How To Make Your Own Knitting Needles
Making your own knitting needles is fun and easy.
You will need: Wooden dowels cut to the desired length (14")
Polymer clay and optional glaze
Hot Glue and Glue Gun
After you have cut the dowels to the desired length, usually 14" (but may be any length), put one side of the dowel into a pencil sharpener to sharpen. Once you have a good point, sand the entire dowel starting with a medium weight sand paper and move to a fine sand paper. Take special care with the tip of the needle to make it smooth. If the tip is too sharp you can also soften it slightly. I recommend testing the tip with yarn to be sure it doesn't snag the yarn. If it snags then keep sanding. Once smooth, rub with lemon oil to seal the wood. Set aside.
Using polymer clay, form balls about 3/4" in diameter (smaller or larger depending on the thickness of the dowel). Be creative with the balls and add details and pops of color. Using the flat end of the dowel push it into the ball about 1/4" to form a hole. Remove the dowel. Bake the ball on tinfoil in the oven at 275 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Be sure to check the label on the clay to verify appropiate baking directions for your clay. Let it cool as it will be hot! If you choose, this is the time to add a gloss finish to the ball (optional) with a polymer glaze.
Glue the dowel into the ball.