Knitting: a craft I’ve stayed away from in fear that there is no room in my house to store the hoards of wool I will inevitably buy. However, just before Christmas I received a knitting set and so have been – unwittingly and without choice – prescribed to a life of woolly scarves, tea cosies and socks. Am I complaining though? Not really.
I began the scarf pattern that came with the set and have done about 60 rows so far. I think it’ll end up as a cushion cover panel (or toy snake) by the time I’m finished, as it’s taking me quite a while and I’m sure to run out of wool before it’s long enough! I also bought Let’s Knit magazine the other day and spotted a great pattern for some ‘easy’ fingerless gloves by a lady named Anna Wilkinson. I took my wool to work and have been trying my best to knit them inbetween tasks. Glove number one is now coming along quite nicely!
Anyway, the topic of this post is the knitting needle roll I made this weekend. At the moment my knitting is just balanced on the bookcase and my grand collection of 8 knitting needles have no home and are likely to end up down the back of the sofa. Being the seamstress that I am, making a case to keep them in should be no problem.
The pattern I used was from Wikihow- click here to see it- and is made using just two pieces of fabric and a length of ribbon. It’s pretty similar to making a basic cushion cover, in that you put the fabric right sides together, sew around the edges and turn it right way round. Having one piece of fabric bigger than the other also allows you to create a long pocket on the inside of the roll, which you can then sew over with multiple vertical lines to create the individual knitting needle pockets seen here.
I also cut the length of ribbon in half and attached both pieces to one side (seen in the photo at the top). This means that when you roll all your needles up inside, you can then wrap the ribbon around the roll and tie them together in a bow.
I’m quite pleased with the finished product – especially because it now means I have easy access to my knitting needles when the pattern calls for a change halfway through a design. The patchwork knitting bag I’m making, however, may require a bit more time until I can call it finished…