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Point Protectors for Double Point Knitting Needles - with quick dishcloth pattern

Updated on January 15, 2014

These nifty little point protectors are worth their weight in yarn many times over.

I like them so much because they transform my double point needles into single point tools, so I can make one set of needles do double duty, and save on the cost, using the savings for more yarn for more projects.

Right now I'm using them every day to whip up a bunch of dishcloths. I like using them because they are simple to attach and they stay right on the end of the needle. That prevents the yarn from sliding off the end and losing my stitches.

I purchased a set of double-pointed short needles for making my jockey hats that I gave away to several friends and to a project for outfitting local homeless folks each Winter. You can find my article about the jockey and newsboy hats here.

When I bought the hat book I also bought a book with a bunch of patterns for making patterned dishcloths. See it below. My old standby waffle weave dishcloths had all come unstrung in their middles and I'm frugal so I kept using them far beyond their utility.

I wrote a lens that teaches how to cast yarn on, the beginning step for all knitting projects. Read it and see the pictures too.

Then here's my pattern for making five dishcloths for $2.50 and having a bundle of fun along the way, on this lens.

Knitting needles are tools that deserve good care and accessories so I always buy the best, even when the tool is as small as the point protectors.

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my first new dishcloth after three years. I like small cloths so they're easy to handle. If you want a larger cloth simply cast on more stitches.my stack of three year old handmade dishcloths. I use a sponge to wipe up countertop messes so my dishcloths don't often get stained, but they do fadeCast on 24 stitches w/green yarn. Knit every row, changing colors after 4 rows. Knit until cloth measures 7". Knit four rows in green yarn. Cast off.
my first new dishcloth after three years. I like small cloths so they're easy to handle. If you want a larger cloth simply cast on more stitches.
my first new dishcloth after three years. I like small cloths so they're easy to handle. If you want a larger cloth simply cast on more stitches.
my stack of three year old handmade dishcloths. I use a sponge to wipe up countertop messes so my dishcloths don't often get stained, but they do fade
my stack of three year old handmade dishcloths. I use a sponge to wipe up countertop messes so my dishcloths don't often get stained, but they do fade
Cast on 24 stitches w/green yarn. Knit every row, changing colors after 4 rows. Knit until cloth measures 7". Knit four rows in green yarn. Cast off.
Cast on 24 stitches w/green yarn. Knit every row, changing colors after 4 rows. Knit until cloth measures 7". Knit four rows in green yarn. Cast off.

Knitting can be a soothing transition from an active day to a relaxing evening and good night's sleep, so I looked forward to creating my own custom cloths to use everyday.

I wash all dishes by hand so my dishcloths get a good workout, and I wasn't always happy with the store bought kind.

All you need to make my dish cloths are the point protectors and these needles.

Directions are in third photo - super simple and quick. Takes one or two hours per cloth.

Carbonized Patina 7" Double Point Bamboo Knitting Needles 14 Sizes (70 Pieces)
Carbonized Patina 7" Double Point Bamboo Knitting Needles 14 Sizes (70 Pieces)

I like to buy quality needles so I can make them a one time purchase, and get on with making things.

 

What do you think - can you spare an hour or two to make your own crafty dish cloths?

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    • georgepmoola2 profile image

      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      I think this is a super idea, even though I know nothing about knitting.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @jennabee25: That sounds like fun. A few times I've used mine as hot pads for under an especially hot dish for a casual dinner. It's really fun to know you made them yourself.

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      I'm working on a round dishcloths during my breaks at work. :)