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Jun 2, 2012 08:51:03   #
LoriRuth
 
I was just monkeying around in the craft room and picked up a Chinese chop stick that was square and for some reason I had sharpened both ends with a pencil sharpener. These would be larger say than size 10 1/2 needles but also would be good just to test to see if you like square needles for cheap. Sand it so the sides and point is smooth. Sand with the sandpaper on a flat surface to keep the sides flat. Don't sand the point to much. You can sand it little by little as you decide how you want it to work with your yarn. I wax mine with beeswax, paraffin would do too and then oil with olive oil, buffing it so it is smooth. You can repeat the oil process and buffing as you knit it will eventually be extremely polished and smooth. Now I made my into a crochet hook/knook hook but cutting a notch in one end and holes in the other end. I haven't tried it yet as I have to grout some tile here in a few minutes but will later...hope this helps some of you to make a decision regarding cube needles before buying. Hugs.
 
Jun 3, 2012 06:13:28   #
kiwiannie
 
If it works why not put it to good use,that's how all good inventions start,great idea.
Jun 3, 2012 06:16:52   #
Gladrags
 
wow what a creative lady you are,but i want to thank you, there are times when i think of making one thing work for something else just by altering it someway,been laughed at for it(not by hubby), so i let it go,but in future will just run with it....and incidently i've got loads of chopsticks,going to give it a go.Gladys xx
Jun 3, 2012 07:30:41   #
hand-maeven
 
Great idea-my project for today as I've been interested in the square needles. Which brought to mind, what is the technique called that uses the crochet hook with a hole in the other end? Also, does anyone know where I can find online instructions for doing it?
gaela
Jun 3, 2012 07:34:04   #
Featherstitcher
 
hand-maeven wrote:
Great idea-my project for today as I've been interested in the square needles. Which brought to mind, what is the technique called that uses the crochet hook with a hole in the other end? Also, does anyone know where I can find online instructions for doing it?
gaela

Is that the thing they call croknit maybe?
Jun 3, 2012 08:32:53   #
hand-maeven
 
Thanks, I will look up "croknit", it sounds like a combination of crochet and knitting.
 
Jun 3, 2012 08:33:51   #
Mandonan
 
I think it is knooking.
Jun 3, 2012 08:47:42   #
Renee50
 
It is knooking and I found mine at Michaels. It came with instructions. Hope that helps.
Jun 3, 2012 09:31:09   #
Yarn Happy
 
Featherstitcher wrote:
hand-maeven wrote:
Great idea-my project for today as I've been interested in the square needles. Which brought to mind, what is the technique called that uses the crochet hook with a hole in the other end? Also, does anyone know where I can find online instructions for doing it?
gaela

Is that the thing they call croknit maybe?


I love croknit, you use a afghan hook that has a hook a both ends. It starts like tunisian, but after you pick up stitches you turn your hook around and remove them with the other end, with another ball of yarn. Makes a nice dense fabric.
Jun 3, 2012 09:34:01   #
Louise13
 
Renee50 wrote:
It is knooking and I found mine at Michaels. It came with instructions. Hope that helps.


Have you try them yet? I was them and was wondering what it would be like working with them. And do you have to thread the hook on every row?
Jun 3, 2012 09:35:17   #
hand-maeven
 
Thanks-and I googled it & found all kinds of instructions. I didn't see patterns for anything other than your basic square/rectangular items, and I can imagine how a hat could be made. I'm trying to visualize stitches other than knit and purl, does anyone know about that?
 
Jun 3, 2012 09:40:55   #
Yarn Happy
 
hand-maeven wrote:
Thanks-and I googled it & found all kinds of instructions. I didn't see patterns for anything other than your basic square/rectangular items, and I can imagine how a hat could be made. I'm trying to visualize stitches other than knit and purl, does anyone know about that?


croknit uses tunisian stitches, you can also do tunisian in the round like the hat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQfp88HI2WY
Jun 3, 2012 09:50:03   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
LoriRuth wrote:
I was just monkeying around in the craft room and picked up a Chinese chop stick that was square and for some reason I had sharpened both ends with a pencil sharpener. These would be larger say than size 10 1/2 needles but also would be good just to test to see if you like square needles for cheap. .... Hugs.


Your chop sticks are the size of 10.5 needles? Are you talking US needle size? I'm thinking the chop sticks around here might be size 5 or 6 US sizes. I have some saved to maybe use as shaw pins. Though I'll probably cut them in half as they're too long and stick a bead or something decorative on the end.
Jun 3, 2012 10:03:29   #
henhouse2011
 
Ho, ho!! Will try that as I am curious about the cubic needles but not curious enough to buy some. I have sharpened dowels to use for knitting. A friend made some really big ones to knit a hammock out of rope.
Jun 3, 2012 10:06:11   #
knitknack
 
Thanks for the great idea. Next time I am in a chinese restaurant or a sushi bar, I will use a fork and save the chop sticks for trying what you did.
If it really works, I saved quite a bit of money.
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