Introduction: Quik Shawl (Chop Stick) Pin

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Introduction
Shawls have been around for centuries.  They serve to keep warm, to complement an outfit or for symbolic reasons.  Just as shawls are used for different reasons, so they come in different shapes.  Sometimes shawls are worn loosely or draped off the shoulders and sometimes shawls are kept closed with a pin.  This instructable will give you the information on how to create your own simple shawl sticks with items you have around the house.  These Quik Shawl Sticks are easy, fun and will accentuate any outfit.

The Story
My wife was knitting a sweater wrap and she asked if I could cut a chop stick down so she could use it as a Shawl Pin.  I said sure.  She told me where she wanted the new end to be located.  I went away and cut where she asked.  I brought it back and she said it was good.  I replied, I just have to sand it smooth.  While sanding I thought the new end should be painted, but I didn’t have that color.  When I brought it back I suggested that the end should be finished with some paint.  She said she liked the contrast of the unfinished end and not to worry about painting the end.

A couple of days later she asked if I could make a few more Shawl Sticks.  I said sure.  She handed me 4 more chop sticks.  I looked at her and she said they were odd chop sticks without a match.  She said there was no rush.  I nodded and put them in my to-do pile.  I like projects without a deadline.  Remembering that I didn’t have any paint to finish the other one, I looked around and found a box of different colored nail polish my daughter didn’t want any more.  Sure enough there were some colors that would seal up the ends.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Materials:
1) Chop Sticks and
2) Nail Polish.  (Optional: you can leave the Shawl Stick unpainted for a natural look.)

Tools:
1) Hack Saw and
2) Fine Sand paper 220 grit.

Skill Level:
Easy

Time to Complete:
3 – 8 minutes

Now that you have your materials, let’s go make some Quik Shawl Sticks.

Step 2: Cut

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Cut the Chop Stick 3 – 4 inches from the tapered end.

Step 3: Sand

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1) Sand the end you have just cut.
2) Smooth out the edge so it does not catch on the yarn or knit fabric.

Step 4: Paint

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Optional:
You do not need to finish the end with paint.  You can leave the end unfinished for contrast.

1) Choose the best polish for the end.
2) Paint the sanded end to seal it and add a finishing touch.

Step 5: Observations & Summary

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Observations
You can make as many as you want to match your mood or outfit.  You do not have to use only one, you can use 2 or more as closures on a sweater wrap or on a Shawl.

The benefits of this design are:
1) Inexpensive and easy to make,
2) Will accentuate any outfit.
3) Reuse, Reduce and Refit.

Summary
I am satisfied with the results.

Then I saw, and considered it well. I looked upon it, and received instruction..

Comments

Lozchik (author)2016-10-21

Handy little trick. I knitted haramaki (belly warmers) a few months ago, but then lost a few pounds. They're too big to fit snugly but not big enough to bother pulling it apart and re-kintting. This is the perfect solution since shawl pins tend to be pricey.

ezman (author)Lozchik2016-10-21

Thank you for reviewing and commenting. I am glad you found another use for this device. Haramaki sound like a great idea. That would help my back stay warm. A tight knit could help with Dunlap Syndrome, too. Thank you for sharing.

Lozchik (author)ezman2016-10-21

I'm thinking about gluing a large wooden bead or the like on one end to keep it from slipping off. A point protector seems to work for the pointy bit.

ezman (author)Lozchik2016-10-25

The large wooden bead sounds like a good idea. At first I was at a loss to what you were saying about the point protector. I am glad that you found a way to customize your Shawl Stick. Post a pic of your finished design.

Thank you for commenting and keep designing.

Lozchik made it! (author)ezman2016-10-25

Probably should've clarified that I meant point proctectors for knitting needles. Bought a few that don't quite fit but they work on these chopsticks for some reason. I was going to glue on the bead but, after a quick sanding, it fits quite snuggly on the end. Might still glue it, anyway.

ezman (author)Lozchik2016-10-26

Great job. The bead looks good and is functional. Good job of using what you had on hand to overcome an obstacle.

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