Last year, I taught myself how to knit. Yep, guys can knit too! (I even did a load of research into the surprisingly manly history of knitting – check it out here!). Anyway, after nailing the basic concepts of knitting and completing a couple of projects, I kinda lost momentum and stopped. But I’m happy to say that I’ve picked up my needles and yarn again and I’m back to it!
Now, as much as I enjoy knitting, I am pretty slow at it… so I haven’t got any new patterns to share juuust yet. But what I do have is an ingenious way to keep your knitting needles neatly paired up and organised! I made this leather knitting needle holder, which you simply push the needles into when you’ve finished using them. No more hunting around for a matching pair! It’s also a great way to prevent the yarn from slipping off a needle if you need to stop midway through a project. The best bit? I made it with an old leather offcut and it only took about 10 minutes. Learn how I made it with tutorial below.
Leather knitting needle holder
What you’ll need
- A pair of knitting needles
- A leather offcut, at least 1 inch by 3 inches
- Contrasting thread
- A sewing machine capable of sewing through leather
- A bulldog clip
- Cut your leather to approximately a 1″ x 3″ rectangle. Adjust the length so that it can wrap comfortably all the way around both of your knitting needles, with around 0.5″ overlap.
- Lay the leather piece onto a flat surface. Fold the two ends in on themselves so that they overlap in the middle by approximately 1cm. Use a bulldog clip to secure in place.
- Make sure your needles can fit into the loops created when you folded each side of the leather over – if it’s too tight, or too loose, adjust as necessary.
- When you’re happy with the positioning of the leather, stitch it in place with a sewing machine to secure permanently. Remove the bulldog clip as you go.
- Slip your needles into your leather knitting needle holder to keep them safely paired up!
If you’re into knitting, you’ve gotta try making a few of these. I only made mine a week ago, but I can already tell it’s gonna be a useful addition to my crafting gear! It would also make a pretty special gift for a friend who knits (why not use a leather stamp kit to add a personal message or their name?!). Happy crafting! 🙂 – Mike.