Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-08-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
LadyNole10
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 6
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Making Your Own Needles
Hey all,

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.

LN10
LadyNole10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,184
Thanks: 1,656
Thanked 8,750 Times in 7,120 Posts
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.
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,451 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
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.
__________________
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 03:48 PM   #4
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,184
Thanks: 1,656
Thanked 8,750 Times in 7,120 Posts
I use a zero for my socks.
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 09:53 AM   #5
LadyNole10
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 6
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi there,

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.

Thanks.
LadyNole10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
Becky Morgan
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 633
Thanks: 62
Thanked 275 Times in 210 Posts
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.)
__________________
Becky
Becky Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 06:01 PM   #7
ArtLady1981
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
ArtLady1981's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Kent, Washington
Posts: 10,473
Thanks: 5,264
Thanked 3,893 Times in 3,014 Posts
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.
__________________
Knitting Help Video Index

Artlady at Rav
ArtLady1981 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Making Needles saracidaltendencies General Knitting 5 08-13-2006 10:47 PM
Making your own knitting needles friedchickenonmyknitten How-to Questions 6 07-16-2006 01:09 PM
Making own needles...worth it? hedgewick General Knitting 4 03-10-2006 12:29 PM
Making needles feministmama How-to Questions 3 01-19-2006 06:36 PM
Making own needles PiousPoet General Knitting 4 12-19-2004 04:12 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:07 AM.