By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
Between the pool and the park and camp and play dates, summer can be a whirlwind of activity, and even the most energetic kids will sometime need a quiet activity to do in the cool of the indoors. If you have a burgeoning knitter this summer, or a child interested in learning to knit, but you aren’t ready to hand over your good needles, why not put the kids to work making their own knitting needles?
Here’s what you need
If you have longer dowels, cut them into pairs of even lengths, 12 inches long works well but you can go shorter depending on your preference.
Sand the sharpened end until smooth, then sand the shaft of the dowel to make sure there are no nicks in the wood to catch on the yarn.
Allow the glue to dry before using.
** a 1/4 inch dowel give you a size 10 1/2 knitting needle, a 3/8 inch dowel makes a size 15, both are great sizes for beginning knitters, especially when paired with a bulky yarn.