Author: KM-nerd

  • Brother KL117 knit leader

    Brother KL117 knit leader

    There is not much information on the Brother KL117 knit leader but it is very similar to the Brother KL116 charting device (so read my article on KL116). The minor difference I identified so far is the color scheme (I’ve seen two different color combos – white/grey and white/light-orange). Judging by the Japanese writing even…

  • Brother KL115 knit leader

    Brother KL115 knit leader

    There is not much information on the Brother KL115 knit leader but it is very similar to the Brother KL116 charting device (so read my article on KL116). The minor differences I identified so far is that KL115 has no biding wire in its standard set of assesories and the setting plates look a bit…

  • Brother KL116 knit leader

    Brother KL116 knit leader

    Brother KL116 knit leader is probably the most popular model of a charting device manufactured back in the times when Brother still made knitting machines. It fits a huge majority of Brother knitting machines, from pushbutton KH710 to punchcard KH890 to electronic KH970. It even fits bulky Brother knitting machines, like KH230, KH260 and KH270.…

  • Brother KL112 knit leader

    Brother KL112 knit leader

    Brother KL112 is a charting device to assist machine-knitters with creating shaped panels (like neck, shoulder and sleeve lines). It is very similar to its slightly earlier counterpart, KL111 knit leader. It comes with all the same assesories, like stitch measure scales inside a cylindrical container, stand-brackets, mylar sheet, etc. Thus, refer to the article…

  • Brother KL111 knit leader

    Brother KL111 knit leader

    Brother KL111 knit leader is a charting device to help machine knitters knit garments and complex shapes (like ovals, neck openings, and sleeves). I could not find a lot of information (even in the manual) about which exactly knitting machines Brother KL111 is compatible with. Judging by the pictures in the manual, it should fit…

  • Brother KL113 knit leader

    Brother KL113 knit leader

    If you do not own a knitting machine with a built-in knit leader, like Brother KH881, KH891, and KH893, and you knit (or would like to) a lot of sweaters and shaped panels, you probably need to consider a knit leader. Brother KL113 is one of the stand-alone models of charting devices, helping you to…

  • Brother KH801 knitting machine

    Brother KH801 knitting machine

    Brother KH801 is a knitting machine very similar (if not identical with the exception of all writing being in Japanese) to the Brother KH800 available in the US used and vintage markets. All Japanese writing on the carriage, box and case of Brother KH801 makes me think that it was released to only Japanese markets.…

  • Addi Express Professional knitting machine

    Addi Express Professional knitting machine

    Addi Express knitting machine is a plastic circular knitting machine with 22 needles manufactured in Germany. This post focuses on the black-and-red model and not on the white-and-red one. There are other similar, smaller-diameter, knitting machines (manufactured by Sentro and other companies) but Addi Express machines are by far the best. It has the sturdiest…

  • Addi Express KingSize knitting machine

    Addi Express KingSize knitting machine

    Addi Express KingSize knitting machine is still being actively manufactured by a German company. It features 46 needles. This post focuses on the black-and-red model and not on white-and-red one. Addi Kingsize is the largest (most needle) circular plastic knitting machine. It is also the most reliable and robust currently on the market. The price…

  • Brother KX395 knitting machine

    Brother KX395 knitting machine is a plastic flatbed knitting machine with a dual gauge. It comes with gate pegs with the needle channels positions 4.5 and 9 mm apart. Thus, this machine can be a standard gauge and a bulky gauge. The carriage has an intarsia setting. Do not confuse this model with the Brother…

  • Brother KH395 knitting machine

    Brother KH395 knitting machine

    Brother KH395 is a dual-gauge convertible knitting machine. The panels for conversion from bulky to standard gauge are stored inside the styrofoam padding inside the box. The needles though are the same for both bulky and standard knitting. Not having a convertible machine yet in my collection, I am not sure whether the yarn range…

  • Brother KH390 knitting machine

    Brother KH390 knitting machine

    Brother KH390 is a dual-gauge knitting machine. It features a plastic bed with a pretty pastel-green/white color combination. The bulky option of the machine features 110 needles. The switchable panels are nicely stored inside the styrofoam box. The machine should come with all standard assesories. But if not, they are easy to find (for example,…