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August 1st, 2007 at 00:00 am

Knitting With One Needle: The Grant’s Looper

I am always interested in seemingly esoteric needle arts tools. Naturally, when a reference to Grant’s One Needle Looper came up in a Yahoo group; of course I had to go google. Nothing except an old eBay Auction.

Okay, on to the usual second source for “IT”, aka/ eBAY and nothing except some closed auctions and one picture, at least not for several months, then POOF, suddenly results in my automatic searches. Here is what it looks like:


However, in the last few weeks, quite a few have turned up and as importantly some instructions and patterns. (Happily original not copies)

All of the patterns and such give only the following company Information

The Grant Company
4149 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago IL 60641

The Copyrights are mostly dated between 1969 to 1970, so they must have been at that address for at least ten years, but the location is apparently now a building which has been converted to Condos.

The US Patent No is 3,228,212 and was issued in 1966 to Angela Huber of Germany. There is a later patent, 3,979,929 for what seems to be for the technique, issued to Angeline Lapi of Sprakers NY; assignee The Raymond Lee Organization

TheHenry tells me that he learned a very simliar techniques from a book on Knotting (but has not yet found the book to show me )

Although obviously the patent protections may have expired, my “project” for The Grant’s Looper is to track down whomever currently holds the Copyright to the patterns with a goal to obtaining permission to place them in the public domain.

When time allows, I will add some details about the Pattern Leaflets found so far.

I would welcome any information you care to add as comments or by email to:


  • 1

    I have had this “tool” for 42 years- original box and directions – and have never tried using it! My mother used to buy every cheap “craft” item for me as stocking stuffers that she could find. I take it out of the box occasionally when cleaning/rearranging my sewing and craft items but just never have felt enthused enough to mess with it? So why do I still have it? Why do I still have three plastic thread boxes that I never use (my thread’s on pegboard on the wall)…’cause Mom gave it to me.
    Thanks, Wheat…now I’ll have to learn to use it in case you come up with some great patterns. Just what I need, ANOTHER craft black hole – and I get sucked in EVERYTIME!

    cacshantih on August 1st, 2007
  • 2


    I’ve been thinking about this all evening, and finally remembered that it was also sold under the title of “K-tel Knitter.”

    Do a Google search and you should turn up a whole bunch of hits on it, including some You Tube videos,including this 1970 commercial.

    After watching it, I realized how much I had forgotten about this tool and the stitches associated with it, but then it’s been nearly 40 years. Your Grant’s Looper looks exactly like my K-Tel Knitter. The other one I have is made of different material but looks similar.


    Email-Comment on August 2nd, 2007
  • 3

    A link sent by another “Crochet Partner” leads to Marnie MacLean. Marnie has written the basic instructionsin case you are one of those who “have the needle but no instructions

    Email-Comment on August 2nd, 2007
  • 4

    Hi I have a grant one-needle looper also in the box with patterns. I think I found it at an auction or yard sale.

    Paula on November 25th, 2008
  • 5

    Would like to buy a metal looper

    Randal Becker on November 30th, 2008
  • 6

    Hi Randall,

    To the best of my knowledge, there are not currently made/sold –

    the only thing I can suggest is to search ebay and other sites where most of us found ours.

    Sorry not to be more helpful


    wheat on November 30th, 2008
  • 7

    I looked at Marnie Maclean’s instructions and it think this tool might be for “nallbinding”. Some people think this was a precursor to knitting. Socks made this way and found in archeological digs are very, very old. Google nallbinding and take a look.


    Phyllis Ziarko on December 4th, 2008
  • 8

    Hi Phyllis,

    Talk about a blinding flash of the obvious I fully agree there are great similarities in the technique and will have to dig out some of the info I have on Nalbinding.

    However, the fabric this tool produces is different thatn those I had made using Nalbinding in the past.

