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What kind of knitting needle holder to you use to keep your knitting needles safe?

There nothing more frustrating than not being able to find two matching knitting needles when you are desperate to start a new project.

I have been in that position many times, most often because I have too many projects on the go or I am using one of the needles as a stitch holder.

But sometimes is it simply because although I have several knitting needle holders I forget to put my needles back when I am finished with them!

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Types of Knitting Needle Holders

As your collection of knitting needles grows, you are going to have to decide where (and how) you are going to store your needles when they are not in use.

Some people (my mother included) store their knitting needles in a spare vase or a tall jar. My Grandmother used to keep hers in a large ceramic bowl - she had a lot of knitting needles!

If you want to use a 'special' knitting needle container there are several different types of holders available on the market, from solid plastic holders like the one in the photo above to canvas rolls or tubes to cloth needle rolls.

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and the choice you make will depend on personal preferences and the size of your needle collection.

Plastic Needle Holders

These cases are great for single and double pointed needles and each case will hold quite a large number of needles.

But if you knit using circular needles, then this type of needle holder on its own might not be the best choice for you.

This style of knitting needle case can be found in most good knitting supply stores in Australia. These two are ... and you should be able to get one from any store that stocks items from Birch Haberdashery.

Needle Roll Cases

If your needle collection is not too big and you need space for your circular needles or other knitting accessories, a needle roll case might be a better choice.

This case from Birch has room for at least twelve pairs of needles and has a little bit of room for your other accessories.

Alternatively, you could look for a roll case with pockets like this lovely silk one.  This case has space for twenty sets of needles (in two rows) and also has three large pockets for your circular needles and your tape measure.

Although to be honest, it does get a big bulky when it is full!  I do have a couple of these, my latest experiment with knitting is using a knitting belt with long DPNs (double pointed needles).  I have two different lengths of DPNs and I am storing them in roll cases. Keeps them tidy and I have a label on each slot with the needle size, they are lace needles so quite thin and there is not a lot of difference between some of them so the labels help.

Circular Needle Cases - the perfect knitting needle holder on the go...

I do a lot of knitting on the move.  I knit on the train on the way to work most days and can often be seen knitting and walking in Rundle Mall on the way to or from the train station, so I use circular needles quite a bit.  Circulars can handle a large block of straight knitting in confined spaces without inconveniencing the people around me and they are much harder to drop when you finish a row.   I also tend to have several circulars in most sizes so that I can use the two needle method to knit in the round, so I have quite a large collection.

To manage them all I use Fixed Circular needle cases from Knit Pro.  

I have three of them, one for large sizes (4.50 mm and up), one for small (4.00 mm and lower) and one for my lace needles (2.00mm and down).

Each one has sets of different size of needles rolled together and placed in a single pocket so that I can easily see the ones that I can.  I use Knit Pro Zing 40 cm needles, which are colour coded and also have the sizes etched into the needle tips (makes it much easier for old eyes...)  The pockets at the front and back of the cases are useful for holding little bits, like my small scissors (I have a pair in each case), stitch markers, knitters sewing needles and a small tape measure.  

So I can just pick up the case with the needles I need (they fit quite nicely into any of the hand bags I have) and I then have everything I need to complete whatever project I am working on.

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