View Full Version : Making Your Own Needles
10-08-2012, 01:03 PM
I am looking into making my own knitting needles and was wondering about dowel sizes. Now, I have done the dirty work in calculating (or actually just googling mm sizes). I am asking someone who has had experience in making these things, have you had to use the same size dowel for a needle? For example, I am finding that sizes 3, 4, and 5 looks like they will be the same (and those are sizes I want as DPNs). I also know that precision won't be in this case.
Any advice is appreciated.
Jan in CA
10-08-2012, 01:19 PM
You need a needle sizer. You can get them in local stores like Joanns or order online.
My husband made me some needles once... I hated them. No matter what we did they were just never the same smooth finish as the nice Clover Bamboo or other wood.
And now, I NEVER use straight needles anyway. I prefer nickel plated circulars.
10-08-2012, 03:01 PM
Sizes 3, 4, and 5 are not the same, there's .25mm difference in them which is .5mm between size 3 and 5. Are these going to be used for knitting socks? They're a little large unless you're going to use sport or dk weight yarn; most socks are knit with size 1 or 2, sometimes 3s. A set of skewers might be closer to 1s or 2s. But you need a needle sizer or calipers to measure them more accurately.
Jan in CA
10-08-2012, 03:48 PM
I use a zero for my socks. :zombie:
10-09-2012, 09:53 AM
I'm planning to do fingerless gloves and don't want to spend more $ on more needles. Lol
It's a pattern that uses sz 4. I have sz 3 circs which if all else fails, I'll use those with matching gauge.
I was asking because when I'm buying dowels, the size may be the same (even with the difference). I do have a gauge with the sizer (it's missing in action though) so I'll check out the sizer.
10-09-2012, 01:20 PM
I've done my own needles and enjoy making them, but...if you're making fingerless gloves, why not just double-knit the finger parts, if that's what you're making the extras for? It seems easier to me and I do that a lot.
Also, I tried the I-cord half-fingers and that worked great (picking up the ladders as two extra stitches.)
10-11-2012, 06:01 PM
We have a KH member who used to (maybe still does) make knitting needles using old drumsticks. She then donated them to a South American girls' charity. The drumsticks were just the right kind of wood. Not sure how she managed to 'size' them. Maybe she didn't get too scientific. I thought it was such an admirable undertaking!
I can't remember the name of the KH member.