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Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Originally written in Spanish.

In a previous article, I told you about how a knitting journal changed my knitting life. Today I want to talk about the needle case, another great ally for any knitter.

When you start to crochet or knit, it’s normal to buy needles with fixed cables to try out different materials: wood, metal, or plastic. Or maybe you have inherited the needles from your grandmother or another relative. Suddenly the day comes when you realize what an extensive chaotic collection of needles you have.

© Alicia Arroyo

The first place where I started to keep my crochet hooks was in a pencil jar. If you’re unfortunate not to have a needle gauge ruler and your needles have their sizes erased, you may have more than one problem. I quickly discarded this organizing system and opted to have several needle cases according to the type of needles.

Crochet Hooks

I like roll-up cases for crochet hooks, which are widely used among painters. You place the appropriate size in each space, roll it up, tie it, and everything is very close at hand. When I travel, if I have to carry extra needles, I usually carry them in a toothbrush case since it's the perfect size for the crochet hooks, so they don't hit each other much.

Knitting needles

For the knitting needles, there is a great variety depending on the type.

Interchangeable needles

The original case is always a good option. When I go to festivals, there are always brands that sell similar cases in fun fabrics that seem much more in line with my style. They're on my birthday wishlist.

Addi crasy trio needles

I told you how much I like this system to work in small circles in another article. I have more and more numbers, and its original box takes up a lot of space. I bought an accordion-type case at a festival. It has turned out to be the most comfortable for this type of needle. You just have to open the case to visualize where you have each set immediately. That's why it's my favorite option.

Double-Pointed Needles

Zippered cases with elastic bands at the top and bottom keep your needles neatly positioned and organized.

Long needles

Mine are almost all inherited. My mother made me a case with the leg of some denim pants I loved. I have a special affection for it because it brings me many memories.

Fixed needles

I have them in a briefcase in their original bag. It's less organized, but the chaos is hidden since it's closed.

Tunisian needles

Depending on whether they are interchangeable, short, or fixed, I follow the same criteria as the previous needles.

Finally, I will give you some tips that have helped me organize my needles. I always write down in my knitting journal which needles I am working with for each project. It saves you a lot of time since you don't have to look in every project bag for the needle you need.

I leave markers with a small piece of yarn from the project in which I use the needle in the space of each size. If you are a crafter with many WIPs, I assure you it will help you locate your needles.

In Ravelry, I have listed part of my needle stash on the tools page. I’m gradually acquiring more needles, and having the list at hand helps not to two (or even three) of the same size.

I suggest you get a good needle case and a knitting journal because an organized crafter is a much happier crafter.



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