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« on: April 21, 2006 11:12:16 PM »

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!   Shocked
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.  Wink

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.  Wink

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:


Yay!!!

If anyone uses this, good luck and have fun making needles!
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006 11:52:40 PM »

 Excellent!!!!

I applaude your craftyness.  Smiley

(oh yes please to the tutorial)
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2006 02:59:12 AM »

Very awesome...
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2006 06:17:14 AM »

Here here.... what did you awesomely crafty dad do to them?

Inquiring and thrifty minds want to know
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2006 08:17:39 AM »

This is awesome! I have been trying to think of a way to make my own small  needles without using wood(as it would break easily) and now you showed me the perfect way! Thanks so much for being more crafty than I, I will have to tell my dad to help me with this (maybe give a tutorial as to how to get them so pointy?)
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2006 09:21:40 AM »

Tutorial posted!
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2006 09:25:34 AM »

Very nice!  Hmm...my dad has a bench grinder too...
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2006 01:01:03 PM »

what a great idea!
I want to go try this today!
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2006 07:32:57 AM »

You are completely ingenious! I'm in awe of your craftsterliness.
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009 08:11:38 AM »

Thank you very much for the tutorial.  I cut up umbrella spokes to make some DPNs, but then didn't know how to make the ends pointed and smooth.  Also, coat hangers would have been much easier to cut, but I haven't seen wire ones for a couple of decades. 
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