While working on the new knitting needle cases, I wanted to find a versatile way to identify needle size. I wanted something that was customizable and pretty. What can I say, I like pretty!
This is an idea and not something I will be selling in my shop, but it is a fun way to label your knitting needles (or crochet hooks) and express your personality. The set pictured uses shell disks and number stickers. You will notice 2 disks are missing numbers. This is because I ran out of 1′s and the store is temporarily out of these stickers. I am waiting for them to restock to finish numbering. The cautionary tale here is to calculate the numbers you will need before buying. This set of stickers only has 1 of each number, and I need 3 number 1′s, so I need 3 sets of stickers.
I bought most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby, and they have sales regularly (the stickers and some of the jewelry findings were on sale this week.
In this set, I bought the shell disks in the button section of JoAnn’s. I had to drill the holes larger with my Dremel tool. Another option to this would be attaching rings large enough for the ball-chain to fit through. I did use the ball chain and connectors for this project. I tried ribbon, but I didn’t like the way the tied ends looked. Also, the weight of the chain helps the charms to hang prettily.
The case shown is the interchangeable circular needle case. The front has the needle tips and the back of the case has the cables. I used 3″ lengths of ball chain for the needle tips and 2″ lengths for the cable necklaces. The necklaces work well in these needle cases because of the zippers and the fact that the needles are flat and not rolled up. However, they could work in a needle roll as well, if the charms are kept small enough.
You may ask, “What happens if the case is turned upside down?” Well, here is a picture:
They move around some but don’t fall off the needles. When I set the case upright, the needles fall pretty close back into their original position.
For the cables, I experimented with number stamps and tags made using a hole punch. Number stickers can be used on the tags, as well. Again, the ball chain on these cable necklaces is 2″ lengths.
I used a standard single hole punch and clear hole reinforcers from the office supply store. I experimented with grommets too, which are cute as well. I like the vintage look of the rubber stamps. These are the medium size tag in my tag punch set. Because of the size of the rubber stamps, the size label wouldn’t fit on the small tag. One could use a smaller stamp or number stickers if the smaller tags are preferred.
I also found some blank silver-colored jewelry pieces on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1.00 for a package of 4. Number stickers on these would make a very elegant set of needle necklaces. The photo below shows the necklace finding and 2 paper tags with grommets and number stickers.
Lastly, I used the large tag in the hole-punch set to create labels for my needles and cables on projects or on loan. This way I know where my needles are at at all times (as long as I keep it current). The larger tab fits into the needle pocket and the size tag hangs out, like the rest of the tags.
These were so fun to make and are much prettier to look at them some of the methods I have seen. If you are a paper crafter or jewelry maker, or have a friend who does one of these crafts, these can be done for minimal cost. If you have to buy supplies, like the paper punch, it can get pricey. The main challenge for me was finding an appropriate material for the necklace. For me, hands down, the ball chain was the prettiest and performed the best.
If you make your own needle necklaces, I would love to see pictures!