    Thanks for the insight,


    wheat on December 10th, 2008
  • 9

    The original K-tel knitter was manufactured and sold out of Minniapolis, MN, they have been out of business since around 1970. This is a great item and makes awesome blankets, if you get a hole in the blanket it will not un=ravel, matter of fact I’m looking to find a few more to have on hand,

    Jackie on December 30th, 2008
  • 10

    I would love to know how to convert a pattern made for either knitting or crocheting to using one of these. I bought two – one at a garage sale, and another on Ebay, just to have a second one. I have a lot of fun using it, as I am a terrible knitter. Not that great at this yet either, but I’m getting better. I’m going to try some of the other stitches included with the utensil, but need to know if I can use an updated pattern and convert it to what I’m using – the looper!

    kat on January 4th, 2009
  • 11

    Hi I have the exact same one with two books. I use mine for making rugs. I use macrame cord for making lawn chairs and I braid two strands interlocking them together then when I have enough I use a ball of yarn to loop it together. For more info e-mail me at muskokapei@yahoo.com.Maybe I should send a picture later.

    Paula on January 6th, 2009
  • 12

    I am looking for some patterns using this tools. Only thing i know to do is blankets and scarves. Could anyone out there can help me with this! My email address is katie10754@yahoo.com I truly appreciate with the help!

    katie on February 27th, 2009
  • 13

    When I was 12 or 13 I ordered one of the Grants one-needle knitting loopers. I have used it as my major source of knitted or crocheted crafting. I have made sweaters, blankets of many varied and intricate designs, belts, and scarfs. I have invented several new stitches and design my own patterns. I am now in my 50’s. I love using it. I was a failure at knitting as my needles and yarn became to tight to work. My crochet work tended to come to a point. I have not personally met anyone who uses this tool. Mostly I only find old ones at garage sales and recently not even that. I now make my own needles for my own use. I welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone interested in learning this craft or expanding their current use of this tool. It has been a pleasure to find some who even know what this tool is!! Thank you. Carol @ jevcyb@bresnan.net

    Carol Byington on March 18th, 2009
  • 14

    I found one 43 years ago at a garage sale for 25cents. I have the box but have lost the patterns. I love making afghans

    charlie on May 1st, 2009
  • 15

    I have one of these, it was in a box of my Mother’s knitting, crochet stuff, never saw her use it, I did not know what it was for, thanks for the info.

    Jane on May 24th, 2009
  • 16

    I had one but lost long time a ago. Sure wash i could fond it. This was about 40 yr. ago. Didnot learn to use it then ,but would like now.

    Nora McClain on June 8th, 2009
  • 17

    HI. I own one of these as well as the 14 patterns that it comes with. I picked it up at a 2nd hand shop for a buck. I have never sat down and used it yet. I love to crochet and need to learn more. Feel free to email me at stitchwitch39 @gmail. com

    MJ Humphrey on November 27th, 2009
  • 18

    I just recieved 2 K-Tel Knitters from a friend who’s Mother had them. It looks to be clumsy but I will give it a try anyway. I had never heard of them before.

    Ruth on May 10th, 2010
  • 19

    How do I use this tool (pictured above) I have one & have no clue how to use it! (I found mine at a thrift store & mistakenly thought it was for rug-punching) Even just the basics would be great! … You can contact me on Ravelry.com under the same name (Czinda).

    In return for directions of how to use this tool, I would be happy to teach you an unusual crochet stitch I have designed that looks JUST like knitting! Or I can design a pattern for you once I figure out how to use this tool. I am an advanced crocheter & a beginning knitter if that helps.

    Czinda on May 23rd, 2010
  • 20

    NEVERMIND my last post! …I just found this link of how to use this tool:



    Czinda on May 24th, 2010
  • 21

    where can i purchase one of these knitters?

    allyson butzin on August 24th, 2010
  • 22

    OMG! I have one of these! Don’t know where or why I got it but I still have it! LOL

    Thanx for the info Wheat! I’ll have to check out these sites and give it a try!

    June on August 25th, 2010
  • 23

    After mentioning this tool in the yahoo group

    knitting_with_crochethook@yahoogroups.com – this added bit from across the pond:

    Hi Wheat,

    I’ve just read your above reference, and it seems you may be interested in a few more comments. I recognised the gadget I’ve had for years, obtained here in the UK. The box doesn’t mention K-tel, but leaflets inside do. There are two sizes of the gadget and two books. The box says “The original Betty Ann Knitter”.

    The books both give “Copyrights (C) 1971 K-TEl International,Inc.” and Printed in the USA. One book gives an address to obtain additional patterns.

    Happy to give any more details you would like.

