Yesterday, we went through all our knitting needles and crochet hooks to purge the duplicates and unwanted ones. Now, what do you do with it all? For the organizationally challenged like myself, it can be so tedious sorting through that big pile, but it does pay off in the long run. When I’m ready to start a project, the last thing I want to do is dig through a bottomless pit of hooks, straights, circulars and double points, needle gauge in hand checking each one for the size I need. We asked our staff and our readers for some ideas on how to store your needles and hooks.
Straight or Single Pointed Knitting Needles
- Try using a needle roll. If you’re even a basic sewer, you can try making one yourself. It’s a fairly easy afternoon sewing project.
- The most popular suggestion for storing your straight needles is to stand them up in a vase or a jar. You can let them fall where they may for a decorative look, or to keep things organized, use a rubber band or hair tie to secure same sizes together.
DPNs or Double Pointed Knitting Needles
- You can keep your double points on display in a vase too. It’s best to tie these together by size so you don’t have to check each one when it’s time to start a project. You can use a rubber band, hair ties, or even twist ties.
- Keeping a three ring binder with page protectors for your double points and circulars is my favorite solution. I keep one size per page protector.
- Double point needle tubes are an inexpensive solution for keeping them safe from breakage and organized by size.
- Tea tins are the perfect depth to stand your hooks up and keep them on display.
- If you have a big crochet hook collection, sorting by brand first and then size might be the way to go.
- A pencil case is a simple, compact and portable storage solution.
- The Lily Crochet Roll works great!
Interchangeable Knitting Needles
- Most interchangeable sets come with a carrying case already. You can usually fit some notions in the case too.
- The Della Q Fabric Case is a beautiful solution if you want something extra special to store your set.
Circular Knitting Needles
- You can use your three ring binder for circulars too. I like to organize by cable length, then size. I have binder dividers sectioning off each cable length, so all the 24″ length needles are in one section, and then each size is in its own page protector.
- The Que Theo needle case keeps all your circulars organized and easy to find.
- I love the hanging circular needle organizer. It keeps needles on display and in order.
- You can keep your circular needles in separate boxes, and each size has its own zip-top baggie with the needle size written on it.
- The Namaste Circular case is an easy solution. Or, try getting a tri-fold portfolio style case from your office supply store. They are perfect for circulars. Write the needle size and cable length on the tabs to make them easy to find.
- The original packaging is actually an easy and economical way to store your circulars long term. They’re usually easy to open and close without ruining, and can even be hung up or filed away easily.
How do you like to store your knitting needles and crochet hooks? Do you like to keep them on display or tucked away in a binder or drawer?