Reader’s En-Gauge: Needle Organizing Ideas

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  1. Kay Headly says

    I use mostly circular needles. I have three sets…Boye interchangeables, Denise interchangeables and bamboo. Two I keep in their original cases, the third set is not an interchangeable set so I keep them in a case made specially for them. Each size needle has it’s own pocket. I also put spare circs in this case. It just rolls up and ties for easy transport, like a jewelry travel case.

  2. Suzanne Novoselac says

    I keep my straight needles in fabric needle rolls. I have complete sets of Harmony needles, bamboo needles and metal needles, all in their own “homes”. DPN’s are kept in their original packages. My four sets of interchangeable needles are kept in their original packages as well. I guess I’m a needle collector!

  3. Pamela Regnaud says

    I have a quilted duffel bag where I keep some of my yarn. On each end is a huge pocket, so I keep the 16″, 24″ & 29″ inch circular needles in one and my 32″, & 40″ circular needles in the other. All my straight bamboo needles I keep in a quilted roll up holder.

  4. Pat says

    I have 2 hanging organizers for circular needles. Sewed pockets along a backing & attached to a wooden hanger.

    I also have 2 needle rolls for straight needles and one for doublepoints.

  5. DeAnna Caudillo says

    Sadly they are not very organized. I do have a canvis tote bag that hang on side of my headboard with most of my needles in it! I really should get them better organized!

  6. Bonnie says

    I keep my crochet needles and other necessary items ready to go by sewing a envelope from scrap sewing projects. I sewed in several pockets to fit needles, measure tape, scissors, stitch markers etc. the envelope rolls up and is tied with a crochet ribbon I made from scrap yarn. I often take my current crochet project with me when traveling, so having my needle envelope ready to go, I always have what I need at home or on the road.

  7. Viola Hale says

    I just have all of my crochet hooks in a clear plastic bag with a zipper around the top. A knitting kit came in it. I could really use some better ideas. Thanks

  8. Jolan Dallatore says

    I keep cookie tins (the ones that Sam’s Club sells with cookies in packs of 4-containing shortbread cookies!) and are about the size of pringle cans. The tins are different colors, have pretty designs on them, and most needles fit in them. Easy to keep track of and fit nicely under a dresser, or stand up. Also fit in an over door shoe hanger bag!

  9. Anna Marie Graci says

    I keep my crochet needles in a crystal lite container. It holds about 20 needles. I posted a picture ofthis a while ago. You can see it on my posts.

  10. Mary G Shipman says

    I use 2 gallon Ziplock type storage bags. All needles of one size fit in one bag, circular, straight and Double points. I just mark the bag with the size, stack them on a shelf and there they are…working on a project? the yarn and patter usually fit inside the bag too. It zips closed for takealong and to keep things safe here at home as I move from place to place with my projects.

  11. Judy Werensly says

    I use the decorated cardboard wine bottle tubes purchase at a craft store. I use 3 different designs, 1 for extra large needles, 1 for sz 11 to 15 and 1 for 10.5 and under. For my circulars, I use plastic page protectors marked with the needle size and cord length and put all pages in a notebook.

  12. says

    I have a large vase and a painted terra cotta pot on my shelf. The knitting needles are in my vase and the crochet hooks in the smaller flower pot.

  13. Marilyn Minder says

    I store knitting needles in cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls on a shelf with knitting supplies. I can easily see numbers on the ends of the needles. I store crochet hooks in a sewing box given to me for high school graduation in 1964!

  14. Judi says

    I have a large spool rack that I hang on the wall and I’ve labeled the pegs with the size and length of my circular needles.

  15. Nancy says

    Most of my crochet hooks can be found a box that a pipe that my husband received as a gift. I also, have some crochet hooks still in their original packaging ie; plastic pouches.

    I use mainly circular needles, so I have them in zipper style plastic bags. I have one size in each bag, and the bag labeled with the size.

  16. Maxine Jones says

    I have wine gift boxes (the rectangular ones work best) without the lids, stacked inside a cabinet. The open ends face out. I can see the needle sizes quickly. I store them by category: Small sizes, medium sizes, large sizes, special types ( hairpin lace loom, etc.)
    This way, I’m not searching through all of my needles every time.