    Irene (Essex, UK)

    wheat on August 29th, 2010
  • 24


    CAN ANYONE HELP ME???????????

    DOROTHY JACOBS on September 28th, 2010
  • 25

    Hi there:
    I have the 2 K-tel knitter needles and a pattern book that I purchased from someone on ebay. It is really easy to learn how to use them. As with any kind of a new technique practice makes perfect. I had trouble in the beginning, but now I wouldn’t trade my k-tel knitters for anything. Also I have been experimenting with other similar tools to do the K-tel knitting with in case one of these needles break and can’t be replaced. I have done the exact same technique with a weaving stick from a set of weaving sticks I have and also have used a tatting needle, also a locker hook. I have used these without a guide to run the yarn through. It is easy you just hold onto the yarn and let it flow through your fingers instead. They were all fun to use. I love my K-tel knitter and the other things I have tried the technique with.

    Debbie Flork on October 13th, 2010
  • 26

    I suggest you place your item for sale on ebay.

    wheat on October 19th, 2010
  • 27

    I have 2 of the K-Tel Knitters, one a little larger than the other. I will be putting on eBay since I don’t know how to use them, and it looks like there may be people out there that can use them.

    him0011 on November 7th, 2010
  • 28

    Looking for one of the pictured Grant’s one needle loopers.had one and misplaced it while moving.

    clb in IA on December 9th, 2010
  • 29

    Hi, I too have the Original Betty Ann Knitter made by
    K-tel, in its original box with two different sized plastic knitters, and pattern instruction booklet. Never did use it! Looks like another thing for e-bay.

    Sandra on January 14th, 2011
  • 30

    I would like to purchase one of these if someone has one. I used to have one and I would like to get one for my daughter in law she would like to use it she thinks it would be easier than trying to learn crochet or knitting. If anyone has one or knows where to get one can you let me know at

    Pam Airey on March 15th, 2011
  • 31

    how can i buy a k-tel knitter?

    kay davis on May 27th, 2011
  • 32

    Hi Kay,
    I would suggest watching eBay – these are no longer made, so not easily available.

    Enjoy The Making

    wheat on May 28th, 2011
  • 33

    Does amyone have directions on how to use this tool I have one and have a square startd but its been years since I started it. Pretty please let me now
    Thank you.

    Georgina Sovis on June 16th, 2011
  • 34

    Hi Georgina,

    Since both the tool and the patterns are long discontinued, you may have your best luck setting up a search on eBay.

    Sorry not to be more helpful


    wheat on June 18th, 2011
  • 35

    Hi Wheat

    I’m really interested in finding out when the K tel knitter / Grants Looper first came onto the market. I work for a knitting magazine in the UK and am trying to find out if it could be the tool for the ‘one needle knitting’ that a reader has asked me about. Do you know if the metal versions were around in the 1940’s?

    If you can’t help, I’m hoping someone else can



    Jeanette on June 20th, 2011
  • 36

    Hi Wheat!
    I finally found more than one person that knows what
    a Looper is, and the picture of it above is of the
    Looper, which was made in Germany and exibited in 1964-65 at the World’s Fair – Fresh Meadows, Queens.

    In 1969 the Looper was advertized for sale on TV for
    $2.99, so I purchased two, and in time I purchased four
    more. I gave to three of my friends – one each, and I
    held on to one, so I had three for myself.
    My Loopers came with one legal size sheet, devided into
    15 squares. In 14 of them there is the looper and demonstrations and very small print with instructions,
    as to how to thread it, set the size of the loop,
    hold it, make the initial loop, and so on…
    At the bottom of the page appears (I have it in front of me):

    On the handle of my Looper “Made in Germany” in raised letters can still be seen.
    The handle is made of hard royal blue plastic, but the part with the needle eye is made of metal (I think it’s aluminum), and the loop marker is made of red plastic.

    It took me two months to learn how to loop well, but I persisted. The hardest part of all is to produce
    stitches that are the same size. That was then…

    I’ve been creating one of a kind crafts of my own for
    at least 40 years. Those are the gifts loved the most.

    My mother did teach me how to crochet and knit, and she was an expert at both, but I didn’t enjoy kniting and
    crochet at all.

