Mattel Knitter Amigurumi Teddy-1

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making small teddy bears for  the Women’s Shelter.

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

This year,

I decided

to have fun

with my

vintage Mattel knitter.

I love this funky

old gadget!

It’s a little finicky,

but still, oh, so much fun!

I wanted to design an

amigurumi pocket teddy bear

 photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

that  I could make

using the knitted tube made

with sport weight yarn

and the Mattel knitter.

(Note: It has 16 pegs, and

makes a tube that’s a couple of

inches wide, so any spool knitter

that has 15 to 20 pegs would work,

if you don’t have a Mattel knitter.)

If you have a Mattel Knitter, or

a similar round crank style knitter,

knit up a few feet of  cord with it,

to be able to make a bunch of bears.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

BODY AND HEAD:

You will need to separate a section of

knitted tube that is 5 inches/12.5 cm long.

To cut off a length from the

cord, snip a stitch from a row or 2

above the desired length.

If you want a taller bear,

cut a longer piece.

Pull up hard on one end of the cut yarn.

Keep pulling until the yarn

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photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

tightens up, and it gathers in.

Now,  look closely at the

pulled in stitches, and snip

the horizontal yarn,

close to the original

snipped stitch.

When you tug on it,

a length of yarn will be

released,

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by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

and the 2 pieces of knitting

will come apart.

Thread the end

of the cut off piece

of yarn into a

craft needle,

and take it through all the

stitches on one end of the

Body/Head piece of knitting.

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photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Pull up to gather the end,

and tie the ends in a tight knot.

Stuff with polyester stuffing &

gather the other end.

Tie it off and knot tightly.

Wrap yarn around the neck 2 times.

Tie and knot tightly.

Pinch an ear at each side of the head

and stitch across the base of

each ear, stitching in place

to anchor.

To shape the legs,

stitch vertically

half way up the body.

Mattel-knitter-teddy- photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Mattel-knitter-teddy- photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Stitch the leg line several times

to make it really secure.

For the first few bears that

I made, I spool knitted

cords to use as the arms

and legs and ears.

I wasn’t happy with this,

as I wanted the entire bear

to be made from the tube.

So, I twigged to pinching the ears,

and doing the stitched legs.

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photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

The arms were more of a challenge.

I solved this dilemma by

cutting short lengths of tube (approx. 5 rows)

for the  arms.

I picked up the stitches on the top

of the short length of

tube, and gathered them.

Then, I picked up the stitches on

the other end of the tube,

and gathered them, too.

This makes a poofy little piece,

which I then folded in half

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photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

and stitched lengthwise.

Because it is now 4 layers

of knitting,

the arm does not

need to be stuffed.

And, because this tutorial is

getting to be so long,

I am going to

finish it up tomorrow,

so come back tomorrow

for the rest of the tutorial…..

(Please remember that this tutorial was a HUGE amount of work to create, so please DO NOT copy or post it to another blog or website, but please do feel free to share the link far and wide! Thanks so much! Original design by Noreen Crone-Findlay, copyright)

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    • http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com Cyndi Lavin

      Those are just darling! I can’t believe that I’ve never heard of the Mattel knitter!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Cyndi
      Thanks!
      Crank knitting machines are great fun. The Mattel Knitter isn’t made anymore, but there are lots of other versions still available.
      :)

    • http://gadaboutmedia.com/category/home-and-food/do-it-yourself/ Chloe

      Hmm… I wonder if you could do some testing on the modern versions? There are at least two different ones out there that I’ve seen – now to get the companies to send them to you :-)

    • http://www.theartfulcrafter.com/ Eileen

      My sister had one of those and yes, they really are fun. Wonder why they don’t make them anymore …

      The bears are adorable and your generosity is really inspiring, Noreen.

      I would love to see photos of your workroom someday. Or maybe it’s a work”house”. You seem to have every knitting/weaving tool/machine ever invented. LOL.

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Eileen
      Thank you so much!
      The Mattel Knitters aren’t made anymore, but there are other really fun crank machines available.
      I am very lucky, as I have a large studio, with a wall of south facing windows and a wood burning stove. I do post pics of the studio on Hankering for Yarn… but tend to be selective, as some parts of the studio are an amazing mess! LOL

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    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Chloe
      What a great idea! I’d love that. Now… to figure out how to do that…. LOL!

    • Cat C

      I still have our Daughters Mattel Knitter will have to bring it out and try the teddy. We are always looking for Charity Items at our Senior Center