  17. Cindy says

    I have one of those crochet hook cases with individual space for each hook. Now since I just started knitting I haven’t gotten them straighten out

  18. JJMolvik says

    My mom took a very long piece of felt about 16 inches wide and folded it in half sewing ‘channels’ every inch or so for me to put my cable needles in so they don’t get permanently kinked or coiled. Now if I could only remember to put my needles away . . . . .

  19. Nancy B says

    My best friend made me a cloth crochet hook holder….I love I can find the size I need at a glance.

  20. Marybeth P. says

    I own a lot of needles! My crochet hooks are organized in zippered leather organizers I purchased at Jo-Ann’s. One set carries all the finer steel hooks for delicate crochet work such as doilies. The other has the larger hooks for crocheting with yarn. My knitting needles are stored also by catagories; the delicate sizes 0000 to 6 are stored in a firm organizer so there is less threat of breakage or damage, the sizes 7 through 17 are also separated by length-the 14 inches in a rolled storage pouch I created from prequilted fabric, the shorter versions of those sizes I keep in a pouch I received as a free gift from purchasing Simply Knitting magazine. I keep all my vintage steel pin double points in a cardboard tube I got in the mail from a needle order, my excess fine crochet needles I keep in a tube from my late father’s cigar consumption. I like to have all my needles organized, protected and with owning so many I have found my ways of not having to search for just the right needles, I can just go to the proper container with ease.

  21. knittingdancer on Ravelry says

    I keep my interchangable needles in their cases. I keep my bamboo straight knitting needles in a fabric tri-fold needle case. I keep my aluminum straight needles in a tapestry tri-fold needle case. I keep my fixed circulars on a hanging needle case inside a closet door. I only have a couple of crochet hooks and I keep them in my knitting bag pouch will all my other small accessories.

  22. maryswen says

    For my double points I use the cloth roll up holders that artists use for their paint brushes. Each needle set has it’s own slot. For rest I use a tool boy with a handle.. It makes it really easy to take everythin when we travel.

  23. Sharon says

    I just keep them in the package they came in (that helps me know what size) and then put them in a knit little container I made from playing cards.

  24. Cindy says

    I bought a modular plastic drawer that can be hooked in a unit that I keep my straight needles in. For my circular ones I keep them on the plastic sleeve with the size tag so I know which ones I have quickly.

  25. Patricia Lenhart says

    I wish they were organized. I have a list of the needles and their colors and sizes, and that’s about as organized as I am.

  26. Johnetta Heil says

    I keep my needles in round bottle boxes then those are in a basket next to my chair. One round box holds the 13 inch needles, one holds the 6 inch needles. The circular needles are in one of the sections of the basket. On the end of each needle I have used a wood burning tool and put the size on the end of my bamboo needles. I also keep all of my notions in a bottle box in the basket. Everything is together and I can grab the basket and take the whole thing with me!

  27. Diana says

    I keep my crochet hooks in the original plastic pouch. Knitting needles in a recycled round oatmeal container. Plan to sew up a roll-up for the knitting needles with a slot for each size. Feel that will be more organized. The circular needles seem to float about since I only have a couple sets.

  28. Sandra Biederman says

    Okay this is real good because I keep mine in a box and every new start is a search and find mission!!! Love to see what everybody else is doing!

  29. Naomi Hauf says

    I have clear plastic tackle box style storage boxes that I need mine in. all neatly stacked in the closet. But of course the ones I’m using are all over the place, need to get my WIPs organized next.

  30. Kim H says

    I have a quilted case that I keep my needles in… along with darning needles, row markers and measuring tape.

  31. Brenda says

    I use a cd-case (meant for cars)it holds all my tips and cables in each pocket and zips and snaps close, very handy. For my accessories I use a little makeup bag that nail polish was sold in. It is black and clear vinyl and zips closed.

    both very handy and given a new life.
    Re-purposing is great!

  32. Diana says

    Most of my knitting needles are in a cloth rollup holder with pockets for each set of needles. (My sister made it for me years ago.) I don’t have my crochet hooks organized at all, and as I’m writing this, I realize that I need to make some roll-up storage for them!