    I have only two loopers now, and one of them is held together with clear tape. When I am making booties or sleves, I work with both loopers, and that helps a lot.

    I would like to have more of these Loopers, but I also
    would like to find the “Combined Crocheting and Looping Needle (US Patent 3678712), and buy couple of those.

    Some of my friends have been asking me where they can
    find the Looper to buy it, but up to today, I didn’t
    know that there are people out there that have seen a
    Looper, and know what it is.

    I thank you for having this site, Wheat!


    Tsanka on October 14th, 2011
  • 37

    I have an original, complete 1970 K-Tel Knitter as advertised on TV. I have the box, 2 knitters, yarn, directions and patterns. It looks to be the same thing as the looper. I don’t think it has ever been used but the box has a little wear, and of course the direction book pages are yellowed with wear. Is anyone looking for one of these?

    Carla on January 12th, 2012
  • 38

    This site has been so encouraging. I have loved my Imra Looper since 1965 and have made endless items using it. I treasure this tool. I am going to try to purchase another one because I really would feel better with a backup. Thanks again for setting up this web site. JR

    Jeanie on January 31st, 2012
  • 39

    If somebody have 2 of this tool, please let me know. My friends have and I hope to find somewhere.
    If you have some books, I’m interested too.


    F. Thorn on February 12th, 2012
  • 40

    Hello Wheat, I have come by a Betty Ann Original Knitter today and written about it on my blog, Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing. Crochet isn’t my cup of tea at all, I’m more for knitting and sewing, but my curiosity was aroused and the pictures with the patterns were hilarious 1970s naff, so I had to buy it. I intend to do more posts about it in the coming weeks.

    All the best Muv

    Muv on September 6th, 2012
  • 41

    I was just digging around my collection of crochet hooks and knitting needles and ran across my old looper. I think I used it only twice. I found your post after a 20 minute search of how to use it again……I had forgotten. Mine looks exactly like the one in your photo but it has “Imra Loop” on it and “made in Germany.” Thanks to your readers and their comments I am now heading to YouTube for more info and instructions.

    Jan on September 9th, 2012
  • 42

    Is anyone willing to part with a looper (the one shown
    on top)?
    I really need at least one more looper.
    I did find one of those K-tel Knitters in my old yarn bin, but that just isn’t the same.
    I remember why I didn’t want to use it. The yarn passing through the eye, while I used this K-tel looper,
    made the inside of the eye “rough” and the yarn would snag and pulling to free it just messed it up.

    Lately, I discovered the Knifty Kniter – Rectangular
    Loom Set, and the Circular Knitting (4 sizes looms)looms set, which I have put in use.
    There is no sustitute for the looper. I use that more than any other knitting tool, and I find it to be better for finishing off the items I make on the knitting looms, than the ways offered in the directions
    for working with these plastic knitting looms.

    I was traveling on a Coach USA bus the other day, and as usual, I had my looper and yarn with me on the trip.
    I create a lot of my hats, booties, baby clothes, flowers, and many other items while in transit.
    There was a lady sitting across from me, and she suddenly “plopped” right next to me.
    She told me that she has a looper, but she has never known how to use it, so I showed het the basic back stitch.

    I’ve been trying to figure out what the other two
    words on the handle of the Looper are. Now I know –
    “Imra Loop”
    Thanks, Jan.

    Tsanka on September 11, 2012

    Tsanka on September 11th, 2012
  • 43

    Sorry for spelling mistakes.
    It’s “substitute” not sustitute, and it’s “her” not het
    that I meant to write in my long note above.

    Tsanka on September 11th, 2012
  • 44

    Just bought one of these in Norwich England at charity shop for £1.00 no instructions ball of wool and the two knitters of the box it says betty ann but on the knitters themselves it says K.tel am looking forward to trying it.

    crochetnut on October 12th, 2012
  • 45

    I have been in search for k-tel knitters since mine were lost in moving in ’91. I’ve had no luck. I loved mine & created many items with no instructions. I was lost without them. I had given up hope til now. I hope to get lucky enough to find just one.!

