Staying Organized With Stylish DPN Cases
Double pointed needles present a special situation to committed knitters. They don’t come in neat little pairs, but in sets of four or five, and are therefore much more susceptible to being misplaced or worming their way to the bottom of knitting bags, never to be seen again. While missing one needle in a set of five isn’t the biggest disaster to ever strike a knitter, it puts one in a very precarious situation. Lose too many DPNs, and you may find yourself running to your local yarn store in a desperate situation. Thankfully, there are a number of fun ways to store your DPNs that should prevent any needle emergencies from popping up in your life.
The first option would be to make your own case. A quick Google search will result in numerous projects that can be easily sewn. Most of these come with step-by-step tutorials, making it extra easy for even novice sewers. My favorite is Loulabelle’s needle roll.
Made by Loulabelle
It’s easy to make, and she guides the reader along with plenty of pictures. The end result is so stylish, and it has plenty of little pockets so you can probably fit your straight needles in there along with your DPNs.
If you’re not one for sewing, there are plenty of patterns for knitting up a quick and easy DPN case. My favorites are the ones from Tiny Owl Knits. This sweet pattern company was founded by an American living in London named Stephanie Dosen. While all of her patterns contain an amazing amount of whimsy, I am especially taken with her nifty little designs for needle cases. If you want to store your DPNs in separate cases by size, I suggest the charming little Gnome Home.
Tiny Owl Knits
Each Gnome Home holds one set of DPNs, kept secure with a little hat that is attached using elastic.
Tiny Owl Knits
If you would rather keep your DPNs in a needle roll, I suggest the Fairy Castles, which can be knitted up in all different sizes to hold DPNs, straight needles, and crochet needles.
Tiny Owl Knits
Perhaps you’re in a pinch and need a DPN case right away. Etsy is populated with a number of crafty guys and girls who make needle cases for all of your knitting needle needs. You’re sure to find something that you love. The great thing about shopping on Etsy is that you are supporting other crafters and you can edit your search options to find something local.
Every option that I’ve provided so far should work fantastically to keep your DPNs organized and easy to access but some knitters are of a little fancier mold. They like their specialty yarns and high quality needles. For the discerning knitter in your life, I recommend M.W. Woodworks Hardwood DPN Case.
These cases are made to order from sustainably harvest wood in a small town in Oregon. They are a little pricier than other options, but being made of wood, they will keep your DPNs safe for years to come.
Whatever you choose, making sure that your DPNs are organized and all in one place should make casting on for your next project easy and convenient.
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