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    Circular Knitting Machines

    also: knitting nancy, knitting machine, German: Strickmühle
    also see: circular sock knitting machine
    These machines are amazingly easy to use. I bought myself a barbie Knitting machine via Amazon UK because it was cheaper than the more professional looking ones. It works fine for the circular knit but is very messy at the edges when it comes to trying to knit a flat piece. The machine was used to knit a tube and include patches of conductive thread to create the Knit Contact Switch. The machines come with different numbers of needles which influences the size/diameter of the finished tube.

    The following Instructable explains how to use circular and spool knitting machines to knit stretch sensors:
    >> http://www.instructables.com/id/Circular-Knit-Stretch-Sensor/

    Video demonstration of both wide (circular knitting machine) and narrow (spool knitter) stretch sensors

    Video on how to use the Play Go Knit Knit circular knitting machine to knit a stretch sensor.

    Video on using the Singer Spool Knitter to knit a stretch sensor.

    Lovely summary on the THE LOST ART OF KNITTING NANCYS by Wayne Schmidt:
    >> http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/knittingnancys.html

    Lovely video of mycraftroom’s circular knitting machine collection:
    >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Htfy5-Tcdg

    Barbie Knitting Machines

    20 needles

    The 1970s Barbie Knitting Machine looked like this.
    Review >> http://www.knitgrrl.com/?p=306

    Mattel Knitting Machine

    16 needles
    Mattel, manufacturer >> http://www.mattel.com
    Instructions >> http://www.knitting-and.com/barbie-knitter/index.html

    Singer Knitting and Spool Knitting Machines

    20 needles
    HSN >> http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/singer-knitting-machine_p-3527483_xp.aspx?web_id=3527483&ocm=sekw (USA)
    JoAnn >> http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3155&PRODID=prd41005 (USA)

    Addi Express Strickmühle Professional

    40, 20 needles
    How to use video >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Htfy5-Tcdg
    Skacel, manufacturer >> http://www.skacelknitting.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.27844/.f
    Paradise Fibers >> http://www.paradisefibers.net/Addi-Express-Knitting-Machine-p/4097.htm
    Amazon DE >> http://www.amazon.de/Addi-Express-Strickm%C3%BChle-Professional/dp/B000XT3OPG

    PRYM 624170 Strickmühle MAXI

    44 needles
    Prym, manufacturer >> http://www.prym-consumer.com/prym/proc/docs/produktdb_de.html?article=624170&nav=0H09000XD
    Amazon DE >> http://www.amazon.de/PRYM-624170-Strickm%C3%BChle-MAXI/dp/B000VKFJ32/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=garden&qid=1245759008&sr=8-4

    NSI International Innovations Knitting Machine

    42 needles
    Amazon USA >> http://www.amazon.com/NSI-International-Innovations-Knitting-Machine/dp/B000MAJQXA

    GR8 Fashion Knitting Machine

    24 needles
    Amazon UK >> http://www.amazon.co.uk/Character-Options-07525-Knitting-Machine/dp/B0001RFCI2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kids&qid=1245774766&sr=1-1
    UK >> http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/creative-toys/character-options-gr8-fashion-knitting-machine.asp

    Knit Magic, Tricot Magique

    MGA Bratz Fashion Designer Knitting Machine

    My Giant Knit Knit

    Amazon DE >> http://www.amazon.de/Idee-Spiel-635-03042-Gro%C3%9Fes/dp/B000I1TI04/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=toys&qid=1245759008&sr=8-10

    Play Go Knit Knit

    Wire Mesh Knitter

    >> http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/wyr-knittr-automatic-wire-mesh-knitter_p-3423525_xp.aspx?web_id=3423525&ocm=sekw

    Prym Strickmühle

    >> http://www.amazon.de/Prym-624145-Strickm%C3%BChle/dp/B000TQHWP6/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1262083987&sr=8-6

    Singer Spool Knitter

    >> http://www.amazon.com/NKOK-Singer-Spool-Knitter-Machine/dp/B000JLZCAS/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1262083996&sr=8-8

    For sale on Amazon

    >> http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_?url=search-alias%3Dtoys&field-keywords=knitting+machine&x=18&y=13 (UK)
    >> http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_?url=search-alias%3Dtoys&field-keywords=knitting+machine&x=18&y=13 (USA)
    >> http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_ss_k?__mk_de_DE=%C5M%C5Z%D5%D1&url=search-alias%3Dkitchen&field-keywords=Strickm%FChle&x=0&y=0 (DE)

    28 Comments so far

    1. Plusea on March 10th, 2010

      […] by: circular knitting machines, sock knitting machines and circular weaving […]

    2. […] called ”Unconventional Body Objects” and it remind me the Barbie dresses made with the Mattel knitting machine. Extremely […]

    3. chiky Cartel Z. on July 23rd, 2010

      quiero comprar un bastidor

    4. Gia on October 18th, 2010

      FYI the PRYM company won’t ship to Canada, but you can find that machine (cheaper) on ebay.de and they will deliver anywhere – you just may need google translation to navigate the purchase since it’s in German. I’m trying that one since it has 44 needles. The Addi machine I found was $200 for the 20 needle version, and the PRYM is about half that including shipping.

