Hand and Machine Knitting

Just a quick update on what I’ve been making and what’s available in my Etsy shop for sale for quick holiday gifts. Please visit there and share if you can—sales in my Etsy shop and pattern store help me continue creating. Many thanks!

Machine Knitting

I finished up some quick cowls on the Addi Express King Size [affiliate link] that I blogged about previously. I really like this little machine but have yet to do any flat panels or color changes on it.

Here are a few things I wrapped up on the Addi:

This one was the last of the winter white cowl projects. My project notes are here. It is also on sale in my Etsy shop.

I finished two Merino wool and silk cowls from the same yarn. One will be a gift. The other is for sale in my Etsy shop here. My project notes are here and here.

The yarn is a wool and silk blend, Dandy by Bouton d’Or, colorway Raisin and worked well with the Addi, but had many knots. Many. Luckily, due to the tube construction of this cowl, the knots are concealed on the inside, so they’re not seen.

Obviously, since this is basically one straight color, and all stockinette, I would loathe to hand knit these cowls had they not been made with the Addi machine. I’m very happy with the Addi and highly recommend it to anyone interested. I like the fact that there really is no prep time to use it like there was with the weaving loom. Plus, because it’s knitting, I can knit a tube with the Addi, then drop four stitches and make this Sunset Braid Cowl:

I am very pleased with how this turned out. Thanks to the Addi King Loomers and Knits group on Facebook, I was able to participate in various postings and see videos that helped me come to figure out how to do this on the Addi.

Frankly, it takes longer to bind the two ends of the tube together and do the braid, but not having to spend days and weeks knitting stockinette stitch makes it so much more tolerable.

I used Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted for this project in colorway Sunset. I just love how this one turned out. I will probably make more. Here are my project notes.

Hand Knitting

Moving on to handknitting, I knit these in my Caracol Cowl pattern with Buttercream Luxe Craft Thick and Thin yarn. I’ve been curious about this yarn since I saw it in JoAnn.

I think they turned out rather lovely! These are also on sale in my Etsy shop here. The project notes for the pink and purple bandana cowls are here and here.

Also handknit, I knit this star, Stjärna by Karolina Eckerdal, thinking I’d make it large first then make several smaller ones for our little 2 foot tree. Let’s just say I finished the one star and it’ll be a one-of-a-kind item. 🙂 It turned out nicely, though.


It came out to be about 5.5″ in size. My project notes are here. I made this with Malabrigo Mecha leftovers in Borrajas colorway.

What’s next?

Not sure if it’ll be another project with the Addi or a handknit one, maybe a new pattern will pop in my head. Regardless, I’m busting through my stash!

Have you done a lot of handcrafting for gifts? What are you most proud of?




2 thoughts on “Hand and Machine Knitting

  1. hecate0lionhart says:

    I recognized the Malabrigo yarn in Sunset cause I used it to make a cardigan for little Miss Ivy. I was scrolling through and was like, wait I know that yarn. The cardigan is for when she’s a bit bigger and I need to post pictures of it. It came out so cute. Love your projects!

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