Saving money is high on my priority list. Since I enjoy knitting, I went to our woodworking shop and decided to make a set that was 18-inches long. I required a longer length than what I could buy due to a project I was designing. Make your own knitting needles following these simple instructions.
Prior to starting the project, select a dowel that is the right diameter along with two beads that have the same size opening as the diameter of the dowel. Size.com provides a listing of knitting needle diameters to help determine the proper size.
Items You’ll Need:
36-inch wooden dowel
Brush-on acrylic sealer
Step 1 – Measure, mark and cut the dowel to the desired length. Aluminum knitting needles range in length from 7 to 14 inches.
Step 2 – Attach the 200-grit sandpaper to the sanding block.
Step 3 – Measure and mark the dowel one inch from one end with a pencil. Draw a line around the dowel from the mark. This is the top edge of the pointed end.
Step 4 – Sharpen the end of the dowel to a blunt point with a pencil sharpener if available. The old-time crank handle pencil sharpeners will accommodate a dowel up to 1/2-inch in diameter. An alternative to sharpening the end of the dowel is to sand the end to a blunt point. Place the sanding block on a flat work surface so the sandpaper is on top. Pull the end of the dowel back and forth along the sandpaper to sand. Tilt the dowel as you sand to take more wood off the end of the dowel and less wood off the shaft. Continue to sand the end of the dowel to create a blunt point.
Step 5 – Sand the entire dowel to create a smooth surface.
Step 6 – Squeeze a drop of wood glue inside the hole of the bead. Insert the end of the dowel into the bead until the dowel is flush with the bottom of the bead. Allow the glue to dry completely before continuing.
Step 7 – Apply a layer of brush-on acrylic sealer to the knitting needle. Allow the sealer to dry for one hour. Repeat the process for a total of three applications of sealer. The sealer helps to promote easy movement of the yarn on the handmade knitting needles. Allow the sealer to dry 24 hours before use.
Tips: Make double-pointed needles by sanding a blunt point on each end of the dowel. Sand and seal with a brush-on acrylic sealer.