If you have ever purchased circular knittings needles to knit with you may have discovered the conundrum of how to store them! I have been looking for a good way to store my circular knitting needles for about 4 years now! First I just had them all lying in a pile on a shelf. That obviously didn’t work very well.
I could not store them all in their original packaging as a lot of the needles were given to me by my late grandmother and the packaging had been lost.
Next, I tried storing them all looped on a hook hanging from the shelf above my desk but that did not look very neat and they kept falling off when I went to extract one of them.
Finally sitting in the car outside Aldi a few weeks back, as I waited for Husband to finish the grocery shopping, an image came to me!
I think that I was partly inspired by the paintbrush roll I keep my double pointed needles in, and also partly inspired by the sewing needle books I made for my sister and sister-in-law recently.
It was Easter Long weekend and Husband had a bit of leave booked so I spent a cozy weekend sewing and here is the final product. I am super happy with it! And I haven’t seen anything like it before.
There are 3 more corresponding pages on the other side of the centre however I did not photograph them as they are the same fabrics as the other side and I do not have needles in them yet.
I will not be making a tutorial of this as I do not consider myself a very good sewer and I would not trust myself to give very good advice however if you want to make a copy for yourself I will tell you briefly how it is put together.
I sewed two pieces of fabric roughly A4 in size together, right sides facing, and then turned right side out. Lying landscape this makes 4 “pages”, 2 on each side.
Then I ironed and sewed the pouches, first I sewed the top/open edge flat by machine, then I sewed it to the A4 piece by hand. I sewed a pouch to each side. The pouch is as long as the A4 landscape but narrower.
Once the pouch is attached I sewed down the middle to designate the fold.
I made 2 of these, which makes 8 “pages” for your needles to go in.
Then I made the cover by just sewing 2 A4 sizes pieces together. For the outside of the cover I used a slightly thicker kind of fabric.
Then I sewed all 3 A4 pieces through the middle. I did this by hand too.
Finally to add the “clasps” at the top. I sewed the buttons on. Then below it I used a very sharp tapestry needle to thread some sock wool through. With a loop on the one side, I looped it over the button and then tied a knot on the opposite side. Then on the side with the two tail ends, I tied them around the button on that side with enough room to slip it on and off the button.
If you do make one of these I would appreciate it if you put a link to my post saying that you were inspired by me. And please share a link of your post in the comments so we can all see your lovely work!
I have been using my knitting needle book since Easter weekend and I LOVE it! It is pretty and functional. Oh I should mention for the leaves of the book I used fat quarter fabric from my stash because I have a lot of it but hardly use it, but any sort of woven fabric should work.
I hope that you have been keeping well,
Peace and Love