All Tied Up

Project – Felted Knitting Needle Case
free pattern
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Plum Heather
Blogger – K1Paula2

The endless stockinette is finally behind me. For this project, anyway. I've finished the Felted Knitting Needle Case. This is the inside, designed to keep your needles toasty warm when not in use:

Of course, it wasn't until I was finishing it that I realized it required a length of ribbon. I had a nice ribbon in the same shade of plum, but it's a little short and kind of delicate. I'm hoping my sister-in-law (with her self-professed love of ribbon) might have something just as pretty, but a little more practical, in her stash if this gives out on me. Hint, hint. (I know you're reading this.)

And here is the case all tied up with a neat little bow:

The instructions said to bind the edges in blanket stitch, using the same yarn as the body of the case, but I opted for contrasting yarn (same yellow as the center of the flower). Speaking of which, did you notice which flower I chose? Yep. The former tangled blob of petals. I snipped it apart and stitched the pieces together. Turned out pretty well, don't you think? Especially considering what it looked like immediately after felting.

Intended as an in-between projects project, the Felted Knitting Needle Case became my only project, due to a slight shipping snafu. I am beyond thrilled to report that the materials for my next project - I guess you could call it my previous project - arrived this afternoon. It's all intact, but I still think my UPS guy is a closet knitter.



A fun, relatively simple and useful project. Love the color and also the choice of contrasting binding. Like how you recycled the former blob of petals. I'm thinking this could be something to give in kit form to my crafty granddaughters, who aren't yet up to more complex projects.

The body of the case could be made by felting an old wool sweater and cutting it to size, then knit or crochet the embellishments. If your granddaughters decide to try it, one tip: gardening gloves. The little rubber nubs make it easier to grip the tapestry needle and work it through the layers of thick felt.

Oh, I'm sure that I have coordinating ribbon...

I was also thinking maybe I could knit some i-cord from the leftover yarn....from any of the leftover yarns, I should say. I have leftovers of the plum, yellow and the gorgeous Dragon Dance.