    5. H on January 25th, 2011

      I found one source for the Prym in Canada at Mary Maxim’s in Ontario. $73 plus tax and postage of course! I’m still looking as winter is going to be a long one this year I’m guessing! 🙁

      Right now I’m looking for a Prym knitting needle stockist around my town to see if they might order one for me along with their regular stock.

    6. jerry kuo on April 7th, 2011

      QUANZHOU LUOJIANG HONGSHUO MACHINERY CO.,LTD.,established in 1996,specializes in designing and producing all kinds of REL-TEX brand circular knitting machine and its accessories in China. We produce more than 800 sets of various of circular knitting machines per annum. Our main product includes high speed 4 track single jersey, double jersey interlock, double jersey rib, three thread fleece jersey, single & double terry knitting, single & double computerized jacquard, pattern wheel jacquard, pattern wheel rib mesh jacquard, single jersey open width, small circular knitting machines etc.

    7. Gia on May 2nd, 2011

      I received my 44 needle PRYM and love it. It’s the perfect size for hats and everything is working great after a dozen or more projects. I see that the International Innovations machines are now on Ebay.com for a lot cheaper than they were before and that looks pretty much the same as the PRYM.

      I’d love to hear if anyone has tried the Addi. There’s a 22 needle one on Ebay.de for the equivalent of $120 Canadian. The Singer version is only $40 on Amazon and I keep wondering what makes the Addi worth the extra bucks. I know it has a row counter but is there more to it?

    8. Carolina on June 11th, 2011

      Hi. I leed to know how to buy a NSI International Innovations Knitting Machine on México, or USA. I leed phones numere, shows, or other information, can you help me?. Thanks

    9. Audrey Winkler on July 18th, 2011

      So many different circular knitting machines. I had no idea!
      Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum shows the working and living conditions of framework Knitters in Victorian times. We also have a Griswold workshop with a number of circular knitting machines. Our school visits love this room as they all go home with their own knitted scarf (raw edges of course).
      Visit the website and let us know what you think. Better still, come and see us.

    10. admin on July 19th, 2011

      thank you for the above comment.
      here is a link to the Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum, which is in Nottingham, UK:
      >> http://www.rfkm.org/aboutus.html

    11. Plusea on September 9th, 2011

      […] Make your own >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2108 Conductive yarns >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1978 Spool knitters and circular knitting machines >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1144 […]

    12. Emma (Sanjosemom) on November 16th, 2011

      A fantastic summary of circular knitting machines.
      Thank you!

    13. Travelinknit on December 10th, 2011

      HI There, I couldn’t find a contact so I am writing here.
      Interesting site.
      Could I suggest you look on Bond-America.com for further info for knitting machines/ looms etc.
      there they also have a couple of different knitters…. WYR/ Embellishment knitter/ and pocket knitter/ cool corder etc.
      there are also some other needle threaders that you can see around.

    14. Medhat on March 24th, 2012

      kindely, send offer offer of My Giant Knit Knit .

    15. tara on April 16th, 2012

      This site has some reviews of knitting machines. Based in the USA.

    16. manish on August 27th, 2012

      can i use this machine for copper wire

    17. Sherry Bishop on October 9th, 2012

      Can someone please tell me the best machine to knit
      the tube of socks. I know they can’t do the foot. I
      want to use stretchy sock yarn. Thanks

    18. maria das graças vitor on October 12th, 2012


    19. hemraj on November 24th, 2012

      dear sir,
      how to order this machine and what is the price i am from india punjab

    20. Ms.Moe on January 17th, 2013

      I want to place an order for NSI International Innovations Knitting Machine
      42 needles. I am from singapore. I want to know the price of the machine, shipping charges, time taking for delivery and any other charges?


    21. Phoo on January 21st, 2013

      Dear sir

      Please , I would like to know about the knitting machine 24 needles,

      Price , Shipping ,Lead Time , I am Location Thailand


    22. Roxana on February 6th, 2013

      I am interested in the machine Singer Spool knitter to knit a stretch
      sensor to make hats and scarf, price, shipping, delivery time. I am in NS


    23. abdelaziz eisa on February 7th, 2013

      iam interested in the machine for making hats .types .price .shipping and delivery time .iam working in knitting technology .sudan univercity .sudan.

    24. Rose Mary Futrell on March 6th, 2013

      Where can I get some free patterns or ideas for the circular knitting machine from Nkok singer? I bought one but have no idea what it is capable of making? Help!!!

    25. Amal Dutta on March 20th, 2013

      Hi, I want to buy one PRYM 624170 Strickmuhle MAXI circular knitting machine.
      Is this type of machines are available in INDIA?

      I also want to buy Flat Hand Knitting Machine with similar plastic needles.
      Can any one suggest the name of stores where it is available?

    26. elvina karin on April 12th, 2013

      can i buy it because it’s easily to use it

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