Thursday, May 17, 2007

K-tel Knitter


Dear Crafty Friends,

I was recently at a thrift store and bought a bag of sewing notions. In it were two K-tel Knitters. Intrigued, I searched for them and found this and this . It's selling between $15 and $20 for the original packaging, yarn and 25 pattern book. I'm surprised.

Have you had any experience with it? Is it a pain to try? Any comments ? This looks like a good safe craft to take on the airplane. It looks like it was around in the mid-60's to early 70's

Signed,

Curious Knitter

EDITED-2014: There are some good sites shown on Google - this is one of the most comprehensive. I have never pursued the patterns, in fact after this post in 2007, I put them away and haven't seen them since. 

18 comments:

Endako Jo said...

I have a vague memory of hearing of this, but have never tried it. Looks interesting, though. I kind of like that you can cut it and it doesn't unravel. Do keep us posted. I found your second "this" to be an interesting site. I like some of the things she's made.

Veda said...

I know the k-tel knitter! My grandmother taught me how to use it when I was ...well, very small. It was the first instrument I used for stitching. Now I crochet and pretend to knit. :)

I'm looking for a k-tel knitter of my own and glad to see you found one in a thrift store. I'll leave my "yarn stores" alone for a while, hunting one down at the second-hand shops! Thanks!
-Veda

My Little Corner said...

Hi Veda - do you have any patterns or can you show me what you've made with it?
I'll keep my eyes peeled for another for you. Have you tried ebay?

Veda said...

I've tried yarn stores. I'll try other avenues now that I'm really fired up about it. :)

I don't have anything just now, but Mother might have a slipper in the only pattern I ever knew, that my Grandmother would likely have actually made. But I did make them as well. Trouble is I was knee-high to a grasshopper then!

Any new leads, I'll send your way.
-Thanks for stopping by my place.
-Veda

Anonymous said...

I have 2 of the k-knitters, no instructions. I have just put one on Ebay.
maybe I should give it a go before I sell them.....mmmmm.....

Anonymous said...

...???

My Little Corner said...

Yes, give it a try! And could you let me know how it worked out for you?

Anonymous said...

i myself have used these to knit full faced fishing beanies bed sox and bedspreads. i think they are great and you can make your own needles of different sizes easily.As i had to,after losing the original needles=give them a try=after working out how to drop or add stitches,you can do all sorts of shapes.=by the way i am a Man.

My Little Corner said...

Thank you for posting your comment Anonymous - did you make the patterns up yourself? I'd love to see how you did it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, we have a free store in our little town, and i found the K-tel Knitter with both needles and instruction book, in the box, I am right now just learning how to make my self a scarf and I am enjoying it very much.

Anonymous said...

I found the knitter box in tack 2 needles,yarn n two books,willin to sell.michigan

Anonymous said...

I purchased one when I was 12 or 13 after hopelessly trying to knit and to crochet. Saw it on tv but it was called "one needle knitting" by some other company. I am 61 now and have used it ever since. It is quick and easy to modify patterns and stitches. I make beanie hats, rimmed hats, purses, scarves, blankets, sweaters, anything that you can make with knitting or crochet. I can use one line of yarn or several. I can use yarn or crochet thread. I have long since lost my needles so I just use a large yarn needle purchased at any yarn store - plastic needle. Some stitches are like knitting even to ribbing stitches for cuffs and collars other are like crochet even to very open stitches or long ones. Once you master the basic stitch and where the loops are almost anything is possible. Good luck with your adventure. Carol

My Little Corner said...

Thank you Carol - I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I still haven't tried it - by now I've mis-placed it in my craft room, but you've inspired me to try it again since you've used it for so many years And I didnt' know it would be easy to alter patterns for it. Thanks for the information!

Anonymous said...

These are the only needles I use. I'm actually looking for more, mine are wearing out from years of use.

Bel B said...

Hi
I just came across one of these from a thrift store but it did not have the instructions or patterns. I was wondering if anyone who has this would be willing to share how to do the different stitches
Thank you

Way Out Wear said...

Hello Bel B - this is the best source to get you started:
http://marniemaclean.com/words/htmls/ktel/ktel_basic.html

otherwise, you can google for patterns, etc.

After this post 7 years ago, I never pursued it anymore. Sorry

Anonymous said...

I was in high school when I got my needles. I am now almost 63. I still have one needle. I think I gave the other to my mom. I have made knitted hats, caps, and afgans with this product. Once you learn the basic stitches you can adapt patterns for the knitter. It is a lot easier to use than knitting and crochet needles.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I came across one of the ktel knitter a few months ago. I actually had the instruction manual to it. Im very unsure to whether its still in my home or not. Anyone who comes across this site looking for the ktel knitter or the grants looper should contact me whether it is in interest to buy the ktel knitter or to help me figure out how to use it myself.
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