Well I got my Addi Express Knitting Machine. Nice!.. although I do have one complaint. There are no tutorials or easy instructions for these machines.. I wanted to start with an easy hat, never using a machine for knitting before.. well.. the instructions are.. cast on your stitches (they show that in the little booklet they give you).. knit for desired length (no idea how many rows to knit) and then bind off (they also show this in your booklet)..
Now for me.. that was not enough instruction..good grief.. come on ..seriously..?????
So I played with it.. Now the end result of the hat is just not acceptable in my eyes.. I do not like the rolled rim hats, they sit too loose on your head plus it just looks unfinished!!!. So after a couple of weeks of playing,, trial and error I came up with a valid way of finishing a brim.
Here are a few of my tips for an adult hat
Now mind you this hat will fit (and I did the research) from 1 yr old to adult.
1. Always start your hat with two rows of waste yarn . .ALWAYS!!!… this will give you a good base for when you turn your band up.(Even if you want a rolled brim, do the waste yarn and follow my instructions below). knit about half way round and then I like to tie the waste yarn to the band yarn so the stitches don’t drop. be careful you don’t pull a stitch off the peg doing this. reset your counter to 0 at this point, you don’t need to count your waste yarn as it will be pulled out later.
2. knit for 24-28 rows depending on how wide you like your band.
3. Change colors. I usually tie a knot because if you just drape the yarn down between the needles there is a good chance you will drop a stitch.
now I like to knit until 70 rows for a full adult size. If you put this hat on a 1 year old it will slouch in the back, so cute, a 3 year old it hangs a bit but on an adult it is just enough depth. If you are planning to make toddler to 10 yr old hats 60 rows will be a nice fit for a hat.
4. Now bind off with your red needle the way they show you in the booklet. Turn your hat inside out and gently pull the yarn until it is tight. Tie a knot and weave in your yarn and cut the rest off.
NOW FOR THE BAND!
Turn your hat inside out and lay it flat on the table. Thread your red needle and find the stitch directly across from the needle. (should be the stitch with the joined yarn)
Now pick up the stitch that is the last row of your band color. Pull together but don’t pull tight as it will pucker your band.
(if you want a rolled rim, just pick up a stitch from two rows up and follow my instructions, it will give you a clean look for the rolled rim)
Now pull the bottom of the band gently to meet the stitch you have just picked up.
Now go to the next blue stitch and insert your needle under that, and then up to the next blue stitch on your waste yarn
gently pull, Do NOT pull tightly as the band will be too tight and will pucker.
Continue picking up the stitches all the way around your hat until you reach the first picked up stitch. Now I do not knot it at this point, I then start snipping and removing the waste yarn.
Weave in your band yarn careful not to pull tightly. Snip your yarn, Weave in your other colors that you have on your hat and you are done!
look how clean the band looks!! So finished and professional looking!
So there it is in a nutshell. Tried and true. Looks much better than a rolled brim right!
I have checked videos on youtube on how to do your band while still on the machine but honestly the band looked like a toilet bowl when the hat was finished. It stretched it so badly it looked horrible. I like this method much better. Whip Stitch is your Friend!!!!!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy addi Expressing!!!!!!