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Make Your Own DPN Stitch Keepers, Deux

A couple of days ago I posted about the cool felt DPN point protectors, or stitch keepers, featured on the CRAFT blog. Very nice. I love DPN protectors. I wondered whether felted cups of our own making would serve, and another blogger sort of said, “So why don’t you?” So I did.

Here’s what I got….

Okay, they’re pretty plain, but imagine them with more spectacular beads, different colors, some kicky needlefelting, maybe allover beads? Maybe some cool Coralscape, a la, Ms. Jorgenson? Or something? I can see that, yes? So here’s how I did it, and when you do yours, will you send me a link?

First the ingredients:

Plain old worsted wool. In this case Plymouth Galway. A couple of beads… really optional, but I liked the idea. A length of elastic that is double the length of the DPNs you’re trying to protect, and a plastic bag that you’ll use to make some plastic yarn the way my hero, Helle does. you need less than a fist-ful of plastic yarn. A crochet hook, mine is 4mm.

Chain 3, and 8sc into first chain:

then pull the tail through the center along with a loop of elastic, wrap the elastic around the tail.

then fix the tail with a bead and knot it off. I think I might next time make the tail a crochet chain, for strength. The elastic will pull the bead and knot tight to the end when the needle holder is in place, so don’t worry too much about a little floppiness right now. Just try to get the end bead or knot as close to the hole as you can.

and then work 8sc rounds until the piece is about as long as your finger….

Then stuff the piece with the plastic yarn, just feeding it in and stuffing until it is full. Not overfull, but full…

The plastic will keep the piece from felting in on itself. Now knot the elastic ends, and close the top, looping the elastic through one of the loops, so it’s fixed at the top, just as it is at the bottom, stuffing all the elastic inside before you completely close the loops at the top… The elastic will stick out a little. That’s just fine…

Bead and knot off the top to make a funny looking little thingamajig…

I tried machine felting, this, but it was too small, and ended up fulling it by rolling it between my palms under the hottest water I could stand…

Until I got this little green hairball…

The next step was to carefully cut it apart, but in my zeal, I just chopped the whole thing in half, and cut right through the elastic cord… darn. I reknotted that. But you will be more careful, and use tiny scissors to cut your little hairball in tiny snips to avoid the elastic, then remove the plastic yarn, and show your needles their new home…



  cosymakes wrote @

cool! i’ll have to try that…

  Marsha wrote @

What a great idea! A friend of mine has some plastic-elastic DPN point protectors that she uses to keep her on-the-needles socks under control. She got them at a yarn fair–some sort of promotional item that she hasn’t seen elsewhere. I’ve been aching for some of my own, and now I can make ’em myself! Hooray!

  Paisley wrote @

Great tutorial! I’m going to have to give this a go myself.

  tina wrote @

Contessa says FAB!!!!!!!!!!!! These are really cute and will make really great gifts for beloved kntters. Thanks for sharing the idea. You know I’m going to have to blog about you!!!!!!!!

  jujuridl wrote @

A blessing from the Contessa is all anyone could ever hope for. I serve at your pleasure, m’dear.

  alisonmc wrote @

Hey cool!! I’m totally going to give those a try.

  Knitted/Felted DPN Point Protectors : Craft Blog wrote @

[…] Julie of Knittingjuju was inspired by our recent post here on felt covers for DPNs and whipped up her own knit to felt version. Link. […]

  jujuridl wrote @

Paisley.. I like yours.

  Free lunch | First things first wrote @

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  Sarah O G wrote @

I’m going to have to figure out a knitted version of this, I’m not much of a crocheter. But awesome, I’m going to have to make this in some way.

  Knitting Archaeologist wrote @

These are really cool. I don’t really crochet but they’re so small that I think I can handle it:) I think I might embroider the measurement on them somehow though so I don’t have to figure out which size I’m dealing with…

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  Michelle wrote @

This is awesome! Thank you so much for the idea!

  Chauntel wrote @

I love them! Thanks for the ingenuity!

  J wrote @

Wow! Those are really fab. If you made several you could machine felt them by placing them into a lingerie washing bag.

  Rollie wrote @

You may not use the word Stitchkeepers in your blog. It is now a trademark.

  jujuridl wrote @

Hi Rollie folks. Love your product. I checked out your trademark registration on the TESS database. It’s very specific that your claim is for your wordmark only, not for the actual combined word “stitchkeeper.” However, to celebrate you completing your trademark journey, I did change “stitchkeepers” to “stitch keepers” everywhere I could find them in my blog. I hope that works for you. Because the instruction and pattern I offer is free, providing me with no income whatsoever, you’re aren’t losing a thing no matter what people choose to call them.

  nommyzmommy wrote @

Wow, what a clever idea! It occurred to me that these could be made of I-cord or on dpns. I think I’m going to try that with the rescued yarn from an old wool sweater someone just gave me. =^..^=

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