Size 5 Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles From Disposable Chopsticks

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

You will need:
  • A set of the better kind of disposable chopsticks (separate, not attached)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Drill with small bits
  • Sandpaper
  • Cord (I used plastic lacing)
  • Glue
  • Stain or paints and paintbrush (optional)
  • Varnish or polyurethane

Step 2: Step 1: Prep the Sticks

First, drill holes in the bottoms (flat side) of the chopsticks. I started with a narrow hole, then used a wider bit so the hole would fit the lacing. The hole should be about 3/4" deep. Do this part carefully; there isn't much wiggle room. I have a clamp and a flexible shaft tool that came in handy.

Next, use a pencil sharpener to make a sharper point on the pointed end of the sticks. Then sharpen the ends with holes, gently and carefully, so the sticks taper toward the holes. Best to use a good manual sharpener for this step.

Sand the sticks with fine sandpaper until they are nice and smooth. Leave a little texture if you are painting to help the paint stick.

Step 3: Decorate

Paint or stain and varnish or polyurethane the sticks as desired. I used acrylic paint and water-based polyurethane for mine.

Step 4: Glue in Cord

Insert the cord as far as it will go, and use strong glue to make it a permanent bond.

Now you can knit. Enjoy!

These will make needles that are longer than standard flexible needles. If you need to shorten them, cut before drilling the holes.

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    ttowngirl

    4 years ago

    That's a good idea. I probably would make shorter sticks tho, because I'm used to them. Also, there are some cute plastic and bamboo sticks that look good the way they are. Now I'm itching to try! Plus, I have glow in the dark laces! It will be even cooler! Woot! Thanks so much!!!

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    susanrm

    7 years ago on Introduction

    If you came here from Ravelry, would you mind please letting me know how you found out about this? I can't find the link on Ravelry. Thank you!

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    wifemomteachersusanrm

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't come here from Ravelry, but I'm there all the time ;) I'll keep an eye out for it. What's your Rav name?

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    susanrmbajablue

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Yeah, there aren't too many crafts/DIY things I don't do. Fixed my washer/dryer a couple of times, even. :-)

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    sunshiine

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very cute! I thought of doing this type of thing but just did not have the time. You however made them cute! thanks for sharing!

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