Sharing an easy and efficient idea for Circular Knitting Needles Organization.
Now that I find myself knitting more and more blankets, I also find that my inventory of circular knitting needles is expanding. For me, circular needles are a much more efficient way to handle the bulk of a blanket than straight needles.
But, storing my circular needles has always been a bit of a conundrum. While I can keep my straight needles nice and neat in a tall glass jar for easy access, those circular needles just don’t allow for that.
And I guess I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that while I have been knitting for 30 years, I just figured out a method to organize my circular knitting needles this past month! I never claimed I was a quick learner. So, I’m sharing my idea fully expecting 75% of you to write me back and say, “Um, Lynn dear, I’ve been storing my circular needles like this for 25 years!” 😁
And not only is this super-efficient, but I only needed to purchase some strong-grip magnets to bring this circular knitting needle organization idea to fruition, making it super-economical as well.
What You Need to Organize Circular Knitting Needles
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- Magnetic Board I like the idea of a Magnetic Board as it will be re-arranging my Circular Needle Board easier if I need to in the future. The magnet board will make changing the groupings easy if my needle inventory grows. I’ve had my magnetic board for years; it measures 23″ by 15.5″. I wouldn’t want to go any smaller for the needles that I have, but there are various sizes out there. Here is a magnetic whiteboard that is very similar in size. If you don’t want a whiteboard, here’s a metal board that is also a little bigger.
- Binder Clips. I used 4 binder clips that are 1.25″ wide and 1 that is 2″ wide for my 5 groupings,
- Strong Magnet Hooks. These hooks were the only thing I purchased, and they fit the bill exactly. I didn’t have strong enough magnets for the largest grouping of circular needles.
- Labels. I used my label maker, which is so old that it isn’t sold anymore! But this looks like the newer version.
- I also attached a spare needle gauge. This one belonged to my grandma, and I have no idea how old it is! This gauge is helpful as many of my circular needles aren’t labeled, or the labels are hard to read.
Making my Organizer
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but my only real suggestion is to lay all your needles out by size and then group them in equal-ish groupings. When I first made my groupings, I found that I have many more in the US 1-6 size than any other group, so I re-arranged the groupings to a US 1-5 and US 6-9.
When I need a needle now, it will just be a matter of pulling that binder clip off of the hook, slipping the needle out, and then hanging the rest back up! I’ve got to be honest; I’m really quite tickled with how orderly and organized my circular needles are,25 years later!
Knit Blanket Patterns
I’m guessing that if you have a stash of circular knitting needles then you knit large sweaters, hats, and blankets. I started off knitting sweaters, but have gone to primarily knitting blankets of late. Here are some of my knit blanket patterns for you to peruse. You can put your circular needles, as well as your circular knitting needles organization to good use!
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