Needlehats

To show my appreciation to my hard-working needles I make hats for them. Special elastic thread/cord for jewelry making helps the hat to sit snug. It’s inexpensive and comes in variety of beautiful colors. One package should be enough for a pair. Blue and purple hats fit needles #1-10 (cap is about 1 inch or 2 cm diameter). Silver hat fits needles #15-20 (cap is about about 3 inch or 7 sm diameter). I thought I would share these free patterns of tutorials with you.
To knit a blue hat cast on 12 stitches with DPN’s size 1. Evenly distribute stitches over 3 needles. Knit 8 rows (1/2 inch or 1 cm). In 9th row ssk (slip slip knit) together every 4th stitch. In 10th row ssk every third stitch. 11th row ssk every second stitch. Cut the thread, leaving about 2 inches, pull the thread through remaining stitches, attach a bead (as a pompom) if you wish. Secure the end.
To knit a purple hat, cast on 12 stitches with DPN’s size 1. Evenly distribute stitches over 3 needles.  Rows 1-3 – knit  1×1 ribbing. Rows 5-9  – knit 6 stitches, purl 6 stitches. 10th row slip 3 stitches on additional needle, knit next 3 stitches, knit stitches from additional needle, purl 6 stitches. Rows 11 -13  knit and purl as before, evenly making 3 decreases in a row. Cut the thread, leaving about 2 inches, pull the thread through remaining stitches, attach a bead (as a pompom) if you wish.
Crochet silver hat. Chain 15 stitches, being careful not to twist chain, slip stitch into first loop. Work single crochet in rounds. In 2nd row increase evenly 5 stitches (crochet 2 sc into each 3d stitch). In 3d row increase evenly 5 stitches (crochet 2 sc into each 4th stitch) – 25 stitches total. 4th sc into each sc, add a bead to every 5th stitch. 5th row sc into each sc. 6th row – repeat 4th row. 7th row – repeat 5th row. 8th row – repeat 4th row. 9th row *sc into first 3 sc, dec., repeat from *. 10th row *sc into first 2 sc, dec., repeat from *. 11th row *sc into first 1 sc, dec., repeat from *. Cut the thread, leaving about 2 inches, pull the thread through remaining stitches, attach a bead (as a pompom) if you wish.

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Say No to Bare Needles


It’s a well known fact, that fancy handmade needles add excitement and make you work much faster. But artisan needles will cost you a pretty penny. So, why not become an artisan yourself?

All you will need is a little craft glue, your needles and some large hole beads, which you, probably, already have in your swelling stash. 🙂 Match the beads with the needle size (you want it to sit snug), add a dab of glue, and push the bead all the way to the end. Wipe excess glue, let dry. Voila! Now your life is so much easier, and finding matching needles is a snap!

Disclaimer: big beads create extra weight at the end of your needle, which may affect your speed. So, before securing the bead with glue, please, try how comfortable your new, fancier needles would feel.

Glass, metal, bone, and wood beads all work and look great. However, beads could be used mostly for needles size 0-7 (1 mm – 4,5 mm). Bigger needles receive knitted/crocheted hats 🙂 (next tutorial).