    Wanda Benoit on October 20th, 2012
  • 46

    hi, i have a blanket that my friend made using a one needle looper. she has since, died, and i cannot find this item anywhere. i love the blanket, it is so thick and warm. would love to find this item but have not had ANY luck. i knit and crochet but all my items look nothing like the one needle looper. please help me locate one if possible. thanks so much

    patricia on January 29th, 2013
  • 47

    Thanks for all the great info about this tool! I have one for sale in my Etsy shop right now, if anyone is still looking.

    C.J. Hayden on February 27th, 2013
  • 48

    I belong to a knitting group in my apartment complex and there was a donation to the group that contained a few different types of threads and it also had an envelope with a yellow book inside The book has on the top GRANT’S one needle looping and contains some patterns and basic instructions for some stitches. It also contained the tool used to create the patterns.. if you want some pictures let me know and I’ll do my best.


    Jodie on March 6th, 2013
  • 49

    Found the k-tel knitter, 2 different size “hooks”, the regular instruction booklet and the extra one, in the original box, while cleaning out things from my Grandmother’s basement. I’m a crocheter, and am learning to knit, but now that I’ve started looking this thing up, I MUST master it!!! LOL!!! So far I’m getting knots…just like when I try to knit!!

    Kealy on April 1st, 2013
  • 50

    I found one of this K-Tel Knitters at a inside yard sale! It was in a bag of knitting stuff! I have spent most of the weekend trying to figure it out! Have not yet! Even saw a video!

    Marsha Erickson on April 14th, 2013
  • 51

    thank you for your info – I have definitely picked up something new

    Ed Scott on July 5th, 2013
  • 52

    I bought my K-Tel knitter back around 1970 in Utica, NY. I’ve made afghans for everyone in my family. It’s easy to do the ripple stitch as well as straight panels. I’ve also made several hat and scarf sets and used them as gifts. I wouldn’t trade my knitters for anything in the world. I recently made my second baby blanket as a gift and crocheted around the edges to finish off the project with a flare!

    Mary on August 2nd, 2013
  • 53

    i sent for this never got no anwser i need this had mine for years and broke it please send me another and will pay let me know please my mom gave me mine thank you

    juanita zalek on April 6th, 2014
  • 54

    This is site is informational not a e-commerce store. I am not selling any more of mine as they are no loner made that I know of. SOrry

    wheat on April 7th, 2014
  • 55

    I have a friend that is moving, and she brought me a box of sewing thread. In the box I found a K Tel Knitter. I didn’t know what it was so I went to the computer. I found your instructions on using it, thank you for the instructions. My problem is the stitch adjuster will not move. I can turn it if I use the nut crackers for grip. but I can’t move it up as shown in your instructions. Do you have a solution?

    Nancy Justice on October 31st, 2014
  • 56

    Perhaps it is “dirty” and a good soak in Dawn and then a thorough rinsing and drying will help. The only other suggestions is to clean it and then “work it” until the action smooths

    Sorry not to be more helpful

    wheat on November 20th, 2014
  • 57

    I have recently misplaced my k-tel knitter. Do you know where I can pick one up for a reasonable price?

    Cecelia on June 4th, 2015
  • 58

    The new version of the k-tel knitter, is now called Fauxchet. It has one needle in the front, and two in the back…(thread guides.) But basically, it works the same.

    Good luck!

    AndiB on August 21st, 2015
  • 59

    Thanks for sharing this – looks like machine knitting transfer tool used as the Grant’s Looper.
    Interesting reinvention – Thanks for sharing

    wheat on August 22nd, 2015
  • 60

    I had the K-Tel Knitters, used them, made hundreds of items, then lost one. So I began to make them out of wooden dowels! I have both the large and small now, they don’t have the lower guide loop, nor the adjustable ring on the needle, but I am so used to using them I don’t need them any more. I sand the tools and use fine grit steel wool to make them as smooth as the plastic that they were originally made of. and if I break one, I just make another.

    Eck on August 30th, 2015
  • 61

    I have a Imra-loop tool that was given to me as a gift back in 1971. I am an avid crochet person so never really used it much. Over the years, many moves later I found it buried in my old sewing box. I didn’t have the box or the instructions so tossed it in my hook box. Today I pulled it out and my husband asked what the heck it was. I couldn’t remember how to use it so off to Google search I went. I was glad to find you and many other people who have this tool. I am now going to learn how to make something with it.

    Rachel G on September 16th, 2015
  • 62

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