Sunday, February 17, 2008

How To Make Stitch Holders

My stitch holders mysteriously disappeared(hmm...) so I had to buy some new ones. After I purchased them it occurred to me that they would be easy to make. I used craft wire purchased at Daiso to make these. It cost $1.50 for the wire and yields about 20 stitch holders. If you don't have a Daiso near you, try the hardware store. Directions Below.

Supplies: wire, needle nose pliers, wire cutters

click on the directions to get a better view
* stitch holders come in different shapes and sizes so you might want to check some out online if you've never used them before

30 comments:

alex said...

Interesting. I have to let my mom read your post. She will love it.

Alexander
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Oiyi said...

Wonderful idea. I am always searching for mine.

Diane Lovell said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a great idea. You can never have enough stitch holders.
The Crafty Side

Indigo Blue said...

Very simple but clever! love the colour wire that you found and the cable knitting in the background is perfect. Did you knit it?

kawaii crafter said...

I didn't knit the cable knit, I just thought it would make a nice background

Knit - R - Done said...

Super smart. I always end up using waste yarn.

kawaii crafter said...

knit-r-done,

before I bought my first set of stitch holders I would use paper clips

YellowNest said...

Any suggestions for the ends of the wire? I am afraid of snagging.

kawaii crafter said...

You know, I thought about this too. I should have mentioned there is a rough edge where you clip off the wire. Perhaps applying a tiny amount of polymer clay to the edge would work.

kawaii crafter said...

another idea, can you sand metal? if any one knows, please share

Feli said...

Wow thanks for sharing this will make a great gift for a friend of mine who knits.

I was just wondering what gauge wire did you use?

kawaii crafter said...

I think the gauge is 1.5mm. The package is written in Japanese so I'm not positive.

pyropagan said...

You can definitely sand metal, lots of jewelers use a nail file or something similar to round off edges of clipped wire :) This wire's usually copper with a coating, so it's pretty soft. Great idea! I've got lots of 3/32" welding rod, I think I'll try it with that! Thanks for the tutorial- great pictures :D

Faith! said...

These are great! Good thinking.

Anonymous said...

Great idea...I have used paper clips, diaper pins and stitch holders and yes, hey always disappear when you have cats

Carol

Amanda said...

Ooh, thanks! I never knew it could be that easy and inexpensive to make those! And they're cuter with the colored wire too.

AnnaDrai said...

Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial

Nan said...

Well. I'm not going to say anything new that someone else hasn't already said, but I'm gonna do it anyway!!! LOL, This is a great idea [see the repetition don't ya?] but it IS, so it's worth re-saying! Thanks for sharing how you did this. I WILL be making some, I have only 2 of these things and always am using odd things like paper clips and bits of cut contrasting yarn.

willynillywaterlily said...

This is a a great idea! Thank you for sharing it. I will give it a try ASAP. So clever!

Christine said...

I didn't know anything about Daiso until we had some Japanese students stay with us over the summer. What a great place! :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I like yours a lot and I LOVE your little knit bunnies. I wish I was more crafty (in that way LOL!)

SewDelish said...

That is a great, thanks!

Anonymous said...

THANKS for this tip! LOVE IT! Hmmm....I would use a bit of hot glue on the cut ends. SHould hold realy good and be rather smooth. -- Arachne

kawaii crafter said...

hot glue, I would have never thought of that, I just might give it a try

Zaz said...

that's funny :)
when i learned knitting as a kid from mom and we needed a stitch holder i'd get a hair pin for buns and i'd twist it almost ur way, very fast.
we always had those pins at home.

noricum said...

I would file the ends, then finish them off with some of that really fine grit black sandpaper.

I would think that nail polish would make a really nice finish... better than hot glue.

noricum said...

PS: To apply the nail polish, after filing the worst of the burrs & roughness off, just dip the very tips in the nail polish jar, and let dry before folding. (Don't apply the polish all the way down to the part where the fold is, because then it will chip off.)

kawaii crafter said...

Noricum - thanks for sharing another good way to finish the ends, sounds easy to do as well.

Priscilla said...

What an excellent idea. You're a genius. Thanks!

Shusha said...

That is a great idea! I would like to try this one instead of putting a scrap of yarn.
Does the sharp edges doesn't disturb and stick-in the yarn while crocheting?

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