One of my knitter friends had a birthday coming and I wanted to give her a couple pairs of my favorite needles, CEY’s Palmwood, as a gift. I looked and looked for a needle case to present the lovely needles in, but I was unable to find anything that worked. I wanted something that looked nice and would fit just the couple pairs of needles that I was giving her. I’m not sure why I didn’t think to knit one in the first place; but in the midst of my searching, it came to me. It seemed very appropriate then, to make the case using the needles it would later hold.
The case had to be sturdy and functional, yet pretty. In order to help it hold its shape, I used a slip stitch pattern to provide a tighter fabric. However, it was still lacking something and that’s when the cable detail found its way to the center. A button was added to either side of the flap to keep the case from opening and letting the needles escape, and the design was finished. I decide to knit it in CEY’s Princessthe worsted weight, the wonderful blend of fibers, and the stitch definition were just what I was looking for.
Since I enjoyed the finished product as well as knitting it, I have since made many more as gifts, and of course, one for myself!
Princess 40% merino, 28% viscose, 10% cashmere, 7% angora, 15% nylon
Princess is Duchess’s little sister. The content is the same, but Princess knits up at the smaller gauge of 5 sts to the inch. It has the same wonderful soft hand that comes from the cashmere, merino and angora content with the added stability of viscose and nylon. Princess is a truly wonderful yarn that shows stitch patterns extremely well while still feeling luxurious.
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Here's the free downloadable Princess Needle Cozy pattern
After trying a few different slip stitch patterns, I best liked the pattern that is formed by slipping every other stitch with the yarn in front, on one right side row then alternating the pattern on the next right side row. This pattern forms dashes across the fabric that I find very appealing.
Learn more about slipped stitches.