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Custom Knitting Needles

Photography: Charles Schiller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2001


  • Wooden dowels (1/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter)

  • Small saw

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Fine-gauge sandpaper

  • Tack cloth

  • Fast-drying acrylic paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Butcher's wax

  • Glue

  • Buttons

  • Epoxy


  1. These homemade needles begin as wooden dowels 1/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter. Use a small saw to customize the length of each pair -- anywhere from 8 to 16 inches.

  2. Put a point on one end of each dowel with a pencil sharpener; smooth wood's surface with fine-gauge sandpaper.Wipe clean with a tack cloth and brush on 2 to 3 coats of fast-drying acrylic paint. Seal with a final coat of butcher's wax to ensure that yarn moves freely along the dowel.

  3. Glue a button in a contrasting color to the flat end of the painted dowel with a dot of epoxy. Include a small skein of wool with your gift.

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