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DIY Knitting Needles

December 11, 2015

Making your own knitting needles is easy, less expensive, and very satisfying. Special thanks goes to my daughters teacher who is teaching her class to knit. With a few materials and a little time, you can create these stylish needles for your own use or a great gift. 

Materials:

Directions:

Dowel Rods
To begin, cut the dowel rod to the desired length. You will probably get three lengths from one rod. I used a dremel like tool to cut mine. Sharpen one end of each of two rods. This can be done easily on a pencil sharpener. Mine didn't fit so I whittled away with an x-acto knife, working around the dowel equally. This doesn't have to be perfect, you can adjust it with sanding. Sand the entire dowel rod and the point until smooth and the shape you desire. Do this for both. Set them aside.

End Caps
Cut your straw into two pieces. This will be used to put the end cap on while painting. Paint the end caps as you desire. I used paint and a gloss varnish. You could use paint markers, nail polish, or permanent markers. Really anything you would like to decorate them. Allow them to dry. Once dry, glue them onto the end the dowel rods. 

Finish
I applied a bit of coconut oil onto the needles, rubbed it in and then rubbed the excess off with a paper towel. Furniture wax or something similar would work just as well. 

It's that easy and the results are wonderful. With the materials in hand, it will probably take just under an hour including dry time. 

Gorilla Glue and DecoArt provided material for other posts and were used here as well. This post includes affiliate links.

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Cute idea! I never would have thought to DIY these.

A great DIY - I love to knit :-)

WOW! I never thought of handmade knitting needles! They are definitely a great project for the knitting lover! I used to knit years ago and still have my needles in a pretty case ;) Thank you so much for sharing at my craft party on Thursday! Would love to see your newest posts this week, which starts at 7pm EST.

I absolutely love this idea. I am an avid knitter. I never thought of making my own pair. <3

While browsing in a craft store (near the knitting/yarn section) some years back, I noticed the stack of dowel sticks looking like giant needles, so I bought one for practice. Measuring it into four pieces looked too long, so I cut five. The pencil sharpener cut the ends perfectly. A little sanding and some leftover varnish turned these into the best DPs I have! The number lets me use them on larger projects like hats and even narrow scarf projects. I bought more dowel sizes and I love them all!



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