  33. Judy Toy says

    In pretty vases, they come in different shape and sizes. Great for knitting needles, chochet hooks, and other sewing supplies.

  34. Patti says

    I am going to copy a friends needle holder that she made. She made a hanging holder for her circular needles that helps keep them straight. Make horizontal channels in a fabric sandwich to run the needles through. She doesn’t have to fight the curl from being in the original case that way.

  35. Saundra Callender says

    I have a zippered crochet hook case with individual pockets that keep them organized and protected. I use one of the pockets to store a yarn needle to weave in the ends. I also store my stitch counter, a pair of folding scissors, and a six inch ruler inside. And I attach several different sized safety pins to the zipper pull tab to use as stitch markers. Whenever I want to grab a project to take with me, I just grab yarn and the case. Everything I need to finish the project is inside.

  36. Deb Braak says

    You know those pretty cardboard containers for putting wine bottles in when you’re giving a gift? They make an awesome home for straight needles. I can sort by types (bamboo, wood, etc.) or by size. You can also put the needles in the fabric rolls and put them inside the container. Since my knitting tends to be all over the house, having something decorative to stash the needles in is a triumph of form over function!

  37. Constance Buchholz says

    I kept mine in the knitting bag, but I have looking for ideas for the circular needles. I love all of the suggestions so far.

  38. Nina Scrabeck says

    I have several sets, from Mom and step mom, plus my own set. I have a small, zippered bag from a craft site that holds most of the steel and plastic sizes.The Boye hooks are in the original plastic box. The Susan Bates hooks are in the bottom of my crochet project bag.

  39. Karen says

    I bought a small tool box that I keep my supplies in-my dpn’s are kept together with a rubber band, the finer ones I keep in a sock holding tube. The longer needles are in a cardboard container.

  40. Marsha says

    An old cigarette case is the purrfect container for crochet needles. The little pouch on the outside for lighter, holds my scissors for easy access. Making lemonade out of lemons….smoke free but still useful.

  41. Michelle says

    I keep my straights, rubber banded by size, in a small plastic trash can with a lid. It keeps the dust off of them if I don’t use them often (like the pair of 000’s I have!). My custom made needles (made by my woodworking brother) are in a very tall pewter water pitcher I got at a yard sale. It is heavy enough to handle the large wooden needles.

  42. Tammi Buckfelder says

    I use a decorative vase for my straight needles & a hanging travel jewelry case/bag for the circulars. It has separate plastic, zippered compartments to fit different sizes.

  43. Kat says

    I have two different crochet-hook fabric cases that I use. My sister sewed me my first one. When I needed a second (so many hooks!), I purchased one. When I am working on a project, I keep that hook right with the yarn I am using at the time.

  44. Jeanette says

    I have my straight needles and crochet hooks in fabric needle rolls but the circular are in their original cases. Everything is a plastic tool box, so I know where to look for them.

  45. Debbie says

    I keep mine in a Longaberger ice bucket in the packages. When the packages wear out I am going to use the wooden spool organizer or sew on and hang it in my craft room
    My biggest challenge is I have almost every length from 1 to size 9

  46. Regina says

    i found 1 needle roll insufficient for my straight needles so i sewed 2 together & added a longer flap at the top to keep them from falling out (the purchased ones tend to be skimpy) so that my 14″ needles are stored 0-17 & my 10″ are stored 17-0. i keep the roll in a wheeled case behind my chair. for my dpn’s i found a velvet teaspoon roll at the thrift roll with just the right # of pockets (like a miniature needle roll) which stroes next to the larger needle roll. now all i need is a “good” way to keep the circulars. :)’

  47. says

    for my crochet hooks I crocheted a holder for them. It works great. and for my knitting needles, the long ones I put in a wine bottle holder and the dpn ones I keep in a crystal light container!

  48. Dorrie Riley says

    For years I have kept my Crochet Hooks in an old eye glass case of my mom’s. Just a few months ago I purchased a “hook organizer” case by Boye. It’s a zippered case with slots for all my hooks. Although some hooks just don’t fit because the slots are just too small. However since the case is zippered I just keep them in there. I miss my mom’s eye glass case though. I always thought of her when I had to get a hook out.

