Mattel Knitting machine, 16 needles

Mattel’s circular plastic knitting machine was released to the market in 1975 by the toy company Mattel.

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It has 16 needles and can only knit simple stockinet stitches. Some patterning is possible with manual stitch manipulation.

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It is a simple small knitting machine capable of forming stitches when the handle is cranked in circular motion.

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The needles first lift above the plane of the machine and then get lowered as the machine cylinder rotates looping on to the yarn and forming stitches.

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It is excellent for projects with granny squares.  Standard setup comes with a brochure on project ideas.

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This machine is so cute that I had to purchase it just to try to knit on it. I love working on it but it shows its old age and somewhat old/vintage fragile plastics.

It worked well but I wish it was running a bit smoother (and I also was spoiled by working with newer circular knitting machines with improved and more modern and durable plastic parts). Also, i wish there was a row counter.

But having a tension guide by the yarn feeder was a big plus. Depending on the slot, one can vary tension yet keep it consistent. I had to crank the machine relatively slow to ensure that the stitches are not dropping.

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But overall I was not disappointed in this cute vintage knitting machine.

It is still available on the used market and is excellent for children, hobbyists, crafters. I personally LOVE using it to make small pompoms.


Don’t forget to check out the fun and beginner-friendly projects that can be done easily on any machine.