I've always wanted teeny double-pointed needles to knit socks with, but they're so pointlessly expensive! Then one day, I was playing in my room and totally not thinking about it, but somehow my needle gauge checker got raped by a cheap metal coat hanger. Lo and behold, the coat hanger was exactly the size of a size #1 needle!
And now I have these. I feel so DIY.
I'd be happy to make a tutorial if anyone's interested, only the project involves hardcore tools that not everyone has, like a grindstone. (man, am I lucky to have a crafty dad...)Tutorial
You need a wire coat hanger, such as this one:
I can't guarantee that every coat hanger will be size #1, so if you are making these for a particular pattern that calls for a needles size, I'd check.
Use a wire cutter to cut four equal pieces out of the straight parts.
You will end up with this
I advise you not to stop here and knit with them like this, as they will snag and be torturous on your fingers.
To sharpen the points, use an electric bench grinder (a grindstone that spins at warp speed and cuts into metal). Caution: you must use goggles or glasses when you do this! Metal shavings are sharp, and expect to see a few sparks.
Rotate the needle so that all angles get sharpened as evenly as possible. Finally, point the needle down onto the stone to dull the tip. You don't want your needles to be too
sharp, because that hurts.
After they are perfectly pointed, use 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper on the tips to soften them a bit. They will still be slightly rough, but not too rough to use. If they're bothering you, you could try rubbing them on wax paper or something.
Finally, wash your needles to get rid of any dirt before you use them.
Proof that they work:
If anyone uses this, good luck and have fun making needles!