  49. Connie Hendricks says

    I keep my straights in a pretty vase & let them stick up like they are flowers. I only have a few circulars & I keep them in the original packages & then the rest I store on the projects in progress hahahahahaha

  50. Kerri Archer says

    My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful quilted bag that has several pockets on the inside. I keep my needles, crochet hooks, measuring tape, and scissors in separate pockets. I use circular needles the most and only have one set of straight needles. Those rest nicely on the bottom of the bag. It is a really wonderful gift that has served me perfectly well!

  51. says

    A friend gave me a cloth folder with ribbon handles. In the center are many stitched plastic bags, varying sizes, openings out. You can write sizes on the plastic bags. I sort by size, straight & curved.
    The folder closes with a couple of 1″ velcro tabs.

  52. Michelle says

    I keep my straight needles in a pretty vase on top of my bookcase and the circulars in a small decorative bin next to the vase. It’s functional and decorative at the same time!

  53. Carmen says

    I have a zippered crochet hook holder but nothing for my needles yet. What I want to do is make a bucket cover with holders on the outside for needles and hooks and pockets on the inside for thinks like scissors, tape measure, etc. (The main part of the bucket would hold my project yarn)

  54. Beth McFarlane says

    I store my crochet hooks in a decorative container on my living room table. I also leave out some of my colorful pattern books. The table also has a book with unusual computer pictures in it (my husband’s interest). My daughter hasn’t decided about her table book yet.
    For traveling, I add a pocket for the hooks, needle container, and a pair of safety scissors to whatever bag I’m using if it doesn’t already have a good pocket.

  55. Marge says

    I use several old eyeglass cases–both “closed” and open varieties to keep my hooks together. The long afgan hooks are kept separately in a drawer in my yarn cabinet.

  56. BJ McFalls says

    I keep my straight needles (the ones that are not involved in an unfinished project) in an 8″ bud vase. My circular needles are threaded through a door handle on a cupboard in my craft room and my dps are kept in the pocket of my knitting bag. I will have to improve on this situation if I get any more needles though.

  57. Ginny says

    I keep my needles and hooks in needle wrap pouches made by mom, when she was using up her faqbic stash. I love them.

  58. Fran says

    I keep my straight needles in a tall plastic jar. My Denise interchangeable stay in their case, and my double points stay in a tin can with my crochet hooks. The can had cookies in it and it has a screw on lid. For now this works, but I know it is not ideal!

  59. Linda says

    I store my knitting needles is small decorative gift bags. One for circular needles and one for dps. Long paired needles are stored in a wine gift box and crochet hooks is a smaller round box.

  60. Jennifer Tavernier says

    Crochet hooks in a vegie can – loom picks in a coin purse, and my yarn needles (tapestry size) in a clear baby’s drink cup with styrofoam in the bottom! Sewing needles in the packageing they came in – or a pin cushion…Need them all at hand – so they sit on the coffee table. when I take projects out, I keep then all in a toothbrush plastic case.

  61. Carol says

    The straight needles are in a rolled up pocketed cloth case I made about 40 years ago. My circular and double point needles are in separate clear plastic pencil boxes – half in MN and half in FL. I also have a set of interchangable needles in their original case. My crochet hooks are in snack bags separated by thread vs yarn and are also divided between 2 states.

  62. Kim says

    I share my favorite recycled solution to crochet hook storage with a few others above, in empty plastic Crystal Lite containers with lids. It is the perfect height for hooks and you can take them anywhere. They are even safe from even toddling grandkids.

  63. Kim says

    I share my favorite recycled solution to crochet hook storage with a few others above, in empty plastic Crystal Lite containers with lids. It is the perfect height for hooks and you can take them anywhere. They are even safe from toddling grandkids.

  64. Rosa R. says

    I use a recycled travel toiletry organizer with clear pouches. Great for organizing my crochet and knitting needles and my scrap yarn.

