Addi Express: Casting On & Off & How To Change Colors

So let's get started casting on I'm going to use some vanished choice because I think that is the no fail yarn and it's really good for beginners to start with you can use many other different acrylics it's successfully it just takes a little practice I like my favorite way to do it is to have a caked ball of yarn because it sits still on the floor and you have a nice gentle Center pull if you don't I'm gonna ver take a full skein of yarn and I just wait till I have you know the last bit and kick that up.

If you just have a regular scheme just pull some out of the center and get it loose alright you want to make sure that your carriage is closed for the cast on process and I always begin with the first needle we're going to be traveling counterclockwise.

The first needle will be the first one on the right leave yourself tail about this long and catch it on that first needle then skip the next catch the next skip this one catch this one not this one but this one not this one but this one and you just keep going back and forth all the way around the machine alright.

You should end with one you skipped it's coming around and here's a key part let's see I wanted to make sure you could see the carriage when you insert your yarn make sure that it's fully in the carriage you want it to pop into this little hole and you want to make it sure it's feeding through if it doesn't it'll skip stitch it holds it in the perfect spot for when the needle comes around to catch it now before I take my first stitch here I always hold my little tail right there just to make sure everything goes in right and then you want this first row to cast on pretty loosely.

Addi Express: Casting On & Off & How To Change Colors

Don't apply a whole lot of here I'm just kind of holding it out making sure that everything catches alright.

We finished the first round now at this point you can go at a pretty good clip and you'll have to experiment cutting upon what yarn you're using as to how much tension to apply right here vanna's choice doesn't need a lot of tension it's a real agreeable yarn in this machine you and you'll see you've got kind of a little loose edge right here and that's. Okay, that's normal and it's just how it works.

You continue on with your project and we'll go into some cast-off methods. Okay.

I'm back here at my first black needle and I like to change colors or bind off or end everything right there and the reason why as you can see on the back of this snowman scarf you see where the joins are they're little uneven it's just the nature of the knit stitch of the round like that.

What I want is to Center that in the back.

That it's clearly it won't affect your designs or anything like that and I'm putting it in the back like that but I want it to be in the same place every time for that reason now if you're just changing you know. Okay, to the same color it wouldn't be apparent.

It's not a problem but that's why I make a habit I've changing every time I get back to the black one now if you want to do a gathered bind off you'll need your your tapestry needle I like the one that came with the addi and you want to leave yourself a good amount to work with.

Basically what I do to probably about that much and I'll clip it right here but I have already done this when I was demonstrating the Snowman scarf.

I'm going to cut to that clip right there now Stephanie who's super polymer clay YouTube username wanted to know how I take it off and I don't do anything special now the instructions that came with the adding told you that you should do this from this direction and then the second one you should go from this direction and scoop it up but because I'm going to do a gathered in I want to do all of mine from the same direction because it'll make it more of a oh I don't know a guide to slide on it'll be easier to slide in my in my humble opinion I may be wrong uh-oh what happened there oh you know what I accidentally let my yarn get caught on the other side.

I need to stop talking and pay attention after whoops after you get a few of them done you can do more than one at a time I like this little needle that came with it because it has a curved end.

It makes scooping easier I'm very comfortable using my left hand to do this and using my right to turn the crank but some people may have to figure out their own method if I can't use if they must use their dominant hand for the needle part yeah I can do left-handed cartwheels all kinds of left-handed things. Okay.

Whoops come back let's see now I've got gathered end now there are times when you're not going to want to gather to end and there's many techniques that call for the use of waste yarn.

You won't be cutting this and taking it off what you'll be doing is wanting to save this yarn keeping it attached and then you still need to get it off the machine but if you just take it off the machine without doing something to catch these stitches you're going to lose all your work.

That's where the application of waste yarn comes in.

You just take some kind of scrap yarn that you really you know have leftover or whatever and to keep it attached. This is the process you go through. All right, now look what's happening it knitted this one just fine it's about to go down and knit this one but. This is the place where I want to join.

I'm going to be very aware of that I'm going to open up my carriage take it out that little hole get the rest of my yarn because I'm going to let's pretend I'm going to do a crochet edge on this I'll stuff it down in the middle like this and I'm going to keep it in line.

It'll make sure to knit this stitch but I'm going to let go of it on this one. Okay, now take my waste yarn and replace the purple. Okay.

I've closed it up it's in the carriage exactly as it needs to be and I hold these two ends together and that way this one will go ahead and knit night nicely and this one will knit to carrying in adding in our waste yarn now because. This is still attached I'll tie my little knot here and make sure it gets under this I don't know the proper term I call it a fin because it looks like a fin to me and then you continue on getting as usual and I like to do about four or five rounds just because I don't want it to have any chance of coming loose.

Here I am back at the beginning and this time getting it off the machine is really easy I'm not going to cut this way strong.

I use it over and over again. Okay, hold this yarn out of the way and close your carriage and then you just turn it once you go around alright now watch this. This is really cool it is totally off the Machine and that neat and.

Now you can pick up your stitches say along these edges right here and you can either do a hand knitted ribbed edging or I have another video on crochet edging whatever but it gives you.

Many more options like this now just like using a waste yarn cast off you can cast on with waste yarn too and you just use the same exact principle get this one not that one get this and not that one and you'll want to go again I say four or five rounds people who are more talented with their knitting can probably get away with less I just want to make sure it's really secure I use the same exact method just as if this were the main yarn and I'll go about four or five rounds and using the same method that you would when you're adding more yarn or changing colors oops I think I've got a cat hair in there you do the same thing making sure you catch the very next needle and then I hold these two yarns together until they knit and then at this time you could go ahead and usually tie it once right here and then after I go probably around three or.

Rounds and it's on the opposite side of me like right here I can see.

Much better and when I tie my double knot I I'm just more aware of the tension I couldn't really tell what was going on when it was brand new over on this side but when I'm see it across from me I can tell how tight I've got it and. This is perfect for securing and of course if you're going to sell your ends in you want to leave them long enough to serve if I'm doing a scarf a big long tube scarf I won't bother sewing them in now if you were doing waste yarn you wouldn't want to double knot this because there's just too much trouble to get it undone because you want to remove the waster on right it's waste but um that's just what you do if you're attaching another color and continuing on with your project.


Wherever you started your main color that would be your row one you know you go around once that's one.

You've reset your counter at that time.

There you go.

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