and possibly arthritis is now a factor in not being able to do so. I also like the incorporation of the video to better illustrate how the machines work. My mother-in-law knits quite a bit and this may be something she could have an interest in later down the road.

    • Hi Chris,

      Many people don’t want to give up their hand knitting, but unfortunately in many cases due to illnesses like arthritis they have no option. At least there are other options for people to use if they need to carry on with their hobbies.

  7. I so miss the memory of receiving a a jersey or slipper socks that my nana use to make for me when I was a child. You just can beat beat that warmth and comfort of natural wool, especially when it was made with great love.:)

    I am looking to make some socks with opossum wool and I think these Prym knitting machines will do just perfect. Thank a bunch Rob

    • Thanks for stopping by Rob, and I agree with you that there is nothing quite like home made knitted stuff to make you feel all warm and cosy.


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