  65. Dorothy vonFriewalde says

    I keep my gold plated needles in a felt lined case, my whale bone in quilted roll up cases, Tunisian hooks in quilted roll up cases, and my regular boye hooks in their original zippered cases. My steel hooks are also in a protective case. All my needle cases stay in a large bin along with my crochet cotton until I need them.

  66. Sandy says

    I keep my needles in a Notebook with
    elastic loops to hold each size. I got the idea to use it when I was doing ceramics, as I had bought a fer of these same notebooks to hold my brushes and tools.

  67. Cindy Viarengo says

    For my knitting needles, I keep them in a floral silverware organizer designed to hold knives, forks and spoons. It holds them all upright and I can see at a glance what size they are.For my crochet hooks, I either keep them in a zippered crochet hook organizer or my project bag that I am working on, because you never know what size you might want to try next.

  68. Dove Hill says

    I keep all my hooks in a metal candy tin. I keep some of my needles in a zippered pencil pouched the long ones in a plastic storage box.

  69. Teresa says

    My sister gave me cards in a decorated pail – I converted the pail to hold my needles 🙂 Makes for a quick grab.

  70. smfsprout says

    I keep my crochet needles in an old zippered canvas makeup bag. It is just big enough to hold them but not so big that it won’t fit in my WIP bag.

  71. Barbara J. says

    I downloaded a free patt4ern for a crochet hook caddy and made one with pockets for each size hook and a flap that buttons down to keep them inside.

    While working on a project, I keep the needle with the yarn I am working with, or note down which one I’m using if I need it for another one.

    I also bought more than one set of most commonly used hooks so that I will never be
    stopped when I want to start a new project.

  72. Sarah says

    My hooks are kept in a recycled pickle jar on the bottom shelf of the table by my chair. I don’t knit much but the few needles I have are in the same place in a taller jar. Thanks for the blog. Great ideas are all ways wanted.

  73. Wendy says

    I keep all my knitting needles in a coffee can in my yarn closet. My circular needles are kept on a hanger in the closet! Not too organized but I know where they are at.

  74. Bethany Johnson says

    I have my circular needles in a round tin. My knitting needles in a tin pail. My crochet hooks are in an antique pitcher. My smaller hooks are in a milk glass vase. I love the way they look.

  75. Carol says

    My knitting needles are in a two part sectioned cloth case with slots for each size that folds over and rolls up when not in use. My crochet hooks fit quite nicely in and transport very well in a large size mini M&M container (after the little m’s are gone, of course) I can fit quite a few in there, all but the largest sizes.

  76. L M Owen says

    I use two Bass worm binders for my knitting needles. My circs are sorted according to needle size and seperated into plastic bags I label included in the worm binders. My dpn are in a smaller second worm binder, separated and labeled. Each binder has extra zippered pockets for scissors, stitch markers, cable needles etc. I just tote along whatever bag I need. very handy and inexpensive.

  77. says

    I use my husband’s emptied barrel from his pretzels and put all my knitting needles in there. I have been collecting them for years and years. All of my crochet hooks are in a plastic pencil box. It closes with a snap, I have about 75 hooks, row markers, scissors, and current pattern in it. These are the easiest to just pick up and go with!


  78. Cathy K says

    Hooks and needles are stored in a sewing box my husband found for me at a garage sale. Opens to four shallow drawers perfect for hooks and short needles and notions with a deep long storage space underneath for longer needles. When taking projects on the go, a pretty pencil case holds everything I need in my favorite quilted bag!

  79. Heide Riess says

    I have a nice quilted bag with slits for the straight needles…the circulars I try and label with a piece of tape and then keep in baggies and the double points get an elastic band and go into an old metal liquor cannister…works for me!

  80. Barb says

    I store my crochet hooks in a toothbrush container/holder….the kind you use for travelling. Granted, it will only hold 5-6 hooks… but great if you are working and several projects and want the necessary hooks easily available.

  81. Terri Cipriano says

    I keep my Crochet Needles in a ‘Crystal Light’ plastic containter. It works great and the label slides off easily. The container fits perfectly in a side pocket of my “Thirty-one” tote bag where I keep my yarn & patterns for current projects.


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