Homemade Storage Ideas for Knitting Needles

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Many people seem to enjoy knitting, whether it is to provide homemade gifts for loved ones or to make functional items such as clothing or throws. Serious knitters may soon find themselves with quite a collection of knitting needles of all sizes and have no idea where to store them until needed for their next special project. There are some unique and creative ways, however, for organising and storing knitting needles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towel roll
  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Mac Tac (optional)
  • Sticky labels (optional)
  • PVC piping
  • PVC cutters or handsaw
  • 3-ring zippered binder
  • Plastic page protectors
  • Accordion expanding file
  • Sewing pattern for knitting needle pouch
  • Needle
  • Thread

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make a tube container for your knitting needles by using a used paper towel roll. Trace around the bottom of the paper towel roll onto a piece of thin cardboard. Cut out the circle. Tape the circle to one end of the paper towel roll to make a bottom for it. Decorate your paper towel roll by painting it with craft paint or use adhesive decorative paper such as Mac Tac and attach it all around the roll. Put your knitting needles inside. If you have knitting needles of various sizes, cut a piece off the top of the roll so that the needles stick out just far enough to grasp them with your fingers. Label each tube container according to the size of the needle.

  2. 2

    Make a tube container using white PVC piping for a sturdy, more long-lasting container. Use PVC cutters or a handsaw to cut the piping to the desired height for your needles. You want to be able to grasp the needles without reaching right into the tube, so the needles should extend about half an inch past the top of the tube. Make a bottom out of thicker cardboard as in Step 1 and tape to one end of the piping. Decorate by adhering Mac Tac all around the pipe. Make pipe containers different heights to hold different sized needles and label them accordingly.

  3. 3

    Organise your needles in a homemade binder. Use a three-ringed zippered binder and put plastic page protectors in it. Place different sized needles in each page sleeve. Label each sleeve according to the size of the needle and organise from smallest to largest. This storage methods will also accommodate circular needles of varying sizes.

  4. 4

    Use an accordion expanding file that you can purchase at an office supply store. Label each envelope in the file according to the size of knitting needles. Place them in order of their size, from the smallest to the largest, so you will have all your knitting needles together in one place. This storing method will also accommodate circular needles.

  5. 5

    Sew a folding knitting needle holders out of fabric. Select a free pattern online to make your own pouch that you can fold up or roll up to store your kitting needles in. Depending on which pattern you use, you may be able to store different sized knitting needles and knitting accessories as well, such as a small pair of scissors.

Tips and warnings

  • Knitting needles can also be stored in light plastic food containers with snap-on lids.
  • Another option is a small, plastic fishing tackle box that contains long compartments or a fishing gear bag to organise needles and other accessories such as yarn or patterns.
  • A binder with plastic sleeve pages can also be used to organise your knitting patterns.
  • Some knitting supply stores sell knitting needle stands.

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