Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIY - giant circular knitting needle

to make giant circular knits 

you need

giant circular knitting needle!

I am thinking to make something:
- super chunky
- warm & wool
- seamless round

need to make a giant circular knitting needle!

This circular needle is a size US 36 - Eu 20 mm,
and it's the evolution of my {previously DIYed} 

Supplies needed:

Start by buying at the hardware store a wooden dowel rod in the size of your needs and a piece of round electrical wire (not too thick - mine is less than 1/4" in diameter)
Have the store cut it to size, or use a saw to cut: I made two 7" long pieces.

Tools and other supplies not pictured:
- pencil
- drill or Dremel with a tip of the size of the electrical wire
- knife
- fine sandpaper 

giant circular knitting needle tutorial:

MARK the center of the rods on one side 
and DRILL a hole about 1 -1/2" into the rods. 

SHARPEN the sides without the hole with a knife to make the tips.
On the sides with the hole just SMOOTH the edges.

SMOOTH both ends using sandpaper.

GLUE: apply some E6000 all around one end of the electrical wire, 
and place it inside the hole in the rod.

CUT just about the length needed of the electrical wire + 1-1/2" 
(I will need this circular needle for something rather small so mine is 17" long,
but you can make it any length of course!), 
apply the glue on the other end, and placed the end into the hole.

EDIT Aug 14, 2014:
I just finished working with t-shirt yarn and I had to make another circular needle.
To make it work better for the kind of stitch I am using, I made both sides sharp and wrapped electrical tape where the wire connect to the wood. This trick helped tremendously the stitches to go freely from the cable to the tip.


And of course, the rod came in a much longer length, so I was able to make matching size US 36, mm20 for my regular knitting needles {tutorial HERE} ... All for less than 5$ !!! (not too shabby!)

Stay tuned because something extra cool is coming up with this giant circular knitting needle!

xox, d.

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  1. I´m starting learn to knit, and I love the big knits!
    I ´ll make it!
    great DIY!

  2. after smoothing with sandpaper you'll have to apply something on the needles so that it won't snag your yarn. sandpaper is not enough.

    1. I might got lucky with my rods, but I didn't need to apply anything! I already used them and they worked perfectly!

  3. Tapering the needle end where the wire attaches to the needle may be helpful when sliding stitches from wire to needle.

  4. Great post! We have made these before about three years ago at about this size (but with more tapered points!!! also with roto reuter tubing, about the same size as electrical wire), but found we had difficulty moving the yarn from the small wire to the big needle. Any suggestions on that? And I do agree with one of the commentors who says that find sand paper is not enough to prevent snagging. You might try rubbing white candle wax or a very, very light oil. The white candle wax worked well for us.

    1. I already used these (but haven't post about it yet because it's a Christmas present!) with a very thick yarn and I didn't have any issue. because the yarn is so thick and not very many stitches, getting the stitches back onto the needle wasn't a big deal. Also, I might got lucky, but didn't need any wax (I used I believe 00 sand paper, and the tips are extremely smooth) I'll post as soon as I can the things I made :)
      thanks for stopping by!

  5. Wow! Thanks so much for blogging about it, I've been an occasional knitter and crocheter and stumbled upon your blog through pinterest.

    I never wanted to pay the $$$ for the big needles that they sell at the craft/yarn shops so this will come in very handy :)

    1. I never want to pay top $$$$ for anything, LOL!!! let me know how yours are coming out! have fun :) d.

  6. This is absolutely brilliant. I want to knit rugs with t shirt yarn, and this is exactly what I wanted to find. Making rag rugs with a homemade circular needle just goes together.

  7. Thanks for the inspiration. I worked out a similar way to make them but for smaller sizes 3-5mm instead.

    Here are my instructions if anyone's interested:

    Thanks again for the electrical wire idea!

    1. I just saw your version, very clever for the small sizes!! xox, d.

  8. This is a fab tutorial. Thanks!!


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